Ask any Italian-American what ‘gravy’ is, and they'll tell you it's the pasta sauce that their mothers and grandmothers cooked fresh every night. At Gravy Restaurant we take the same care, preparing our signature sauce every day using select tomatoes and locally grown herbs. The heart and soul poured into the preparation of traditional Italian-American dishes pairs with inspired modern twists and a focus on seasonal ingredients to define Gravy’s unique approach to this classic cuisine.
Italian, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Mon- Fri: 11:00AM-4:00PM
$30 and under
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We're now offering group catering! Please call the restaurant at 919.896.8513 for more information.
There is a parking garage next door, plus on street parking
The R line stops around the corner on Hargett and South Wilmington.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For information regarding private dining, please contact Amy Amerson at Amy@empireeats.com or 919.455.0351
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For information regarding private dining, please contact us. Banquet Facilities: Gravy has a private wine cellar that can accommodate up to 40 people for private parties
Gravy Ratings and Reviews
We were downtown and had wanted to try t ...
We were downtown and had wanted to try this place, so we decided stop by for lunch. The experience was amazing, and the food was fantastic. The lasagna was the best I've ever had. Seriously good food, and great environment. Highly recommend!
The food here is delicious. In fact, it ...
The food here is delicious. In fact, it might be too good. Why? Well, to be honest, I probably can't honestly say the food is delicious because in the five times I have been here, I've ordered the same thing. Gnocchi. It's that good. I can't try anything else because all I can think of is going to Gravy to order gnocchi again! So, honest review of all other possible menu choices - it all looks good and smells good going to other people.
Quick service, nice decor. It is a little tight in the dining area and the noise level can get a little loud but not so loud that you can't hear your dinner mate.
My niece and I went for her birthday, an ...
My niece and I went for her birthday, and although I had not mentioned it in advance, our server Phoebe heard us talking and at the end of our meal offered the dessert menu for a complementary selection. We split the mos delicious tiramisu I have ever had. The lasagna is wonderfully cheesy, and my dish was excellent also.
Family of 5 we went out for my daughters ...
Family of 5 we went out for my daughters 17th. High quality food and service, reasonable prices. I enjoyed the spaghetti w/ meatballs, kids chicken park and wife had the lasagna, all enjoyed our dishes. We'll be back!
The food was very good. Our server was ...
The food was very good. Our server was even better. He asked if we had something to do after dinner -- we did, seeing a play -- and he made sure we were out on time while at the same making us feel there was no hurry. We will certainly be back.
This was the second time I dined at Grav ...
This was the second time I dined at Gravy. Loved the first time, second time was OK. We got the calamari for the appetizer, that was one of the best I've ever had, the gnocchi dish with the mushrooms was also delicious, but three in our party got the braised beef bbq ravioli and that was not good at all. I like my pasta al dente but this was almost raw. Also the sauce was so thin, I really would not recommend this dish, all three people in my party did not like it. I told them to send it back but they are too nice and did not. All in all, except for that one ravioli dish, we had a very nice experience and the other entree's were great. I will dine there again just will stay with the traditional dishes. The pasta with seafood was also good.
We had previously eaten here on several ...
We had previously eaten here on several occasions and had great food and service. This time however was sub par. The food was mediocre at best and the service was awful. The waitress was rushing us thru the meal and could not get the bill correct at the end. She was in such a hurry for us to leave, she didn't even ask if we wanted coffee or dessert before she brought the check. We ordered the salami and cheese board and when we asked her what cheeses were where, she couldn't tell us. When the food was served, it had obviously sat in the back because it was barely warm. Needless to say the overall dining experience wasn't what we had expected and our family that came for the first time left with a really bad taste. It's sad because we had chosen Gravy because of the exceptional food we had experienced in the past. And the restaurant didn't seem to be that busy. We had expected a lot better.
We were a group of eight. We were seated ...
We were a group of eight. We were seated promptly. Our waitress was very attentive and went out of het way to accommodate us. The food came in a timely manner. It was well prepared and everyone enjoyed their meal. I would definitely go back.
We were seated promptly and enjoyed a wo ...
We were seated promptly and enjoyed a wonderful Birthday dinner with family. The food was excellent, every dish was delicious. Our waiter was knowledgeable. He answered our questions and advised us regarding our choices. A great birthday experience!
Food was delicious. We had Bay Scallops ...
Food was delicious. We had Bay Scallops as appetizers which was yummy. Too bad they ran out of shrimp risotto which i was hoping to get as my entree. Service was impeccable. Overall wonderful experience. I would definitely go back to this place!
All four of us enjoyed everything we ord ...
All four of us enjoyed everything we ordered. The eggplant pie was wonderful, as always. Service was good. I feel there is a serious lack of vegetables on this menu. The entrees do not come with veggies, and there are no veggie sides available. Only salads. This will mean I won't eat here often.
First time at this restaurant. On the ...
First time at this restaurant. On the way to the symphony and luckily we couldn't get the 6:30 reservation we wanted--otherwise we would have been late to the music. Seated immediately on a table that wobbled and the waiter was ready with wooden chips and said he balances the tables multiple times each night. Friendly waiter who was fighting a losing battle with the crowd. Had to repeat wine and check orders. Wine list on their internet site is out of date and mediocre in the "by the glass" section but looked much better if buying a bottle. But--the food is very good at a fair price. If we go back it won't be on a Saturday.
The food and ambiance were perfect! I re ...
The food and ambiance were perfect! I really dug the vibe as it was unique among other Italian restaurants which are typically very traditional.
However, service was terrible. Felt like we didn't exist (frequently ignored and took forever to get anything ordered). When we did exist, we felt like an inconvenience (no smiling/enthusiasm, short questions, no initiative in explanations).
We ordered the risotto balls because rev ...
We ordered the risotto balls because reviews we had read recommended those, and they did not disappoint! However, the pasta on the special was beyond al dente. Made it hard to enjoy the dish. Other dishes were good. The Pappardelle was especially tasty.
Gravy is a jewel in downtown Raleigh. D ...
Gravy is a jewel in downtown Raleigh. Delicious food, attentive, friendly staff. Great atmosphere. We had the calamari for starter; perfect; light and crispy. The chicken Parmesan and lasagna did not disappoint! The bartender was also our server and recommended an excellent wine, she was very knowledgeable and helpful. Love this place.
I had the pasta with Bolognese sause and ...
I had the pasta with Bolognese sause and it was outstanding. The best gravy ever! My husband had Chicken Parmesana and also loved it. The bread is amazing and we also had a lovely cabernet. One of the best restaurants we have been to in the area
We dine at Gravy whenever we visit Ralei ...
We dine at Gravy whenever we visit Raleigh. Not a large menu, but reasonably priced and anything we've ever ordered has been excellent. Wesley, our waiter, took great care of us making food and wine recommendations. We will certainly be back!
A very enjoyable evening. The food was g ...
A very enjoyable evening. The food was great and served quickly. The waiter was friendly. He gave a good wine recommendation and answered our questions about the menu. It was a little pricey, but that's what you get when you go to Italian for a nice dinner. Overall a great experience. I would go back again.
This was a special date night for my boy ...
This was a special date night for my boyfriend and I. I live in Kentucky,my boyfriend lives
in Raleigh. He has visited Gravy several times before as a special occasion place to go.The
atmosphere was very romantic and the food was spectacular. Our waiter assisted us in
choosing a wonderful bottle of wine that matched our food perfectly. We were thrilled
to see homemade sauce was available for sale by the jar! It was an overall wonderful
special evening and we look forward to many more visits to Gravy in the future!
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