Gilson

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80 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Nestled within the Domain Road enclave in South Yarra with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens sits Gilson.

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.
What 80 People Are Saying
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JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

JK
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

BEST CHICKEN PARMA I’VE EVER HAD! Tender, juicy chicken, quality toppings and outstanding crispy crumb! Perfect side salad and chips too.

SC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food and service was fantastic - had seen ‘disco tunes’ from 9pm on the menu however it was extremely quiet for a Friday night and we were handed the bill at before 10pm.
Not the atmosphere I thought it would be.

VT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the lowkey, European, dimly lit, quiet and tasteful vibe of Gilson. The food was beautifully cooked, good portion sizes, and just overall unfussy. A new favourite

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Review given based on unavailability of menu items and ingredients and incorrect orders being put through. Despite this, service was still good!

E
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The service was the worst part of the night by far. We were given two drinks menus for a table of four people - which were only given to the men at the table. After ordering drinks, we were not given any food menus until we asked for them. The water jug at the table was never replaced, and our dishes all came out at different times. We were never asked if we wanted another drink after finishing our first drinks, and were never asked how we were going throughout the whole night. Although the service was poor, the food was good, however I will not be going back.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing!! We had the gnocchi and the pepperoni pizza and they were both delicious!! We wanted dessert, but they dont do them!

NP
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great vibe. A great spot for a drink or big meal with friends. Absolutely love the service, particularly Marc & Jamie. They really make you feel at home.

b
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Everything was quite good but it was hard to enjoy ourselves with the noise levels.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service. Entertaining waitstaff, generous dessert!!

J
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always exceptional food, service and vino! We love this place and will continue to be regulars ❤️❤️

JC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and ambience was excellent, and despite being on par with any relaxed fine dining establishment, they have a great children’s menu and we were made to feel very welcome, complete with colouring in.

My trout on caponata was exquisite, their wine list and aperitifs a delight, and I will be happily returning.

SS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

There was no gluten free bread for 2 of my friends and they weren’t offered a reduction in cost!
A weekend surcharge on Mother’s Day was disappointing.
I had 3 text messages & a phone call about my 8am booking. As the restaurant only had 2 other customers at 8am it created unnecessary entries in my calendar.
Very poor value for money.
After eating breakfast at Gilsons for the past few years before the Mother’s Day Classic, we will go elsewhere next Mother’s Day

KW
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Gilson is in a lovely spot, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and relatively close to the arts precinct. We had an early concert and the staff were aware of that and things moved speedily. We couldn't linger but we were pleased with the rhythm that got us where we were going in ample time. It was a remarkable mild autumn evening and Gilson added to our enjoyment.

LR
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff friendly
Food amazing
Great location
Hip decor

HH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved our dinner. We had an early dinner at 6:30pm. Staff were excellent. We shared two entrees and a main. All superb. The main (a pasta dish) we shared, was brought out on two plates. A nice touch! Will definitely come back.

SB
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Staff were very accommodating given that we had booked for 9 people but a few extra turned up and they were able to move another table to give us a little more space

BS
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Food quality was very poor given the price point. Polenta chips were exceptionally undercooked and pesto was flavourless and watery.

SD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a lovely Sunday night dinner - great service from our lovely redheaded waitress

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food and coffee was good.
Service was poor, too many inexperienced waitresses.
The restaurant is very noisy, it is hard to talk.

DW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I love the relaxed feel of this place. The food and drinks were very good, and the service was great. Overall a great experience in a very nice spot in Melbourne.

p
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We didn't mind our dinner at Gilson, but in a town with so many fantastic restaurants and cafes, we found this place to be a little underwhelming. Service was slow, my meal was not what I expected, etc. It wasn't bad, but we thought it could have been better.

KT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Service provided created an uneasy vibe. We were pushed to order more food at multiple points during the night. Pasta came out cold. Did not enjoy the experience.

SG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service as usual. The lady who answered the phone when I was confirming booking was abrupt and dismissive-not representative of the experience on the night.

KR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and great spot for the whole family.

LI
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We should have been informed we were going to be asked to leave at a specific time when we booked.
Our table that was apparently in the way of an other booking for 30 guests.

We had organised a lunch to get together with my three sons in Melbourne who were coincidently in Melbourne on the same day from interstate and overseas
You need to do more to have the noise absorbed or abated.

I did notice the work that had been done in the ceiling, concrete floors, walls, glass don't help, perhaps some wall hangings or absorbing panels

SL
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I am familiar with Gilson as it is my local restaurant and I asked my friends and siblings to dine there for a catch up. None had been before and all 5 loved it and we had a great evening. Beautiful food, great wines and service.

RA
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

We ordered two pizzas and a pasta. Both pizzas arrived at seperate times - I think one was forgotten on the order. Both pizzas were severely under cooked. Both having very thick bases that were uncooked and goey. The ingredients on the pizzas were also under cooked, potatoes. Pizzas were returned to the kitchen and cooked further but returned tough on the outside and still uncooked on the inside. Very disappointing considering we have been to The Gilson on many occasions and experienced good food. Wait staff did not follow up post meal nor did they clear our table. We paid our bill at the bar before leaving.

N
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

I came to Gilson for my birthday a few weeks ago with a party of 16. From the moment we arrived the service was appalling- we had to repeatedly ask for a menu, call the waiter over and practically rail road him to take a drink order. Never once were we asked if we would like a drink? Or whether we were ready to order, but rather had to flag someone down, even when it came to menus we had to ask for these. Drinks were ordered and took 20 minutes to arrive, meals were forgotten and then we were assured these would be taken off the bill, which they were not. At the end of the evening we were rushed out of the venue despite being told it closes at midnight by one of the waiters- it was not even 11pm.

When I book somewhere for a large party of guests for a special occasion, I expect decent service or at least to be acknowledged and orders to be taken without constantly having to wave someone over. The service was absolutely disgusting. Living in the area I would often take friends and relatives here for dinner/ breakfast, however after this awful service I will not be coming back.

CB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Absolutely lovely lunch and gorgeous staff, thank you!

KG
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, we went for a family birthday and there was something for everyone - the food was delicious, the staff were friendly and accommodating and our overall experience excellent. Thank you.

OC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A lovely ambiance with excellent, attentive service. Delicious food and wine to boot!

KC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome service. Great, simple food. Loud enough for atmosphere but quiet enough to still have a good conversation.

MQ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is our brilliant new find and we will definitely return to try breakfast and lunch. Gilson's shows attention to detail in food and service, lovely interiors and mature experienced staff. Discrete table service while still being warm and friendly. Amazing Pizza selection and offers a great Sunday Pizza package evening starting at 4 pm and a locals Tuesday night package. Highly recommend.

N
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Crab linguine was amazing. And the broccolini side was one of the perfect thing on cold Melbourne night.

LV
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked a table for 10, staff were great and attentive, food was beautiful, thanks!

LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gilson served up a delicious and healthy lunch in a delightful atmosphere with excellent service.

EP
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Really enjoyed the food and the decor. Perhaps a little understaffed and noisy.

C
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food. Food came out fast as we had a Rod Laver show.

DT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Loved the food. Crap service. This was a first visit and initially I thought they were perhaps understaffed in a full restaurant.
Even after an hour and a half the restaurant was quieter but the service did not improve.
Gilson is not alone tapering off the service as the night progresses. Even had to stand up to approach the wait staff to ask for the bill. Would like to return to experience more of the food though.

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