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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
  • "Great food and service will recommend to family and friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I'm not a huge fan of gravy, as I prefer broth and wine sauces on pasta dishes, but after eating here maybe a year ago and enjoying it, we decided to go back. It was not nearly as good as we remember. I got the bolognese; my husband had the lasagna. Both of us were disappointed. All I could think about the taste of mine was "Chef Boyardee" and "Olive Garden is so much better for half the cost." Besides that, if you are not a big pasta person but are with someone who is, you are just out of luck. The menu lacks sufficient non-pasta choices that other Italian restaurants provide for those who prefer something else while our pasta-loving friends partake of noodle-based dishes. Overall, it was very disappointing. No plans to return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Gravy. We were seated promptly and our waiter was very attentive. The food was really good and the portions were ample size. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food and service was absolutely great! We also got our food very fast and was in and out of the restaurant in an hour. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and am planning the next time I can go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went to Gravy for our wedding anniversary after hearing great reviews from friends. We were not disappointed! The food was delicious, service was excellent and we loved the atmosphere in the restaurant. We will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went here for our Anniversary. Food was excellent. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was one of our favorites, but our most recent experience was not up to the standard that we remembered. The gravy was still amazing, but everything else feel short. Portion sizes have diminished greatly and we were left unsatisfied. Really sad to see this one fall off of our favorites list..."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I'm a big italian food fan and Gravy far exceeded our expectations! The lasagna and bolognese were to die for and they have a fabulous wine list. We cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Gravy was recommended to us by friends and we saw all the great reviews online.Let me start by saying that the staff, especially our waiter was excellent. We started with the calamari appetizer, which was good, I would order it again.We were really looking forward to the garlic knots since they were highly recommended. They were okay. It was just bread soaked in olive oil, there was no garlic on it at all. My husband ordered the steak special of the day (to be cooked medium) and I ordered the eggplant pie for the meal. The steak was severely over cooked and the meat was inedible it was so tough. The eggplant pie was good,a little on the salty side. The waiter took the appetizer off our bill for my husband's meal and gave us a free dessert."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place! Food and drinks very good. Excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My companions all ordered standards - lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, etc. I ordered the "veggie plate" - three fresh vegetable sides. They were delicious, but mine cost as much as the heavier entrees, with disappointingly small portions. I left hungry, unusual for an Italian restaurant. PS - the Cheerwine sangria did not hit the spot."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner - everyone's food was great and reasonably priced. Our older kids even fit right in. Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is a very nice restaurant with great food and great service! We have already reserved our next group dinner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Wonderful food! Kinda felt like guest are packed in like sardines though."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We find Gravy a great choice before going to a play at the Kennedy. The eggplant pie is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Every time I go to Gravy the experience is always fantastic."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed a relaxing anniversary meal. The wine and food was perfect and perfectly served!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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
  • "Eggplant pie was great! I just wanted more. Very satisfied with this place overall."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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
  • "Great option for dinner in DTR! Recommended. Delicious cocktails too, with a very local focus."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "excellent food, good service in a pleasant environment"
    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
  • "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