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Gravy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gravyraleigh.com
  • Phone: (919) 896-8513
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH
    Mon- Fri: 11:00AM-4:00PM
    Sat 11:00AM-3:00PM
    Mon-Thur: 4:00PM-10:00PM
    Fri 4:00PM-11:00PM
    Sat 5:00PM-11:00PM
    Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM
    Sun 11:00AM-3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Brent Hopkins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Catering: We're now offering group catering! Please call the restaurant at 919.896.8513 for more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For information regarding private dining, please contact us at info@gravyraleigh.com or 919.896.8513.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hargett
  • Public Transit: The R line stops around the corner on Hargett and South Wilmington.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage next door, plus on street parking
A word from Gravy
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Admittedly, I've never been to Gravy for dinner, so I don't know how that menu is. However, my wife and our friends were quite underwhelmed by their brunch. I think the biggest disappointment was the lack of seasoning or depth of flavor in the dishes we tried. The omelet seemed thrown together with little thought or care, and the cheesy polenta I ordered on the side was simply bland. My wife's fried chicken sandwich was only marginally better, though she had to cut off the edges of the breading because they were burnt. Perhaps the biggest insult of all was the 45-minute wait for our food when the restaurant was not even half full, which is why we didn't bother sending the food back. To their credit, the donuts were fairly tasty."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have been here several times and it is just an all out amazing little place. The food is delicious, the wait staff is always friendly and the rustic feel with the brick wall and overall look is quite soothing. I definitely suggest this place, the price is very affordable for an all out good time. Huzzah!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Gravy and it was just as good as the first time! The food is always spectacular and we are never disappointed with the service. Gravy is our favorite Italian spot in Raleigh!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went for a special date to Gravy and had a wonderful time. The waitress was very nice, coming over to the table often, but not too much. The garlic bread they serve before your meal comes is TO DIE FOR!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is a great spot! The pasta is fresh, sauce is far real...as the name would suggest. The staff is friendly and simply great. Downtown Raleigh...right in the middle of the evening's activities. Have been several times and each time remember why we came back! Always lively, always a great evening there."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Jessie our waiter made my birthday dinner so special. The food made it remarkable! It was the best true Italian meal I have had in Raleigh! Delish!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was good but not great. This restaurant rated very high on Trip Advisor so we expected something better than it was. The restaurant is small so reservations recommended. Parking on the street is tough, there is a parking deck across the street. The drinks were good and the service was also good. We were just somewhat disappointed in the food, we had the dish called Family Gravy, sausage and meatball small in size and sausage that is made in house was dry and lacked flavor. We have had much better Italian food elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We find Gravy a great choice before going to a play at the Kennedy. The eggplant pie is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful food! Kinda felt like guest are packed in like sardines though."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent service and food! We had our dishes within 15 minutes of ordering. Food was delicious and signature cocktails were amazing!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Having moved to Raleigh from the NJ/NY area it's been painful finding excellent Italian food. We've only heard rave reviews about Gravy and how it's a must to go there. While the food was okay, it wasn't impressive, the food lacked seasoning, and even my chicken parm was slightly overcooked and was lacking the sauce and cheese. If your truly looking for an excellent Italian place you should check out Bella Monica the owners are from the Brooklyn NY area and they have the best Italian food in this area, a bonus their entire staff are certified Gluten/Celiac knowledgable and have a large GF menu."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed a relaxing anniversary meal. The wine and food was perfect and perfectly served!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Every time I go to Gravy the experience is always fantastic."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "While on vacation in Raleigh a group of us went to Bolt and had a phenomenal experience! The food was out of this world, two of us had filets and the others had the rockfish special and loved both of them. The filet was the best steak I have ever eaten. The servers were super friendly and the venue was super modern and warm. The drinks were delicious as well. I will definitely go back the next time we visit and HIGHLY recommend Bolt!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Eggplant pie was great! I just wanted more. Very satisfied with this place overall."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "First time there on a Saturday nite with 4 in our party. The service was excellent and the waitstaff was very friendly. Arugula salad - the best! But it always comes down to the sauce (for me) - just. But too sweet. Would have liked a bit more garlic. Otherwise my chicken parm was great along with lasagna and eggplant. I will come again to try another dish!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great option for dinner in DTR! Recommended. Delicious cocktails too, with a very local focus."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We decided to dine at Gravy for my daughter's 14th birthday. We were seated in the basement which was quaint and a very cool atmosphere. Our daughter and two others in our group are vegetarian and there were plenty of choices for them. Overall, the food was amazing. The only negative thing that we experienced was that the server forgot to bring my husband the soup he ordered and it was too late for him to get in because the entrees arrived. Other than that, it was a great way to spend her birthday!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Gravy right from the start and including my most recent visit has a great wait staff. Thanks Evan for carrying on this time."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went for their sunday all-you-can eat spaghetti and meatballs. Unfortunately they stopped this deal (likely from the overconsumption of their guests). But they still have that regular item on their menu for only $8 on sundays. What a steal. Great service and excellent food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was awesome----must have the donuts for dessert. Hubby had Huevos Jesus and it was different, but very, very good! I had the grilled chicken sandwich that I loved! We were there for Sunday Brunch and as the restaurant started to fill up, there was only 1 waitress which made the service less than top notch, although she was a delight and very helpful w/menu choices. We will go back!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've been going to Gravy for the last three to four years...as it's overall my favorite restaurant in the triangle. I'm a transplant Northerner, and the food hearkens back to a more NY/New England style Italian. For what you pay for the food, can't get any better in the RDU/Chapel Hill area. Portion sizes are great, as any true Italian restaurant should serve. The house marinara, their "Gravy" is delectable. Reminds me of a hometown gem (Burlington VT) called Bove's...which has made an ever increasing enterprise in bottling their gourmet sauces. In addition, hands down best thing on the menu is the Gnocchi....served in a truffle, leek cream sauce. It will win anyone over. Only gripe is drink portions tend to be small..stay away $$"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Have dined at Gravy many times... this time was no different...a real gem on a Sunday early dinner...super sauce...great service. Risotto balls and meatballs are really delicious ..Bolognese sauce is authentic .. A family favorite....our eight year old said.."this was a great place""
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My son graduated from middle school and we said we would take him out eat wherever he chose. His only stipulation was really good Italian food. I researched on line some Italian restaurants in Raleigh and decided on Gravy. I have to say I mostly choose this restaurant because my Aunt in NY always called her Italian red sauce "Gravy" so I was thinking that this might be the "real thing"....We had a great evening, terrific food, the sauce was authentic "gravy" no bitterness to it like some other places I've tried...great wait staff, awesome garlic bread...all and all a wonderful experience. My husband even commented that he thought we should go back on one of our "date nights"."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This seemed like a small restaurant but it had a very large off the street outdoor patio for dinning in warmer weather. It is open late in the downtown lively area. The food was creative and good but simply served. The waitstaff was friendly and accommodating. The only thing to watch out for is the loud noise level, especially when filled with customers. I feel noise levels like this should not be allowed because I am afraid such exposure could do long term damage to your hearing. It also makes it hard to converse with your fellow diners."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Gravy was surprising in several ways. It was not as good as I was expecting since it was rated highly. However, it was better than I thought once we got there. It is not fancy; the wait staff are very young; the Ambience is similar to a pizza place; but the food was not bad"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had an excellent experience here. Food and service all top notch. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "excellent food, good service in a pleasant environment"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Of the 4 individuals in our party only one was satisfied with the overall experience. Everyone was disappointed to some extent. I expected more after all the good things I'd heard. The food was ok but not great. I especially got looks of pity from the other people at my table when they saw and then tasted my dish. I'm not planning on going again any time soon."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Been meaning to check out Gravy, so glad we did. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The staff was very welcoming, offered great service, and everyone's dinner was terrific. Definately would recommend to friends and family. Thanks Gravy."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I didn't see anything or eat anything that wow me. I have better Italian restaurants I will go to next time. Food was on the bla side and service was to fast for my liking. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "What I liked most about this restaurant is that their food was not only outstanding, but not pretentious! There was just the right amount of entrees on the menu! We stayed in Raleigh, NC to be with our daughter for the 70.3 Ironman Competition. We needed to change our reservations and the restaurant staff were only too happy to accommodate. I will visit this restaurant again the next time we go to Raleigh!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was very good as was the service. I liked the opportunity to try more than one kind of meatball in one dish. The special was very reasonable!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We Love your restaurant! Your Waite staff is friendly, knowledgeable and make great recommendations about your menu! Love your menu with the farm to table choices. We have eaten at your restaurant many times at different times of the year and we love the different seasonal menu choice. I love your food and have never had a bad meal. We have personal favorites and order them every time! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My wife &I frequent this downtown treasure because it's always good & always a bit different than the last visit with the exception of service which is always good. We shared the meat $ cheese board, sampled 2 red wine choices before making our selection, both ordered chicken parmigiana which we never do, but we were just in the mood. My wife had plenty to take home for lunch the next day. We then shared the Baldino, a tasty, unique dessert, which is very good. My only complaint is that Gravy seasonally removes their cannolis from the dessert menu. This is the one thing I'd like to know I can get every time I visit, first because they are outstanding and second because cannolis are to Italian food what hot dogs are to baseball games!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "gotta love this place... asparagus appetizer and arugula salad perfect every time. sunday nites are my favorite for the beer and balls special. lamb meat balls are outstanding... and I don't even like spaghetti and meatballs... but on Sunday's I seem to gravy them!!! Fresh local ingredients."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great food with good service, quite enough to have a good conversation and fell engaged in surroundings, need to put merlot wine on wine list "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "YUM, just like my Brooklyn Grandma's eggplant. Service was great too."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The risotto balls are AMAZING! Our waitress was very attentive without being naggy. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014