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
My wife and I went to Gravy for our anniversary. While all of our food was awesome (the cheese board was a win), I think three dishes shined above the others. The arugula salad is never something I thought I'd scrape the bottom of the plate and want more of- this speaks to the quality of their ingredients that a simple plating of arugula dressed in EVOO/lemon/salt/pepper/pecorino was as tasty as it was. The pasta Amatriciana was the best handmade pasta I've ever had, and that beats out a pair of Sicilian grandmothers- the peppers and heat level were just right. At first I thought it was gutsy to name yourself Gravy- as in, the gravy better knock my socks off. Well it lived up to the hype. Very fresh, but still very much a comfort food. The panna cotta was also beautifully delicate- well played, Gravy. We'll be back.
Food and service were great. My friends from Richmond and Charlotte had heard of Gravy and were excited when I told them we were eating there. The wines we chose with the assistance of our server were wonderful. The only problems that limited the experience were that it was way too loud for old friends to chat and the seats in the booth were so low I felt like I needed a booster seat. We were tired of the noise by the end of the meal and ready to go.
I had heard great things about Gravy and it did not disappoint. Although it is a limited menu, everything we had from appetizers to desserts were all so good. It is not a big restaurant so I would recommend making reservations especially on a weekend night.
Mixup with open table reservation led us to be at a bar table. We were later asked if we wanted to move. Waiter did not bring appetizer before salad. Child's pasta was served cold. Pumpkin sage ravioli was bland. Management did adjust bill and comp wine and dessert
This was a great experience. Our waiter, Jessy, took time with us to offer recommendations for wine and food selections. He was spot on with all of his hints. The food was executed to perfection. While we were there the restaurant was full but the staff remained friendly and efficient. Definitely a place I would recommend and return.
We all enjoyed our meal here. My dirty martini was perfect, the appetizers were pretty yummy, the main courses were well prepared and I loved the dessert! Try the risotto balls--rich and gooey! Calamari is fresh and crispy--the way it should be! The pumpkin ravioli were a hit as was the mac and gravy plate. The fish of the day, black drum, was perfectly seasoned and cooked. And the panna cotta was pure silk. Folks' reviews complain about portions but we were satisfied. Family style it ain't, thank goodness! It's not a pizzeria....
After hearing the rave reviews I finally made it to Gravy tonight to try it for myself and am I ever glad that I did!! This was honestly by far the best Italian food I have ever had in a restaurant, well almost anywhere!! We started with the caprese salad and it was amazing!! The cheese is made in house I was told and you can tell. We then had the chicken parmigiana w/ handmade noodles, eggplant & lasagne. Oh my gosh all I can say is you must try this place for yourself, or don't, whichever way I will be going back very soon! Thank you Gravy for the most authentic Italian around!!
Overall the dinner was great. Highly recommend the raspberry lemonade martinis and risotto balls as a starter. The special of the night was a braised short rib -- which luckily, my friend shared a bit and it was so tender and full of flavour. My own chicken parmesan was very good -- but the special definitely had an edge. Service was great with good recommendations on both the food and wine. The Nebbiolo is quite good if you like red Italian wine. The meal ended with tiramisu and cannoli cake -- both very good. My only disappointment was the limoncello -- which in my opinion was more of a lemon flavoured vodka, instead of the real stuff you'd get in Italy. Definitely would recommend and will go again.
Mediocre food and service. The risotto balls were delicious. The shrimp and pasta was so, so.
The pasta was hard and the shrimp, although fresh. were overcooked. The dish was pretty flavorless.
Had the cannoli cake for dessert. Way too much Amaretto. Could not finish.
Would not recommend.
All around, a fair visit. The food was not special, but it did satisfy the wife and me. We had two appetizers: The calamari was not the best, but it was OK. The melon and prosciutto was not good at all.
The wife's Eggplant Rollatini was not very good and my chicken parmesan lacked flavor. I guess the restaurant would do in a pinch, but, it was not the best Italian food that we have had. I can name at least three places that are much better.
The service was PAR, nothing special but they did get the job done without incident. As far as the gravy goes? It is acceptable, but, not our favorite.
We will not make a repeat trip.
I took a business client there for lunch. The service was excellent. We both had the chicken parm and it was just the right portion size for lunch and we both ate it all! It was quiet enough for us to conduct some business and talk. I would recommend Gravy to anyone.
Gravy was on our 'must try' list coming to Raleigh and it was good. The ambiance and service overall was just fine - fun atmosphere with a number of families/groups. The food was pretty good. Nice preparation on the fried calalmari with thinly sliced pepperoncinis. The 'gravy' was had great ingredients, but was not ideally prepared. I was expecting a traditional gravy - all meats mixed together, and instead they had the deconstructed variety with a meatball, sausage and shortrib as side pieces to the pasta. Shortrib was great. Meatball was very good. Pasta was very good. Sausages were too lean / a little overcooked. My wife had the eggplant dish, which was very good, but could have used a small bit of past on the side to lighten it up. Overall, well done, but left a bit lacking for a five star review.
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