Gravy

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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.
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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Based on other folks’ recommendation, I was very excited about going to Gravy. I was let down by the experience and perhaps I came in with too high of expectations. The biggest disappointment was that the Gravy part of Gravy was not knock-your-socks off. I was expecting to have a flavor party in your mouth kind of experience with the sauce, and I came away feeling like the sauce was just fine; nothing special. Unfortunately, I left feeling like I would have gotten more flavor and a better experience at a chain, which is so disappointing to me.
The service was excellent and the special drink (blueberry mojito) was excellent as well. The food overall was more than acceptable and I felt it was priced appropriately. I just wish the flavors (particularly the GRAVY) were as phenomenal as I had built them up to be, based both on other previous guests as well as from reading the website. I wish I could have been wowed and had a new place to add in to rotation.

CB
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was great except for the noise level from one table of high school graduation kids.

R
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out with friends to a play, went to Gravy for dinner.
All had excellent meals, authentic and well prepared.
Served quickly, great hospitality from hostess and servers.

Gravy
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you Robert!! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with us!

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MT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome! Amazing food and service perfect for a birthday dinner with a small or large party.

Gravy
Responded 14 hours ago

Hey Mariah! Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave us a review! We look forward to having you back in the future!

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RB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints. It’s my go to dinner spot when I’m in the area.

Gravy
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Rodney!! We love to hear that we are a local favorite for you!

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our meal was just ok. The positives were staff and meal was hot, but the sauce had so much cream that it overwhelmed the pasta for both my meal and my wifes entree.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was excellent.

Gravy
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you so much for the feedback! We are happy to hear our servers made a lasting impression on your experience with us!

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LA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved here coming here for the first time! If first impressions are important, Gravy did very, very well on theirs! Our server was wonderful - attentive, kind, & overall just great! We had multiple employees greet us & wave us goodbye after we closed out the place! The atmosphere is lovely and the food was so good - I had the lasagna & limoncello cheesecake! I also had the cider mule & a glass of limoncello! I can’t wait to come back to Gravy, soon!

B
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The garlic knots were perfect, the salad was very tasty and unique, I had chicken marsala that was cooked correctly but was breaded, my wife had gnocchi that was a bit heavy, she could not finish her plate. We had the tiramisu for dessert that was very tasty. The service was a bit too fast. We were in the middle of our appetizer when our salad arrived. We were in the middle of our salad when our meal arrived. I had no sooner put down my fork than the server was taking my plate. And we were in the middle of our dessert when our check arrived. I would rather have prompt service than a general lack of service, but somewhere in-between would have been nice.

F
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

They were out of stock for some key items that was ordered : No Brie for the Brie salad, no coffee, they had espresso but no "hot" to go cups for after the meal.
But the Tomato Basil bisque was Amazing!

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and service was wonderful. It was our first time and Mark was very helpful and took care of us. We decided we would be back before we even left. You have to try the calamari and the lamb shank. The food is worth a visit.

PK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Staff was excellent. Noise level was atrocious and the food wasn’t all that great.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, lively atmosphere... attentive service, amazing food!

KR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The sauce, garlic knots and appetizer was delicious. We ordered the eggplant pie and prime rib entrees and both were just ok, not bad tasting but nothing special imo. Service was friendly but very slow, took over an hour to get our entrees. All in all I probably won’t be back, the biggest reason being the food was not worth the steep prices.

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food at Gravy, but the excellent service was what really put the experience over the top. We will definitely be back soon!

AJ
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the environment was really fun. We will definitely come back!

KN
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Gravy regularly for a couple of years. Everything we have had has been outstanding.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in lovely, quiet courtyard. We requested it, due to having special guests in town, and were the only ones out there. It was a beautiful, quiet respite from the lively seating inside. This courtyard is the best kept secret in Raleigh.

AC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Staff was knowledgeable and friendly! We will return when visiting Raleigh

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and despite being a few minutes late, we were greeted politely and were promptly seated at our table in the wine cellar. We informed our waiter that we were on a time schedule and need to be on our way to our next destination within 1.5 hours. Without feeling rushed, he had our drinks and appetizers to us right away and our meals were served about 15 minutes later. We each got a different menu item and shared with everyone. All 6 meals and our appetizers were excellent! We were very pleased with the quality of the food, the atmosphere and the exceptional service. We will return!!

LD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! We had several small children in our party and the server was very attentive to all of our requests. The food was amazing and everyone enjoyed the quality and portion sizes for their meals. Would definitely recommend this place to a friend!

SS
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience at Gravy great for a date or casual dinner. Comfortable environment with really friendly service.

S
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I had been wanting to try this place for a while, especially after I read that it made a list of "Best Restaurants" in each state. It was not disappointing, but I was not blown away. The place was full. Service was very good. The prices were not stupid. We shared a Kale Caesar Salad that was very good. My wife had the salmon and I had the short rib. The salmon was very good, but the short rib was a bit disappointing. The meat was very tender, but it seemed to be missing something. We had the Limoncello Cheesecake and a Cannoli for dessert. The cheesecake was great. I thought the filling in the cannoli could have a been a little sweeter, but it was good. We will definitely go back, but we will try the pasta. That appears to be what they are known for. It appears to be homemade.

L
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Italian food with great service! The risotto balls are delicious and you must try the gnocchi!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi was SO delicious. Added pancetta to it. Our server was very sweet and did a great job. We sat outside on the back patio area and it’s so much quieter and it was perfect.

PR
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a solid if somewhat moderately inspired Italian restaurant. It's pretty much the classics and not too much that I would consider to be innovative cooking. That said, the dishes are well done.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cozy place. Atmosphere was great. Good service. I will go back.

CK
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for some tasty casual Italian! Service is the best! Sat us where we requested even though place was packed. Super waiter let my daughter basically make up her own off menu dish. No request we’ve made there has gone unfulfilled!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great prices. Great service.

BH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Can't believe I haven't been there sooner. Most amazing Italian food ever! Went with 8 friends and everyone absolutely loved their meal, to the point that we ended up passing all of our plates around because we wanted to all experience everything. Best calamari app and the salmon was by far the best I've ever had!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I enjoyed the food and our waiter , this was me and my wife’s anniversary so we wanted to do something intimate, unfortunately they seated us in middle of the room by the entrance to the back kitchen which was a constant bustle of people moving in and out.
I still would recommend

HB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and menu. Food was delicious. Good wine list as well, covering the different styles available from Italy.

Also, the fact that they put acoustic pads on the ceiling really cuts down on the noise since it’s in an older building. We could carry on a normal conversation all throughout the evening!

SH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, a good experience with good Italian food. I would definitely recommend it.

MK
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was exceptional! I am not sure what is happening with the food at Gravy but since opening they had been my favorite Italian restaurant. A few weeks ago I picked up an order of spaghetti and meatballs and I could not even eat the dish, it was so dry and only sauce in dish appeared to be baked on. I let it go, it was a to go order so I excused it. This time I was with a table of 7 people and only 2 where satisfied, one had a salad and the other the lasagna. It was expensive for leaving unsatisfied and we had 4 people from out of town that left disappointed. so frustrated because who wants their guest to feel that way. I may give this place one more chance but spending money on a mediocre food, one plate not edible is not advantages.

MA
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was ok but was hoping for amazing. Tables are super close together. Bread was very good. Servings were small.

J
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had dinner there. The food was very good. The service was excellent. Will try it again soon.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Spaghetti sauce was too thick and:or strange flavot

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aleays love eating here!

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