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Innocent Bystander

316 - 334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
+61 3 5999 9222
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“paella” (22 reviews)
“pizza” (70 reviews)
“truffle fries” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
CUISINES
Spanish, Pizza, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
316 - 334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
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1 - 10 of 175 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Many could learn from this eatery. Limited menu options done extremely well. First class, professional staff. Indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of parking. Great range of wines and locally produced beers just add to the attraction. Not the quietest place but worth the Visit.

Thank Arno B
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Arno, Thanks for visiting us and for your fantastic review. We're very pleased that you liked our home in the Yarra Valley and friendly team members. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tried the new Innocent Bystander restaurant for a quick lunch. Nice setting with very good gluten free pizza and very tasty Paella del Mar. Drank IB Tempranillo and Surah...nice!

Thank FEV25
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for visiting us in the Yarra Valley. We loved hearing that you enjoyed our GF pizza and paella. We agree they both go very nicely with our IB Tempranillo and Syrah! We hope to see you again. Cheers

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great veggie pizza there and the cheese topping was fab u lous! The choice is good but since we were driving we didn’t drink but the wine and beers look great as well. Definitely worth a stop over for lunch on your travels.

Thank Simon S
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your positive review and for visiting us. We're pleased that you loved the veggie pizza and hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We seem to drop by at this place a couple of times throughout the year. Innocent Bystander never failed to impress us. They update the menu quite regularly so we were never bored. Conveniently located near the main road means the first time visitors will...More

Thank EruditeTravels83
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for visiting us again and your awesome review. We're pleased that we didn't disappoint and that you noticed we updated our menu. Every month we also offer seasonal specials in addition to our normal menu so make sure you ask about those as too....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was really happy with the service, food and atmosphere. Kate our server was incredibly helpful and lovely. Initially wanted to go to Giant Steps which was closed, as we thought Innocent Bystander may be too up market for a lunch. We were wrong. It was...More

Thank Wendy07byrne
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Wendy, Thanks for visiting us and for your feedback. It's great to hear that our team helped build a great experience at IB for you. We're pleased that you also enjoyed our wines on tap. Hope to see you again soon, cheers.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at Innocent Bystander last Tuesday.Beautiful spring day.Brown Brothers bought the label off Giant Steps and established a funky restaurant in the old White Rabbit brewery building.The food selection is limited but very high quality and value for money.We chose 2 share plates...More

Thank DavidFD7586CR
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi David, Thanks for visiting us and for your positive review. We're pleased that you enjoyed our food and house-made hommus and fennel salad. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner was quite good with a selection of pizzas and paellas. However, we were very disappointed with the wines and the general lack of knowledge in the tasting area. They just kept telling us how the wine was approachable and easy drinking. All of them!...More

Thank KenFBWI
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ken, Thanks for visiting us and for your review. We have dedicated wine ambassadors who are very enthusiast and knowledgeable about our wines however it seems that you didn't get to speak to one of these team members during the time that you visited....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Funky fit our and modern menu spanning pizza to paella. We enjoyed a tasting board with cured meats. Paella a bit bland, pizza fabulous. Service was slow and hard to get attention of wait staff despite being less than half full.

Thank familyfuninsun
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting us and for your review. We're pleased that you enjoyed our tasting board and have passed your feedback onto the kitchen regarding the paella. We're also going to follow up with our team about your other comment. Cheers.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was the first time for me since this place has changed hands and replaced great brewery "White Rabbit", which moved to Geelong by "Innocent Bystander" (owned now by "Brown Brothers"). The place was packed on Sat lunch! We just came for a dessert and...More

Thank KrystianoM
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting us and your review. We're chuffed that you enjoyed the Brioche and butterscotch pudding with vanilla bean ice cream. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food at their restaurant was truely delicious. Everything we ordered was freshly made and just so tasty. One of the staff recommended the lamb pizza, so we ordered that, along with the chicken wings, truffle fries and breads with dukkah. A scrumptious meal.

Thank Liz S
Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Liz, Thanks for visiting us and your awesome review. We're pleased that you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again soon. Cheers

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Kain F
3 May 2017|
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Response from Mat J | Property representative |
Hi Kain, the menu can be found through a link on the Contact Us page of the website, its also on Zomato.
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calandbrad
8 August 2016|
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Response from Gusswisstrip | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we only visit there every now and then, and have not heard of there being entertainment on weekends. A great place for a meal though!!
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veryfussy286
I would like to know if anyone in the world considers Miles Davis and progressive jazz and muted trumpets; relaxing? I would also like to know if IB will ever consider me seriously. I am not a fool but an ex music teacher, and I have a reasonably good lounge room recording set up at home. I also would like to know if and when IB will consider acoustic shells hung from the ceiling. I wonder if the sound level is within comfortable range. I do have a sound meter which I used when accompanying a young student of mine to the VCA, which also has sound level meters in the percussion dept. I have always rated IB's food as probably, for a similar type restaurant, as 80% or even 90%. It's a pity that any meetings between staff and I have been vexatious and confrontational.When can I have a mature meeting of minds about IB and Giant Steps?
20 March 2016|
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Response from veryfussy286 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with you, however, the place is often nearly empty during a winter week and they rely on people like me, regulars, to keep the place open. The management is arrogant, I admit and it will be a great day, if ever, to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 39
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 - 334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Healesville
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5999 9222
  • E-mail
Description
It's a cellar door, restaurant, bar and cafe all rolled into one. Serving exceptional Innocent Bystander wines (including our famous Moscato) and outstanding wood-fired pizzas along with paellas and share boards for all day dining. Did I mention that we serve Allpress coffee and a range of delicious pastries from Burnham Beeches Bakery as well? Come on over.
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