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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
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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 always love going to Gravy. The food ...
We always love going to Gravy. The food and service are outstanding. They were also very accommodating for our 1 year old child.
Food was just okay. Service started off ...
Food was just okay. Service started off great but then took forever.
Our dining experience was great. We got ...
Our dining experience was great. We got lucky that there was a time slot available as it was the evening before Father's Day. The food was delicious and Gravy found a way to make their Italian dishes unique from other Italian restaurants. I would definitely eat there again!
I have never had a bad meal at Gravy. Ev ...
I have never had a bad meal at Gravy. Everything is delicious and quality. We will be back!
My Chicken Parm was overcooked and the " ...
My Chicken Parm was overcooked and the "Gravy" on my spaghetti was pretty bland. I would NOT order this again but I definitely loved the ambiance of this place.....I just wish the food was better!
Food and service was excellent. We will ...
Food and service was excellent. We will definitely be back.
There were a few food gems on the menu a ...
There were a few food gems on the menu and the food was fresh. But all in all the food was boring and overpriced. As far as noise level, go early and it is quieter. Otherwise during peak dinner hours, it is loud. it would break up the loud noise if there were dividers between the booths. Also, too many tables and too close together. Hard to have an intimate dinner when you can reach out and eat off of the neighbors plate. The server was excellent! He made the experience enjoyable! However, the hostesses were not friendly and wore a pasted on smile.
My first time here and it was Simply Ama ...
My first time here and it was Simply Amazing! Food was spectacular, I was very, very pleased with the flavor of my meal and the portion was huge. Will definitely return!!
Gravy NEVER disappoints. The menu chang ...
Gravy NEVER disappoints. The menu changes up enough to always make it interesting and I have never had a bad experience there. It's a "go to" in DTR.
So, I really liked the ambience and deco ...
So, I really liked the ambience and decor. The art on the walls was nice. The painted over brick wasn't something I would go with but whatever. The food was decent. The pork belly app was good. We also had duck with asparagus and brusselsprouts, as well as the peppercorn tenderloin with spinach. Followed by tiramisu. (I dropped in with a friend for dessert and it was to die for which was I came back.) My main gripe here is that the asparagus and brusselsprouts were undercooked and had little to no flavor or seasoning. Like it was just steamed and that's it, barely chewable. The duck and tenderloin were extremely over cooked. We weren't asked temperature by the server, but I guess we assumed it wouldn't be cooked to death. I'm not exactly surprised by that considering we waited forever for our food. The restaurant was busy but wasn't filled to capacity and the staff was working at a leisurely pace, so I don't see why it was in such disarray. Our server apologized twice for the wait. The manager on duty hid at the expo in the kitchen when hardly any food was ready to run, didn't talk to guests much at all. My spouse and I are restaurant workers, we see pretty much everything and we have a lot of patience. I can overlook wait times and such but when there isn't much flavor in the food I'm dropping around $100 for, then what's the point of going?
Gravy is a nice intimate restaurant in t ...
Gravy is a nice intimate restaurant in the heart of Raleigh. They advertise their homemade sauces as their staple. I had the Family Gravy, which was very light on sauce, heavy on overcooked (white) pasta, and had very little meat to the plate. My husband got the gnocchi which was out of this world. Gravy is an average Italian restaurant, but I have others I would choose before I come here again. Alcohol was wildly overpriced.
I went for Restaurant Week and I'm not s ...
I went for Restaurant Week and I'm not sure if it was just the limited menu selection for that, but the food was nothing to write home about. However, our waitress was very friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was nice.
The brussel sprout salad, the lasagna & ...
The brussel sprout salad, the lasagna & the spaghetti & meatballs all were amazing! Highly recommend Gravy! Looking forward to going back soon.
Triangle Restaurant Week
We were given a lovely table outside, the starters and mains were amazing but the mains really let them down - ravioli was undercooked and the sauce watery and the meaty pasta was dry and missing a lot of the ingredients (we were warned they were out of a lot). Bit of a shame as we've always loved Gravy
Really good service
They had wonderful service and were very accommodating.
Not good any more.
I used to like Gravy but the last few times the food has been terrible. The wait staff seem to expect complaints which is very telling.
Risotto balls, beet and citrus salad, an ...
Risotto balls, beet and citrus salad, and chicken Parmesan were awesome! Get them.
The gnocchi is ALWAYS a standout, but I ...
The gnocchi is ALWAYS a standout, but I add a protein (shrimp) to give it even more love!
We sat up at the bar and had wonderful service. The gnocchi was by far the best I've ever had.
My out-of-town guests loved it the food was great the service was good and the ambience was wonderful
Delicious, as always. You must try the r ...
Delicious, as always. You must try the risotto balls!
Great as always!
Great as always!
I expected more.
Food was good, but somewhat disappointing. The rice balls and salads were wonderful and the portions were great. Our entrees were not as good ... the lasagna was garlicky, and the goat cheese ravioli was swimming in a white wine and shaved brussel sprout sauce. Had I known that the main ingredient in my ravioli dish was brussel sprouts, I would not have ordered it. The desserts were better, but yet again ... not what I would have expected. I wish that restaurants would tell you that they plan to make their dishes in a "fusion" or deconstructed way ... to save the patrons a guessing game.
Great food. SUPER crowded. So noisy.
Great food. I love their eggplant pie. Sauce is superb. SUPER crowded. I am a skinny guy, and like, minimal room to bring your fork to your mouth. My elbow was slammed 3 times just in this last visit. Either they need to expand or get rid of some tables. Its always very noisy too. Not in a good way. Hey opentable, change your choices. loud isnt always energetic/good.
The food was great and the service was g ...
The food was great and the service was great. The only complaint I have is that the noise level made it hard to hear each other or the server.
I love Gravy and typically have great se ...
I love Gravy and typically have great service. This night our waiter (Jessie?)ended up being called over to run the bar as well which caused us to wait long periods to no fault of his own. He was very knowledgable. We started dinner with a 530 reservation (promptly seated) and ended up leaving at 715. The table next to us turned over two times before we ever received our food. It was before the evening rush and didn't order anything special. After dinner, we ordered dessert (tiramisu), however after 20 minutes we just decided that it wasn't worth the wait and asked for our check from a woman that I believed was in management. She said it shouldn't be much longer, however I told her we were no longer interested. When she came back with the check she told us that the dessert was coming up and she could put it back on the bill. I thought maybe after nearly 30 minutes you would box it up for us and say sorry. Very sorry my parents had to experience a mess from a typically on point staff.
Great food and service! The tiramisu was ...
Great food and service! The tiramisu was out of this world!
The wine, drinks, food, service were wonderful! Definitely will return. Our server was Jason (I think - sorry! We were there 5/7/16 in 1st booth @ 7:30). Our problem was the noise level. We sat where we did bec I walk w/a cane, so we didn't go downstairs & probably should have. It was OK tho & we all said we'd come back!
It was a pleasant surprise.
The customer service was great, food was great also. The bill came out to be a lot cheaper than we had expected (probably b/c we brought our own 2 bottles of wine, $15 corking fee each). I definitely recommend this place if you guys are a Italian cuisine lovers. Although there are probably 2 other places that we've been to that we know for sure are better. But I would still suggest you check this place out once. The crowd is great and the employees too. Viva Italia!!!
Consistently high quality food, great se ...
Consistently high quality food, great selection of wines by the glass. Can be pretty noisy on busy nights!
Our server was awesome, and the food was ...
Our server was awesome, and the food was worth coming back for.
We had a wonderful server who was very h ...
We had a wonderful server who was very helpful with recommendations. The Gnocchi was AMAZING and we would come back just for this dish. It was a bit loud in the upstairs area but thankfully we were seated downstairs where we could hear each other. The only opportunity for improvement was the bar where there was no inquiry if we wanted our bill until I had to grab her attention after our table was ready. Just a slight hassle but our overall experience was great.
Eggplant pie is unreal. Oh so yummy!
Eggplant pie is unreal. Oh so yummy!
The first time we went to Gravy was amaz ...
The first time we went to Gravy was amazing. Girlfriend got lasagna and I got gnocchi. This past experience wasn't quite as great. We went more traditional with spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmesan. The food was good, but not great. I felt like I could make something equivalent at home. The risotto balls were the highlight of the meal. They are amazing. I would definitely recommend them. If I go again I'll opt for more adventurous menu items.
Good meal but not the best I've had when ...
Good meal but not the best I've had when it comes to Italian. I would go back however. Like most downtown restaurants it's very cozy and you are seated very close to other guests. It's done like that making best use of the available space but it makes for a very loud dining experience when it's shoulder to shoulder. Service was a bit slow but it was a busy Friday night so I wasn't annoyed by it
Not a lot of food for the money. Drinks were pricey. Service was very good and attentive. Really disappointed in the menu.
Great food and drinks
Very pleasurable experience. The staff was very nice, and the food was delicious. I got the calamari as an appetizer and the lasagna. They were both ilamazing. I also got a Manhattan, which was very well made. Noise is not really a problem. I wish the prices were a little cheaper, but the quality food you receive is worth it. I love this place and will definitely return.
Gravy never disappoints
Gravy is one of our favorite restaurants in the triangle. The food is always delicious, the service is remarkable, and the atmosphere is perfect! We will be back soon!
What a wonderful restaurant! We went to dinner to celebrate a birthday and not one of us left disappointed with our meal. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful in recommending menu items. Will definitely be going back!
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