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Gilson, South Yarra, AU-VIC
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Gilson

4.4
4.4
406 reviews
$A40 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.

Gilson's brunch service is available for walk-ins with reservations available from midday.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 48 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, Pizzeria

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9866 3120

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Andy Lockyear

  • Catering

    Please contact our helpful events team info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au

  • Private party facilities

    Our upstairs light filled private dining room overlooks the tree tops providing the perfect venue for your next seated or standing event.With its own private balcony and open fire place the space lends itself to events all year round. An intimate and flexible space. For details and enquiries visit our website.

  • Private party contact

    info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au: (03) 9866 3120

  • Area

    South Yarra

  • Cross Street

    Park Street and Anderson Street

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available on Domain Road, Birdwood Avenue and Park St. Also available on surrounding streets.

  • Entertainment

    Borrow our bocce set and play in the sunshine on the bocce court across the road.Gilson is located walking distance to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Moonlight Cinemas and the National Gallery of Victoria.

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

Experiences

  • Large Group Booking Shared Menu

    A$65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Bookings of 8+ TO START - Antipasti & Wood Fired Flat Bread MAIN - Selection of Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta SIDES - Iceberg, Radicchio & Herb Salad , French Fries DESSERT - Shared Tiramisu +5pp Please Note: a 15% service charge is applied on weekends and a 20% service charge is applied on Public Holidays.

What 406 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  • Inner City South

    Most Booked

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  1. EM

    EmilyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was amazing. Very rarely do I enjoy all the food ordered at a venue, however everything was delectable. The bill was not nearly as much as we expected either which is a bonus. Only downside was the short seating period (which was partially our fault for being late) and the crowded spaces. Overall would come back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was a lovely meal, the fries were so salty though they ruined the taste of the rest of our meal a little. We definitely recommend but I would skip the fries.
  3. SC

    SimoneC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the staff were so lovely,
  4. FF

    FriendlyFoodie

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was good w a decent selection, reasonably lively flavors, fresh ingredients, and some imagination. The wine selection was excellent. Our steaks were cooked as requested and the cut of meat was good. Service was erratic. The wait staff were friendly but after several frequent visits at the start of the meal, by the end of the meal our table of six was forgotten. Overall, we had a great night but partly because we were determined to so, regardless.
  5. R

    Reyn

    South Australia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fabulous food in a great setting. I would advise avoid having to use the ladies toilet facilities. An upgrade to the bathroom facilities is long overdue.
  6. KL

    KaylaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    We were sitting inside, it was so hot inside which made it uncomfortable to eat. We were also situated right next to the entrance where the door continued to slam every time someone were to walk in/out. The cushions on the bench seats were so overused, definitely need a replacement. The red wine we ordered was so warm, it made it hard to drink, probably best to keep the wines in a temperature controlled room. Other than that the food and service were impeccable.
  7. V

    Vicks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was a 10 and portion sizes were very generous. Will definitely be back!
  8. MK

    McKenzieK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    No waitresses or waiters wanted to eagerly wait our tables and our mains took an hour to come out, when we were clearly finished no one attended us and we had to wait 20 minutes before we went up to pay because no one was even looking at us. When we went up to pay we noticed our waitress was sitting right at the bar eating on her break. Why are there not any more staff to take over waiting our table? And maybe not have staff members eat their food on their breaks at the bar where everyone can see because it looks lazy and unprofessional.
  9. M

    Marlee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were amazing. They played a birthday song in the whole restaurant for my mum and aunty when our dessert was brought out!
  10. L

    Lara

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal, a very busy and energetic atmosphere! I would definitely return to try the delicious food again.
  11. A

    Ally

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Your establishment is completely riddled with bugs. There were 15-20 bugs on the wall behind my head alone and the restrooms were just as bad. The waitstaff was great and accommodated us professionally, but I will never eat here again. I firmly believe the restrooms specifically are a reflection of the overall cleanliness of an entire establishment — therefore I must assume your kitchens are also unsanitary. For the prices you charge, you’d think there would be a level of care in that regard. Please do better.
  12. M

    Morgana

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve! Delicious cocktails, scrumptious pizza and mouth watering dessert. Caters for the whole family and dietary requirements. Highly recommend!
  13. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Good food, pleasant staff working hard. quite noisy
  14. BC

    BrunoC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service but loud The kardasians were there too 😉
  15. S

    Sasha

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and amazing food always
  16. AW

    AnneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue for lunch with friends - we all enjoyed it immensely!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    40x minutes to get 2x main course
  18. LL

    LisaL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We were a group of ten sharing plates. The selection was wide and the food was delicious. We were attentively served throughout the evening. Unfortunately, the noise level was unbearable. We could only the hear the person right next to us. This spoilt an otherwise fantastic experience. I would go again but either sit outside or pick a quiet time.
  19. LS

    LouiseS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We were rushed. It was so noisy we couldn’t hear each other talk. Attitude of some of the staff was arrogant. Felt like it was not about the customer but more about churning over patrons with very little care for customer service. Need to stop the 1.5 hr sittings and set menus and let people get back to enjoying dining out and ordering what they want. Would not go back again.
  20. J

    Jessica

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food, great spot, would highly recommend. Favourite restaurant
  21. T

    Tina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Definitely worth going. Staff were so friendly and accommodating. Food was lovely
  22. CM

    ClareM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Nice food, friendly waiters, but we found it WAY too noisy inside the restaurant for our special-occasion family dinner. Deafening music. So we asked for a table outdoors, and the waiter moved two small tables together, but it was awkward. Still, great service.
  23. M

    Mezza

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to Gilson's, food still amazing!! Great friendly service, didn't wait long for food or drink despite it been full. Will be back for sure, love the ambience, can get loud but kind of love that about Gilson's. Its not the place for a romantic quiet dinner, its a place to catch up with friends and have a great time!
  24. N

    Nick

    Adelaide

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Terrible service, breakfast menu ends at 11:30am. Booked a month in advance to be seated inside, asked to move outside and then we were ignored. Pricey, staff are rude and have no experience.
  25. TV

    TaylaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Thank you so much Gilson for having me and my friends for my birthday. The food was absolutely impeccable and the cocktails were delicious. Our beautiful waitress made sure my wine glass was always topped up and kept checking in, what a gal. The food is just so dang good every time. Would 10000% recommend to anyone. Just wish we were closer to the windows or outside!! ❤️ Thank you
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Great food, however very very noisy in the venue. Staff are lovely, however slow wait times as it is always very busy
  27. DH

    DianneH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    One friend ordered from the antipasti section expecting small dishes. Waiter recommended she order 3 dishes. Other 3 guests ordered separate items. These three dishes were much larger than expected. Waiter took one back but still disappointing. Noise level terrible - could hardly hear each other at all.
  28. XH

    XeniH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The food was terrible Pasta was not cooked and served raw Service was terrible Ao so disappointing. I was embraced as I recommended to have dinner at Gilson. I don not recommend to go.
  29. SH

    SueH

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff, good food but it was quite noisy!
  30. F

    Fortheloveoffood

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    It’s a shame the service was so poor. I had to get the waiter attention all the time, not once did they come over to see if we needed anything. I continually had to ask for menu, drinks etc.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The staff were slow to serve us. We waited 10 minutes after being seated to get the menus after we had to ask for it. Slow to serve too but quick to kick you out. Staff were also standing around talking to what appeared their friends. The service was extremely poor. I would not recommend this restaurant.
  32. M

    Millie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and quality food! Will be back!
  33. MD

    MelissaD

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was ok - ordered the King George Whiting which was very nice but $38 for what really was an entree size meal. Fries arrived cold and our batch was like the dregs at the bottom- oily and crunchy small pieces. Steak was a good size but tough. Pear and rocket salad was very average. Inside was so noisy that you could hardly have a conversation at your table. Overall average and over priced.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food & service amazing just very loud inside
  35. JM

    JanM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved everything about it except the noise level.
  36. AT

    AndrewT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Music was too loud. Food came before our drinks arrived and we were double charged for the market fish so overpaid by $40
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The staff were very accommodating and let us bring a cake and balloons. One of my confetti balloons popped on arrival, I apologised for making a mess and they didn’t care at all. They said it made the venue look pretty. They played birthday music when they brought out the cake. It made the day feel very special. Food was also delicious
  38. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wood fire pizza was delicious! Service was great just that the music was a little loud for a conversation
  39. J

    Jane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Lovely place and yummy food but our plates were cleared away for both courses before we were finished and while some people were still eating. Such a shame as a lovely dinner otherwise.
  40. JD

    JoelD

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a business lunch - we loved the food and the atmosphere

FAQs

Gilson offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9866 3120.

Gilson is rated 4.4 stars by 406 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 48 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Gilson

171 Domain Rd, South Yarra, AU-VIC 3141

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Park Street and Anderson Street

  • Area

    South Yarra

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Breakfast, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is available on Domain Road, Birdwood Avenue and Park St. Also available on surrounding streets.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Andy Lockyear

  • Entertainment

    Borrow our bocce set and play in the sunshine on the bocce court across the road.Gilson is located walking distance to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Moonlight Cinemas and the National Gallery of Victoria.

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (03) 9866 3120

  • Catering

    Please contact our helpful events team info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au

  • Private party facilities

    Our upstairs light filled private dining room overlooks the tree tops providing the perfect venue for your next seated or standing event.With its own private balcony and open fire place the space lends itself to events all year round. An intimate and flexible space. For details and enquiries visit our website.

  • Private party contact

    info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au: (03) 9866 3120

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