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About 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.

135 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Mon- Fri: 11:00AM-4:00PM
Sat 11:00AM-3:00PM
DINNER
Mon-Thur: 4:00PM-10:00PM
Fri 4:00PM-11:00PM
Sat 5:00PM-11:00PM
Sun 5:00PM-10:00PM
BRUNCH
Sun 11:00AM-3:00PM

Cross Street:
Hargett

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 896-8513

Website:
http://www.gravyraleigh.com/

Catering:
We're now offering group catering! Please call the restaurant at 919.896.8513 for more information.

Parking Details:
There is a parking garage next door, plus on street parking

Public Transit:
The R line stops around the corner on Hargett and South Wilmington.

Executive Chef:
Jason Tran

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, 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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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Casual (25)
Fit for Foodies (25)
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Special Occasion (24)
Comfort Food (24)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (18)
Romantic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fun (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Bar Seating (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Being from the north, good Italian food is hard to come by in the south. Well, apparently not as hard as I thought. Probably the best Italian meal I’ve had in North Carolina. Recommend highly.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The server, who’s name I believe is Amanda, was incredible and very welcoming. The food was delish and a perfect find in Raleigh. The winter sangria was perfect. Can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Usually this place is great, but we went on New Years for dinner, starting with the host - the greeting wasn't great. The food was alright - presentations were not at point, the crostini they gave in the salami board were burnt, the meatballs were hard (overcooked) in the spaghetti dish. Service was okay.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The staff was VERY nice but the food was.....not good!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As I am not a food critic... I thought the food was very good, each person in our party truly enjoyed the dishes that they ordered. The gravy was outstanding!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great date night spot! Cocktails and food were very good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was excellent! Eggplant and lasagna are both among the best I’ve had.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Chose Gravy for something different during our recent visit to Raleigh. My family enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Making a reservation was definitely the right move.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent traditional Italian food. Eggplant pie is as good as we used to get back in Rhode Island. One thing missing though is the eggplant should be served with a side of pasta!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow. I think it was only because it was Christmas week, and they seemed to be a little short staffed. Our server was great, and was extremely knowledgeable on the wine selections. They have the best Bolognese, and Eggplant pie! Gravy rocks!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Limited appetizer menu and salad separate cost from main menu. Chicken parm was dry, not enough sauce, way too much for one person. Very red meat heavy menu. Very disappointed considering its reputation. Only had the main entry and thus had no vegie at all.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Love the risotto balls, will come there every time for that. I tried the eggplant parmasian this time and was pretty good. My wife had the gnocci and she loved it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Pasta stuck together in large clumps. Gnocchi was flavorless as was the bread. Risotto balls were very good, needed more sauce. It was just "eh"...never ever mind paying for great food...this was to pricy for the experience.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Absolutely amazing service but the food was lacking. My lasagna was cold in the middle and my dates pumpkin ravioli was just boring, however, the brie bites were fantastic and the dessert was alright. Beer and wine selection was great. Had a decent time overall.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have never been to Gravy before and brought my adult daughter and family there for her birthday. My neighbors highly recommended your restaurant. However, I was very disappointed in Gravy for a downtown restaurant. We had reservations at 8pm. The kitchen was out of 3 main dishes and there was no bread. The waitress was not friendly or attentive. I will say the homemade pasta was very good. However, I was truly disappointed with the overall experience and will not return and definitely would not recommend! Too many other great options.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was ok. Gluten free portion was nice, but not a lot of choices for appetizers or main meal.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Out of drip coffee as it was the last time we dined here. We were offered French press coffee but not for the cost of drip, which in my opinion they should have. Also didn’t offer a complimentary dessert for the birthday person.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was average. Service was poor. Waitress didn’t know a thing about wine list or the beers on tap. Food was cold and one dish lagged several minutes behind the others. Would not recommend given all of the great options in Raleigh.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Really fantastic food. Fresh ingredients. The service was impeccable and the vibe was vibrant! Highly recommend !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Good solid Italian food in nice atmosphere
Not crowded and cool historic rehab
Don’t miss garlic knots

Tags: Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Worst experience ever which was a surprise. Waited 30 minutes after the time of reservation . They were out of bread. Food was cold. Service was worst I have had there. I know they can be better so was very disappointed. Probably because they know they will have the business no matter what.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lackluster. I really want to love Gravy -the food is delicious and authentic italian, unfortunately the experience is not memorable. Again. We ordered the lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and the chicken parm, all fresh, nicely flavored, with the spaghetti itself lukewarm, rather than hot. Garlic knots were not available, so we were served slivers of toasted buttered bread. 3 slivers. I thought a cornerstone for Gravy was the garlic knots. Not available at 6 pm, prime dinner time? A good Italian meal is finished with the bread used to soak up the remaining sauce while enjoying the end of the meal. Meager crusty slivers of bread do not serve a purpose other than an afterthought. The layered cannoli cake tasted stale and not edible for any of our guests. After we were delivered the check, the waitress was no where to be found, so we were unable to get a box for the tiramusa , which was worth bringing home. It's these continued, simple inconsistencies of service that trip up Gravy being a stand out, "we must return" kind of place. Overall the experience was disappointment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was really good, but far too expensive for the portion sizes.

Tags: Vegan, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was fantastic. Food was great. We we're seated right by the back door and we froze every 5 minutes when staff was ushering guest and food to a separate dining area.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was excellent as we celebrated a birthday. The food at Gravy is ALWAYS so fresh and delicious. It is a fun place to go and love that the menu is not pages and pages but you know anything you get will satisfy your palette and you will have excellent service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

First time to Gravy for lunch and they delivered just as they do for dinner. Staff was ready for the lunch crowd and very attentive to our large group, all while having a full restaurant and a private party downstairs! It was a first visit for all others in my party of ten and they all loved it! I did have to explain the meaning of "Gravy" to these Southern Belles who only understand brown gravy on meat and potatoes. I am confident they will be back to enjoy Gravy again.

Always appreciate a restaurant and staff that delivers when you take people who have never been! Keep up the good work.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great from the food to the service. Great place for dinner or drinks!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Ruined, and there are no “do-overs.” Asked for a table suitable for celebrating our special evening, and instead was seated right in front of the door. Every cold blast when the door opened hit us, and everyone leaving the restaurant managed to kick one leg of my chair. The waiter for the table behind us hit me in the back of the head, and leaned backwards into us to take a picture and we had to duck to keep from being head-butted. Another patron managed to pull my hair as he was exiting the building, not paying attention to where he was going, and large groups entering the restaurant thought it was appropriate to gather around and lean on top of our table as they waited 15-20 minutes for theirs. Awful, awful experience!!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Gravy is a great date spot when you don't want to be rushed, but also don't want to linger. The food is filling and delicious. Be forewarned that the noise level can get pretty high.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always pleased with Gravy! Great food in a wonderful atmosphere. I never thought I’d order spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant, but you can’t go wrong with even a “simple” dish like spaghetti and meatballs. And, the kale Caesar salad is phenomenal! My favorite is the mushroom spinach rollatini, but the menu changes seasonally.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had the risotto balls, tagliatelle, and the family gravy. It was all delicious and I can't wait to go back. I think the lasagna is still my favorite, though.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Tried Gravy for our annual Friendsgiving and we did not regret it! Everything was great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Eggplant Pie. What a wonderful dish. We had a party of four. Showed up early for a Saturday reservation, but got right in. The service was excellent. The waiter helped us choose a nice wine and everyone loved the food. For dessert, the Cannoli cake was the favorite.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a 6:30 reservation arrived a little early & were seated immediately . The restaurant immediately grabs you with an old world type charm . Not very big but perfect for a cozy dinner . My only con would be the table , small table for 2 that was wobbly which was very annoying . I wish we had of been seated in booth . When making the reservation booth seating was not listed as a choice . I will have to remember to add that as a special request next time. Our food was exceptional and arrived in timely intervals. We had the calamari for an appetizer, I had the lasagna for my dinner entree , my date had the spaghetti & meatballs. Portions are extremely generous . We both had enough to take home for lunch the next day . Everything was delicious . Our waiter was very friendly & helpful with our wine selection. By the time we finished , the place was pretty close to full . There is a great vibe in this restaurant . There is a parking garage right next door which was very convenient if there is no on street parking available . A great place & look forward to my next visit .

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Each of the five diners ordered something different - one seafood, two meat entrees, one pasta and one vegetarian. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choices. We felt the cheese and meat tray was a little short on cheese, but had no other concerns. We'll definitely go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent service
Divine food

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Wedding anniversary - we eat at Gravy on our anniversary every year. They provided our wedding reception food, and it’s special for us to eat their delicious food!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very good! The chicken Parmesan was amazing and the lasagna was very good too! Would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service, and the lasagna was outstanding. The environment was good for conversation

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Wes did a great job serving us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List
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