Innocent Bystander

4.5
452 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Come visit us at our new home in Healesville (we call it IBHQ) for some delicious wine, great pizza and tasty paella, or enjoy a non-wine option such as our IB Cider and Melbourne coffee around a share board.

It’s a cellar door, a café, restaurant, bar and your home away from home, so 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 from 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.

Experiences

  • Flight Club

    A$24.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    The first rule of Flight Club, is talk about Flight Club! Sit back in our Cellar Door Lounge and enjoy a flight of 3 of our wines, matched with local produce from some of our friends here in the Yarra Valley. We've paired our wines with cheese from Stone & Crow and Yarra Valley Dairy because who doesn't love wine and cheese? For those with a sweeter tooth, we've teamed up with Melbourne Cocoa to create a delectable selection of handmade Innocent Bystander wine infused chocolates. Once you add the flight of wines that inspired them you have a truly decadent experience.
What 452 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu, food and wine options, service fantastic. Food quality was great and imaginatively presented.
Loved the wine tasting boards in conical flasks.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

A slight annoyance with the rear door having to remain open when it allowed a cool breeze in. Patrons from two tables tried to close it to no avail.

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Dylan
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Had a great time at Innocent Bystander an awesome casual dinner with the staff being very attentive.

Coming from Sydney, would definitely come back when down at Healesville.

The dessert was the highlight!

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Def coming back . Food was amazing and service was fantastic . The wine tastings were a great size to figure out what you wanted. Can not recommend the cider enough !

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Buchs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place. Outstanding service but needs a larger menu

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PJHo
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Went there originally for the moscato but will definitely return for the food as well!

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Cato
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was amazing. Prices were reasonable aswell. Will definitely visit again.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Cato, Thanks for the great five star review. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, IB

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Debjames
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Great time, great food
New waitress so just learning but was very polite
But the guy came over and really new his stuff, was so impressed

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Deb, Thank you for leaving us a great five star review! Its great to hear that your experience dining with us was enjoyable. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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Tommy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were recommended Innocent Bystander and it definitely didn't disappoint. The food was brilliant!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 29 April 2021

Hi Tommy, Thanks for leaving us a great five star review. We are glad we could deliver on the recommendation! Come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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MeiR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a really lovely time—the service, food and ambiance are wonderful. The inability to lower the blind next to the window was the main downside as it became unbearably hot. Not sure what happens in Summer! Anyway the staff were lovely and moved us to another table (luckily it wasn't quite packed).

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us a great review with some very helpful feedback! We are currently looking for solutions to keep the tables out of the winter sun, as the summer sun does not shine through in the same place! We will always do our best to shuffle around tables to ensure our guests are comfortable. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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BronwynR
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After a drive through the Yarra Valley, Innocent Bystander is the perfect stop for a meal. Interesting menu with lots of share plates means you can sample great local produce. Good selection of wine and cocktails to accompany the food and a shop for purchasing your favourite drink on your way out. The staff are friendly and efficient and their COVID safe interventions are not burdensome. I highly recommend Innocent Bystander but remember to book first for this popular restaurant.

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SarahM
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, quick service and all in all very enjoyable!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Sarah, Thank you for reviewing us five stars. We are pleased to hear that your overall experience with us was enjoyable. We hope to have you dine with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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SandraD
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Inviting place, not too loud. Staff was so welcoming and helpful. Food is delicious and moscato is truly to die for.
Great value for money. We shared the 1 mt entree platter and then some pizza and paella, plenty for 5 people.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 29 April 2021

Hi Sandra, Thanks for leaving us a fantastic five star review! It is great to hear your group had an enjoyable experience with us. It sounds like you had a feast! Come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous service, great food in lovely surroundings.
Would absolutely recommend

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 29 April 2021

Hi there, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and leaving us a great review! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Rusty
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Enjoyed my lunch with friends. The food was good. I would recommend buying wine in smaller carafes as the Pyrex breakers do not sit in wine coolers and the large wine got warm. The service was OK but we received contradictory advice on how big the metre board was and what to order with it but fortunately we took the right advise. The waiter serving the metre board was very bland in explaining the contents and disappeared before any questions. Missed an opportunity to embellish the moment like testing us afterwards as to what things were as an example. Compared to our visit to 4 Pillars earlier the service staff were average in comparison. In saying that however we enjoyed the lunch very much and will go back.

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LouiseY
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent Foid, wine and ambience. We will be back!

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LynetteC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We were advised as to the unavailability of ingredients for pizzas, and were told we could not request any variations. This was reiterated as though it were a prerogative of 'fine dining' to be inflexible when it would have been so easy to be accommodating! Not impressed. The place is not what it once was.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 23 April 2021

Hi Lynette, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us feedback. This always helps us to improve how we operate! Our woodfired pizzas are made fresh with locally sourced produce! We certainly can accommodate flexibility with toppings for guests with dietary requirements. We apologise that we ran out of ingredients that you were hoping for, we do our best to make sure we can fulfil each menu item daily. We hope that you give us another try. Cheers, IB

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Meng
Melbourne
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a recommended by a friend to try. It didn’t disappoint. The food was great. Nice flavours with nice touches. The service was outstanding. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Would definitely be a regular to visit in the future. Thank you to all the staff.

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Cathyv
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly and efficient service. Food delicious.

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JohnD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice restaurant, good vibe, good service, nice food, overall would recommend.

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JonC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So content. IB is the first place I opt for when in the mood for a top-quality meal at a reasonable price.

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LisaJ
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely evening, food was delicious, as was the wine. Staff were all really friendly and accommodating and prompt!
Looking forward to another meal there one day

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JP28
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely AMAZING! The food was so delicious. The drinks were incredible. The staff were absolutely amazing and passionate. They all made the time to make you feel welcomed to Innocent Bystander!
The vibe is amazing.. would deffs come back because of the vibe and atmosphere. Love it! Great job!!

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KateC
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Fantastic wine. Great for dietary requirements and really professional and friendly service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Kate, Thanks for checking out IB! We love all round great reviews like this and are pleased to hear you had a wonderful experience with us. Come back and visit soon. Cheers, IB

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is a good option for everyday dining with friends or family. Nice range of food and plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options and tasty with it. It is fairly easy to get a reservation as the place is large, but the ambience is still quite warm and cosy.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Richard, Thank you for coming to visit us at Innocent Bystander. We have a great range of vegetarian and gluten free options, we are always happy to cater for any dietary requirements. Bookings are essential to make sure you do not miss out on a space, especially on weekends and holiday periods, as we do fill out very quickly, despite the size of the venue. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Steph
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and wine is excellent and the staff lovely.
Highly recommend!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Steph, Thank you for the great 5 star review! We tend to agree with you there...No Bias! We hope to see you back again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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ALG1
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food-really loved both of the pizzas we tried and also the pumpkin salad. Went down well with the Moscato. Will definitely come back.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi there, Thanks leaving us a fantastic five star review. The roast pumpkin salad is delicious, especially with a glass of wine! We hope to see you dining with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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MelissaR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the atmosphere was great. Will go again when I'm the area

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Melissa, Thank you for the great review! Its starting to get cold here in the Yarra Valley and we can finally have our fire going again, perfect for a cosy night with wine or two. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Yumyum
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great table service! All the waiters were attentive and were knowledgeable about all the food items on the menu. Ambience was fantastic! We were recommended this place by a family member and will definitely refer friends and family to Innocent Bystander.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Yumyum, Thanks for this amazing review! We strive to provide attentive and knowledgeable service for our guests and we are are so please to have you highlight this. We hope to have you visit us again soon. Cheers, Team Innocent Bystander.

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SarahC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food and wine were wonderful, and our host Tegan was absolutely amazing and very generous.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Sarah, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander! Tegan is a superstar in our team and we are glad you were happy with her service, we will be sure to let her know. See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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KelliW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Such a great night. The service was excellent. Friendly and helpful. Very efficient. We asked to be moved and the staff were really great to assist. Food was delicious and the wine was perfect.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Kelli, Thank you for leaving us a great five star review after your experience with us. Its great to hear you had an overall great time with us, from service to food and wine. We hope to have you back with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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GenevieveM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Was seated by the window on a hot day and as the blinds did not go the whole way down, my friends and I were incredibly uncomfortable by the heat. We requested to be moved twice but was denied even after mentioning that one friend was about to pass out by the heat. It was a very disappointing experience especially as there were plenty seats available (we were told were booked). Another table seated by the windows left after 10 minutes due to the heat.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Genevieve, Thank you for providing feedback. We apologise that your group didn't enjoy your time with us. Unfortunately this the way the blinds are designed, if they were to touch the floor they would be in the way of the tables. Tables are often empty as they have been reserved. We are looking into solutions regarding the afternoon sun being quite warm for these tables and for the time being we are avoiding sitting guest at these tables. We hope to see you soon. Cheers, IB

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Amanda
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Pizza's are the standout every time, cos lettuce salad went perfectly with it.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Amanda, Its great to hear you love our wood fired pizzas and keep coming back! Our cos lettuce salad is the perfect addition, very fresh and light! See you soon. Cheers, Team IB

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f00die
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Average service and food. Paella meat and seafood both not fresh at all. Chewy and tough.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi there, Thanks for coming to IB and providing us some feedback. We often get great reviews about our paella and our service. We apologise that we did not meet our usual high standards. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi, Thanks for the great review! Cheers, IB

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GayleM
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I’d like to complement teagan (?) our waitress. She was friendly helpful and complied with all our requests with a great smile and efficiency. Thanks to her we had a great night.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Gayle, Thank you for coming back to Innocent Bystander. We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful night and were very happy with Tegan's service, we will pass on the compliment to her. See you again soon. Cheers IB

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice place. Focaccia bread was amazing. Enjoyed meat and cheese board.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi David, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the wood fired garlic focaccia, meat and cheese share boards. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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EllieD
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’d heard this place recommended by so many people I knew so I went in with high expectations, and absolutely loved it all! The food, wine and general atmosphere was amazing. I will definitely be back!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Ellie, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. Phew! We am glad we lived up to your expectations and didn't fall, short. We hope to see you around soon. Cheers, IB

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SharonR
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The metre long platter was a great choice. Combined with a couple of pizzas and the beautiful chardonnay there was certainly enough for the 4 of us. Everything was fresh and tasty.
We left full and satisfied without feeling bloated.
Wait staff were very friendly and attentive and the service was fast without feeling rushed.
We will definitely be back!!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Sharon, Thanks for writing a great five star review. Our chefs selection is a one metre long share platter with a decision array of local produce, with pizza and wine...perfect! We hope to see you soon. Cheers, IB

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HelenD
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish pizzas - light crisp base with generous and innovative toppings

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 12 April 2021

Hi Helen, Thank you for complimenting our pizzas! Using the fresh local ingredients certainly pays off. 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 452 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.