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Gilson, South Yarra, AU-VIC

Gilson

4.4
4.4
431 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 42 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

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 431 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Inner City South

    Brunch

  • Inner City South

    Hot spot

  • Inner City South

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Inner City South

    Most Booked

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Honestly not worth the money. Poor quality food. Expected more
  2. YumikoI

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very poor Service, poor food, poor ambience. Very disappointed.
  3. Stephani

    Detroit

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was very good. Atmosphere very nice but very loud place. Great service.
  4. Copmb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Delicious food, terrible service. Definitely best to sit outside.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and service 10/10. We had a selection of food. All was amazing
  6. AngyL

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our waiter was lovely, service great, food fabulous. Music slightly loud but bearable , not a fan of a $40 surcharge on a Sunday ( 15%) but will definitely be back on another day .
  7. AlixL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good was fresh and beautiful. Drinks done stunning. And the vibes high.
  8. PETE

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Gilsons was fine. OperTable was hopeless. Although my booing was confirmed by OpenTable twice by email, it did not register with Gilsons, so on arrival I had no booking, but email confirmation! Visit Gilsons with ear plugs, but book directly.
  9. LaurenT

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service. Was a bit loud and can’t believe they only have one female toilet!!
  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Every thing was great except the steak which we wanted medium but was generally overcooked. Sticky date dessert wasn't greatly too, too dry on the edges.
  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and excellent t service. The 15% weekend surcharge was disappointing. Very loud inside but not surprising given the amazing food
  12. EvaS

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Good and service perfect.
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Good food - slow staff
  14. BronR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    You only have a two hour dining window before you are asked to vacate for the next group. It probably would have worked if we didn’t have to wait for our pre-ordered meal. Additionally, when the birthday cake came out, no knife was supplied and it took time to organise that. The food was good. It’s a very noisy environment. You might call it energetic but I found it jarring. I won’t return.
  15. DeeO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Difficult to enjoy the food as I was continuously swatting flies! Don’t think I would go back. Had the same problem in November. The ceiling was covered as was the metal separation frame alongside the bar.
  16. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food, wine and cocktails were terrific. The service however, was not good enough and brought down the “dining experience”.
  17. NicoleO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    The noise level inside Gilson is regularly too loud to hear conversation on our table but on this visit music blasted over the restaurant on two separate occasions for 20 secs each time including excessive background noise. The staff were unapologetic about the noise and blasting music. An unpleasant dining experience on this occasion.
  18. Cookie8

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    One needs to be able to book at a time that suits the patron not in blocks eg 1.00pm not forced to eat at 12.30 pm
  19. Tayy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very yummy food! Good vibes and had such friendly staff!
  20. CraigMoffatt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a valentine's dinner, everything was immaculate, couldn't fault anything.
  21. EllenJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, great food, a little on the expensive side.
  22. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Italian food ever. Fresh and delicious!
  23. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faultless!
  24. VickyM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner
  25. EmilyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2023

    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!
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    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.
  27. SimoneC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the staff were so lovely,
  28. FriendlyFoodie

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    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.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best fries and chop salad in Melbourne
  30. Reyn

    South Australia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. McKenzieK

    Exclusive

    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.
  34. Marlee

    Melbourne

    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!
  35. 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.
  36. Ally

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  37. 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!
  38. ScottM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Good food, pleasant staff working hard. quite noisy
  39. BrunoC

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service but loud The kardasians were there too 😉
  40. Sasha

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and amazing food always

FAQs

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

Gilson is rated 4.4 stars by 431 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 42 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Gilson

171 Domain Rd, South Yarra, AU-VIC 3141

Dining areas

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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