Raleigh, NC 27601
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 made a reservation and came in about ...
We made a reservation and came in about 10 minutes late. We were seated about 10 minutes after walking in which we completely understood because we did come late. After being seated, no one came by for 15 minutes. Not even a hello from servers and the host who sat us who passed by us at least 12 times (yes we started accounting at one point out of boredom). We love the food here and I think it's great but the service needs to improve greatly in order for it to become a good restaurant. At this point, it's average at best.
Want to celebrate my daughter's 21st bir ...
Want to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday, and as usual, Gravy was awesome! Delicious appetizers and cocktails (Risitto Balls are fantastic), mouth watering entrees (Shrimp Risitto is mouth watering). Service, atmosohere, perfect. Gravy never disappoints, best Italian in Raleigh.
Gravy is our Friday-night go-to restaura ...
Gravy is our Friday-night go-to restaurant. It can fill up quickly, so we eat at the bar, talk with the bartenders, have cocktails and share the kale caesar salad and have delicious entrees. Always gracious, warm service, and the food is great comfort after a tough work week.
We arrived on time for our reservation a ...
We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly seated. The host was very friendly and the server was equally so. The latter was very engaging in presenting the list of specials and very attentive throughout the meal. The food was superb!
Our first time at Gravy was very good. W ...
Our first time at Gravy was very good. We had a table reservation, but opted to sit at the bar instead. The bartender was very attentive and helpful and my husband loved the Cranberry Old Fashioned. I recommend the fried risotto balls and the gnocchi. We will definitely be back.
I heard that Gravy was a good Italian re ...
I heard that Gravy was a good Italian restaurant. We tried it for our anniversary dinner. Very, very disappointing. The service was rushed. I had gnocchi which was under cooked and way too large for proper cooking. My husband's vodka sauce dish was mediocre at best. Gravy is better than Olive Garden but not as good as Carraba 's. Sorry, we will not be back.
Our family dined at Gravy prior to atten ...
Our family dined at Gravy prior to attending a North Carolina Symphony Christmas concert at Meymandi. Everyone was impressed with the savory dishes we selected. For starters, we ordered the risotto balls, a unique and tasty appetizer. Two of us ordered lasagna, and we agreed it was the best we had ever eaten. The other two ordered the special grilled tuna. In a word, amazing! Gravy is easily one of the best restaurants in Raleigh. Highly recommend!
Terrific meal with our three sons, aged ...
Terrific meal with our three sons, aged elementary to high school.
Apps - bruschetta was fantastic, and calamari were great... 15 yo said he could make a meal of the bruschetta, and the younger brothers liked it.
Entrees - Dad loved the Tagliatelle and would return to Gravy for that alone. 15 yo and mom both enjoyed the Chicken Scarpariello, though moms fave of all was the Cheese Ravioli. 13 yo CRUSHED his spaghetti & meatballs with Alfredo.
This was our first time at this restaura ...
This was our first time at this restaurant. Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about all menu items. He was also very polite even to our young diners. The "gravy" is delicious and the salad was also very well prepared. We look forward to a return visit.
Gravy is a wonderful place to go when lo ...
Gravy is a wonderful place to go when looking to experience delicious Italian food in a cozy atmosphere. Service was great and we received our order quickly. We could have been in and out within 30 minutes if we didn't decide to enjoy our wine. Highly recommended!
This has ALWAYS been one of my favorite ...
This has ALWAYS been one of my favorite restaurants (LOVE the eggplant pie) but we mentioned we were recently married (only because I could not remember if I changed my last name in Open Table yet, so we were not sure of the last name of the reservation) and they gave us a free glass of champagne to celebrate. Made a special evening even more special and as always, the food and service were impecdable!!
When you go out for home style Italian f ...
When you go out for home style Italian food and don't get what you are expecting, it creates a conundrum about whether you are being anti-creative. After giving it some thought, we came down on the side of the food just not being that good. When the food is that far off from what is "supposed" to be in it, then it is time to call it something else entirely. No one wants to send a perfectly edible plate of food back because it "doesn't look at all like carbonara". People want to try new things but at the end of the day it just wasn't good enough to justify the departure from the norm. Was it creativity that caused the tiramisu cake to only be partially dipped in espresso? Or was it inattention to detail? I'd heard that this place had mixed reviews and I thought that it was just people that didn't appreciate Italian food. Now I think it is because people are expecting Italian food and they don't really serve it. If you read this and go anyway your experience will be better because your expectations will be properly managed.
This was my fourth or fifth time visitin ...
This was my fourth or fifth time visiting, and by far the best! Service was spot on (I wish I remembered our servers name... she was great!). Although it was a busy Saturday night we were still sat, got drinks, apps, entrees and dessert within 70 minutes. The eggplant pie... OMG! All in all, an amazing meal, and I look forward to my next visit!
This was our 2nd visit to Gravy and sadl ...
This was our 2nd visit to Gravy and sadly it wasn't as good as the first. That said, the lasagna is the best we've ever had, so good. We also had spaghetti and meatballs which wasn't hot (temperature) enough and the Bucatini Amatriciana with panchetta (which we've also had before), but this time the pancetta was cut way too big and it wasn't rendered properly so it was extremely greasy and not as good.
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