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
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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
This was our first visit to Gravy and we definitely plan to be back! Zach was our server and was outstanding as was both the Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti & Meatballs we tried. The garlic knots were oh so flavorful but a bit chewy. If we had one wish, it would be that they would remove 1, maybe 2, tables from the center section so we weren't bumping elbows or overhearing conversations from either side of us and it wouldn't feel like one wrong step from a server would have us wearing someone else's food. We loved it there though and plan to bring friends there with us soon.
Attentive and informed service. Calamari app was perfectly prepared, crunchy coating and tender. Garlic Knot rolls were addictive, in a good way. Campanelle exceeded our expectations. Lasagna was delicate with variety of cheeses and beef. We passed on dessert for a glass of their homemade lemoncello. It was very sweet, not like our homemade or what we have had in Italy. Since we were not pleased, our waiter removed the charge from our bill. Eager to return to Gravy on our next trip to Raleigh.
We absolutely loved Gravy's ambiance. It was a very romantic setting, perfect for our Valentine's occasion. The service was excellent, which is surprising for holiday dining. We ordered calamari and it was good, but it is hard to ruin fried calamari. They offer garlic bread that was delicious, and we also ordered a kale caesar salad that I loved, but my spouse would have preferred a basic caesar with romaine instead of kale. We were pretty disappointed in our entrees. The lasagna portion was tiny. That and the bolognese were almost flavorless and chef boyardee-like. They offered a prix fixe menu, so maybe the regular menu items just weren't as fresh as they typically would be. I ordered wine by the glass and it was almost like the bottle had been sitting for weeks. On the positive side, the tiramisu was to die for.
This was my third visit. I had the chicken parm on all 3 occasions, however; it was not great this time. It was great on my previous visits and just ok this time. It was tough and the breading was on the edge of burnt. The kale ceasar salad was great as it was the other times. I would be hesitant to go back since there are other Italian restaurants near by that I will now give a try.
My wife and I ate at Gravy Saturday night for the first time and instantly said we will be back soon. Every thing we ordered (1 salad, 2 apps, 2 drinks, 2 entrees, 1 dessert) was great. Food quality was impeccable. Our server was very patient and attentive. I think some items were slightly under seasoned, but I think that is my palate. The surprise of the night was the budino. The layers seamlessly flowed form one to the other. The chocolate was rich & velvety, the custard was ever so sweet and oh so smooth. The dollop of whipped cream was the perfect vehicle for the sea salt that really set off the flavors of the dessert. Well done Gravy, well done.
Hostesses were pleasant the minute we walked in the door and told them our name for our reservation. Table was cleaned off and we were seated. Our waitress quickly introduced herself and gave us time to select our entree. Salad and mushroom gnocchi was delectable!
As always, Gravy was absolutely fantastic. My sausage and Orecchiette was fabulous and my wife's eggplant was good. My wife felt that the eggplant was missing some seasoning. Could have been excellent. Service was perfect. Our waiter Wesley was friendly, prompt and helpful with selecting entrees.
I went to Gravy with my family for Triangle Restaurant Week. For $20, I was able to get 3 course meal, which was super amazing deal. I had an apply salad for appetizer (5 star dish! Noms!!!), some kind of spaghetti (3.5 star, but it's my fault for not knowing it wasn't a marinara sauce spaghetti. Stupid me!), and chocolate cake (4.5 star). The waiter we had was super friendly and paid lots of attention on our table even though the restaurant was pretty busy. I will definitely visit again but will make double sure to get a right sauced spaghetti next time!
Triangle Restaurant Week always rolls around just after my birthday in January! This year I wanted to try Gravy in Raleigh. Wow! We loved it! The kale Ceaser salad was light and crisp. I chose the lasagna for my second course. It was hot and bubbly with lots of cheese. The portion was so large I had enough for lunch the next day. I had the mint chocolate cannoli for dessert. I was tempted to lick the plate! I will definitely visit Gravy again!
We enjoyed Gravy's Food very much. We did however, go the week of restaurant week and we were squeezed into a very small table. (After making reservations )Beside us a business meeting was going on and a birthday party it was hard to hear our own conversation. The food was amazing maybe we picked a bad night or week.
The entrees were fantastic, so was the pork belly appetizer. The risotto ball appetizer ok, but mild. The salami platter meat, cheese and olives (great) was also very good, but the toast on the platter was burnt. The burnt taste really overpowered the meat and cheese, so didn't eat it. Went on a Tuesday night, and surprised service was very slow; took 1 hr and 45 minutes for dinner. Based on the crowd, I would think they would have liked a faster turnover.
We really enjoyed our experience at Gravy, but we weren't blown away by it. Don't get me wrong, the food was very tasty. However, considering the price, I expected things to taste a lot different and better than other places. Our waiter was awesome, though. I couldn't decide on a wine and he told me his favorite and described it perfectly. I took his suggestion and loved it. This won't be somewhere we go on a regular basis, but would go if a friend invited.
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