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 ‘Rigatoni, lamb ragu, ricotta salata, gremolata’ for lunch or dinner, and their take on a tiramisu for dessert, a ‘Baba-Misu, mascarpone cream, cocoa’.
Wood fired pizza is also available for lunch and dinner cooked in the custom built oven.
As always exceptional food, service and vino! We love this place and will continue to be regulars ❤️❤️
The service and ambience was excellent, and despite being on par with any relaxed fine dining establishment, they have a great children’s menu and we were made to feel very welcome, complete with colouring in.
My trout on caponata was exquisite, their wine list and aperitifs a delight, and I will be happily returning.
There was no gluten free bread for 2 of my friends and they weren’t offered a reduction in cost!
A weekend surcharge on Mother’s Day was disappointing.
I had 3 text messages & a phone call about my 8am booking. As the restaurant only had 2 other customers at 8am it created unnecessary entries in my calendar.
Very poor value for money.
After eating breakfast at Gilsons for the past few years before the Mother’s Day Classic, we will go elsewhere next Mother’s Day
Gilson is in a lovely spot, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and relatively close to the arts precinct. We had an early concert and the staff were aware of that and things moved speedily. We couldn't linger but we were pleased with the rhythm that got us where we were going in ample time. It was a remarkable mild autumn evening and Gilson added to our enjoyment.
Loved our dinner. We had an early dinner at 6:30pm. Staff were excellent. We shared two entrees and a main. All superb. The main (a pasta dish) we shared, was brought out on two plates. A nice touch! Will definitely come back.
Staff were very accommodating given that we had booked for 9 people but a few extra turned up and they were able to move another table to give us a little more space
Food quality was very poor given the price point. Polenta chips were exceptionally undercooked and pesto was flavourless and watery.
Had a lovely Sunday night dinner - great service from our lovely redheaded waitress
Food and coffee was good.
Service was poor, too many inexperienced waitresses.
The restaurant is very noisy, it is hard to talk.
I love the relaxed feel of this place. The food and drinks were very good, and the service was great. Overall a great experience in a very nice spot in Melbourne.
We didn't mind our dinner at Gilson, but in a town with so many fantastic restaurants and cafes, we found this place to be a little underwhelming. Service was slow, my meal was not what I expected, etc. It wasn't bad, but we thought it could have been better.
Service provided created an uneasy vibe. We were pushed to order more food at multiple points during the night. Pasta came out cold. Did not enjoy the experience.
Amazing food and service as usual. The lady who answered the phone when I was confirming booking was abrupt and dismissive-not representative of the experience on the night.
Fantastic service and great spot for the whole family.
We should have been informed we were going to be asked to leave at a specific time when we booked.
Our table that was apparently in the way of an other booking for 30 guests.
We had organised a lunch to get together with my three sons in Melbourne who were coincidently in Melbourne on the same day from interstate and overseas
You need to do more to have the noise absorbed or abated.
I did notice the work that had been done in the ceiling, concrete floors, walls, glass don't help, perhaps some wall hangings or absorbing panels
I am familiar with Gilson as it is my local restaurant and I asked my friends and siblings to dine there for a catch up. None had been before and all 5 loved it and we had a great evening. Beautiful food, great wines and service.
We ordered two pizzas and a pasta. Both pizzas arrived at seperate times - I think one was forgotten on the order. Both pizzas were severely under cooked. Both having very thick bases that were uncooked and goey. The ingredients on the pizzas were also under cooked, potatoes. Pizzas were returned to the kitchen and cooked further but returned tough on the outside and still uncooked on the inside. Very disappointing considering we have been to The Gilson on many occasions and experienced good food. Wait staff did not follow up post meal nor did they clear our table. We paid our bill at the bar before leaving.
I came to Gilson for my birthday a few weeks ago with a party of 16. From the moment we arrived the service was appalling- we had to repeatedly ask for a menu, call the waiter over and practically rail road him to take a drink order. Never once were we asked if we would like a drink? Or whether we were ready to order, but rather had to flag someone down, even when it came to menus we had to ask for these. Drinks were ordered and took 20 minutes to arrive, meals were forgotten and then we were assured these would be taken off the bill, which they were not. At the end of the evening we were rushed out of the venue despite being told it closes at midnight by one of the waiters- it was not even 11pm.
When I book somewhere for a large party of guests for a special occasion, I expect decent service or at least to be acknowledged and orders to be taken without constantly having to wave someone over. The service was absolutely disgusting. Living in the area I would often take friends and relatives here for dinner/ breakfast, however after this awful service I will not be coming back.
Absolutely lovely lunch and gorgeous staff, thank you!
Loved it, we went for a family birthday and there was something for everyone - the food was delicious, the staff were friendly and accommodating and our overall experience excellent. Thank you.
A lovely ambiance with excellent, attentive service. Delicious food and wine to boot!
Awesome service. Great, simple food. Loud enough for atmosphere but quiet enough to still have a good conversation.
This restaurant is our brilliant new find and we will definitely return to try breakfast and lunch. Gilson's shows attention to detail in food and service, lovely interiors and mature experienced staff. Discrete table service while still being warm and friendly. Amazing Pizza selection and offers a great Sunday Pizza package evening starting at 4 pm and a locals Tuesday night package. Highly recommend.
Crab linguine was amazing. And the broccolini side was one of the perfect thing on cold Melbourne night.
Booked a table for 10, staff were great and attentive, food was beautiful, thanks!
Gilson served up a delicious and healthy lunch in a delightful atmosphere with excellent service.
Really enjoyed the food and the decor. Perhaps a little understaffed and noisy.
Great service, great food. Food came out fast as we had a Rod Laver show.
Loved the food. Crap service. This was a first visit and initially I thought they were perhaps understaffed in a full restaurant.
Even after an hour and a half the restaurant was quieter but the service did not improve.
Gilson is not alone tapering off the service as the night progresses. Even had to stand up to approach the wait staff to ask for the bill. Would like to return to experience more of the food though.
Great overall experience, the service was great! Decent wine selection and the special of the night, the “local seafood bugs” was delicious!!
Fantastic experience at Gilson! Great food and personal service. We'll be back.
Loved the fitout, service and food, it was all gorgeous!
With all the amazing choices in Melbourne, this one is not worth the time. Food is ok but the service is unfriendly. Very noisy inside.
Poor service from waitress who made several mistakes from drinks order to meals to clearing away(not)
However food was excellent and rest of staff very good.
One of the best restaurants in Melbourne for a perfect date night.
Great staff, food and location. Would recommend for both lunch and dinner.
Excellent, absolutely loved it!
The gnocchi was homemade and our waitress was by far one of the best I have come across.
Loved Gilson for catch up with old friends on a quiet Sunday night.
Normally Gilson is great and I've been confused by the poor reviews but I finally got to experience it first hand unfortunately. I normally love Gilson and I'll still be back, provided I never have an experience like this again. Waiter was just weird, completely forgot my drink order, got one of the mains wrong so all our shared food got cold while we waited, got told a drink would be comped which it was but I was then charged for a drink I ordered and never received anyway. Punishing!! Wish I went to botanical instead :/