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Gilson, South Yarra, AU-VIC

Gilson

4.4
4.4
623 Reviews
$40 and under
Italian
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 private dining events.

Gilson offers an 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 ‘Seafood Linguine' for lunch or dinner, and a 'tiramisu' for dessert.

Wood fired pizza is also available for lunch and dinner cooked in the custom built oven.

Gilson's brunch service is available for walk-ins with reservations available from midday.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Breakfast, Pizzeria
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9866 3120
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Andy Lockyear
  • Catering
    Please contact our helpful events team info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au
  • Private party facilities
    Our upstairs light filled private dining room overlooks the tree tops providing the perfect venue for your next seated or standing event.With its own private balcony and open fire place the space lends itself to events all year round. An intimate and flexible space. For details and enquiries visit our website.
  • Private party contact
    info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au: (03) 9866 3120
  • Area
    South Yarra
  • Cross Street
    Park Street and Anderson Street
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available on Domain Road, Birdwood Avenue and Park St. Also available on surrounding streets.
  • Entertainment
    Borrow our bocce set and play in the sunshine on the bocce court across the road.Gilson is located walking distance to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Moonlight Cinemas and the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • $65pp Classics Shared Group Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Bookings of 8+ feast on our favourite dishes from our antipasti, pizza and pasta menu. Reserve your spot now and let the fun begin. TO START - Antipasti & Wood fired flat bread MAIN - Selection of wood fired pizza & pasta SIDES - Iceberg, radicchio & herbs, fries Choose to add shared tiramisu on the day +$5pp Please Note: a 15% service charge is applied on weekends and a 20% service charge is applied on Public Holidays. This offering can be tailored to accomodate all dietary requirements. Please make a note of dietaries at the time of booking.
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  • $85pp Premium Shared Group Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Bookings of 8+ experience a feast of our flavour packed favourites with fun and relaxed dining. TO START - Wood fired flat bread, Antipasti, Calamari fritti MAIN - Cacio e Pepe, Pappardelle w. Lamb Ragu, Dry-aged Porterhouse SIDES - Iceberg, radicchio & herbs, Fries DESSERT - Tiramisu Please Note: a 15% service charge is applied on weekends and a 20% service charge is applied on Public Holidays. This offering can be tailored to accomodate all dietary requirements, please make a note of these at the time of booking.
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What 623 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Most Booked

  • Inner City South

    Great for brunch

  • Inner City South

    Hot spot

  • Inner City South

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Inner City South

    Lively

  • Inner City South

    Most Booked

623 Reviews
  1. Annie

    Melbourne

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, ambiance was great, service not the best this visit. Our guests ordered a dirty martini and it tasted of only vermouth so they asked for a new one, which sadly was just as bad. Perhaps the bartender was new?

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  2. AnnD

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Entrees were ok. Oysters I didn’t think were very fresh and the mignonette sauce the onion was mushy. Mains - all pastas lacked salt and flavour. Very over priced for the quality

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Great for a casual dinner during the week or something a bit more upmarket on the weekend

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  4. FeonaN

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful night with my family , food was amazing and Ava was so lovely and welcoming ! Will be back for sure

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service!!! The food was amazing and came out in great timing. My sister and I enjoyed the experience. Will definitely be coming back to try more of the menu

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a large unruly family group meeting for coffee and/or brunch. Gilson was fabulous particularly their patience and excellent service. Thank you very much

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Melbourne such a good vibe and amazing food. Service was incredible very accommodating

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  8. LisaB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had booked a table. When I arrived they didn’t have a table for us so needed to separate us onto 2 round tables next to each other There was no apology and no real engagement from the staff I get it could be hard to find great people to serve but given it’s a service industry I was surprised at the disconnect between the staff and customers

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  9. LouO

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great Team...food nice, prices sheepish...will return as is great for groups together..........

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  10. Thomas

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing selection of food and excellent service, and with the food being absolutely superb it’s worth the time and money coming here. Will definitely be coming back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything great : excepting our check out paying bill with someone who was curt and blunt and condescending; if I am told come here to pay sounds like an order and if I can’t see bill clearly and she replies well I can it’s hardly helpful; a downer at the end of a good mother Daughters night. All other staff fab!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and yummy sharing food for group

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  13. Frances

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Way too noisy. Couldn’t hear friends talking sitting opposite me. Need’s soundproofing added to main dining area. Service was very good though.

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  14. GeorginaS

    Gold Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for dinner for a birthday and were served by Ed. It was his first shift and he was amazing. He was so helpful and attentive, extremely friendly and really added to our experience. He deserves to get recognition for his service. The starters were also delicious and whilst it was quite loud, the vibe of the restaurant was great. We will definitely return!

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  15. EreshaM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best experience at Gilson, booked a table for my sister's birthday and went with the set menu. The food and drinks were delicious, can't wait to eat at Gilson again.

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  16. RoyG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic customer service - the food was excellent, really nice place to go on a date.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Been here 3 times, and all 3 times there is issues with staffing. Not enough staff on the floor, clearly overwhelmed and I kept having to get up to ask staff to come to the table and order. Its not the teams fault clearly a management issue. Hope this gets fixed because i keep coming back for that flatbread. Also- i have never seen a burrata look like what was served to us, it was cut open like someone had eaten half of it, literally half of that burrata was gone, I thought they had given us left overs.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, the Pappardelle / Lamb Ragu was amazing.

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  19. MikeE

    Tropical QLD

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    On a beautiful Autumn evening, an outdoor table was a perfect spot for an early dinner before the footy. The service was terrific and the food very good.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had lunch with one of my important clients. She ordered market fish only finished half. I tried the fish, it was extremely salty! The food experience was bad for her.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Jake L was amazing for service! Super attentive, and food was so yum.

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  22. Havingfun

    Gold Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. First time and will be back! We had a great waitress, knew the menu and gave us some space to have a good old ladies catch up!!!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Pasta was served cold. Service was lacking. Entrees came at same time as main and drinks. Was way too noisy inside.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. AliceC

    Maastricht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Way too noisy and hot. Not sure why they never turn the air con on. Food is nice but expensive.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. Penelope

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    HI, we dined last night and it was a rather warm night. We were seated inside and the acoustics with everyone speaking was so loud we couldn't hear each other across the table. We requested to be moved outside, but this could not be accommodated (which is fine). We promptly finished our meals and left, rather than having dessert and another drink. The Chopped Salad was a fair bit smaller than the usual serving as well - still delicious as always. The service was spot on and our waiter was gorgeous and tried to accommodate where he could. We will return on a cooler evening....thanks

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  26. SomeGuy

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It's honestly lucky that the food itself is quite good, because the service, atmosphere and general expense are ordinary or bordering on abysmal. Very underwhelmed with my recent experience. Bit of a disappointment to spend my 2 year wedding anniversary paying for crap service and a crap experience.

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  27. Saynotovapes

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is was very quick to be brought out, very busy. Too many people vaping outside despite it being illegal…

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  28. Alex

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing, the waiter was very nice and accomodating. The night we were there was quite noisy due to a big group of young girls but despite this still had a great night! Would definitely return and recommend to friends

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  29. Essie

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal. Lovely service. Music a little too loud.

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  30. GerryG

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was ok - but not special or outstanding. The service was attentive and one waiter, Joe, was very good indeed. Overall the experience was fine, but certainly not enough to make me return in a hurry.

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  31. johnw

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gilsons provides really authentic Italian food which is to die for . We tried to Match their spaghetti in Taormina and none of the restaurants came close . Always busy so book if you can otherwise just drop in and they will find you a seat . Well worth waiting if you don’t make a booking

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  32. MandyT

    Melbourne

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful night at Gilson. Food, ambience and service always makes it a great night!

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  33. LouM

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was hit and miss. Salad prawn pasta and the chicken were highlights. The veal was literally 4 big pieces of deep fried veal with nothing else. Very strange.

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  34. LukeB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh wow, the food was extremely flavourful! Definitely coming back

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  35. KarenK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have loved Gilson on each visit. Our favourite dishes are the chicken salad (with bok choy) and the pizzas. The service has always been friendly and attentive and it has a great vibe.

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  36. CarlosV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good similar to service. Pasta could have been better. Lamb ragu little bit oily and linguini with shrimps was dry. In desserts, the bonet was poor. No flavour at all. Not sure what the intent of the dolci was but clearly not achieved. Diesn’t look like an italian dessert!

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  37. LuluC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We didn’t get his name but the man that served us was so lovely and accommodating and made the experience a 10/10. I hope he serves us next time too so we can tip him!

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  38. TraceyI

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food good service . Very noisy hard to hear what people we were with were saying

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  39. ArtemisM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered five mains, 3 came out on time and together. The other two were 2 prawn linguine and the waitress gave us two prawn entree dishes. When they came out we told the manager that we didn’t order this and the waitress must’ve gotten it wrong. She didn’t even say sorry or apologise in any way, she just very abruptly said “well it will be a wait”. We said that’s fine but we were appalled by the attitude and lack of care. Three of us had finished and 20 minutes later my mum and dad were eating alone. Apart from that food was good but poor service and lack of care/sympathy etc

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  40. SimoneR

    Gold Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the food at this place and the ambience. Need to sit outside alfresco preferably as gets very noisy inside. Great service too. I will return.

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FAQs

Gilson offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9866 3120.

Gilson is rated 4.4 stars by 623 OpenTable diners.

Gilson does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gilson

171 Domain Rd, South Yarra, AU-VIC 3141

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Park Street and Anderson Street
  • Area
    South Yarra
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Breakfast, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available on Domain Road, Birdwood Avenue and Park St. Also available on surrounding streets.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Andy Lockyear
  • Entertainment
    Borrow our bocce set and play in the sunshine on the bocce court across the road.Gilson is located walking distance to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Moonlight Cinemas and the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9866 3120
  • Catering
    Please contact our helpful events team info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au
  • Private party facilities
    Our upstairs light filled private dining room overlooks the tree tops providing the perfect venue for your next seated or standing event.With its own private balcony and open fire place the space lends itself to events all year round. An intimate and flexible space. For details and enquiries visit our website.
  • Private party contact
    info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au: (03) 9866 3120
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