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Gilson, South Yarra, AU-VIC

Gilson

4.4
4.4
337 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 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 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

    Gilson's main dining room can on occasion be exclusively hired for events.<br />Weddings, birthdays, corporate events, fashion showings, engagements.<br />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

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 337 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  • Inner City South

    Late Night Find

  • Inner City South

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    George

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, generous portions, wonderful staff, great service & buzzy atmosphere! Perfect place for catch ups and celebrations-particularly birthdays!!! Looking forward to our next visit!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Food and drinks were slow to come out and staff at times were inattentive
  3. GM

    GrantM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great tasting food! Will not be disappointed. Highly recommend
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had dinner for my birthday at Gilson, the food was amazing. Service was very prompt and continuous through the evening. Food came out quickly despite being a full restaurant. It was a little on the noisey side given how full the restaurant was so was hard to hear conversations at the table but overall a lovely evening. Would highly recommend.
  5. c

    caroline

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Good is below average and the service was average.
  6. O

    Olivia

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    was amazing food came out quickly and the service was just outstanding would recommend to all friends and family
  7. MG

    MelbGC

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Simple good fare. Huge servings. Great space but noise levels high as no sound deadening.
  8. JP

    JemimaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gilson was so wonderful, with great food and hospitality all night. A bit loud at times, but a great, energetic atmosphere and in a great location. I love Gilson and have dinner there often
  9. JM

    JoMc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I wish I had taken the name of our server, but she was a fabulous blonde haired woman who gave exceptional service and recommendations. S
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was lovely, the atmosphere was chaotic. We weren’t asked for drink orders or food orders. We had to flag down a waiter.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    It’s wayyyyy to loud in there. The music needs to be turned down. Yay legit cannot have a convo inside. Still the best food though.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Everything here was lovely from food to service. Was just such a shame I couldn’t hear the one person I was with as the music was so incredibly loud.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Terrible service. Food ok but many better options around.
  14. EB

    EmmaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing service, will definitely be back!
  15. I

    Issy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was so fast and staff were super friendly, feels like you’re in Europe!
  16. C

    Cindi

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Have wanted to try for a long time.. Vibe was nice but more for couples and small groups. Entrees were ok. Mains good - apart from one dish - Prawns, ricotta and pistacchio nuts. No flavor at all.. was so disappointed - as wanted to love it! But, the panna cotta would have to be one of the best I have ever had!! Worth trying - but not sure I will make a return visit.
  17. LS

    LilyS

    Brisbane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    I asked for Gluten Free pasta as a coeliac. However I had the worst reaction to the food. This was definitely NOT gluten free. Not impressed. You really need to be careful as this lack of laziness is really detrimental to someone with an allergy. The service was also very poor. We felt as though we were not appreciated as customers. Our waiter extremely rude which really impacted our night.
  18. RA

    RACH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Yummy food and drinks. Loved the vibe at the restaurant. Good customer service. Highly recommend!!!
  19. DD

    DaisyD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Nice location but menu could be a bit more descriptive so you know what you will get when ordering
  20. M

    Manu

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m Italian and I had the best dinner ever!!! The food was amazing and the stuff has been really nice! Great atmosphere! Super recommend it!
  21. GT

    GuyT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were excellent and so was the food. We went for a birthday and they were happy for us to bring our own cake. They played "Celebration" by Cool and the Gang loudly over their music system, when they brought the cake, so was nice and festive. Thanks for a great evening.
  22. B

    Beaker

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic and service was terrific. Only note is that it would be good for the menu to include a note that brunch isn't available after a certain time. Because there was no defined end-time, we assumed it was all day, and I really wanted that chilli scramble. That aside, the food was just delicious.
  23. G

    Georgia

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was incredible. By far the best Italian in Melbourne
  24. AH

    AquilaH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food lovely atmosphere very nice staff just very busy at times
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved dining at Gilson - have been a few times before and it never disappoints. The food was amazing. Had the burrata with truffle (love) the octopus (LOVE) and lamb cutlets (unreal). Had a delish wine and the service was great. Served by a lovely English girl who was very sweet and helpful. Thanks Gilson! We will be back.
  26. F

    Flora

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is perhaps the fourth time I’ve visited and the quality is next level every time across the board! Love it!
  27. ME

    MEGANE

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Have given this restaurant a go a few times and continue to be disappointed except for the one time the manager recognised who my husband was and gave us great service Every other time the service is terrible even pre covid My cocktail arrived half full compared to My sons girlfriends which was full Really wish I could recommend but I absolutely cannot
  28. J

    James

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food OK. Very loud. Waiters came to table with ATM machine which was very unfortunate as it felt pushy and unclassy.
  29. LR

    LouiseR

    Victoria

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love Gislon but a little disappointed this time with the amount of truffle I received didn’t feel it was value of what I paid
  30. WS

    WarwickS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was expensive and tepid on arrival. Very noisy, however I’d expect a trattoria style to be.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Food was decent for the price point but the entire experience was spoiled by the rude wait staff we had attending to our table and those neighbouring. Slamming glasses and cutlery, chucking menus, not offering water, ignoring the pile of empty plates on the table instead of clearing them just to name a few letdowns. Will not be returning
  32. LY

    LYnda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our delicious pizzas and wine. Staff efficient and courteous without over doing it. Only slight issue was noise level. Hard to talk across the table. Would definitely go again snd happy to rdcomnend to friends.
  33. AM

    AnitaM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food at Gilson is absolutely fabulous. The quality is just so good, by far my favourite pizza I’ve had. I came once for lunch and had to go back. I have to say lunch was far more peaceful than the dinner service as even though it was busy during the lunch rush, it was way too loud in there for dinner. Aside from that, the restaurant itself is fantastic and I would highly recommend for anyone who loves fresh pasta and pizza.
  34. M

    Meem

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Staff were friendly and service was good. Serving sizes were double what you usually expeft to see for antipasti and sides. Lobster pasta - delicious salty goodness Veal parmigiana was perfection. Love the beetroot with stracchiatella - excellent!
  35. AH

    AnnieH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Sunday lunch. Food was great. Service was bad. Very difficult to get drink and food orders taken and had to ask for the bill 4 times. The staff were arguing and seemed very stressed.
  36. A

    Amyh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Service was horrible! And both of us had an upset stomach
  37. SM

    StephM

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, Sarah (from Manchester) was our server and she was excellent
  38. y

    yasminstrange

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was amazing and the service was super fast
  39. Y

    Yvette

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food was quite good, although very expensive. The service was very mediocre though. They didn't put through our post-dinner drinks order straight away, then came back ten minutes later to ask what it was again, then told us we had to give up our table... Nice experience, good location, but wouldn't go back.
  40. TM

    TanyaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Loved our experience at Gilson. Food was absolutely amazing. Will be back soon again.

FAQs

Gilson does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Gilson also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9866 3120.

Gilson is rated 4.4 stars by 337 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 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

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9866 3120

  • Catering

    Gilson's main dining room can on occasion be exclusively hired for events.<br />Weddings, birthdays, corporate events, fashion showings, engagements.<br />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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