Gilson

4.7
147 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 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 ‘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 147 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FabulousFoodie
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
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
HungryJaks
5 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

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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

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LisaH
2 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.

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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
3 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

It’s my Husbands 46th Birthday!

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popis
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

food was great, didnt like capriciosa pizza with honey. But overall food was nice

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TanyaM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place! Very fancy! Food was awesome!!! Great Vibe!

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AnnyS
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

The food was average and over priced. The food had no flavour, was bad quality. For what you pay I would expect much better food. Most of it I could cook better at home.
The wine was lovely though. And I also enjoyed the gelato.

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Bella
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Came in for a late dinner with a friend from out of town. The staff were super accommodating when I called to reschedule our reservation due to a flight delay. The food was excellent, classic Italian with a focus on fresh produce. We had the prawn pizza, the pecorino pasta and some fresh tomato salad and burrata to share. Highly recommend coming here and will be returning to sample more of the impressive wine list.

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Fernanda
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and friendly staff :)
Tasted like real Italian food. Will definitely come back

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LeticiaP
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our meals. Great service. Music and atmosphere was a little bit too loud inside but this is to be expected when restsurant is at full capacity.

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Rebecca
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time! Food and service was amazing for the price you pay! They did have some issues with the sound and music a couple times. Was a loud area so preferably have the music lower or nothing at all.

DG
DavidG
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Quite a simple service.
The pizza we got was bit overcooked at the edges (burned)

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Kingy
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic place for food and drinks, especially on a sunny Melbournian day. Staff are very accommodative and support the great atmosphere Gilsons offers.

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Sivan
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. Amazing food, wonderful staff, relaxing and fun.

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KariW
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food wonderful, our server also wonderful - such a love smile.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good attentive service and lovely ambience, sitting outside overlooking the Botanic Gardens.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

EXCELLENT SERVICE... and food. I absolutely love this place for its European vibe... BUT one thing that is NOT EUROPEAN is the volume of the music. In Europe music is restaurants is BACKGROUND so you don’t have to shout at your dinner companions. If the music volume had not been blaring my romantic dinner at Gilson would have been perfect !

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DigitalNomad20
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience - great food, service and ambiance!

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MimO
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an absolute delight! Staff are so friendly, helpful and the quality of food / drinks is incredible - thank you.

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Shandy
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious food for the most part, friendly staff. Dripping air con vent on 2 guests which was disappointing but overall good experience and will be back.

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OliviaS
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with fantastic quick and friendly service as always!

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vipLouise
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

Love everything about Gilson! We had the kingfish and tuna crudo which unfortunately was not up to standard and had to send it back as we struggled to enjoy it. The mains (pizza + pasta) were excellent. Staff took $10 off the crudo on our bill, which was fair. Great service!!

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TracyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it , service was great - noisy but festive

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JadeE
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

Extremely average, stood waiting for someone to take my reservation for at least 10 minutes, with a mouth full of food what I assume was the manager took me to my table. On a 31° day there was no ac and the water was room temperature. Waiters super awkward would just stand at your table waiting for you to finish a conversation before asking to order. Menu is pretty average too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe, atmosphere and service. Drinks came quickly and food was delicious

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Panda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great in every aspect. Ordered an entree pasta and the rib-eye steak to share. Cooked to perfection. Slight annoyance on how small our entree pasta was versus the main size (diner next to us had the main) for not much more cost wise.

We love the service - every staff member at all points of contact are super friendly, attentive and a pleasure to talk to.

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Goldie
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

BEST SALADS EVER!!! So yummy, had the green goddess chicken and the chopped salad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining experience with a lacklustre ending. Amazing dining experience with fresh incredibly tasty food. Friendly honest courteous service. Only disappointment was that the restaurant turned into a pre party venue at the end of the night with large groups crammed around tables sharing a bowl of fries and taking part in a frenzied social media photo shoot. Puts a damper on a romantic dinner evening. But definitely go for the quality menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, if not more than generous portion sizes and fantastic bubbly staff!

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 4.7 stars by 147 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.