Recent Trip Advisor reviews
5 Star – Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
A friend and I hopped into this bar last minute for the grand final long weekend. It was busy but the staff were kind enough to sort us out a table for dinner. First impressions were delightful! Great ambience and lovely decor. Staff were very friendly and welcoming despite being so busy. We opted for the six course meal (only $55pp) and had a few dietary requirements which they were able to work around (without any fuss!). Next up, the meals….absolutely delicious! Actually delicious is an understatement. Every dish was unique and packed with flavour. I’m from Melbourne and no doubt I’ll be coming back to Healesville to visit here again. Love it when restaurants really care, this one definitely does and is well worth your time and money.
5 Star- Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Called in on spur of the moment , wife and I shared 3 tapas plates , squid , crab and mushrooms… all were first class , great taste and great service from Petra on the bar with great conversation and very friendly . John the owner served our dishes and took the time to explain each dish.
Next level customer service.
5 Star – Reviewed 2 weeks ago
It’s Friday night prior to the grand final in Melbourne.
It read the reviews on trip advisor & they were right, both co-owners are working, no booking was made! But we got a table.
I had lamb ribs & couscous, whilst my partner had the burger.
It was great,
The atmosphere was awesome, I do not work for this place, so don’t think this review is bull. But after dinner we walked into the local pub & heard the girl on reception arguing about someone’s dinner booking. You don’t arugula, you serve.
Thank you for your welcome, service & great food…
Trip advisor won’t let me rate.
5 Star- Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Visited here with my wife after a sky dive at Lilydale airport.
We were looking for a place to have a late lunch and happened upon this place.
Service was excellent – the person who served us knew his stuff and was obviously very proud of the restaurant. And the food was simple but absolutely cracking – I ordered a wagyu beef cheeseburger and I have honestly never had a better beef patty.
Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a meal in Healesville.
5 Star- Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile
We stopped in for a Saturday night dinner after a busy day. Without a booking we were seated quickly and very attentively served while in. Food was of a great quality and drinks fulfilled quickly
5 Star- Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile
First time here since moving to Healesville and wow wasn’t disappointed! Delicious food and even though extremely busy such wonderful service. Thank you so much for great night, can’t wait to come back
5 Star- Reviewed 22 August 2018
What a treat to find such a sheik restaurant and bar in the Yarra Valley. John welcomed us like locals (well we are) and produced beautiful tasty tapas and wine equal to anything in Brunswick! Love it and can’t recommend it enough.
5 Star – Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile
We were spending the weekend in Healesville for our anniversary and booked into Herd Bar and Grill for Saturday dinner. We were so pleased with our choice. We were greeted by friendly staff who provided excellent, helpful service and dined on fantastic food. The roasted chicken and beef cheek mains, with Mediterranean influence, were first rate and we indulged in a decadent chocolate soufflé for dessert. All this along with a great local wines made for a wonderful night. Thank you, Herd Bar and Grill.
The Rockin' Tones
Sat 1 September – The Rockin’ Tones
Take a trip back in time to this classic era of 50’s & 60’s Authentic Rock n Roll!
Kicking off from 10pm
Sat 18 August – Telecom Joe – Open till 3am!
Sat 18 August – Telecom Joe
Local boys are back with their trademark rock style!
Rocking from 10pm with an extended licence till 3am!
Sat 21 July – Wingin It
Local band Wingin it return, performing covers of classic tunes, think Mustang Sally, Holly Grail, I love Rock n Roll – this 11 member music machine guarantees to get you up dancing!
Kicking off from 10pm
Sat 7 July – Exploded View return
Melbourne’s hard hitting classic rock cover band, performing hits from the
70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond!
Jessika Allegra Trio
Melbourne based singer/songwriter Jessika Allegra has teamed up with session duo brothers Jed and Jackson Mcintosh to give you an explosive trio based set constructed of strong vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and infectious percussion playing 3 sets of a range of styles.
Casey and Ben
Smoke Stack Rhino
Mothers Day Banquet Lunch & Dinner
Melbourne Good Beer Week May 11-20 2018 - Watts River Brewery Tap Takeover
Dom & Isak
Wingin It Returns
Autumn Menu commences
RNB Vine Days - After Party
Open Mic returns with Ash King
New Years Eve 2018
Smoke Stack Rhino - Don't Dog The Boys Tour
Around The Globe - One Night in Tokyo
The Cover Council
Great Forest National Park and WOTCH fund raiser
Come and celebrate the Great Forest National Park with ex local DJ Lask back from US Eclipse tour. Fund raising will go towards supporting citizens science WOTCH survey projects
Open Mic Comp
Thank you to all that supported our Open Mic competition and congratulations to Ben Mooney for taking out third price, Him and Her for second and Ben and Casey for 1st Place. We are taking a short break, returning Wednesday 1st November and fortnightly thereafter.
Congratulations to our finalists!
Week 1: Ben & Casey, and ‘Moonshoes’
Week 2: Nick, and Gary
Week 3: Brielle, and Him & Her
Week 4: Carla Ibrahim & Laura May and Oli & Matt
Week 5: Hoel Durand and Poet
The Circle Pop Up
Thank you to Mark and his team for an extraordinary experience, we are truly blessed and fortunate to have such amazing talent on our doorstep and for such a reasonable price. Marks next Pop Up Event will be held at TarraWarra Estate on Friday 29 September
Emma Fenby Performance
DJ Wanz, Joe X Bennett &Dave Juric
Chelsea Connell Performance
Meg Nightjar & Kestral Performance
Telecom Joe & DJ Arlo Performance
DJ Arlo Performance
Ash King Performance
No Waiting Dating
Want to perform, we are looking for you
We are looking for DJ’S, Bands, solo artists and any live entertainers wanting to perform, if keen, contact Sean or John at Herd in person or phone Herd Bar & Grill on 5962 7677 or email [email protected] and register your interest
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night – fortnightly on Wednedays. If interested in performing contact Marlee Nebauer on mobile 0435 243 034
This place is fantastic!
My fiancé and I stumbled across this little gem and instantly told all our friends about it, before we even left! From the seductive décor, to the amazing food, extensive drinks menu and the incredible staff and owners, HERD oozes class and elegance. We can not speak highly enough of the incredible service we received while there, the owners were genuine, engaging and attentive which is a real rarity these days. Just so so, so lovely!!! They also gave us some fantastic tips on accommodation in the area so we can come back and bring our friends! We can not recommend HERD enough and we can not wait to go back! Thanks Guys! Nicole Patterson FB 2/01/17
Tigertales - Crushing it
When on board a Tiger airline flight during October/November be sure to flick through the inflight magazine, 7 pages featuring much of the Yarra Valley.
Hangout at a hip and happening bar. Herd has brought some inner city style to the small township of Healesville.
Herd celebrates 1 year
Malcura rocked Herd -AGAIN!
Malcura rocked the place again to a full house, thanks guys.
“Thank you for a wonderful night of great food and music with Malcura on Saturday, we loved it. And, to not even have to leave town for such a great night out is also a bonus, thank you too, for Herd!” – Eliza Ordinans, Marketing and Social Media, Tarrawarra Museum of Art
Thanks guys, you ROCK, Healesville loves you!
Around the Globe - Mykonos - USA - Mexico - Italy - Thailand - Paris
USA – USA BBQ – Awesome, amazing, outstanding…..OMG I’m having a food baby!
Mexico – A Taste of Mexico – Amazing food and service as always, love what you bring to the Valley!
Italy – Italian Family Recipes – OMG, best food ever, thanks chef! Italian_Menu
Bangkok Street Food – Seriously,best food I’ve ever eaten!
Around the Globe – Paris
Love was in the air at Herd as we all fell in love with Chef Trev’s interpretation on French classics
Herd featured on Postcards
Awesome night with DJ Scott Anderson
Thanks Scotty for an awesome night and thanks also to all those that supported us. We apologise to those that had to wait to get in the door and to those we had to turn away due to a full house
Zomato review - Herd I'd say is a step above the rest, why?
Healesville is face becoming the place to be to set up a new trendsetting café restaurant or bar. Herd I’d say is a step above the rest, why?
Click here to read more – Foodnique
Thank you Foodnique, we greatly appreciate your kind comments, positive feedback and for taking the time to write. Namaste
The Age Epicure - barhop - Where more is Moorish
Just off the main drag in happening Healesville, this subterranean bunker wouldn’t be out of place in the city.
The building is one of the most striking in town.
Elsewhere it’s solid fare served with a twinkle of sass.
Get involved, it’s a great time to be alive.
Published Tuesday, April 12th.
Thank you Michael Harry, appreciated.
THE HOT 100 – Tastiest things to eat, drink and do around the state
The Herald Sun published an article in Saturday’s weekend supplement 27.02.2016 and revealed THE HOT 100 – Tastiest things to eat, drink and do around the state and Healesville gets a mention……….with Herd bar restaurant leading the way!
HEALESVILLE – Welcome to the new Healesville sanctuary….a thriving food and drink hub where new ventures are encouraged. Herd, an engaging bar-restaurant where the menu bends towards the Middle East, is around the corner from Four Pillars Gin, a small distillery with big ambitions to make” the best craft sprits in Australia”. A new tasting room for Mac Forbes Wines is nearby, along with Gelaperia, which makes gelato and sorbetto “ as good as you would in Italy….except ingredients are sourced from the Yarra Valley “ wherever possible” SP
With much thanks Herald Sun Newspaper for lauding us and fellow businesses. We are extremely proud of this magnificent region. Sean, John ,Trev and team at Herd bar – restaurant.
Recent Trip Advisor reviews
Support from the locals
Herd it’s great grazing
Featured in the Herald Sun – Saturday 31st October
THE Yarra Valley in late spring … hard to think of anywhere better. Driving in from the city, the hills look almost milky. Then, with mists clearing to a big bowl of blue, it’s all emerald green on the ground, with yellow wattles, horse chestnuts in bloom and wisteria rioting everywhere.
You don’t see much of this from the rear deck at Herd, a stylish cafe-bar off the main street in Healesville. But you only have to spend a little time at Herd — over a snacky lunch, perhaps, or a leisurely dinner — to sense how this basement eatery is hardwired to its blissful environment.
Business partners Sean Lee and John Knoll (pictured above), both long time valley residents, have engaged Healesville-based chef Trevor Schneider (lately of Innocent Bystander) to use “as much regional and organic produce as possible’’, while their smartly curated drinks list yields gems from every corner of this densely planted district. As they put it, “We’re looking to build a real sense of community here.’’
Chefs are always talking about keeping things local. Schneider really means it.
He gets his fine meats from a butcher down the road and sources a lot of his fruit and vegetables from growers across the valley. Then there are the townsfolk who deliver home grown goodies to his back door.
“It can be figs and walnuts one day, lemons and limes the next,’’ Schneider says. But it’s the mod Middle East spin he’s giving this produce that has Healesville sitting up and taking notice.
Only at Herd are you going to find fried lamb with pita ($10), twice cooked goat with faro ($24) or smoked babaganoush with house-made Turkish bread ($9). Schneider’s take on this classic dip is madly, deeply earthy — the result of “hanging” the eggplant to release bitter tasting juices — and it’s just one of many tricks he mastered as sous chef to Ismail Tosun, who pioneered new wave Ottoman cuisine at Collingwood’s long gone Gigibaba diner.
Herd skews southern Mediterranean as much as the Levant, so your “grazing” here might start with La boqueria Pamplona salami ($12) and blistered octopus tentacles ($15), then move onto spears of barbecue asparagus with salted ricotta ($13) and a warm salad of Cypriot pork sausage, sumac, onion and parsley ($13).
These dishes are made for sharing. The same goes for a mash-up of cauliflower florets with onion, almonds and honey ($12), roasted baby carrots with burghul and dates ($12) and plump prawn and haloumi fritters, blazing with sun bright zucchini pickle ($15). Schneider’s instinctive feel for colour and texture shines through in every case.
Two very fine salads — one composed of bitter leaves dressed with Pedro Ximenez sherry vinegar, the other a jumble of green leaves with a dukkah and mint dressing — also demonstrate his way with oil and spices. Restraint is the hallmark.
Herd’s coal burner — fired by Mallee roots — works wonders with local beef ($25), usually adorned with a wine enriched sauce Bordelaise. But the stand out main may be the “market fish” tagine ($25, below) with moist chunks of snapper in a fragrant broth, teeming with green olives, fennel and lemon. Brilliant.
To finish? Don’t miss Herd’s chocolate salted caramel tart ($12), a gooey, mouth-filling marvel crowned with popping corn.
Herd has got all the drink bases covered. Start your day here with green machine juices and a purple pick-meup. Then ease into Proud Mary Roasters coffee, Chamillia premium organic tea or a chai latte.
Lunchtime? Crack open the fine fizz (Yarrabank Cuvee Brut 2010 at $15 a glass) or any number of great grape varieties. A wine list section titled “No place like home” hews closely to the Yarra Valley (seven local drops come by the glass), while “Further afield” offers diverting excursions into Alsace and Burgundy, Argentina and Austria. As the sun sets, it’s got to be a cocktail — The Stork Club (gin, Cointreau, orange juice and bitters) comes highly recommended — or a refreshing ale. Herd’s bar staff can slake your thirst with Carlton Draught, Moon Dog Hoppy Lager and most things in between.
I like the Herd mentality. The way you’re greeted warmly on arrival, armed with menus in a flash, and then encouraged to take your time. Just dawdling over a drink? No problem. Settling in for the full mezze treatment? We’ll take care of that. The staff, kitted out in tees and aprons, really get what this place is about.
Herd’s bold timber slat facade suggests the interior is going to be rustic and part of it is, with astroturf on the walls, fencing wire lamps and a mural crafted from splintered blocks of wood. But there’s another zone, divided by gauzy curtains, which has the air of a souk with low stools, throw cushions and 1970s style fretwork. Art Deco-inspired decorations, op shop prints and ceramic crockery enrich the atmosphere.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Very reasonable. Go grazing and you’ll find nothing over $12, while an invitation to “forage” keeps prices under $15. Schneider’s mezze selection (six dishes for $50 a head) is great value. Book ahead on Fridays and Saturdays.
Healesville is becoming a serious food and drink destination and Herd is another feather in the town’s culinary cap. It’s unpretentious, smartly run and well designed, with enticing Moorish-inspired mezze dishes that suit lunch, dinner and times in between.
Just hop to it
A stop at nearby Herd Café/Bar for lunch is a must. You will feel like an expert ordering from the drinks list, which yields many of the ales and ciders tasted on the trail, while the menu uses local produce in clever share dishes.
Herd is where the crowds are grazing
Peppermint Magazine – “Herd is where the crowds are grazing; rightly so, as its carefully curated, Middle Eastern-inspired, regional and organic menu, locally sourced wine list and stylish Eco-eclectic decor is outrageously good.”
Facebook reviews - EST 30 JULY 2015
Verity Ha – 5 Star – Stunning venue, wonderful service. Thanks for looking after all us girls on our work party night! had such a wonderful time!!
Matt McCarthy – 5 star – Outstanding place to go with friends or family. Amazing food and exemplary service.
Jenni Butterfield 5 Star – A great surprise find. Hidden behind the shops in a tranquil space we enjoyed a fabulous lunch full of exciting tastes. Great décor and efficient, friendly and extremely knowledgeable wait staff. We didn’t see the mythical Trev but the food was every bit as good as John promised. Thanks fellas
Louise Stockfeld – I think 5 stars! Lovely people, great food. excellent setting, indoors and out………..worth a trip from Melbourne for sure!
Kristina Robinson – 5 star – Great atmosphere, amazing food, cannot recommend this place enough!!!!
Stephen Sharratt — 5 star Awesome , unexpected gem in what I thought would be an unassuming country town. Great selection of wines to go with the fantastic Moroccan inspired food. The only thing better than all this was the friendly service of everyone there!
Christine Shiel — 5 star Herd is a genuinely exciting destination. You are guaranteed to find a nook to suit your mood from the cleverly designed outdoor courtyard to the stylish friendly bar or maybe a sumptuous velvet couch. The food is glorious, drink options broad and the service is exemplary. I’m delighted to count Herd as a sure fire recommendation for Healesville. Check out how an ordinary building has been transformed into an extraordinary series of spaces.
Steve Pierrehumbert — 5 star Awesome Sunday afternoon spot, sitting outside under the shade of a beautiful tree with great food and a bottle of wine
Cindy Bell — 5 star Amazing food! Everything was just delicious. Must have an espresso martini.
Shane Bailey — 5 star Had a great evening, great drinks selection, wonderful food and flavours and brilliant, attentive service! Most enjoyable!
Blaize Dakota Daykin — 5 star Amazing place love how its setup, feels like they’ve brought the city into Healesville, love it!!
Tracey Lanza — 5 star What a cool space with the best chef around and awesome service. Herd is rocking it!
Shane’s Desideratum — 5 star Great atmosphere last night! The boys rock Healesville, yet again……
Christopher Topp — 5 star What an amazing place. I love it! The food is to die for!
Stacey Latham — 5 star Amazing food! Amazing cocktails! Amazing staff and the hosts are awesome! Atmosphere is fantastic, highly recommended ❤
Terrie Hobday — 5 star Awesome venue – great service – fantastic food & yummy cocktails!! Finally Healesville has a chic tapas/cocktail bar!!!
Aye Taite — 5 star Super cool. Lucky to have this place in town. Have friends? Bring them here.
Dean Knoll — 5 star Beautiful place! Most classy thing I have ever seen! My brother is a legend.
Pamela Lawther — 5 star Outstanding! Everything was absolutely beautiful. Great atmosphere.
Paul Butler — 5 star An amazing space, great food and great service.
Antoinette Anketell — 5 star Great food. Fabulous service!
Amanda Markin — 5 star
Aug 27 – John & Sean u r both amazing! This venue is a credit & such a bonus for Healesville…Awesome space..Design/Decorate sophisticated yet casual. Intimate softly lit areas to share a glass of wine with ur love. Fabulous food to dine with a group of friends in a classy setting. Late close means at last Healesville is on the map for a lively long evening or lazy chill out till 1pm. Or u can simply enjoy breakfast or lunch in great surrounds.
Peter Maz — 5 star
Franc Ruffino – 5 star We are all very lucky to have such an amazing place here in Healesville to enjoy. Thank you Sean and John I personally could not ask for any better with food, service, ambiance and friendliness, love it.
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New Vim for The Valley
New Vim in the valley: Yarra Valley restaurant round-up
There must be something in the water; the Yarra Valley is in the midst of a gastronomic growth spurt.
Opening mid-July, Herd is the new venue from Sean Lee and John Knoll. The boys behind hilltop Mt Rael, which closed two years ago, are taking a new direction: down, in the basement of 177-179 Maroondah Highway, Healesville.
They’ve brought in chef Trevor Schneider, who finishes this week at Innocent Bystander (formerly at the Fleece, Gigi Baba), and whose modern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern menu features share plates such as Ox-tail kibbeh, and barbecue goat with farro and harissa. There’ll be an urban-meets-rural interior, with gold velvet banquettes, recycled fencepost tables, streetlight lighting and graphic art from local Paul Sonsie.
At the other end of town, the old timber yard is being refitted for Four Pillars’ new digs, set to open the first week of August. The tasting room and bar looks into the distillery and three copper stills: Wilma, Jude and Eileen.
The venue will serve what Four Pillars founder and chief distiller Cam MacKenzie calls “pick and fiddle food”, or “ginny snacks”. It will be open daily.
TarraWarra Estate restaurant will shut for two weeks at the end of July for renovations that will almost double its seating capacity (from 45 to 85), and treble the size of the kitchen, and works have begun on the Wine Tunnel, an extension of the Barrel Hall, which will include a conference centre and private dining room with some cracking views down the valley.
And the wait is almost over for ezard @ Levantine Hill, which opens next month in two stages: the cellar door on July 22, followed by the restaurant on July 24. The restaurant will offer a fixed five- and eight-course tasting menu.
“Each course has been carefully crafted to match the great wines of Levantine Hill,” says Teage Ezard. “We have purposefully removed the bold and big flavours that ezard is renowned for and adopted a more refined and elegant approach.”