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.
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.
800g rib eye was out of this world!
I will be back to eat two 800g rib eyes!!
The ragu is to die for. Such a great vibe and amazing food and service
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.
First time at Gilsons and the food was delicious and the service was amazing
Definitely will be back again
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.
Gilson never disappoints! Great restaurant -& excellent food.
Amazing food, service and quality! Will be back soon
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….
The Food, Atmosphere and Service was fantastic!
Waitress wasn’t helpful or friendly. The food was absolutely superb though
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 .
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.
Best nicoise salad I've ever had!! Bowl of chips for 2 people was way too large - bit wasteful.
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
Great diverse menu, the food was delicious. Fun and buzzy atmosphere.
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.
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!
Love the chopped salad and vibe! Sensational experience every time
Sam was wonderful. Food was next level but the music was so loud we had to leave
Great food! Seriously always makes me so happy and would gladly return again :)
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.
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.
Amazing food, fresh delicious and most importantly it’s CONSTANTLY amazing
Food was good, however not many coeliac options. The staff were rude and rushed us even when we had booked a 2 hour sitting.
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.
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!
Mediocre food. Hugely disappointing choice of all the Melbourne cafes
Amazing food and service as always. Always happy to take clients to Gilson.
Thank you and see you again very soon.
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.
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
Great service. Food was very good but not amazing. Great place to catch up if you’re in S Yarra.
Amazing experience, delicious food and great vibe
Great food, great service. It was very busy so a bit noisy and service a bit slow. But overall great. Would recommend.
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!
Delicious food and yummy drinks! Staff were very fun and and friendly.
Excellent atmosphere great food and great people. Would definitely go back as well as recommend to others.
Needed to be seated in more shade given the hot weather :)
Nice ambiance and location. Ideal for a warm night or aperitif
Good food but no reservations for outdoors and it was full
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.