Gilson

4.5
220 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 220 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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BridgetS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was sensational. However, on a 32 degree day, sitting inside it would have been nice for the doors to be closed to keep the cool air inside.
Some of the wait staff we're quite dismissive and short when taking out order and they kept getting table numbers confused. I'm sure we weren't the only table with items on the bill that weren't ours (They were taken off when we went up to pay).

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CaterinaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Music too loud could not have a conversation on top of the external normal noises

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Ashleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and cocktails, best service! New favourite spot!

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JayeF
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience1

Food and service were good but way too noisy. We went for a 6pm Thursday night dinner and I felt like I was at a nightclub. The back ground music is always too loud and something needs to be done about their acoustics

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JohnC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an amazing atmosphere especially if you can sit outside on a beautiful day, I am still working thru the menu but the chopped salad with chicken is my favourite (and eating well)

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MenFromMarrs
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gilson great again tonight - thnx! And, despite current industry challenges re: staff, they’ve managed to keep on keeping on, snd service is not really noticeably disrupted or reduced at all (don’t know how they do it??!). A lovely night sitting outside tonight: drinks, pre dinner snacks, mains & more drinks. All handled in a timely, proficient & professional-service manner, in personable fashion. Well done Gilson! See you next week! Keep up the good work!

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GeorgiaR
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

way toooooo loud, could not hear my self think

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GraziaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding on everyone level

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scarlettK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, appropriately priced and a great selection even with a covid restricted menu. Atmosphere and Ambience a good mixture of relaxed with vibrancy. Also the cocktails were amazingly crafted Xxx

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Usually love gilson. This experience was below average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Staff could be warm & friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Service was not friendly but food and ambience was great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable eating outside

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ScarletStarlet
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We enjoyed every dish. The only thing was not being told about the 20% holiday surcharge.

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AnnZ
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

The service could improve and the wait staff rapport with customers needs work. Otherwise the Pizza was tasty.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was terribly slow and disengaged. We waited 20 mins with no wine before we asked to be able to order. Entree and mains came out together, meaning the table was fulled with food but mains went cold while entrees were eaten. Food was lovely at least!

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vipChristina92
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was nice but overly priced. Service was okay but a bit slow. The music was very loud, a little too loud to sustain a conversation, but I suppose it did create a certain vibe.

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JodieS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

If it weren’t for a lovely waitress, my review would be one star. We ordered a few cocktails and beer on arrival, then wine to follow with the meal. The drinks took 40 minutes to come out which was surprising considering we had an early 3 hour booking and ended up being moved on without even seeing a dessert menu because the next booking was waiting. The wine we ordered had run out, it took 35 minutes to be told this, then all drinks arrived at once. We were seated inside on the back wall. The seats are appallingly uncomfortable, the music was so loud you had to scream across the table to be heard, and there were staff bustling in and out the entire time. Fit out for the location is very basic and does little to create ambiance inside. The outdoor tables would be a much more pleasant experience!!!!!! Food is priced as expected but the pastas which have been delicious every other time were so over salty they were almost inedible. Pizzas, sides and antipasti were great. Maybe it was the holiday madness and the usual chef was off. Eat outside, avoid the pastas!

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Anon
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Bald waiter man was very rude to customers especially next to our table. The lady politely asked him to clear the table for them and the waiter looked her up and down and gave her a dirty look. Had to ask for menus, not much table service. One of our drinks came nearly an hour late. We asked the man to follow up the order and he never did go inside and check. When I waved him over to the table he just waved back to me and when I asked him about the order he rudely said “WHAT”. Maybe teach your employees some manners and to remind them it’s their job to give great customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Gilson are notorious for poor service, which I definitely saw tonight. Staff don’t write down orders, and constantly miss things. We were waiting 45 minutes for our final dish to arrive, and when we asked the waiter it had sold out days prior, which they failed to tell us. We had to get out of our seats to find a waiter each time we wanted to order a drink. Food okay, service below average.

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MosheN
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and wines for a semiformal lunch or dinner with friends. A bit noisy inside.

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Sindis
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and good always amazing.
The owner makes effort to greet and say hello EVERYTIME!

Love it will be back again!

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AnthonyH
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

It was the first time in years that I had a bad experience; I had asked for some minor changes to be made to my pizza (just a few additions); and despite this; nothing was changed and i was told "The chef said he won't add anything extra". I had been happy to pay for it. It was disappointing, because when I had been there previously, they had made any additions (that were reasonable) and made sure we were happy. I think I'd be trying somewhere else from now on, which is a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Staff weren’t attentive and the dining area was a mess. The food was beautiful though so kudos to the Chef!

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vipCG88
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Nice setting, food is fine just not always that well executed.

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Thalia
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down one of the best places to eat in Melbourne. Every time the food is delicious, fresh produce and great service

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WendyD
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Had too wait 20 minutes for first drink, unacceptable !
Food good.
Noise too Loud.
Possibly give another go ??

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vipAngusL
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Average.
Service was confused & messy.
Starters great, mains average.

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JillH
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant service, beautiful food, lovely atmosphere outside, perfect day - we had a great time - thank you all

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Shorty
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Porterhouse steak was undercooked, too fatty & chewy.

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CatieB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Probably won’t be back. I advised them when booking it was a surprise birthday and when we arrived the table wasn’t ready so it ruined the surprise. The staff took drinks off the table and didn’t offer us more. Another time we watched two staff members setting a table and chat while we tried to get their attention for about 10 mins. The food was okay but not memorable.

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TimCallander
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were super nice, food was very quick to arrive and really nice! Pizzas were the best

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PamF
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top quality food in a casual setting.
The king island cray was superb

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EssArr
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good vibe/atmosphere here, the waitress looking after us was very patient and regularly checked in us and made us feel very welcome. Amazing first time experience.

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Aprileats
6 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The antipasto was amazing, everything was full of flavour. The woodfired bread was delicious.
We'll be back to try the pizza!

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SallyC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was great and the look and feel of the restaurant is lovely, but…the noise level is next level. You shouldn’t have to shout across a small table to be heard. Please turn the music down!

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TatjanaR
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was too salty apart from that was good

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible along with the service. Can’t wait to go back.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't fault it, service and food was great. Always happy at Gilsons

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 4.5 stars by 220 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.