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Review of Innocent Bystander

Innocent Bystander
Ranked #3 of 59 Restaurants in Healesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 7 - USD 20
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Was fantastic to have a tasting with the knowledgeable staff here. The wines were delicious and I learnt a lot about wine.

Thank Jessi A
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MatJ164, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Jessi, so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tasting with us. We hope to see you back again, you'll have to grab a bite to eat as well next time. Cheers, IB.

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We are from the states and the way several locals had talked up this place you’d think it was going to blow away all the other wineries in the valley. It is not on a vineyard but on the edge of town and is in more of a food/hang out spot in a big warehouse space. There were plenty of servers, but they were not very helpful. The wines are on tap and food is off to the left. We each had a glass and ate. The wine was OK, but the food was really disappointing in an area with such great cuisine. My wife is originally from the Bronx and we have amazing pizza in our NYC suburb, but what was served here would not pass for frozen super market pizza in the states, but at a premium price. If you are looking for a place that aspires to capture the Williamsburg hipster hangout vibe this would be a fine place to sit and socialize, but if you are after a wine and food experience there are better options

Thank Ryan K
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MatJ164, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Hi Ryan
Thanks for making the trip from NYC to Healesville and paying us a visit. Thanks also for sharing your thoughts on the experience.
We don't claim to 'blow away all the other wineries in the valley', we do our thing and they do theirs, as you rightly say, there's some excellent options for fine dining out there, as you say, we're a more casual venue.
Aside from making wine we love making great pizza. We don't try to make New York style pizza, our focus is to make a more classic, Italian style. We prove our dough for 48 hours, hand stretch it, use quality and local ingredients and cook it in our Marana Forni wood fired oven.
Thanks for your note regarding the attentiveness of the staff, I'll be sure to follow up on that feedback.
Cheers

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We visited with an adult and teenage child. We had a vegan, a vegetarian and two meat eaters. I was carb loading for Harvest Run but the others weren't that hungry yet we all found exactly what we needed. The vegan paella was delicious. It was busy but the staff were attentive. I would return if I lived closer.

Thank TrudiW69
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MatJ164, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Hi TrudiW69, thanks for visiting and for your glowing feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB.

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Big in scale, this place has a pretty high-end menu and lots of food options. Nice atmosphere if it’s not too busy, but as a whole, lacked a bit of charm. Half the space seemed to be a big pink-dominated gift shop. The smaller restaurants are nicer.

Thank Charlie2lock
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MatJ164, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Hi Charlie2lock,

Thanks for visiting us and passing on your feedback. Our home in Healesville is a cellar door, bar, restaurant and we sell a number of different merchandise lines for customers looking to take a piece of IB home with them. Having recently launched our new Moscato cans, our shop has had a nice addition of pink, but we know that Moscato isn’t for everyone! We hope you enjoyed a bite to eat and some of our wines, and that we may see you back again in the future.

Cheers, IB.

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Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Great service, wonderful food, stunning wine. We all had pizzas and we all agreed they were delicious. So good in fact that only two of us could fit in desert- but the ice cream cones looked yummy

Thank Diana S
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MatJ164, General Manager at Innocent Bystander, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Hi Diana, glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at IB. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers

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