Gilson’s intimate dining room is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and caters for large groups and exclusive events.
Gilson offers an ever evolving all day menu focusing on Italian cuisine and seasonal flavours.
A neighbourhood favourite due to its relaxed setting, friendly staff, fabulous drinks list and dishes such as the ‘avocado bruschetta’ for breakfast, the ‘Rigatoni, lamb ragu, ricotta salata, gremolata’ for lunch or dinner, and their take on a tiramisu for dessert, a ‘Baba-Misu, mascarpone cream, cocoa’.
Wood fired pizza is also available for lunch and dinner cooked in the custom built oven.
A great experience - great food, service and ambiance!
Always an absolute delight! Staff are so friendly, helpful and the quality of food / drinks is incredible - thank you.
Delicious food for the most part, friendly staff. Dripping air con vent on 2 guests which was disappointing but overall good experience and will be back.
Amazing food with fantastic quick and friendly service as always!
Love everything about Gilson! We had the kingfish and tuna crudo which unfortunately was not up to standard and had to send it back as we struggled to enjoy it. The mains (pizza + pasta) were excellent. Staff took $10 off the crudo on our bill, which was fair. Great service!!
Loved it , service was great - noisy but festive
Extremely average, stood waiting for someone to take my reservation for at least 10 minutes, with a mouth full of food what I assume was the manager took me to my table. On a 31° day there was no ac and the water was room temperature. Waiters super awkward would just stand at your table waiting for you to finish a conversation before asking to order. Menu is pretty average too.
Great vibe, atmosphere and service. Drinks came quickly and food was delicious
Great in every aspect. Ordered an entree pasta and the rib-eye steak to share. Cooked to perfection. Slight annoyance on how small our entree pasta was versus the main size (diner next to us had the main) for not much more cost wise.
We love the service - every staff member at all points of contact are super friendly, attentive and a pleasure to talk to.
BEST SALADS EVER!!! So yummy, had the green goddess chicken and the chopped salad.
Great dining experience with a lacklustre ending. Amazing dining experience with fresh incredibly tasty food. Friendly honest courteous service. Only disappointment was that the restaurant turned into a pre party venue at the end of the night with large groups crammed around tables sharing a bowl of fries and taking part in a frenzied social media photo shoot. Puts a damper on a romantic dinner evening. But definitely go for the quality menu.
Fantastic, if not more than generous portion sizes and fantastic bubbly staff!
Great food, staff were friendly - would be great if diners could be prioritised for cocktails/tables afterwards
Amazing food, and amazing services despite how busy it was
Arrogant and below average is an understatement!
We have just experienced a second astonishingly dinner dinning experience at Gilson South Yarra and were bitterly disappointed. Limited menu options, the presentation unsanitary with dirty glasses and lack of space between tables, terrible service but so was the bland food.
Value for money is non existent then factor in weekend surcharge.
Managers and waitstaff preoccupied and too busy on phones or drinking with regulars, as if it’s a bar and unfamiliar faces there for diner supporting small businesses are simply ignored and treated as an inconvenience.
Will NEVER return.
Amazing! Loved my dinner and the experience.
Great spot for a relaxing brunch or long lunch. Staff are very friendly and attentive happily arranging a vegan meal for one of our party. Nice wine list and menu options.
Too noisy inside for us with our booked table (fairly old and hard of hearing), so kindly helped us re-locate outside with our interstate friends. Food was pretty good and service OK. Thankyou.
Visiting from Sydney we opted to avoid the weekend rush at Gilsons given the poor reviews during peak times. (Despite the 10% surcharge & limited menu options over weekends)
Our off peak breakfast was no better....
Overcooked bland eggs & soggy fritters, sides are small & pricey & coffee bitter.
We had to ask for water and were presented with grubby glasses with lipstick stains!
Perhaps regulars receive better service as we had to either get up or wave staff down - as they were either too busy chatting at length to patrons, amongst themselves or on mobile phones.
When we did eventually manage to get service it felt like an inconvenience which created for a very unpleasant dining experience, staff are disinterested and quite frankly rude.
Only positive, attractive street scope with garden views & close proximity to tennis which we attended after.
Very disappointing & underwhelming food & service by nonchalant staff, we were not even asked upon paying how everything was, a little follow up table service mid meal is appreciated.
With the abundance of exciting & well regarded restaurants Melbourne has to offer, in particular CBD & South Yarra, Gilsons despite location is not worth the $ despite an initially appealing menu, unfortunately they fail to execute.
All smoke and mirrors. Would not return or recommend.
I always love their Carpaccio, and this time I tried the potato gnocchi with salsicha. Gnocchi was amazingly soft and light! I’m coming back for more!
Gilson’s is a great local. It’s not high end fare, simply reliable, tasty food. The service is always friendly. Their pizza’s and pastas are a stand out. The school prawns are fantastic. Love this place.
Great place to catch up with friends. Great food, especially the tortellini and the antipasto was a large serve. The right amount of fancy and casual.
The Gilson was noisy for Sunday brunch, but food was good. However the lunch menu was not available. There was only one toilet which was not great and led to long queues. My son got a shard of glass in his bottom, presumably from a broken glass.
The Pizza was so dry and not enough tomato paste on its dough. Even all toppings was so cold and uncooked.
The Salad was poorly made and not enough dressing. No garnish !
The weekend charge is ridiculous 10% on Saturday plus another charge on my receipt which I felt we were ripped off by the restaurant.
Not happy for the price I paid!
We went with our two young kids and we all enjoyed it.
For $22 you get a plate of parsley, about 1/2 a teaspoon of yoghurt and bland, boring and mushy zucchini fritters.. $16 for a tiny bacon and (overcooked) egg sandwich was an absolute waste of money. If you appreciate value and quality, stay clear of Gilson
Great waiter, but unfortunately very disappointing food
Fantastic experience, great value and superb service
Incredible food that is actually decently priced. Loved the atmosphere and the staff were all super friendly.
Great spot for casual/relaxed dining with a wonderful European street-side cafe feel. The host, service, cocktails, food and atmosphere were all excellent. ...I highly recommend Gilson in South Yarra!
LOVELY LOCATION WITH GREAT EYE CANDY.
FOOD IS OVERPRICED
SERVICE IS A LITTLE CONFUSED.
WE WERE ASKED NOT NOT ONCE,NOT TWICE BUT THREE TIMES IF WE WANTED COFFEES WE HAD NOT ORDERED.
It was a little noisy, and they forgot our order...
We booked Gilsons for my daughters 21st birthday the staff were very helpful and tentative. Food was delicious. I really could not fault the restaurant. They made my daughters night something special for that l thank them. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and most certainly be going back.
The vibe here is usually great especially in the warmer months. The service was just a little poor and I had to case the waitress a couple of times.
My prawn/chilli pasta was very good. Service lacking slightly.
It was so noisy that we had to leave early. The food was passable but not particularly cheap for the quality. The serving of wine was generous.
Excellent variety. One of the best Pizzas I have ever had. Absolutely delicious.
Friendly and efficient service. Great atmospheres.
The food here is actually amazing. The service how ever was quite terrible. We had made a booking and once we arrived we were seated. Then another waitress came over and rudely asked if we had a booking or not or if we just sat down without one. I tried to order lasagna which is on the menu but was told there is none left. (This was not mentioned when we were handed the menus) also the 3rd time this has happened to me here. We ordered 1 entree to share and that took 40 minutes to come out. The mains that were ordered At the same time took another hour. Was not impressed. The other people around us that got there after us were all done an hour before us. We ordered more drinks which then took another 30 minutes to come. By this point our food was done. I love the venue and the food so it was quite upsetting.
Service was horrible. Wasn’t even busy and the kitchen couldn’t keep up
Gilson’s is a very reliable restaurant. From breakfast through to dinner there is always a dish to suit your appetite. And it has been my experience that they are more than happy to make modifications to a dish when requested. The service is quick, polite and friendly. The venue is modern and clean. My only complaint ( and it’s not really) is that it can get a bit noisy.
This local is a winner.
Gilson does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Gilson also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9866 3120.
Gilson is rated 4.5 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.