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
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!
A little below average
My girlfriend and I wanted to try a local Italian place and decided to try Gravy. The overall appearance of the place was nice but that was about it. The server seemed to not care about us and seemed rushed. The food was rather bland minus the bread which was really good. My girlfriend tried a pasta dish with bolognese which really bland. Bland bolognese makes for a sad day. The Gravy was OK but my pasta was over cooked to mush. For the price I expected the food to be spot on. Maybe it was a bad day but I might recommend someone try pasta/sauces before serving
Good but not fantastic
We had an 8pm reservation but had to wait for about 10 minutes when we arrived. It was cold outside so the area to wait was crowded. I feel sorry for the diners that were in the relative area. My husband had the Eggplant Parm and it was fantastic. I had the NC Hot Pot and found it to be just okay. The noise level was high and restaurant was bustling so probably not ever a place to go (maybe lunch) for a meal with easy conversation.
First time at Gravy
We just moved to the Triangle, and had heard about Gravy from our daughter. Everything was delicious, and the service was good. The menu is reasonably priced, as well. We will definitely go there again!
Anniversary dinner at Gravy
Gnocchi to die for! The eggplant pie was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the Kale Caesar salad was. Would definitely return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gravy to my friends.
Loved Gravy for it's food. We started with the risotto balls and they were delicious! I think they had a great wine list, and the pasta we got was definitely worth the wait. That being said, my only complaint is that it is VERY noisy and has a "hustle and bustle" type of atmosphere. Our server changed twice, so I didn't know who to ask for the bill from at the end of the night. It was me and my SO and we were placed at a small 2 person table right between the kitchen and everyone else. I felt very crowded and was bumped a couple times, but I really liked the food and the servers we were exposed to were very nice. The food was definitely 10/10 stars! I'd say if you pick a quiet night, it might be more romantic. Otherwise, it's a fun date night if you don't mind the noise.
My wife and daughter went for Easter bru ...
My wife and daughter went for Easter brunch, the food was top notch, but the service was way below par for a restaurant of this caliber. I am hoping that the sub par service was just a fluke, because we have been at Gravy's before and the food and service were excellent. We will definitely give Gravy another chance.
The food was yummy and the prices reasonable. Would return in a heartbeat!
Thoroughly Enjoyed our Dinner
We went with another couple and neither of us had ever been to Gravy although I had heard good things about it. We loved it. My husband and the other couple had the gnocchi. My husband said it was the best he ever had. The other couple loved the fact that it was slightly browned on the bottom. As an appetizer, we shared the ricotta balls and they were delicious not too sticky and the tomato sauce was not too sweet. Desserts are to die for but the dinner entrees are large and dessert we all split a dessert. I had French pressed coffee that was fabulous. Great night especially because we didn't feel rushed. I hate restaurants that are ready to take your plate away as you put the last bite into your mouth. It was leisurely and no pressure to finish up fast.
Server Josh was amazing with suggestions ...
Server Josh was amazing with suggestions, attentive, welcoming and the food just out of this world
The kale Caesar was killer with explosiv ...
The kale Caesar was killer with explosive garlic and hot pepper flavor. A standout. The chicken parm was good. The pasta was al dente and great. The sauce was serviceable but under seasoned. A nice little romantic place. My partner had the pork. It was medium and cooked perfectly but underseasoned as was the polenta.
Food was great. The calamari was the best we've ever had, and it came out SO FAST!
A hit and a miss for this meal
I've eaten at Gravy a number of times and usually love their food. I ordered the carbonara this time, though, and it was just ... not very good. It was bland, the sauce was thin, and just generally a big miss. This was surprising given that their other dishes are usually so darn good. I will return, though, but will avoid that dish in the future.
Great food, great service and pleasant atmosphere. Our first time experience was not a disappointment.
We had a delicious lunch at Gravy! My mo ...
We had a delicious lunch at Gravy! My mom and I had salads (though the bolognese and baked chicken sausage dish looked incredible, we wanted to go a bit lighter). The kale Caesar was absolutely delicious and my mom loved the beet salad. The portions were perfect and it wasn't filled with dressing. My husband had the lasagna and loved it. We can't wait to return!
Food was good, Service was OK ....
My wife and I met another couple for a date night. The food here was well done as expected. Our server was too attentive. He came table-side too many times up-selling and checking that "everything is fine?". We plan to visit here again and hope to get a different server.
Always a great experience
One of our favorite restaurants! Food is always great, but this visit for some reason it was even better than great! Definitely recommend!!
After hearing and reading good reviews about Gravy, we took some business associates for dinner. We were extremely disappointed. The menu was very limited, and short on Italian fare (which we were told was the genre of the restaurant). After being told only Italian wines were served, we ordered Chianti, and they didn't carry any. There were 4 of us and each ordered different entrees. No one liked what they ordered. Apparently we are in the minority as the restaurant was packed. But we will not go back.
Gravy was a great experience- the staff was attentive, the wait for our food was minimal and everything was delicious!
Went to Gravy for my husband's birthday. ...
Went to Gravy for my husband's birthday. Good food and good wine and all was fine with our server until a few minutes after we got our food. Then she disappeared, and she never came to our table again. No offer of dessert (which we wanted) and no acknowledgement of my husband's birthday, even though it was noted on the reservation. Very disappointing.
Had a great time at Gravy. Would recommend the fried risotto balls for a appetizer. Great service and dinner.
Food and service was outstanding. My gir ...
Food and service was outstanding. My girlfriend and I had an absolutely wonderful experience.
Had a reservation for 6pm was promptly seated. We were there early I was told it gets busy around 7 and this is true. Food was done in less then 20 min after we ordered. Garlic knots are amazing!
My three friends truly enjoyed a lovely ...
My three friends truly enjoyed a lovely ladies lunch out.
Love this place, the food, omg, the food oh and the food! Bomb! great service! Great wine selection. I will return soon
Food and atmosphere are great, service lacking
We went to Gravy on Valentine's night 2016. Atmosphere is romantic and food was good. My service; however, could have been better. For some reason our server left after she took our orders, but never came over to tell us who would be taking over for her. Our remaining time there was spent trying to flag down other servers to bring us silverware, dessert menu, shredded cheese, etc. We weren't checked on like we should have been.
We came in for our yearly Valentine's Day dinner. The food was delicious as always! Our only complaint was that the server wasn't able to recommend a wine based on our preferences because he didn't know about the type of wines we mentioned. Otherwise, everything was great and we'll be back again soon!
Great italian dining experience
Gravy provided my wife and I a great Valentine's Day spot without all the crowds and attention of a more trendy spot. It was the perfect combination of "under the radar" and great quality. It had some very good dishes and wasn't so expensive that you really broke the bank!
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