Our meals consisted of paella del mar and the confit duck legs. These were good meals, wel presented and served. A great disappointment was the sangria. Having travelled extensively, we were expecting a drink with lots of white wine infused fruit. Ours was a glas filled with lots of ice, one slice of lemon and half a strawberry, complemented with a carafe of white wine. This did not come even close to our expectations and at $28.00 was quite expensive. Although we would recommend to a friend in terms of food, we would tell them to stay clear of the sangria.
Tasting was great and thoroughly enjoyed the selection of wines and knowledgeable service. We had a pizza and the gratin which lacked flavour and didn’t come out hot. I wouldn’t recommend getting the squid and chorizo, it had a very odd overpowering taste which we instantly regretted. Great venue for drinking and bubbly staff but I wouldn’t recommend any of the dishes I have listed.
Loved the metre long share platter with a glass of moscato/cider. Have already recommended Innocent Bystander to our friends.
Innocent Bystander is a great place to catch up, eat drink and people watch.
The food was delicious and there were plenty of options for individuals or to share.
We were very impressed with the staff at cella’s door, in sales and in the restaurant. I had expected a winery to be in the country but it is right in Healesville. There are pluses and minuses for this feature. There are some good, affordable wines with grapes sourced from as far away as Central Ottago in NZ.
We always enjoy the food, wine and service here 😊
Hi, thanks for leaving us a 5 star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your overall IB experience! We will see you again soon. Cheers, IB
Such friendly staff, they actually took time to talk us and made us feel very welcome.
Hi there, thanks for stopping by to visit! We take pride in our the friendly nature of our staff, we are always excited to talk to our guests. We hope to see you again shortly. Cheers, IB
Your tasting station prior to our meal was fantastic! We loved planning our drinks to have with our lunch. We have already and will keep telling our friends and family how much we enjoyed the experience, food and of course, drinks.
We ordered the metre platter and it was delish! One of us is vegan and there was more than enough food on that platter for both of us to enjoy.
We also wanted to do a shout out to one of your staff who looked after us. We didn’t grab his name but he had light blonde/red hair and was wearing cherry socks! He was funny, approachable, super kind and witty! He made the lunch that bit more enjoyable and he was more than happy to help us out. He clearly enjoys his job!
Hi Brigid, thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and leaving us with a fantastic review! We can agree, doing a complimentary wine tasting at our tasting bar is perfect to decide what to enjoy with lunch. It sounds like Angus, we will be sure to pass your positive comment onto him! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB
Service was excellent, food was well staggered between entrée, main & dessert. Everything we ate was incredibly tasty our paella matched beautifully with the wine.
For a busy Friday night the noise level wasn’t too high very easy to maintain a two person conversation at our table.
Hi, thanks for dining with us and leaving us a great review! We are glad you enjoyed your Paella matched with your wine. If you are ever unsure of what wine to match be sure to ask one of our staff. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB
Second time coming to this place and to be honest, whilst it looks homely inside and the food comes out relatively fast, you really have to watch what you order. Paella is decent, but a bit small - probably enough for 2 people and some pizzas just left a bad taste in your mouth (the confit garlic literally leaves a bitter after taste that puts you off eating). Service is also so-so. They're happy to clear your table, but at most times it was difficult to get their attention to order more food. At one point, they took away one of two water bottles for our group of six and never returned with another filled bottle of water. I would rather pay more to eat somewhere else for better service and not having to worry about the food you order (aka Meletos).
Hi there, thanks for coming back to dine with us! Our menu is designed around sharing. Perfect to order our Paella and some side dishes for your group. We are usually commended for our great service and apologise that it was not up to scratch. We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB
Always a favourite place to go, food is always so quick to come out which is a bonus. The simple yet divine menu is always a winner as well. Only comment would be, we asked the waitress what the cheese platter came with and she was unsure at the time so she went to find out but never actually came back to tell us. Other then everything was on point.
Hi Lauren, thanks for dining with us at our home in the Yarra Valley! We take pride in delicious food and great service. Our apologies that the service wasn't up to our usual standard. We will speak with the team to make sure the different components on our cheese board are communicated! See you again soon. Cheers, IB
The food was delicious and came out so quickly. Such a great atmosphere and staff were so friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back.
Hi Rachel, thanks for leaving with a 5 star review! We will see you back again soon. Cheers, Team IB
Very fast service. Food was great. Family friendly.
Hi Rita, thanks for stopping by and leaving us with a 5 star review. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.
Enjoyed the menu selection which we shared between 4 of us.
Complementary wine tasting was a bonus.
Hi Linda, thanks for coming to visit us! It sounds like you enjoyed the full Innocent Bystander experience, a wine tasting followed by a lunch shared with friends and family. We hope to see you back soon. Cheers, IB
Service was awful, took 3 hours to eat the meal and every time we had to flag the waitress over (who often avoided contact).. Food was average, over priced for what it was. Wont be revisiting any time soon (if ever) better options elsewhere
Hi there, thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us with feedback regarding your experience. Apologies that during your visit the service given to you was not at our usual high standards. We often get complimented on our attention to service. If you would like to discuss further please send us a message or give us a call. Cheers, IB.
Food was lovely though service lacked and could definitely be improved.
Hi Olivia, thank you for providing us with great feedback, we will communicate this to the rest of the team. Cheers, IB
Good food. Attentive service. Ok cocktails. Not overly nice location outside with car park view, but who cares, just makes it a bit noisy sometimes. I would still recommend!
Hi, thanks for stopping by and leaving us with a great review! We are glad you enjoyed the food and received great service. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB
We decided to have a spontaneous lunch and was lucky to book in last minute. The service was prompt, good food and drinks and the atmosphere was chilled although busy. As always, our favourites were delicious and the addition of a dessert was a great choice to finish our meal. We don't venture out this far often and it is always worth the effort to come to Healesville and enjoy ourselves.
Hi, thanks for coming out to Healesville to dine with us. We always recommend making a booking to ensure you don't miss out on a table. We will see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB
Really enjoyed the wine tasting: ranging from Pinot Gris, through Chardonnay, Rose, Tempranillo, Shiraz to Moscato and Cider. Lots to love about these wines. Great host. No hurry. Lunch: fabulous paella, great merguez lamb pizza, duck and couldn’t go past the fries with aioli. Made for a perfect New Year’s Day with friends. Would highly recommend.
Hi Vicky, thanks for coming and visiting us in the Yarra Valley. We are glad you loved our wines. We love them too, that's why all our wine tastings are complimentary. It sounds like you enjoyed your New Years Day with great wine, food and friends! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB
Limited menu but great sharing snacks, paella and pizza.
Hi Simon, thank you for visiting us at Innocent Bystander! Our menu is designed around sharing, ideal with friends and family! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB
Delicious pizzas and yummy cocktails. Service is good too.
Thought it was a "regular restaurant"...but the only thing you could order was paella or pizza (?)
You could order som chips with truffel sauce...but nothing to it, no hamburger, no meat...nothing
Have been a number of times & never not enjoyed the food. Service is always exceptional .
Great place - great food. Butterscotch pudding is a must try - happy to drive all the way from melbourne just to have that desert!
Innocent Bystander is a slick operation. The service is good, acting quickly and friendly. The wine was served in test tubes beakers which was cool. The food came out quickly and was to a high standard. A pleasant dining experience.
Hi David, thank you for writing a great review! We always aim to offer great quality food along with exceptional service. It sounds like you had a great time. Cheers, IB
Beautiful food, lovely staff and great atmosphere. Thank you
Hi, thank you for your five star review! Cheers, IB
Can’t wait to go back! Amazing food and service! Great for lazy Sunday arvo catch ups!
Hi Kristy, thank you for the positive review! We look forward to having you back soon. Cheers, IB
Great pizza and a very tasty paella. Wines served in chemistry beakers
Hi Megan, thanks for visiting us! We serve our wine by the flask in the resturant, as all of our wine is on tap! Next time you are visiting chat to one of our staff about or wine keg system to see how it works. Cheers, IB
Fabulous dinner for teenagers birthday. Everyone was very happy. Share platter excellent. Paella delicious. Teenagers pizza was very big- great to share. Wine was lovely and we could all choose our own as it’s on tap and not served by the bottle. Well worth the drive to Healesville.
Hi KelliW, thanks for choosing us to celebrate with you and your family! The pizza is perfect to share, choose a few different options and try them all! Cheers, IB
Great place with my friends and we enjoyed our day . Loved the big platter.
Hi Soulsister, thanks for leaving us a 5 star review. We're glad you had an enjoyable day with us. See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB
Food was delicious. Wine was great. Service was exceptional...our food didn’t come out at exactly the same time so they brought us apology-fries without us saying a word! We hadn’t even realized there was a delay...we were enjoying the paella too much to notice!
Hi Hayley, thanks for giving us 5 stars! It sounds like you had a great time. Next time you visit be sure to try our pizza! Cheers, IB
Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is small with a focus on pizza or paella but the food is excellent . Staff were attentive, well-informed and responsive. The wine list was very good as one might expect from a winery restaurant.
Hi Edgil, thanks for writing us a 5 star review! We designed our menu around sharing, with a focus on quality local ingredients. We like to keep our wine list interesting. We just released our Gamay Pinot Noir. Be sure to try it next time you come to visit. Cheers, IB
Food and drink was great value and very tasty. Only let down was the fact that there was zero outdoor seating for more then 2 people. During sunny days, people generally want to sit outside and eat/drink together.
Hi Chloe, thank you for visiting us at Innocent Bystander! We're glad you enjoyed our food. For groups over two people we do offer large tables in the restaurant for groups to all be together. Cheers, IB
Excellent Dining experience as always. This Place never fails to impress. My favourite Restaurant in Melbourne.
Hi Martin, we are so glad that you continue to love your experiences at Innocent Bystander. We will see you soon. Cheers, IB
My friends enjoyed a girls weekend in Healesville this weekend and this restaurant was one of our high notes. The tasting was well explained and generous. At dinner we enjoyed our favorite Innocent Bystander glass of wine with a share platter. The platter offered a variety of wonderful things. Cold Meats, Olives, Pate, Dips, Cheese and plenty of French baguette. It was on a long platter (see photo) that filled us 4 ladies for only $48. The photo only shows about 2/3 of the platter. It was nearly as long as our table. Very economical. We love the ambience of this restaurant and look forward to coming back.
Hi Laura, we're glad that coming to visit Innocent Bystander was a highlight of your weekend. It's always a great idea to arrive early and enjoy our guided wine tasting. The 'metre of awesomeness' shareboard is perfect to have between four people. It highlights a selection of local products like the cold meats from The Beef Joint! We look forward to having to visit us again. Cheers, IB
We have been to IB quite a number of times and as such are confident that all the measurement criteria are consistently excellent. Well done IB team😊
Hi Richard, thanks for providing us with a great review from all your great experiences. I'm sure we will see you around soon. Cheers, IB
A very lovely place to go, a good variety of items to choose from, we had the Awesome Metre Board, great eating for 2 people. Great service and very friendly staff.
Hi there, thanks for coming and dining with us! Our menu is designed around sharing, perfect for friends and family. Next time you visit you will have to try our wines at our cellar door. Cheers, IB
Had a wonderful birthday dinner with friends, quick service, amazing wine and delicious fresh produce.
Hi Sarah, our venue is the perfect spot for a birthday dinner, enjoyed with great company...and wine! Cheers, IB
Friendly attentive staff, warm and inviting ambience, great food, delicious desserts and fantastic wine... a delightful evening all round
Hi Jan, we are glad you had a great overall experience with us. Our butterscotch pudding is definitely one of our favourite desserts! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Team IB
Loved the feel of this place.
Food was perfect for sharing and the wine tasting options great!
Staff were attentive and friendly.
Hi Lynette, thanks for coming to visit us! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB
I went because I knew their wine was delicious. I stayed because their food was delicious! I’m vegan and me and my family enjoyed a great range of options. The garlic flatbread was soooo good, and the veg Paella was a crowd favourite.
Hi Vonski, thanks for coming out to visit us! The garlic bread and Veggie Paella are both great vegan options, we also have a few delicious pizzas that can be vegan too. We hope to see you again soon, our wine range is always growing! Cheers, IB