Gilson

4.3
49 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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 by Executive Chef Pippa Harry 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 ‘Garfish toast, sweet & sour eggplant, aioli’ 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Breakfast, Pizzeria
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
6:00 am - 11pm
Saturday - Sunday + PH
7:00 am - 11pm

Closed December 25th (Christmas Day)
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Phone number
(03) 9866 3120
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Pippa Harry
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Private Party Facilities
We accept reservations for group bookings of up to 30 guests in one section of our dining room. The dining room can be exclusively booked for reservations up to 80 people.

For private parties, the restaurant can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated event and up to 150 guests for a cocktail event.

Please contact our helpful events team info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au
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Private Party Contact
info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au: (03) 9866 3120
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Catering
Gilson can be exclusively hired for events or any nature.
Weddings, birthdays, corporate events, fashion showings, engagements.
Off site catering available.
Please contact our helpful events team info@gilsonrestaurant.com.au
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Cross Street
Park Street and Anderson Street
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Parking Details
Street parking is available on Domain Road, Birdwood Avenue and Park St. Also available on surrounding streets.
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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.
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Special Events & Promotions
Spaghetti & Wine night - Join us for a bowl of pasta & glass of wine for $25, every Thursday from 6pm.

Aperitivo Sessions - Join us from 4pm - 6pm Monday to Friday for $10 spritzes, $6 wines and $5 pots.

Cellar Nights - Monday and Tuesday BYO $12 per bottle
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 49 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

A lovely ambiance with excellent, attentive service. Delicious food and wine to boot!

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Awesome service. Great, simple food. Loud enough for atmosphere but quiet enough to still have a good conversation.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Crab linguine was amazing. And the broccolini side was one of the perfect thing on cold Melbourne night.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Booked a table for 10, staff were great and attentive, food was beautiful, thanks!

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Gilson served up a delicious and healthy lunch in a delightful atmosphere with excellent service.

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Really enjoyed the food and the decor. Perhaps a little understaffed and noisy.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Great service, great food. Food came out fast as we had a Rod Laver show.

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4.0Dined on 23 February 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Great overall experience, the service was great! Decent wine selection and the special of the night, the “local seafood bugs” was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Fantastic experience at Gilson! Great food and personal service. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on 31 January 2018

Loved the fitout, service and food, it was all gorgeous!

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2.0Dined on 14 January 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 31 December 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 21 December 2017

One of the best restaurants in Melbourne for a perfect date night.

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5.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Great staff, food and location. Would recommend for both lunch and dinner.

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5.0Dined on 5 December 2017

Excellent, absolutely loved it!
The gnocchi was homemade and our waitress was by far one of the best I have come across.

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4.0Dined on 26 November 2017

Loved Gilson for catch up with old friends on a quiet Sunday night.

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3.0Dined on 25 November 2017

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 :/

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4.0Dined on 23 November 2017

Dinner arranged for my daughters birthday. Food selection;ectiuon excellent event though menu is small it is quality. Food very tasty and portions just right. Service is excellent and it all works very well.

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4.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Great for Saturday brunch, extremely friendly and happy staff food arrived quickly and was delicious, good wines by the glass not over the top price wise. Would love to try spaghetti night!

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4.0Dined on 8 November 2017

Great service and pizzas, good wine by the glass, several good specials for the day. Pork pizza was delicious !!!!

Good vibe. Great coffee. Quick service but it was a weekday.

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5.0Dined on 3 November 2017

I have been here for brunch and dinner - both great experiences. Weekend brunch can be busy and service can get affected but we had exceptional service for dinner. Not to mention that food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 20 October 2017

Unfortunately the echo and noise inside the venue, and the choice of music, spoiled what would have been a perfect evening otherwise! I like to be able to participate in conversation when eating out, and I could not hear my friends easily, or clearly!

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5.0Dined on 26 August 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. If I was to be a regular, I would recommend introducing specials on the night or change the menu, as it is small.

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3.0Dined on 20 August 2017

We booked for Sunday lunch and did not realise that only the "Brunch" menu is available at the weekend so we're somewhat disappointed.

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2017

A wonderful occasion, thanks to Gilson! The staff are outstanding - they welcomed us and made us comfortable even though we arrived early on a rainy day. The service was perfect. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. I cannot recommend Gilson highly enough.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2017

An amazing meal on all fronts! Highly recommend. The service was fantastic and everyone was incredibly happy with their food.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2017

Great food, great wine, great service...what more can you ask for!

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2017

Exceptionally attentive and friendly service coupled with an easy to follow menu. The food was truly sensational. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2017

We decided last minute for something casual but classy. The food was great and sitting at the back was a pleasant spot . New chef a really exceptional bonus.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2017

The Gilson is a great spot for a meal or drink, in the heart of Domain Road by the botanical gardens. Definitely worth a try.

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4.0Dined on 28 May 2017

Service was great and attentive, food delish - the cuttlefish dish was devine.

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3.0Dined on 11 May 2017

Food and service vgood but it was so noisy I could not hear my guests opposite me at our table. Why restaurants don't consider acoustics in more detail is beyond me and this was one of worst I have experienced for an evening meal.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2017

Friendly welcoming staff greeted us and provided attentive service all night.
I had taken friends to dinner, three couples. We shared delicious, interesting entrees then followed up with our own mains - a variety of salads, pasta, steak and John Dory for me. Every plate returned to the kitchen spotless and all agreed to return another time as there were many appetising dishes left to sample!
The venue is spacious , inviting and fresh with large open windows to Domain Rd and the Botanical Gardens. A Melbourne gem for all ages and occasions.

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4.0Dined on 21 February 2017

Loved the experience. Great food and a lovely meeting place for all ages. If going on a warm night - enjoy an aperol spritz - hmmm actually any night, especially between 4pm-6pm (happy hour).

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4.0Dined on 9 February 2017

Good good but very loud. Service a bit slow but very good when we got it. Friendly staff, great recommendations.

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2017

Great service and fit out. Cocktails and gnocchi were delicious

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3.0Dined on 4 February 2017

Made a booking but staff seemed oblivious to it but it wasn't busy so we got seated straight away.
Some female staff need to be trained to be approachable and friendly. If they don't want to be there, just pretend to be happy and fake it if you have to as you are in hospitality!! Otherwise don't bother working in hospitality. A little more attentiveness would come a long way too! We kept having to get the attention of waiting staff even though the restaurant wasn't full.

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4.0Dined on 3 February 2017

Another pleasant night - this time with friends from overseas. Service was excellent, food was enjoyable but the interior space was noisy & the decor bland. It's our local so we only want to see it get better.

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