Choose Between Two Options
- $17.75 for $30 worth of dinner and drinks for two or more
- $32 for $60 worth of dinner and drinks for four or more
- See the menu.
There is a huge gap between what parents want to eat and what their kids do. Between picky eating habits and the lure of shiny plastic toys, it can seem impossible to get kids to eat out without having to scarf chicken nuggets yourself. Two Wilmette fathers grew tired of this cycle and the poor quality of food their kids were craving, so they decided to create a restaurant where they, their wives, and their kids could all get an enjoyable meal.
The result was Gilson’s, an American bistro that uses sustainably caught and locally grown ingredients that adults value, and couches it in a friendly atmosphere complete with a children’s menu that accommodates picky eaters without plying them with processed junk food. The bistro reflects its two identities with an outdoor patio and exposed-brick dining room, with a more upscale wine bar that caters to guests wanting to sip international vintages in a more intimate space.
For the adults, chefs specialize in seafood. They accent shrimp and ahi tuna with layers of mango salsa and wasabi mayo to create complex flavor profiles without boiling up a rubik's-cube reduction. House specialties such as the fish tacos and Wyoming bison burgers get pared down to create smaller lunch portions, alongside a selection of organic sandwiches and salads.
The food quality is high, the service is friendly and good, and the atmosphere is casual.BillySOS, TripAdvisor, 5/11/13
This was our first visit but it will not be our last. All 5 of us enjoyed our experienceM S, iDine, 9/3/13
89% of 274 customers
“I HAD A BURGER AND IT WAS THE BEST I HAD IN A LONG TIME WITH MUSHROOMS AND WIFE HAD RAVI OLE DISH WHICH WAS THE BEST. ALSO A ORANGE FLAVOR MARTINI WAS THE...”
“I HAD A BURGER AND IT WAS THE BEST I HAD IN A LONG TIME WITH MUSHROOMS AND WIFE HAD RAVI OLE DISH WHICH WAS THE BEST. ALSO A ORANGE FLAVOR MARTINI WAS THE BEST TO MAKE THE WHOLE EVENING ONE TO BE REMEMBERED”
“Strong recommend. Pleasant efficient waitress (Sheena) helped to make the evening very enjoyable.”
“Try the Walleye Pike it is excellent”
1126 Central Avenue
Wilmette, Illinois 60091