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.
Raleigh, NC 27601
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
First thing, the small plates and two pieces of silverware on the table were dirty. The spaghetti was average and the noise from the kitchen made it feel like we were in the kitchen. We were very disappointed as we have been to this restaurant two times before and had enjoyed the experience.
Just had dinner for Mothers Day! Everything was excellent. Even my picky kids want to go back. Our server was excellent. We arrived early for our reservation and they went ahead and sat us, which was nice.
I can't wait to go back and try other items on the menu. We had the Chicken Parm, Family Gravy, and Lasagna. We also had the Risotto Balls as an appetizer.
Food was very good with good choices on the menu and our waiter was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous. I like this place. We did have trouble getting seated...no one was attending the greeter's podium for about 10 minutes...wait-staff just went about their business. It was getting pretty crowded and folks were waiting out the door (nowhere to sit inside...). Of course we were eventually seated and I guess this is an anomaly and the only minor setback in an otherwise great brunch.
Food was excellent. Service was excellent. We felt a little rushed because it was very busy and there were several large parties. I needed to add to my reservation prior to the date and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
It's good for classic Italian food. The risotto meatballs were great. I'd like to see restaurants go beyond the classics and do a modern twist on favorite pasta dishes. Flavor profiles could certainly be more developed. It's a very small venue so it felt crowded.
Took the family to Gravy for a quick bite before catching a movie at the Imax. The food was simply outstanding - excellent flavors, twists on traditional plates (Chicken Parm), outstanding service. We will go back to try different dishes. I highly recommend Gravy for enthusiasts of Italian food.
The food, location, and ambiance of this restaurant is amazing! What is lacking is service. We got their early and sat at the bar with very few patrons in the restaurant. Usually the bar tender is attentive to the people at the bar, we were the only 3, but she was very interested in catching up with her co-workers before it got busy. Our waitress was the same. It's disappointing because the food was amazing! Service means so much in this business.
Had heard good was good but turned out to be better than expected. Very flavorful Italian dining, best in the area! Risotto balls were a great starter, delicious gravy served with them. We ordered the gnocchi , eggplant pie (eggplant Parmesan) and the lasagna - all were full of great Italian flavors and reminded me of the dishes I've had in NYC little Italy and at my friends houses in Brooklyn! We will be back!
On a college visit, first time in town. We made our reservations online and were seated immediately. Our server suggested a wine that exceeded my requirements and was delish, as was our meal. In addition to the meal being perfect we also were able to speak with another server who, as a lifetime Raleigh resident, provided us some great insights about the city. Great service, food and atmosphere!
We had brunch at Gravy on Easter Sunday with our family. I made reservations and we were seated on time. Our Server was absolutely amazing and very attention to detail oriented. The food was amazing, served fresh and hot in a timely manner. We really enjoyed our food and the atmosphere. We would highly recommend to friends!
We enjoyed our evening at Gravy tremendously. We were heading to a show at Memorial Auditorium. Everyone had something different (eggplant pie, gnocchi, bolognese, and risotto) and all were excellent! The appetizer of risotto balls was superb along with the housemade Limoncello. We had a great evening at Gravy!
Gravy is always delicious! Great atmosphere. Servings are ample but not overly large. Food is authentic and carefully prepared. Salads are fresh. You just can't go wrong eating at Gravy. Hip, but low key, downtown vibe. Perfect before the theater. Street (out front) and nearby deck parking (less than 1/2 block away) very convenient. You'll love it!
This was our second visit to Gravy. We love the food and the ambiance. Just one disappointment this time, which we should've brought up to our server when we got our bill, but were hurriedly headed to the theatre. He suggested the gnocchi and said he himself had added chicken and mushrooms to it which made it outstanding. To add the chicken was $3.50, he said. My husband decided to order that as he suggested. The server asked whether grilled or fried and since my husband couldn't decide, the waiter said he would just have them add both. Much to our surprise, we were charged $3.50 for grilled, $3.50 for fried, and $3.50 for the mushrooms. We totally did not understand that from anything he said. But the dish had generous portions (especially with all that chicken on it!) so we did have leftovers for lunch the next day.
Good, but not great. The hostess seemed a little put off by the condition of the restaurant when we arrived a few minutes late and our table was still not ready. She greeted other guests similarly. Cocktails were ok. Appetizer with fresh pesto was good. Lasagna was good but extra cheesy, more than we care for. The other dish had sausage and was too salty. Dessert was nice but not enough to make up for the rest. Overall ok, but I will choose elsewhere next time.
Good solid Italian restaurant. Not the best but not the worse. A little cramped space. Garlic knots are wonderful and house salad just perfect. The staple dishes tend to be neglected over the daily or seasonal specials. 2nd time getting pasta and overcooked. Seasonal/daily specials were excellent though.
As always the food was outstanding. The service and serverwerereally good but the food took an exceedingly long time to come out. The manager came by our table to apologize and explained that there was a large party order that went in just before ours causing the delay. They graciously deducted 20% of the total tab and gave us each a free dessert. A nice gesture for the delay although I would've preferred another drink.
It's a great restaurant with outstanding food.
I went to Gravy with a friend on Sunday night 4/2/17. We had reservations and were seated promptly. The waiter was fine and did recommend some items. My friend ordered the meatloaf special and I had the chicken parmesan. I also had the arugula salad with lemon vinegarette. They brought warm garlic knots. My friend had a glass of wine and I had a small glass of house-made limoncello. The waiter said that the restaurant did in-house butchering which I found disturbing and probably not true/incorrect. The house-made pasta was not great. Honestly I have made better. It was a bit gummy and thick. The gravy was mediocre- not particularly flavorful-pretty bland actually. I have heard many good things about the restauranteur who owns this group of eateries, but Gravy did not meet my expectations. It was very loud and echoed so much that we had trouble hearing each other across the table. The waiter was attentive. The prices were good. It just wasn't anything special. I do not picture myself going back or recommending to a friend.
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