Innocent Bystander

4.6
592 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Come visit us at our home in Healesville (we call it IBHQ) for some delicious wine, local produce, artisan pizza and tasty paella, or enjoy a non-wine option such as our real cider, local beers and spirits and great coffee.

It’s an urban cellar door, restaurant, bar and your home away from home, so swing by relax and enjoy.

We think our wines are best enjoyed with good company and great food, so we crafted our menu with sharing in mind. Created using fresh local Yarra Valley ingredients and inspired by classic dishes we love, our food matches our wines – delicious!

The whole range of Innocent Bystander wines are served fresh from temperature-controlled, 100% recyclable kegs. It’s the same wine as in the bottles, just served by the glass or carafe.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 592 People Are Saying
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LC1234
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Food was brilliant, pizza is outstanding. Service was very quick and food came out very quickly.!
The biggest let down is the service. Always so cold and rude.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Friendly staffs , beautiful area, tasty food

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Yoshi
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and customer service!
We visited for our anniversary and enjoyed the time very much.

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Peter
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Simple yet value for money Innocent Bystander wine tasting paddle, delicious wood-fired focaccia with burrata and prosciutto, and a tantalizing Puttanesca pizza all make for a great introductory lunch to Healesville!

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Angevb28
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Prompt service. Delicious wine and food, nice atmosphere.
Not your traditional winery in the heart of town.

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Adele
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Nice food, not an extensive menu. Great service, very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been visiting IB for years and they never let you down with food or service!!

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HollyC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We came for a late lunch with our young son. He was very welcomed by the staff and a highchair provided.
The food and wine was exceptional!
The service was pretty good and we felt looked after.
Thank you for a great experience!

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MelissaMcKay
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Lovely place and delicious food. However it was warmer inside than out and meal wasn’t made gluten free as requested.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered the same thing I ate last time - paella. Wine is great. Venue is beaut. Staff knowledgeable. I shall return again.

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SamanthaR
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Had the slow cooked lamb and paella, absolutely beautiful!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Samantha, Thanks for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our menu. Cheers, IB

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NicoleF
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and wine matching outstanding excellent customer service and knowledge highly recommend 20 out of 10

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Nicole, Thanks for coming to our home in the Yarra Valley. What a fantastic review, exactly what we love to hear. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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TracyW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very helpful friendly staff, excellent beverage selection, very tasty meals, great ambience, great value & efficient service, perfect! Thankyou !

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Tracy, Thanks for leaving us with a wonderful five star review! It's great to hear you enjoyed your time. Visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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PETERB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

On a Sunday during Covid, we expected the restaurant to be half full, but it was buzzing and everyone there were certainly enjoying themselves. Lunch was superb. The Lamb Rump which my wife and I both had was excellent - cooked to perfection accompanied by a slight BBQ flavoured Broccolini. The wine was 2018 Mea Culpa Syrah - great fit. Enjoyed immensely and would highly recommend.
Staff ensured we were vaxed, had masks etc....as it should have been done.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Peter, We have found ourselves full most days over the last few weeks, lots of people out enjoying all the Yarra Valley has to offer! The Lamb and our 2018 Mea Culpa Syrah is the absolute best pairing...delicious! We hope to see you again. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely wait staff, great food

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GillianS
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing customer service and overall a fantastic experience. The staff were great and were very knowledgeable about everything

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Gillian, Thanks for the fantastic review! These are the best ones to read and feedback to our team. It's has been a crazy summer with lots of challenges, compliments like these make it all worthwhile. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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kavim
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we had amazing date at Innocent Bystander. Such a beautiful location and so yummy pizzas, we ordered Focaccia with hummus and Smoked Speck pizza. the gorgonzola was perfect amount with the white sauce pizza. totally worth the every penny.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Kavim, Thanks for choosing Innocent Bystander for your date, how perfect! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our menu. Cheers, IB

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MudiR
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great food and quality service.. loved the wine cocktails too.. overall enjoyed our visit

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Mudi, Thanks for the great review! Our wine infused cocktails go down a treat. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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MrBull6425
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good wine, good food, good times.
Would recommend the Paella Mixta.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi there, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander. We hope you had a great time dining with us. See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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JeanieH
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

IB has always been a favourite for dinner for us on our way home from a day in Melbourne. Food is consistently excellent & love their Aussie take on the Aperol Spritz!!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Jeanie, Thanks for leaving us a great review and coming to visit us again! We will see you around soon. Cheers, IB

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GarethD
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Would love to see a beer garden. Bring back normal menus, no one likes qr codes

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hi Gareth, Thanks for providing us with great feedback. We do actually have a wine garden out the back of venue, you may have missed it. Our menus are hard copy if requested. We opted for QR codes with the current climate to eliminate another surface that becomes a regular touch point. We hope to see you again for a drink in our garden of Innocence! Cheers, IB

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Clarkey
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was exceptionally please with the food and the service. The taste of the food was excellent. The wine was also very good, just a little pricey.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Clarkey, Thanks for visiting Innocent Bystander. It's great to hear that you loved the service, food and wine! We look forward to you coming back soon. Cheers, IB

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LuciH
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed a late lunch at Innocent Bystander (with a booking). Great ambience (although the old building was more bustly). Service was warm and friendly (and attentive given Covid staffing restrictions). Great choices on the menu with lots of nibble, salad and pizza options.
We enjoyed the charcuterie plate which was scattered with meats, pate, cheese and pickled vegetables as well as a generous serving of bread. The cos lettuce salad with parmesan dressing and hazelnuts was completely finished! And french fries on the side were a perfect amount of food for two people.
The daily wine carafe was a special weekday treat.
All in all, we had a lovely time and will return :)

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Luci, Thanks for coming to visit us at our home in Healesville! It sounds like you enjoyed a great selection of food and wine, exactly what we are all about! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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MarieR
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marvellous food. The paella was wonderful, the service was excellent, just a lovely long happy lunch. Tragically we were too full for dessert. We’ll have to go back soon.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Marie, Thanks for the fantastic five star review! It sounds like you had a great lunch, you will have to come back to dig into our dessert menu! Cheers, IB

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JocelynP
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food (especially the pizza), fast service and great atmosphere

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 January 2022

Hey Jocelyn, Thanks for coming to visit IBHQ! We are grateful for the wonderful five star review. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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SuzanneP
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

had a great late lunch, the contact less menu downloaded easily to our phones and was simple to understand and read, particularly with my ageing eye sight. Wait staff were fantastic, fluent with their menu and able to offer great suggestions for wine pairing. Food was delicious, the churros is as good as you will get anywhere, and all came out quickly. The wine tasting never disappoints. The overall location and facility has been done very well and has a great vibrant atmosphere.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Suzanne, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and writing a great five star review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything and that our team were fantastic! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was wonderful, the gin and lemon soda cocktail was great as was the Mea CULPA pinot

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Amanda, Thanks for visiting Innocent Bystander and leaving our team a great five star review! Our Mea Culpa Pinot Noir is a great expression of Yarra Valley Pinot...It's our guilty pleasure! See you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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TreenaA
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I highly recommend the trying the wine sampler, great value and you get to choose the 3 wines you want to try. The pinto gris was my favourite and I will be buying a few bottles as it was so good.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hey Treena, Thanks for stopping in at our Cellar Door! The wine tasting paddle is perfect while dining, you can choose three wines to sample. Our 2021 Pinot Gris is delicious, it has definitely been a favourite this summer! Cheers, IB

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience. Service was prompt and very attentive. Had the paella and a pizza with a bottle of Tempranillo. Food was excellent.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hey Mark, Thanks for coming to IBHQ! Great service, great pizza and most importantly...great wine! What more could you want? See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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Paddie
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice place food good staff very polite and helpful would recommend

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Paddie, Thanks for visiting us and leaving a great five star review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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PabloL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, really enjoy the pizza and charcuterie board. Specials are intriguing. Great selection of wines and other alcoholic drinks. Special mention to waitperson Jaden, really knows the menu and is passionate about what's really Special.

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Veer
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worlds best pizza
Please add 4 cheese pizza to regular menu 😍

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hey Veer, Thanks for the wonderful review! Our formaggi pizza was once a regular menu item, it pops up here and there as a special! Will it make a return with our next menu launch? Time will tell. Cheers, IB

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JelkaW
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started with a wine tasting and finished with lunch. The staff were friendly, informative and efficient. We shared the blackboard pizza and the paella. For dessert we had the turkish delight and summer pavlova little cones of joy and the brioche and butterscotch pudding. Everything was delicious. Would definitely recommend.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi Jelka, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and writing a great review from your experience! From wine, mains and desserts it sounds like you had the ideal time. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food and great service. A bit rushed as it was not stated anywhere that they were closing at 6 pm, so we didn’t realise that we were on borrowed time. Overall it was a lovely experience.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 8 January 2022

Hi there, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander! We have had a change in our operating hours, adapting to the struggles we have faced throughout the global pandemic. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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marj
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff and peaceful environment! I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 December 2021

Hey Marj, Thanks for dropping by IBHQ! We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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Leah
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time going there! Lovely food, service was fantastic and great atmosphere! Will definitely go back.

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AnnH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Very accomodating of our group with dietary requirements and checking for suitability of pregnant guests. Staff could have been a little more attentive.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 December 2021

Hi Ann, Thanks for the great review! We pride ourselves in offering great service, and will definitely feed back to the team. Cheers, IB

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AshM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The inventor of frozen moscato should be the Australian of the Year.
10/10.

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PKRK
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The staff were excellent Food was not as good as we have previously had. Dessert was amazing. Was very noisey and could not hear ourselves talk. Salad serves were way too small. Pizzas were too soft and base not crisp. For the price the toppings were inadequate. Proseco was very good.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 20 December 2021

Hi there, Thanks for leaving us some valuable feedback along with a 4 star review. Its disappointing to hear your thought we did not delivery on some of your food choices, as we usually get great feedback for our dishes. We are thrilled you enjoyed our wine and dessert. We hope you come back and give us go again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wine, and service. The Wagon Wheel is delicious!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 27 December 2021

Hi there, Thank you for the wonderful five-star review! We are glad you enjoyed our wagon wheel dome dessert special. Cheers, IB

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FAQs

Innocent Bystander offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5999 9222.

Innocent Bystander is rated 4.6 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.