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.
6:00 am - 11pm
Saturday - Sunday + PH
7:00 am - 11pm
Closed December 25th (Christmas Day)
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 email@example.com
Weddings, birthdays, corporate events, fashion showings, engagements.
Off site catering available.
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Gilson is located walking distance to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Moonlight Cinemas and the National Gallery of Victoria.
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
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 :/
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We booked for Sunday lunch and did not realise that only the "Brunch" menu is available at the weekend so we're somewhat disappointed.
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.
An amazing meal on all fronts! Highly recommend. The service was fantastic and everyone was incredibly happy with their food.
Great food, great wine, great service...what more can you ask for!
Exceptionally attentive and friendly service coupled with an easy to follow menu. The food was truly sensational. Love this place.
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.
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.