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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
Visited Gravy for the first time to cele ...
Visited Gravy for the first time to celebrate a friend's birthday. Gravy went out of their way to make it a special occasion. They called to confirm reservation and to ask what dessert selection our birthday friend would like to make it a special event. Very nice personal touch. Our server, Chris, was very attentive. Each of us had a different item from the menu and everyone thought their selection was great. Garlic knot rolls were the delicious, too. Will return!
A friend had recommended this as a great ...
A friend had recommended this as a great Italian restaurant. It was really good. Ordered calamarie which was enough for the two of us and was the best we've ever had. My husband had the arugula salad and spinach and goat cheese which he said was great. I went for traditional chicken Parmesan with spaghetti sauce which was also delicious. Definitely will return.
We were expecting high quality Italian f ...
We were expecting high quality Italian food, very disappointing. The Vegetarian Lasagna came out so hot that it burnt our mouths. Very little seasoning and incredibly small portions. The risotto balls were overcooked exterior with a gummy gluey interior consistency. Everything tasted and had the texture of reheated in the microwave food. Will not go back and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for good Italian cooking.
My husband and I needed a place to eat a ...
My husband and I needed a place to eat as our home lost AC. We decided it was time to try Gravy. We started with fresh mozzarella on toast drizzled with olive oil. Delicious. I had tagliatelle with bolognese with a scoop of fresh ricotta. I wanted to save some for the next day but ate it all it was fabulous. My husband had the lasagna. While it was very tasty he felt it could use less cheese more meat . We ended with tiramisu which was excellent. I'd recommend this spot to all its awesome!
We arrived last Friday at 6:30 for dinne ...
We arrived last Friday at 6:30 for dinner and waited at the reception desk along with another couple who were there before us. We moved aside to allow a group of 4 that came in after us. The older woman in the group of 4 started talking to the receptionist. Instead of taking folks in the order they arrived at the restaurant, she placed that group in the back of the main dining area at a very nice table. She then seated the other couple. We got a tall table right by the door. We had reservations and we arrived on time. I told the receptionist about snub and she apologized. It still left a bad taste in our mouths.
We ordered the meal. While we waited, the waitress brought us a couple of rolls. No butter or olive oil to go with them. The rolls were soft and spongy like they hadn't been baked all the way through.
My wife's appetizer was OK, but my "Peach and Burrata" was only 1/2 good. The crackers were like eating hardtack.
Our 2 main dishes were both good. We've always enjoyed going to Gravy and hope this was just an anomaly.
Our waitress was great.
We've been here several times, though it ...
We've been here several times, though it's been at least 1-2 years since the last one. It may have been that my taste buds just changed, as I've reduced my salt intake, but I found everything far too salty. The gnocchi sauce in particular was overly salty, though my wife's lasagna was quite salty as well. The complimentary bread was also not as good as I remembered. My wife agreed with me even though her dietary patterns have not changed in the interim. The service was fairly good considering how busy it was (our water sometimes sat empty for a fair bit, and they kept forgetting that my wife had soda water).
Overall, we were disappointed that we'd chosen Gravy to take our friends who were visiting from out of town.
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!
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.
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.
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
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