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Gravy, Raleigh, NC
Gravy, Raleigh, NC
Gravy, Raleigh, NC
Gravy, Raleigh, NC
Gravy, Raleigh, NC

Gravy

4.2
4.2
3536 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.

For parties of six or more, please call the restaurant: 919-896-8513

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 896-8513
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We're now offering group catering! Please email teamgravy@gravyraleigh.com.
  • Private party facilities
    For information regarding private dining, please contact us at teamgravy@gravyraleigh.com and devan@empireeats.com.
  • Private party contact
    Devan: (919) 455-0351
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Hargett
  • Parking details
    There is a parking garage next door, plus on street parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 3,536 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

3,536 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. Great service. Birthday celebration

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  2. TomR

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a delightful lunch with my wife. Food and service were excellent.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All food was delicious. Desserts as well. Would definitely recommend the calamari appetizer.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and phenomenal service. The head chef also made a visit to the table. Great time all around.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was ok but not what we were told. It was slow and overcooked. Service was slow but they appear to be under staffed.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food pricey lacking options for salad and beverages. Had to request more bread. Not busy as in times past which is indicative of the experience.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a solid choice! I would recommend this establishment to anyone!

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  8. Marsy

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal with a delicious carafe of Sangria. The service was incredible. Gravy never disappoints!

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  9. Phil

    Raleigh

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent return dining experience. Recommend +++++

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing and he made me the best espresso martini I have ever had! The food as always was amazing.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited over an hour before asking where our food was. Wait staff was snippy and said there were others who were waiting ahead of us. Manager was unapologetic and explained they were short staffed in the kitchen. Not our problem so we paid for our drinks and left. Have eaten here many times and have never been so disappointed.
    GravyResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We are so sorry to hear about the experience you had with us on Saturday night. That is certainly not the expectation we set for ourselves and our wait staff. Please feel free to give us a call to share more about your experience with us. We will work on all necessary areas of that you have mentioned with our staff and hope you will reconsider and come back. Thank you.

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  12. Andrew

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing night! The hostess greeted us with a smile and instantly had our table ready to go. Hippie was our server and was very attentive; really brought out the friendly atmosphere. We started with the Calamari, which was the best we’ve ever had. Perfectly seasoned. The Gnocchi is a must have; the Chicken Parmigiana is a great option as well. Thank you for a great evening! Can’t wait to come back.

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  13. LindsayGee

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is the second time we've been to Gravy (the first was in the Before Time), and it was as wonderful as we remembered. One of the things I like best about Gravy, aside from delicious food, is the leisurely pace of service. Just the right amount of time to enjoy drinks and then appetizers, before the entree was served. If we lived closer to Raleigh this would be our go-to Italian restaurant. Also, kudos to Sam, our waitress, who was attentive and personable.

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  14. ITBsnob

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid Italian food with some creative twists. The cannolis were especially good. The risotto balls never disappoint. Our server's name was Hippie. They were especially attentive in just the right amount. We have found all the staff to be very competent any time we go. The restaurant itself is in a great location and has a pretty cool vibe.

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  15. w4mps

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Eggplant was burnt. Sauce was good. Meatballs good but much smaller than they used to be. Food took forever to get served. We were there over 2 hours. Not the Gravy I remember.
    GravyResponded on March 13, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We take all guest concerns very seriously and are always looking for ways to improve. We will certainly pass this along to the kitchen, but if you would be so kind to reach out to us here at Gravy, we would love to hear about the other aspects of your dining experience. We do hope you will reconsider and join us again in the future.

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  16. AdmiralK

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is nice and quaint, but a lot bigger than it appears. They have an open backyard area and a large gathering room, which are also nice. The food was for the most part very good. Calamari was done to perfection. I had the spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were plenty, probably 6 or so, the sauce was very tasty, however, the spaghetti noodles were undercooked for my taste. It tasted really good with very firm noodles. If aldente was the goal, it wasn't. The other meal was a salad which was determined to be delicious. Street parking was not possible but there is a large parking garage right across the street from the restaurant. All in all we thought it was a very nice dinner out.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good. The food was prepared according to the menu and we just didn’t like it. It’s a personal preference - too much nutmeg in bolognese, too much sugar & cinnamon in scallop dish, over cooked eggplant pie. It was Monday. Drinks and service was good! I’d try it again.

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  18. DavidS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Was ok. Seating was too close and crowded. Downtown vibe.

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  19. CindyG

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    My first time at Gravy and I would never go back. Hubby and I ordered spaghetti and meatballs and the pasta was very undercooked, was served at room temperature at best, and honestly, I thought the sauce/gravy was tasteless. They did remake 2 of the dinners but honestly, not much better and I left hungry. The dinners that they remade for us took 30 minutes to get to the table, and by the time we received our replacement, the other couple was finished eating. Our friends ate their dinner, but I don’t really think they liked it and I will say nothing at our table looked appetizing. Our friends ordered the chicken Parmesan, and nothing about the plate looked fresh. I ate only a small amount. I also noted one of them struggling to cut their chicken. Wine is expensive and you get a small amount. Server was nice but service was poor. Never checked on us, so, if we wanted another glass of wine, we had to flag someone down. Overall… I’d never go back nor would I recommend this restaurant!! This restaurant feel significantly on all levels! Look elsewhere.
    GravyResponded on February 24, 2024
    Hi Cindy, Thank you for your feedback. We take all guest feedback very seriously and we are very sorry that this was the dining experience you had. We certainly strive to give a wonderful guest experience from the moment you walk in through the door to when you leave. We will definitely make sure to work on all of the specifics you mentioned with our staff and are very sorry that you caught us on an off night. We do hope you will reconsider and join us again here at Gravy in the future.

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  20. christopher

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The panzenella salad was very good. The chicken parm was dry. Service could have watched the beverages more closely.

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  21. jimk

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience . Would definitely recommend

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My gnocchi was terrible. Way too much sauce. Wish I had gotten chicken parm.
    GravyResponded on February 24, 2024
    Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your feedback. We take all guest concerns seriously as we are striving for the same delicious food to be delivered to each and every table each and every time. We do hope you will join us again soon and have a much better experience with the food!

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  23. ChrisA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was subpar at best. For whatever reason, the bartender was our waiter despite the appearance that there were plenty of waiters to serve the tables. The bar was full and so we received very little attention and service was slow. No refills on drinks, no one to come by to check on us after we received appetizers or dinner. Food was good, but nothing terribly special that makes it stand out from other Italian restaurants in the area that have superior service. Likely will not be back.

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  24. Svasi

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Risotto balls were awesome. Didn’t like my entree as much as I thought I would but my fault for ordering something with a lot of mushrooms.

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  25. cher

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a repeat experience. Excellent service by Sam, just the perfect attention towards patrons and excellent knowledge of menu items. Tried the gnocchi for the first time and it was splendid, pillowy and melts in your mouth and I uncharacteristically finished every morsel. Gravy is casual dining at its finest-

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  26. LukeB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I’ve been to gravy many times and always have had great experiences. This one was pretty awful though. It was Valentine’s Day so I understand they were busy, but service was awful. We had to ask another server for boxes and our check after ours disappeared. It took an hour and 20 mins for our food to come out. We were sat right by the kitchen so it was extremely noisy. They ran out of a lot of things. It was not a fun experience dining there.
    GravyResponded on February 24, 2024
    Hi Luke, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry your visit on Valentine's Day was not up to the regular standard you normally experience when you dine with us. We definitely noticed some of the specifics you mentioned and we have actively been working with all staff on this. We do hope you will join us again and your future visits are the same quality and standard you normally experience! Thank you.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, best chicken parmigiana I have ever had. Also best tiramisu! Ambience suffers from music playing too loud and very bright lighting (dimmer switch for more romantic vibes, anyone?). After all, we went on Valentines Day. On a good note the music choices were good, featuring Sinatra, Martin, and mellow rock.

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  28. AdamS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good as always. Only had one bad experience ever.

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  29. CLTwaxhaw

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, food was solid/good - not great. Service was good. The issue for me was when I ordered an espresso and it was delivered in a big coffee mug - about 1/8 full. It was obviously just black coffee. The waitress who took the order was not the person who delivered it. The waitress just shook her head in disbelief and removed the item from the bill. Maybe a but more training is in order.

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  30. SteveP

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our go to spot for Italian food in downtown Raleigh

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was wonderful, the food was amazing and so was the service ! We didn’t enjoy the location of our table, but that was simply because we felt like we were stuck in the middle of everyone’s conversations because the two person tables are so close. Other than that, everything was amazing !

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  32. keitha

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service and wonderful ambience.

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  33. Katelyn

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is incredible and everything is fresh and homemade. The gnocchi at Gravy is the best Italian dish I’ve ever tried. It’s best with salmon or fried chicken!

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  34. KaileeC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cozy atmosphere and fantastic food. The perfect place to come for a date night.

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  35. KimberlyD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our first dining experience at Gravy! My daughter's birthday and she was treated to the best Tiramisu we've ever had. Entrees were fresh, flavorful and delicious. Definitely will be going back!

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  36. THillStone

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We came during a busy Sunday night service after a matinee show at Meymandi Hall. We had a large table of 6 and a separate table for 4. Would not let us book for a larger party without paying an “event fee” by way of use of a room and choosing a set menu that was overpriced. So some decided not to go and we just made our own separate reservations. We were promptly seated when we arrived. Food was fine. Service bit slower than experienced on previous visits. I got the salmon dish and although is was good I felt it was more than it should I have been priced for the portion. In future I’ll stick with the pasta and traditional Italian since this is their specialty. The server would not split our tickets, said he could only split up to two tickets per table. That’s just lazy.

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  37. JWWSBM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We have a nice, pleasant after-church lunch with friends. It was great!

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  38. JulieF

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we are restaurant people we have been in this industry for 30 yrs. the service was excellent! the food was perfect . pricing was very good. would recommend to anyone !

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bellow average Italian food from an uninspired and limited menu.
    GravyResponded on January 30, 2024
    Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy you meal with us here at Gravy. We take all guest feedback seriously and are working with our team to ensure we are proud of all the food we are serving to our guests. We do hope you will give us a try again in the future and have an enjoyable experience with us. Thank you.

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  40. GregoryB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Took my family to a late dinner last night. I was looking forward to trying for the first time based on the OpenTable rating. First the booth where we were sat had a tear in the cushion that had an exposed metal coil that tore a hole in my lady's pants when she sat down. We were seated in a new booth and the staff apologized. Unprompted, we were comp'd an order of garlic knots for the issue. The garlic knots were cold and a lot firmer than ideal. The issue was that there was a curly hair atop one of the knots. I brought it to our waiter's attention, who was very kind, courteous and attentive btw. They were replaced however, there was another not as curly hair on the plate of the second order of garlic knots, which were also cold and hard as well. At that point we decided not to continue our meal. I tried to pay for the drinks that we had, but our server told us that they were also comp'd and that they just wanted to do right by us. The staff overall were friendly and professional. The drinks we ordered were good. The Berry Basil Spritz and the Hot Noddy were honestly great. I was looking forward to the lasagna but unfortunately was not willing to keep rolling the dice. I may try it again by myself sometime but I doubt that I'd bring my family back again.
    GravyResponded on January 23, 2024
    Hi Gregory, Thank you tremendously for your feedback. We are deeply sorry for the experience that you had. We have addressed the booth issue and that will be taken care of immediately, so thank you for bringing that to our attention. It sounds like your experience continued to go downhill from there which saddens us and is certainly not the expectation we set for ourselves here at Gravy. We do hope you will give us a try again in the future. If you do come back, please ask for a front of house manager and mention your previous experience. Thank you!

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FAQs

Gravy offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 896-8513.

Gravy is rated 4.2 stars by 3536 OpenTable diners.

Gravy does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gravy

135 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hargett
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is a parking garage next door, plus on street parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 896-8513
  • Catering
    We're now offering group catering! Please email teamgravy@gravyraleigh.com.
  • Private party facilities
    For information regarding private dining, please contact us at teamgravy@gravyraleigh.com and devan@empireeats.com.
  • Private party contact
    Devan: (919) 455-0351
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