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Gravy, Raleigh, NC

Gravy

4.2
4.2
3556 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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 3,556 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

3,556 Reviews
  1. Abby0013fromCG

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Will definately be back!

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  2. MauB

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Worst service I have ever experienced. It took 20mins to get someone to bring our drinks after ordering. Didn’t get the 2nd glass of wine ordered. It took 70mins to get our food which was Luke warm. At least it tasted good. And the restaurant rating was a 92.5 which is NOT good. Won’t go back. Too bad because they used to be a pretty good restaurant
    GravyResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for your feedback. We are truly sorry for the experience you had while dining with us. We strive for better as a restaurant and always take guest feedback very seriously to see where we can improve. We will certainly take this as a learning experience and see what we can do to train our staff better to ensure an overall better guest experience. We do hope you will reconsider and join us again in the future.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good and service was good. I was not blown away by either, but overall my experience was positive.

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  4. SassyRedhead

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food and outstanding service brought me back to Gravy. Don’t miss this gem in the heart of Raleigh!

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  5. RRudd

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The PERFECT waiter, super food. I got the scallop risotto. I can't lie, I was disappoint that I only got 3 scallops, but the taste was amazing! 6 scallops would have been nice as the plate was $29. The rice was unbelievable.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Garlic knots not available, 1st choice of entree also was out. Salad came out same time as entree. Kitchen fairly noisy. Food was good though.
    GravyResponded 2 days ago
    Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear the food you received was good! However, we are deeply apologetic about some of the other aspects of your dining experience. That is certainly not what we wish for any of our guests. We will certainly work with our staff to ensure a better overall experience and will continue to do our best to stay on top of some of the more popular entrees so that all guests can enjoy them. We hope that you will join us again in the future!

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  7. MikeM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had reservations at 6 pm for a nice Mother’s Day dinner. Once seated we were offered a small bowl of bits of bread and told by our server that they had run out of bread and these were what was left over. Not an inviting gesture on Mother’s Day. Service was slow and several of the standard dinner offerings were sold out. Overall not the typical Gravy we know and love. Rather disappointing experience overall.
    GravyResponded 2 days ago
    Hi MikeM, Thank you for your feedback. We are saddened to hear that this was the experience you had while dining with us on a special day. We are aware of the shortages we had and are doing absolutely everything we can to ensure that doesn't happen again in the future. We will also work on training our staff to create the best experience possible for our guests even with circumstances that are out of their control. We do hope that the next time you join us again, it is more like the typical Gravy you love.

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  8. NeillM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place. We went for Mother’s Day and had a good meal. We would go back again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Gravy was a well developed restaurant! First time dining there ever and our waitress made us seem very welcomed. Let’s move on to the food. I ordered an appetizer and an entrée; both was very good although the chefs accidentally made two appetizers and the employees took that very well and did not charge us for a second one! Although I came there for the eggplant pie there was no more but overall, the food I did order was good and the restrooms was clean! 100% recommend.

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  10. JBCary

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really excellent for the most part, but our server, who may have been new, or at the very least inexperienced, made a mess of the timing & delivery of much of the meal. The salads, rolls, & entrees were excellent, thought the tiramisu was a little frozen on the bottom. We'll try again, & hope the main waitstaff is better.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Just ok. Food was just ok not fantastic and they were out of many menu items. I prefer other places better in the triangle. But you may love it worth a try.

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  12. PaulK

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Gravy is a true staple of great dining in downtown Raleigh. They had a couple of nice gluten-free options for my daughter who has celiac disease. She went with the Shrimp Fra Diavolo and was very happy. Everyone else was happy with their meal, but the real winner was the ravioli, which my wife ordered. We all agreed that she had the best meal. We were there on a Sunday night, so it was fairly quiet. The ambience was lovely and the service was very attentive.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice and friendly staff. Delicious food and drinks.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was way undercooked. Al dente is one thing but hard pasty noodles are different. Never got the wine we ordered until food came and had to ask multiple times for water. Just not a great experience.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my wife and mom to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The menu was not huge, but there were enough options that made it hard to choose just one. Every bite was delicious. All three dishes at our table were top notch. Maybe the best lasagna I have ever tasted We were there on a prom night and the rhythm of service seemed a bit off. The staff was very nice and engaging in every interaction. The noise levels were elevated due to the packed restaurant. All in all, I strongly recommend Gravy and intend on returning.

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  16. Andrew

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our hostess was so kind and sat us right away. Sam, our server, was the best! So informative of our menu and even gave us details on the best areas in Raleigh to visit. She’s definitely the best server since we’ve moved to Raleigh and we can’t wait to come another Friday to sit in her section. The ravioli was amazing!

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  17. COREYL

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant! The food is great, the service is superb and the environment very nice.

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  18. Emily

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Gravy has been my favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh and in my top 5 of all restaurants in Raleigh for years. Now it’s definitely gone downhill which is super sad. Our server was completely awful. I don’t think I’ve had that worse of unfriendly service in years. Food came out cold…really just the sauces, not even room temp. I like my pasta HOT! We went for my son’s 14th, requested by him, and we were all disappointed.!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Excellent service good vibes, eggplant was lil salty but still really good!!

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  20. Kris10

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The risotto balls were perfection as always. Between four of us we had two chicken Parms and two lasagnas and they were all absolutely stellar. They have the best sauce, ahem… gravy! For dessert, which we rarely do in addition to appetizers, we did a round of tiramisu as well as a cannoli. They have the best tiramisu any of us have ever had - it is quite literally perfect - and the cannoli has one of the best fillings any of us have ever had. The only complaint we could have had was that the shell to the cannoli was a little hard for our likings but it was still absolutely delicious. I am over the moon that we chose to go here to celebrate a special occasion. It exceeded already high expectations.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience & well tasty as well. Many table touches.

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  22. NYFoodie

    Raleigh

    123 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Gravy use to be our go to place for good Italian food. Admittedly, it's been a long time since we have visited. Our server was exceptional and attentive. She also did take the time to explain some changed to the menu. Unfortunately, the changes were not at all pleasing. Eggplant pie one of my favorites arrived thick and tough with limited flavor. Bread which use to be exceptional is now cut in bite size pieces and offered little satisfaction. Bolognese had a very odd flavor that we could not identify. Such a disappointing visit. Our server tried hard to make things right and in the end removed the eggplant from our bill. I guess every place runs its course and Gravy is not the place for is any more.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and our server was great. 10/10 would recommend and we will be back again

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Andrew

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    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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FAQs

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

Gravy is rated 4.2 stars by 3556 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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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