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Gravy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gravyraleigh.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "We read a bunch of reviews and settled on Gravy for dinner. We booked our table online and made a note that I would be on crutches. When I arrived, the staff opened the door and called me by my name. They escorted us to the first table, close to the door. The staff explained the menu and were very knowledgeable. My husband ordered the eggplant pie and I ordered the angel hair pasta. My dish was only of the best dinners I've ever had. Pasta was made on the premises, the sauce was light and the local spring vegetables were fresh and sweet. The prices are VERY reasonable for the quality of the dining experience. Full bar is offered for those who choose to imbibe. This eatery is not to be missed! "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Was really looking forward to this dining experience, and honestly, it came up a bit short. MOSTLY because we were seated in the basement and you really lose a good chuck of the ambiance. It was "nice" in the basement, but the main floor was far cooler. "basement seating possibility" isn't announced on their webpage, so expectations were kinda dashed. Also, the food was not "knock your socks off" stellar. It was definitely good, but I did expect more taste in our meals. Service was very good. We didn't get "lost" by being in the basement. Waitress super friendly. Again, the two things that detract from this being "outstanding" is the loss of ambiance by getting seated in the basement and the food was good, not great/outstanding."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I loved it! We were celebrating our anniversary early and only had Sunday to do so. Finding somewhere that was open, open late enough (we don't go out till our 20mo is asleep and was not average was turning into such a pain we almost didn't go out. This was it! From the moment our waiter walked up he ticked all the right boxes, impeccable service. Food was wonderful. Great wine options and their specials were amazing!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Gravy was highly rated on Trip Advisor. It was well worth it! Food was great, kids loved it."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our group of four ate at Gravy recently. Everyone was very happy with their dinners. We all had a caesar salad to start which was very good. I had the chicken parmigiana which was very flavorful with a nice piece of chicken and a good tomatoey sauce. My sister loved her spaghetti Bolognese. I've eaten here twice and both times I've felt the garlic knot rolls were too doughy. The top part is good but the bottom just doesn't seem to be cooked enough. The other two in our group had the eggplant parmigiana and were happy with it as well. Our waitress was very prompt and we did not have to wait too long for anything."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Fun place for dinner. We took out of town guests and they enjoyed the ambiance and great service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "One of our friends tolled us about this place and loved it, now we are bringing other friends. Thank you for a good time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation and forgot it was a holiday weekend, so downtown was PACKED. As a result, it was tough to find parking and we were 15-20 minutes late for our reserved table. They held it for us, and I appreciate that. Seamless customer service, from seating to serving to birthday dessert for my husband. Love the food! We'll be back, for sure."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Gravy is a wonderful dining experience. The wait staff was wonderful and the food was amazing!! This was the second time I had been to Gravy and it will certainly not be my last!! The eggplant pie is highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We have eaten at Gravy many times in the past and most of the time it has been very good. The problem seems to be that they can't be consistently very good. My husband's lasagna was great and piping hot, but my spaghetti was fair and lukewarm. The server has waited on us on a prior visit and was attentive and quick to respond to our requests, yet on this visit she was MIA most of the meal and we had to wait for things. They have also raised their prices considerably over the past year. I don't mind paying for a great meal and service, but as I said this was not great."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I can't believe I haven't tried this place before! Everything from the food to the service to the ambience was outstanding. The cheeseboard appetizer and garlic rolls were a fantastic way to start the meal. We ended up splitting the Bolognese (which is plenty of food if you order an appetizer) and it was the best Bolognese I have ever had. Even my fiancé, who doesn't care for pasta, commented on how good it was. I can't wait to eat here again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Simply put, this was the best Italian food that I have ever had."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "the food was delicious and the service was great. we will be back and it is a 1 1/2 hour drive for us."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was ok! Meatballs & sausage were tasty. Ambiance & atmosphere were quaint. Gravy was a little too sweet and not flavorful enough for my tastes."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I'm solely basing my review on the food. The risotto balls were good,however, the Spaghetti Carbonara was gross, I normally would say that something was just not very good but this was honestly just horrible hands down. It tasted like they cooked spaghetti noodles and dumped greasy, cream of mushroom soup on top and then put a fried, over cooked egg on top. Bad bad bad! The family gravy was not very good and the lasagna was burnt and dry, the lasagna noodles were hard, no ricotta, no bueno. Get this! The head chef made himself a plate of food and sat down at the bar for his break. Apparently he wasn't eating the same food my boyfriend and I were eating because he looked like he was enjoying it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great while attending conference because it's within walking distance. Cute atmosphere with super nice staff. My friend actually left her credit card and when we called the next day they had it for her. Waitress made helpful recommendations on menu items and offered to adapt slightly to meet our special request."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Love this place... can't get enough! Love the locally sourced food, wine, and spirits!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We went here for dinner before a show early on a Saturday night. The food was amazing. The risotto balls were delicious, the perfect amount of crunchy outside and cheesy goodness inside. The homemade pasta was fresh, cooked perfectly, and with the bolognese it was a perfect dish. The only drawback is that it is a bit tight if you are seated at the tables between the bar and booths, so it may not be the best bet for large groups."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Coming From NY, I Am A Little Skeptical Regarding Reviews For Italian Good Outside Of NY.Gravy Would Stand Up To Any Of My Fav'sIIn Brooklyn. The "Gravy" Is Amazing! Would Highly Recommend This Place"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The staff was great and the food amazing! Really good cocktails too. This was my second time at Gravy and it won't be my last. Great everytime! It's a wonderful place for either a date night or dinner out with a group."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everything we tried was really delicious, well-prepared and beautifully presented. The waitress was spot-on with her recommendation for cocktails, based on our preferences. We left with a box of leftovers for later, because I just could not bear to leave anything.( Yes, it was THAT GOOD!) Oh, and I especially liked the Gnocchi!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Food was fast, hot, and delicious. Server was outstanding. Great personality wonderful smile, and on top of her game."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We were seated shortly after our reservation and started our meal with risotto balls. They were fantastic! We shared the apple and chicory salad. It was delicious. We split the tagliatelle pasta with bolognese. From beginning to end, the food was superb! Gravy has the best Italian food in the area. I also had the raspberry limecello martini. It was so yummy I had two. The only complaint was the very cold air that blew in every time a patron entered or exited. The front of the restaurant became very chilly at times. I had to keep taking my jacket on and off. I think this could be alleviated by an entranceway covering or heat lamp. Other than that, we had a wonderful evening and will definitely be back. We'll just visit in warmer weather :)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "2 couples traveling, o'niting in Raleigh. Saw reviews and made a reservation. We all really loved the food, very creative menu. Our server, Nikki, was terrific and adorable, professionally speaking."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were downtown for a show and wanted to try something new. I read the reviews and as we had not had Italian in a while, decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad we did. The food was wonderful and the service was great. My wife had the cheese ravioli and I had the Family Gravy. Our waitress, Jordan, was most helpful with our wine selection. The deserts sounded great but we we're too full. Maybe next time."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Settled in to an early dinner at Gravy last night with my GF, who due to busy schedules we're just getting around to having our Valentine's Dinner out. Arrived at 5:15 a bit late and were promptly seated by Jesse who was also our waiter. Risotto Balls and Calamari were delicious, my GF who doesn't like calamari normally liked these b/c she thought the texture wasn't rubbery at all. Entrees were delicious and the best way to describe them is that they tasted homemade. Drinks were never allowed to get to half empty, and the pricing was fantastic. Would come back and bring family or friends anytime."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Some of the better Italian fare I've had in Raleigh. Will be back SOON."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Had a birthday date here. Everything was incredible. I highly recommend the gnocchi."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My bf and I ate here for Valentine's Day, it's our favorite place to go for a special meal. Food was great. don't miss the risotto balls! The ambience is always nice and service was just right. Thanks for a wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Awesome food. The special was braised beef risotto with brussels spouts. Superb. Also had the brussels spout salad that was also fantastic. I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Also the service was great. Waitress recommended a great red wine. This is one of my favorite restaurants downtown. I recommend it to all my friends. The Eggplant Pie is also an awesome entree."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We took our son and finance to Gravy for a celebration. The food was amazing. We really like the atmosphere. If you wish to have a conversation, ask for a table downstairs. Otherwise, upstairs is more of a party (louder) atmosphere...but great place! I recommend the Rosotto appetizer, to die for. I had the to die for...Gnudi with butternut squash. I would love to see a bit more choices for vegetarians, and more salad choices. I would Would also be kind of awesome to have some dipping olive oil and spices...just because I am an addict of dipping my bread in olive oil. Delicious. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our server was great! Kids loved their food! Mine was terrific! Bread not super warm at all but that was ok still yummy!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed restaurant week and finished the week with Gravy. We liked the scene as soon as we stepped inside. The noise level was slightly above a normal dining experience. But still enjoyable. The Arugula and Caesar Salads were our favorite choices on the menu and were quite delicious. Our main meal selections were Lasagna and an angel hair chicken pasta. The lasagna was to die for. Very cheesy tasting, but the sauce was amazing (and super hot to the touch). And the pasta was "ok" in my opinion. I thought it needed more taste personally. But I ate it all and still felt like sharing half a chocolate torte. We both walked away satisfied."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I have been to Gravy a couple of times, and am always happy with the experience. The only downside is the noise level. Every time I have been there, the overall volume of the room was so loud that having a conversation at your my own table was difficult without raising your voice and adding to the 'wall O' noise". Food is awesome, and the service is right on time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We dined with another couple for dinner. To start we had wine and shared the salami board and risotto balls, which were all outstanding and we highly recommend. For dinner, my husband and I both had the herb roasted chicken, which came with risotto and Brussels sprouts. We both agreed that it was good, but nothing to rave about. The risotto was chewy and the Brussels sprouts were a little mushy, bit it still tasted good so we finished our plates. The chocolate sea salt mousse dessert was excellent. I should also note that the service was great; our waiter answered all of our questions and was very pleasant and attentive. A very enjoyable experience overall."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We stumbled into Gravy a few months back after a friend recommended it and have hit it up several time since. The food is locally sourced, and oh so delicious. Prices are reasonable, and you won't be disappointed. We have yet to find anything we didn't like. We have even stopped in a couple time just for drinks at the bar because we like the vibe of the place so much. Check it out!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We requested a table by the window and had a lovely view of the sun going down. Food was excellent as was our server. We were not rushed and we enjoyed a great pre dinner wine. We have eaten there 3 times and not been disappointed."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Went for brunch and every single dish was outstanding from traditional breakfast fare to sandwiches and shrimp & grits."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Excellent meal. They execute their menu very well."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I discovered gravy during college and took my girlfriend (now wife) there a couple times. we went back for her birthday this year and it was just as phenomenal as always. I had the baked ziti and it was superb. melty and cheesy and fabulous. My wife had chicken parm, which is one of my favorites and between the two of us, we cleared it all. The drink special that night was some sort of cocktail and it was great, but I can't begin to remember what it was. service was great and the atmosphere is just good. Love it. can't wait to be back in Raleigh and go back!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013