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Gravy

4.4
4.4
3193 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (919) 896-8513

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tracy Wildrick

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    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

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Sarkies: (888) 982-3383

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Hargett

  • 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.

  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh

    Italian

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  1. S

    Scott

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall - very good. Food was delicious and service excellent. Chicken Parm was very good but smallest portion in any restaurant we have been.
  2. LO

    LeslieO

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, service and time! We contributed to the noise level with our laughter.
  3. A

    Anya

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything about our dinner. The courtyard is charming
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    It was extreme loud. We did not care for our dinner. I ordered salmon and my husband ordered chicken parmigiana. Service qas good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, food and atmosphere!
  6. KT

    KristinT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were amazing, and the food is always sure to delight.
  7. t

    tbtb

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great service, bland food, loud people, garlic knots were cold.
  8. C

    Cweinst

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pretty good spot to eat overall. Friends recommended it as a good standby restaurant. I think we had a new server, a few mix-ups in our dinners but they were very quick to correct everything. My daughter loved the scallops and risotto
  9. WB

    WillyB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Only two of us so we couldn't get a booth in main dining. Sat at one of the two seat tables, avoided the table in front of the kitchen and by the stairs was close to the front .. fine until it started to get busy (noise from patrons coming & going and the sound from the speakers). Main meals were good, but not great for the cost. Chicken in my meal was over cooked and dry, veges, pasta and sauce were great. Server was pleasant and courteous.
  10. TH

    TiffanyH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The food was very salty/nasty and not what we expected at all. I had high expectations and now I doubt I’ll go back.
  11. TH

    TonyH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was very salty, the chicken was dry in parmesan.
  12. AG

    AdrianG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere, great Italian wine selection, and very good wait staff. The only negative was the hostess, who was rude, inefficient, and unwelcoming.
  13. MW

    MariahW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience and delicious food! Even for a Friday night, the service for extremely fast. Reservations easy to make and parking right across the street!
  14. L

    Linn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food. Definitely not out of the jar Italian. Great flavors.
  15. PA

    PhillipA

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was delicious. The waitress was not great -- seemed annoyed with us. Overall, we really enjoyed our meal and will return. Hopefully, we get a different waitress.
  16. W

    Wezy3

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Went after a concert at Merrimon-Wynn House. Easy to get to from there. Accommodating; we split some small plates and entrees.
  17. MF

    MarkF

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but not exceptional. My noodles were on the cold side and my wife's ravioli was over salted.
  18. n

    nwelsh1401

    Cleveland

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We wanted to love it. A quaint, cozy little Italian joint that looked so promising and had great reviews. Ambiance was good: an adorable, little place. We were seated in front of the window – perfect! Wine selection was adequate. The salad was fresh and abundant. The garlic knots did NOT blow me away but my husband loved them. Now, I am Italian and I like my pasta al dente. My chicken Parmesan came with rigatoni that were so overcooked they were falling apart. Very disappointed about that. My husband's bolognese on the other hand had a bite! Which I loved but he did not! He prefers mushy pasta. Oh well. The flavor of the bolognese was delicious. The chicken was ok, nothing exceptional like I had read. Their gravy is good. But I wouldn't go back.
  19. NC

    NCfan

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They found us the the table we were looking for. The food and wine was delicious. Great service!
  20. CT

    CindyT

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! Will come back again and again….
  21. KG

    KellyG

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We typically love eating at Gravy, which is why we chose to go there for my husband's birthday dinner. This was the first time we have taken our two kids with us (ages 5 and 8). Our waitress did not try to accommodate us and made us feel like having our kids was an inconvenience to her. She accidentally spilled my 5 year old daughter's drink on top of my daughter and ran away with the empty glass she spilled and took a bit before coming back with a towel to help clean it up. When I asked for a different sauce for my son's ravioli, she said it would be too hard for the kitchen to accommodate that, even though the spaghetti menu option had a choice of sauce and we'd be willing to pay more for the different sauce. My husband, son and daughter were completely done eating their entrees before my dinner was brought to the table and then my husband's side salad was brought to the table with my dinner - after he was finished with his main course. The waitress said a birthday dessert was on the house, but when we told her we were ready for the check and would love the dessert to go, she did not bring any dessert. The food was as amazing as always, but the service really made my husband's birthday dinner a bust.
  22. C

    Colleen

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Italian cuisine. Awesome service.
  23. D

    Dana

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    This is the second time I have visited Gravy. Both times I have to have a conversation with the hosts to seat us in an appropriate table. Last time, they claimed we had to sit in the back near that kitchen because we did not reserve a booth. This time, however, we made reservations. They did not have a full restaurant and tried to sit us by a baby and other tables in tight spaces where there were clearly 3 booths and 3 open high tops available with more space. I was treating my mother to a special dinner and had to insist the THIRD time that we sit a more appropriate and spacious location. I am disappointed in this lack of service and find it odd that this happens frequently when I go. For this reason, I'm not certain that I will return. It should not be this hard to be treated well and sit in open spaces like everyone else. I never have this issue in other places.
  24. BB

    BriannaB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carbonara was amazing. Smokey Peach cocktail was smooth. Definitely advise a reservation because this is one of Raleigh’s hotspots!
  25. MG

    MikeG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  26. M

    Marie37

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    One star is actually too much. Food was mediocre at BEST…shrimp was over cooked and noodles were not cooked all the way. The worst part of it all was the service. We did NOT have a waitress. We were seated and was told our waitress would be over in a few. That NEVER happened. We had to ask multiple servers for help. And was given attitude when we did so. Even spoke with the manager and come to find out the lady that was suppose to be our “waitress” had in fact told us she was not. HORRIBLE…she lied and the manager did NOT hold her accountable. To Shelby and Gravy you need to do better. Very disappointed. Oh…did I mention our “waitress” had two tables beside us and she did not look “overwhelmed” serving them like the manager said she was trying to excuse her behavior. Will not be going back ever again.
  27. SC

    StephenC

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Dinner with friends
  28. NH

    NicoleH69

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good experience!
  29. d

    disappointed

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Salty salmon limp calamari not their a game last night
  30. MH

    MartyH

    Pinehurst

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience and great food when we go to Gravy
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We were looking forward to the food for it being so highly rated however none of us liked the food at all. Very disappointed
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The fresh pasta was quite undercooked. We sent it back once, but it was still very tough with large clumps of uncooked pasta that could not be separated. I understand al dente, this was unpleasant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We’ve been dining here occasionally for years, but it was the first time since Covid: - The server was friendly and welcoming enough, but cocktails didn’t arrive until after appetizers were done. - Water glasses sat empty too long. - Had to call on her versus her checking on us. - To her defense there was a party in another room, so they may have been short a server? - Arancini never disappoint. My favorite appetizer! - The scallops were cooked perfectly, but the risotto lacked flavor, had to request salt and pepper. - Eggplant pie was delicious - my go-to entree. - Sauce with the chicken parm lacked flavor, tomato sauce w/o seasoning?? But the chicken was good - The first batch of rolls were hard, but the 2nd batch were fresh and as expected. - My martini was very good!
  34. WL

    WeLoveGravy

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and serve were amazing. The most difficult thing was trying to select only a few apps and main courses. All the food was beautifully presented and very tasty. Also fun cocktails and a great wine list. We will go back for sure!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a terrific meal and the service was exceptional. This is our second time here and we’ll definitely be back.
  36. R

    Richard

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on Wednesday last week with my Son. I had the Chicken Parmigiana and it was the best I had in a restaurant. My Son and I went back on Sunday to have it again and it was consistent as the first time. Highly recommend Gravy and the Chicken Parmigiana! It is not overly crowded and has a nice ambiance. Staff was very friendly and professional.
  37. JS

    JenniferS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had a lovely evening at Gravy. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back soon!
  38. C

    Cake

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. Risotto balls are my favorite here and the bread is so good.
  39. T

    Tcool

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    The last few times I have been to Gravy very good. Last night, the risotto was liquidy and the salads were overdressed. Disappointed.
  40. R

    Richard

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chicken Parmigiana was very good! The Tiramisu was also very good. I like chocolate and it had a chocolate sauce on it. I’m sure you can order it without the sauce. Either way, I had a piece that had no chocolate sauce and it is very good! We will be returning!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Gravy is rated 4.4 stars by 3193 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


Google Map for Gravy

135 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hargett

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • 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

  • 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

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tracy Wildrick

  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 896-8513

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    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

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Sarkies: (888) 982-3383

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