Innocent Bystander

4.5
534 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 534 People Are Saying
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4.5
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Rambut
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. We decided to take away instead of dining in and the change was gladly accepted by the restaurant without hesitation

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JoanneC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Fabulous lunch! Great service and ambience. Delicious food.

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Kell
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

The service was good however we felt rushed with out wine tasting. We requested some time in between the wine and food but we’re continually pushed to eat and food was cleared while we were still eating. We had a 1.5 hour sitting but were up to dessert in under 45 mins.

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AliB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

My husband and I were so disappointed with our experience at Innocent Bystander. Having heard good things expectations were high but reality was very different . It’s a huge space with little atmosphere and I did not appreciate a reminder text about when my booking time finishing as soon as I sat down . When you are in holiday you DO NOT want that. Our waitress did her part and was friendly and courteous but she was let down by very average food which looked and tasted as if it had been mass produced and the fact my meal came at least 10 mins before my husband was poor timing . In addition our pre lunch drink came out at the same time as our wine . Not what you want . The redeeming feature ? The wine itself . In hindsight we should have just grabbed a bottle of that and left. To be fair we were offered a partial refund which we appreciated but I will not be going back any time soon. I am usually not a complainer and these are first world problems but after a crap couple of years in lockdown I was hoping for more.

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MarnieG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience! We had a fabulous tasting with Jayden who was so knowledgeable, passionate and really went over and above to show us the wines and a good time. Would highly recommend the tastings and stopping for a meal in the restaurant

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Tara
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience, a few vegetarian options on the menu. Wine tasting was perfect

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MANDYM
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A delightful lunch with excellent service. Only complaint was other patrons wandering around without facemasks

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Mandy, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander! We appreciate your great review and comments! As per the current government regulations, only staff serving the public indoors are required to wear facemasks in hospitality venues, leaving customers the choice to wear a mask or not. We hope this clears up a few things for you. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Austin
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed the chef’s tasting platter of charcuterie, cheeses, pate’, pickled and grilled veggies, as well as the spicy hummus with ciabatta and the pulled pork croquette. Everything was delicious. The staff warmly welcomed us and the service throughout the meal was great. The special beer of the day was tasty as was the rose’ wine on tap. The only thing we could have done without were the flies. We sat by the window and were accompanied by lots of flies trying to get out. They got in through the open door leading to the garden. Just a minor issue. We’ll definitely be back!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to write us a fantastic review. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable experience with us and that all the food was up to standard! We have multiple levels of control to minimise the impact of flying insects and these are very effective for the majority. Unfortunately, on particularly hot or humid days, we can find more than the usual number of flies. We are looking forward to having you visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love coming here.

The Wine and Drinks selection is spot on. The Food is so delicious as well! I have visited over 5 times!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, We love seeing friendly faces back through our doors! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Linda
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The food and drinks we ordered were very good, but the menu is limited. Service was friendly and helpful.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Linda, Thank you for stopping by Innocent Bystander and leaving us a wonderful four star review! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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JonnyK
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and wine is incredible. Everything we ordered was delicious.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 November 2021

Hi Jonny, thank you for the glowing feedback and five star review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at IBHQ. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was good to Dine In after a while at really good venue in Healesville.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 November 2021

Hey there, thanks for leaving us a five star review! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff with good variety. Quality at reasonable prices. You have to try the butterscotch brioche pudding its amazing

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 November 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to give us some wonderful feedback. Our brioche and butterscotch pudding is an all time fav! Cheers, IB

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SueF
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Innocent Bystander is a great venue for a group or smaller team catch-up. Food choices are interesting and varied. We had the metre long tasting platter for three of us which enabled us to try a good range of nibbles with fresh crusty bread and toast. We also enjoyed a mushroom pizza and french fries, so we sampled quite a bit! Definitely a great place for a large or small catch up. The wine, of course, is superb and so is the service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 November 2021

Hi Sue, thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. It sounds like your group had a fantastic selection of our food and wines, what more would you want! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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BrendanC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been before, years ago. I booked dinner for 7.30pm (only available slot) But we were done with wineries by 5.30 and rocked up at 6pm. Staff were brilliant. No problem seating us. Great food and wine-flight. Recommend to anyone, groups, kids, couples. Great way to finish a day in Yarra Valley.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Brendan, How lucky that we were able to accommodate your group earlier. Always worth giving us a call to check. No better way to end the day in the valley than sharing a meal with friends and family, with your favourite drop in hand! Cheers, IB

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Oddsox
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience across the board. Will definitely come back

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 November 2021

Hey Oddsox, thanks for dining with us at IBHQ. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers, Team IB

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SarahI
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place. Nice food and especially love the moscato granita!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 November 2021

Hi Sarah, thanks for leaving us a great review! The moscato granita is the perfect addition to a warm sunny day...or any day! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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VictoriaA
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful costumer service and delicious food. Overall fantastic dining experience

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Victoria, Thanks for leaving us a five star review and complimenting our team! See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic venue with a relaxed vibe. Food was amazing. The wait staff were friendly and everything ran like a well oiled machine. Will be back again and recommend the Innocent Bystander to others.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Jenn, The team is pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience! We pride ourselves on running like a well oiled machine, our key is communication! Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Concerned how many patrons were walking around restaurant without masks on despite being advised by staff if not seated at table to wear a mask

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, We have always followed current government guidelines and asked that all guests when moving around the venue wear a mask, this was communicated upon entering and when being seated. We tried our best to friendly remind patrons that forgot. Cheers, Team IB

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CasB
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice casual yet elegant vibe. Efficient and friendly service, great value food and the drinks are exceptionally good value.
I’d add this venue to anyone’s must do list

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Cas, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and for writing the perfect review! We pride ourselves on providing the best possible service, exception wines and delicious food. We are pleased to hear you agree! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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ClaireK
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic lunch, the chefs charcuterie board was delicious. Had a vegan chocolate dome for desert and it was amazing, The wine was great too.
It was so cold outside but the restaurant was lovely and warm. The staff were helpful and friendly. Would definitely visit again :)

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Claire, Thank you for visiting our home in the Yarra Valley. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed all that was on offer and we hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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JenS
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food friendly and knowledgeable staff highly recommend

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great wine, great service, look forward to our next visit!

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Regina
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great place for lunch in between winery tastings. Lovely, friendly and welcoming staff, and the food was delicious - we had the paella and the lamb rump. Both were great and very decent portions - we definitely weren’t left hungry. We also did the ‘discover’ option where you can choose 3 wines to try on a tasting flight.

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TrevorW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and experience. One of my favorite restaurants.

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Christina
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Staff were distracted with their headsets most of the time, not attentive to customers already seated. Too distracted by cleaning the tables around us to pay us any attention. Also were not accommodating to transfer to an outdoor seat - blatantly lied to us saying it was at capacity with one table being used!

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StevenS
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We always enjoy our time at Innocent Bystander good food and wine in a great setting

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BenjaminS
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were amazing!! We will be back again for sure!!

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PaulS
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal under Covid impacts. Felt comfortable in the environment. Great service with outstanding food quality and an awesome flight of wine. Thank you Innocent Bystander

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Ljillustrations
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Lovely lunch and wonderful, friendly service! Thank you!

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Maria
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, delicious food - spacious and open dining area as well as lovely staff who were very helpful. Would recommend for a casual and cosy dining experience with family and friends

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 5 August 2021

Hi Maria, Thanks for visiting Innocent Bystander and writing a great five star review. We will be sure to pass your comments through to the team. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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LarissaP
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, the staff were incredible attentive. Would highly recommend

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 5 August 2021

Hi Larissa, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and leaving a great five star review! Cheers, IB

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FionaH
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Warm and friendly service and the mushroom truffle pizza was very tasty. Worth taking your time and having dessert as well. The affogatto board was popular, the churros tasty and the brioche pudding very filling!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 5 August 2021

Hi Fiona, Thanks for the wonderful review. Our Funghi pizza is delicious, topped with 500 grams of mushrooms, it is certainly one to please! How could anyone pass up having dessert! We hope to have you back dining with us soon. Cheers, IB

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JacquelineS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing night!
Highly recommend the beef brisket, was delish!

The drinks were great too☺️

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 5 August 2021

Hi Jacqueline, Thanks for the great review. Our beef brisket is a stand out, a perfectly hearty winter warmer! What drinks did you try? We hope to have you visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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RhondaW
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, beautiful atmosphere and service was fantastic, would highly recommend

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 5 August 2021

Hi Rhonda, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. We are pleased to hear you had a great experience with us. We look forward to having you back soon. Cheers, IB

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Lorian
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and wine. Had charcuterie platter, paella, cos lettuce salad & fries. More than enough tor 2.
Brisket was unavailable.
Menu choices all high carb - so very filling.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 July 2021

Hi Lorian, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and leaving our team a five star review! It sounds like you had a feast...delicious! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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CaitlinE
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing pizzas and dessert! Great, friendly service

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 July 2021

Hi Caitlin, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great five star review! We hope to have all our customers back dining with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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Hughesy02
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff as always and fast and smooth service!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 July 2021

Hey there Hughesy, Thanks for the five star review and highlighting our staff and service. See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Terrific staff

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 22 July 2021

Hey there! Thank you for the five star review and compliments! 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 4.5 stars by 534 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.