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USD 7 - USD 20
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Spanish, Pizza
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 24 May 2021

Had a mid-week meal here while staying in Healesville and it was fantastic. Great wine and for a Wednesday night it was really busy so clearly the place to be.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2021

Hi there, Thanks for leaving us a great review! We are excited to hear you enjoyed your time with us at our home in the Yarra Valley. We look forward to seeing you soon when you are visiting next. Cheers, IB

Reviewed 10 May 2021

We were staying for a couple of nights at Inglenook Cottage, a very pleasant 15-minute walk away through Healesville township and a park with a lovely little stream running through it. Last time we visited, the restaurant was in a different building so it was...a nice surprise to find how much the venue had improved. We were first in the door at noon but the place very quickly filled up. Despite the crowd, the service from Courtney and others was friendly and very efficient. We started with cocktails - Tempranillo Old Fashioneds. So good that we had another round to finish off the meal. I normally drink martinis but she'd had a Cafe Old Fashioned at Oakridge Winery the day before which she'd raved about and given me a taste of. The innocent Bystander version is even better. We both had the salmon gravlax for entree followed by a mushroom pizza for her and a lamb one for me. Big servings and we weren't convinced that we'd be able to finish them. We'd noticed that a few other diners were arranging doggie boxes for their unfinished pizzas but, ably assisted by a bottle of Meah Culpa Syrah and a couple of extra glasses of it, we managed to finish ours. A great lunch in a great new building and we'll be back.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2021

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review! We did move venues 4 years ago, just across the carpark into our Yarra valley home...IBHQ. It's great to hear you enjoyed your service from Courtney, we will make sure the compliments are...More

Reviewed 3 May 2021 via mobile

Daughter and I popped in for quick bite and were extremely happy we did. Great service, fabulous food (locally sourced/made) and good local beer and wine. Atmosphere was friendly too. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2021

Hi Jules, Thanks for leaving us a fantastic five star review! We pride ourselves in highlighting local produce and supporting those in our local community. We would love for you to pop in again soon...give us a call to make a booking so you don't...More

Reviewed 30 April 2021 via mobile

We had a takeaway. Very smooth process to order and pick up. Pizzas were just ok when we got them home though.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2021

Hi there, Its great to hear that you found our ordering and pick up process smooth! You can give us a call or order online for takeaway food. We are always looking for ways to improve, if you feel our pizza's were just okay please...More

Reviewed 6 April 2021 via mobile

Been here a couple of times now and it's always fantastic. Can't go past the exceptional paella, but the pizzas are also great. Their Chardonnay is the best of the bunch.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2021

Hi there Curlew, Thank you for the great review. We are so pleased to hear you love our paella, pizzas and chardonnay. Worth coming back for! We will see you around soon. Cheers, IB

Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

Always heard good things so organised a family group for Easter. Poor service and average food. Won’t be going again.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Matthew J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2021

Hi Sightsee735407 Thanks for coming out to visit us at Innocent Bystander, it's great to hear you'd heard good things about us, but disappointing to hear we didn't meet your expectations this Easter weekend. If you'd like to provide any specific feedback that we can...More

Reviewed 2 April 2021

Their Moscato is one of my favourite wines so I was very excited when I got to go to their restaurant. My partner and I decided to get two of their tasting paddles which meant we were able to try 6 different wines from their...menu; all tasted great. The food was delicious and the service was very quick and super friendly. I will definitely be back and recommending it to others.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Matthew J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2021

Hi Kayla Thanks for visiting us at Innocent Bystander and sharing your experience. Our Moscato is super popular, great to hear you're a fan and that you also tried a selection of our other wines with the tasting paddles. We hope you'll make it back...More

Reviewed 10 March 2021 via mobile

Over the weekend my husband visited for a wine tasting followed by lunch. Declan looked after us during our wine tasting and he was personable and knowledgable. He altered the tasting based on what we liked rather than what we had written on paper. The...wines are ready to drink now (not to store and age) and we found them easy to drink and affordable. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch of truffle fries, a meat platter and chicken pate board. Everything we were served was delicious but the standout was the pate. It was heaven! Service was good too. Must visit when in Healesville!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Matthew J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2021

Hi Dem11 Thanks for coming by to visit us last month. It's wonderful to hear that Declan provided you with such great service and i'm glad you enjoyed your tasting and the wines that we make. That pate really is quite decadent and delicious too!...More

Reviewed 8 March 2021

we decided to pop in after a long hike for a drink and a bite to eat. First of all we were told there were no tables avaiable (the place was half empty ) but we could come back at 5 for a drink at...the bar if we wanted to book, so we popped back to book a seat at the bar only to find that they were letting other people in to sit at the bar and we could sit at the bar. There were 6 other people who came in when we did, they were all served water and their drinks 10 minutes before us- its not as if they were super busy and there were lots of wait staff going up and down behind the bar. One group asked to sit outside and were told they could not as the staff were on their break. It was so bizarre there were so many people being turned away. We were also told no food at the bar so we had our drinks, bought some take away alcohol and left. Our experience could have been so much better it does put you off going back.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2021

Hi den003, Thank you for stopping by Innocent Bystander after your hike. We apologise that you were kept waiting, we always aim to offer friendly and attentive service. We often have guests mention tables are empty, although this usually due to tables being reserved. It...More

Reviewed 21 January 2021 via mobile

Good food, beautiful wine, funky and well designed restaurant. Paella was ok but think the pizzas might be the sweet spot. Great wine recommendations by the waiter.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Mat J, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2021

Hi Sonja, Thank you for visiting IBHQ and proving a some great feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your food and wine. We hope to have you dine with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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sp0rter1
10 November 2020|
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Response from MatJ164 | Property representative |
We primarily sell wine, with selected local beers.
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kainf2016
3 May 2017|
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Response from MatJ164 | 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
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No I don't think they did. Still worth going, great atmosphere and good food.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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