Gilson

4.6
174 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.
What 174 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

Super loud for a date night dinner, we couldn’t hear eachother from across the table. Calamari entree was rubbery & chewy, steak wasn’t worth the $45 price point especially with no sides. I’ve been before and my experience was great, just not this one.

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CameronB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

800g rib eye was out of this world!
Fantastic place
Great location
I will be back to eat two 800g rib eyes!!

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Stephg
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ragu is to die for. Such a great vibe and amazing food and service

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Argos
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If I had only one word to describe the experience, it would be charming. I love their approach to food, that deceptive simplicity that requires attention to detail, precise timing, and which showcases seasonal, quality ingredients. The service is very professional, personable, attentive yet unobtrusive. The decor, and natural light are gorgeous.
The only thing I didnt like was the music. It was at odds in my view with the ambience so beautifully created by the type of food, the service, and the decor. The volume, and bass, made it hard to hear conversation at our own table, rather than providing a discreet sound buffer for the surrounding tables.

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AnshuS
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Gilsons and the food was delicious and the service was amazing
Definitely will be back again

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Robbie
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The pastas are a great size and very balance in flavour ...
The antipasti are great size to share with people and super tasty. Quality ingredients but perfectly cooked...
and the wood fired bread is great.
Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

RL
RyanL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gilson never disappoints! Great restaurant -& excellent food.

JS
JamieS123
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and quality! Will be back soon

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Great location. Great ambience. The quality of the food could be better! The staff were very friendly but we ended up waiting over an hour for our mains due to staff error (she forgot to put our order in). Whilst she was very apologetic, perhaps next time offer some bread to feed hungry clientele while they wait….

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Food, Atmosphere and Service was fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Waitress wasn’t helpful or friendly. The food was absolutely superb though

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Chezza
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

It was a family birthday function involving children from 15 to 8 yrs. The noise level made it extremely difficult to communicate. Strictly adults only .

ME
MariaE
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing time! Everyone very attentive and welcoming. Definetely will come back very soon! Great place to catch up with friends. The food and wine menu is divine.

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Jampod
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best nicoise salad I've ever had!! Bowl of chips for 2 people was way too large - bit wasteful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Quality Italian food, friendly staff, good range of local and imported wines, not suitable for quiet low key dining, but a happy and boisterous with high volume atmosphere

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ImogenL
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great diverse menu, the food was delicious. Fun and buzzy atmosphere.

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vipSarahOngarello
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a wonderful night at Gilson. The staff were fantastic and the food was excellent. We had my partners parents there who are in their 60s and they found it too loud and struggled to have conversations but the food, wine and staff made up for it.

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MissD
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A Melbourne classic! Nothing beats Gilson on a sunday when the sun is shining and the margarita's are flowing. Food, drinks, service and vibe is always 100/10. Highly recommend!

JC
JohnC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the chopped salad and vibe! Sensational experience every time

EK
EmmaK
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Sam was wonderful. Food was next level but the music was so loud we had to leave

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Aria
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food! Seriously always makes me so happy and would gladly return again :)

SB
SandyB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The trumpeter had no real flavour.
The huge bowl of chips purchased fed three, they were string fries which arrived with the main. First bite impressions were warm and "old" which may have been the oil used. Of course we ate them all, because who can stop if there are fries in front of them. Maccas/Hungry Jacks do them better, but I don't buy them.
Read the menu before you go. Our friend enjoyed her main.
The lemon tart was a huge slice. Yummy and shared among 3.

DD
DenizD
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Poor customer service.

Our group reserved a table for a late lunch. We were rushed to order our meals as the waiter said there was another group after us who has booked the table… we hadn’t even ordered our mains. The entirety of the afternoon was spent dealing with rude and unhelpful staff. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, fresh delicious and most importantly it’s CONSTANTLY amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was good, however not many coeliac options. The staff were rude and rushed us even when we had booked a 2 hour sitting.

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LindyP
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience1

My minute steak excellent. Famed chicken salad well below average. Starter portion of pasta tiny and unsatisfying. Far too noisy. Leather banquette seats worn out. Service good but overall not anywhere near as good as it always has been standards down.

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FabulousFoodie
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was amazing but the staff and the service were a huge letdown, absolutely no tip when we paid the bill especially when they add a "Saturday Surcharge" and a credit card surcharge on top of that!

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Mediocre food. Hugely disappointing choice of all the Melbourne cafes

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HolD
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. Always happy to take clients to Gilson.
Thank you and see you again very soon.

HJ
vipHungryJaks
7 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Despite being quite busy on a beautiful Autumn day, Joey provided excellent service and everything flowed beautifully from water on our table to prosecco and meals. Meals were all tasty.

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Mario69
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good pizza and great service
We choose to stay outside because was a beautiful night but the table are too small for have a dinner

CW
vipCharlesW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service. Food was very good but not amazing. Great place to catch up if you’re in S Yarra.

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YannaD
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience, delicious food and great vibe

LH
LisaH
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, great service. It was very busy so a bit noisy and service a bit slow. But overall great. Would recommend.

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

While it can get loud if you're looking for an intimate, dinner catch-up, the ambience would be perfect for a group of 2-4 looking to have an energetic night with fantastic food & drink!

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Isobel
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and yummy drinks! Staff were very fun and and friendly.

DM
DamienM
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent atmosphere great food and great people. Would definitely go back as well as recommend to others.

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Sinead
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Needed to be seated in more shade given the hot weather :)

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madeleinec
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice ambiance and location. Ideal for a warm night or aperitif

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Carly
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food but no reservations for outdoors and it was full

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 174 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.