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Gravy

4.3
4.3
3290 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


Booked 29 times today
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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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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Food was good, but the service was not. I finished eating and waited 30 minutes for the check to be brought to my table, but that never happened. I had to ask the host to get our waitress to bring the check. Prior to this, our waitress walked by and around my table several times to serve the surrounding tables, yet acted like we did not exist. Furthermore, I did not receive complimentary bread to begin my dining experience like every other table did.
  2. y

    yogi

    Charlotte

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The sauces, or gravy as they call them, were wonderful— however, the red sauce served on the plate of risotto balls appetizer was refrigerator cold. I don’t mean room temperature, it was cold as if it had just been taken out of cold storage. Found out after dinner that someone else with risotto ball’s appetizer had “hot” sauce. …so someone in the kitchen is not paying attention to details. Sauce for shrimp was fantastic!!! But shrimp itself was way over cooked. Service was prompt and efficient. Server kept refilling ice tea glasses frequently but never noticed iced tea no longer had ice.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent! Drinks were great as well and the bar tender even created a special fruity drink because I couldn’t decide which one I wanted. Oh did I mention the food was great! Love this place.
  4. S

    Sunshine

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The recipes seemed over complicated with excess ingredients and things that did not flow well with the flavor profile of the dishes. I had the Scallop Risotto, the scallops were great but the flavors of the risotto were not balanced and additional accoutrements did not balance the dish out. The service was great and the ambience was quiet.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Gravy to celebrate a friends birthday and it was such a great experience. I was hesitant based on my experience a couple years ago, the food was just okay but this time the food was super good. We had the complimentary garlic knots, caramel apple mule, strawberry Basil spritzer, kale salad, and the gnocchi with shrimp. She chose the cannoli for dessert and the filling was chefs kiss. Overall a wonderful time, I will be back.
  6. a

    alrw

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was excellent in general, the drinks were great. Additions/changes made by our server were perfect. The restaurant was WAY too cold for normal comfort which was odd. Expensive and too cold are the only gripes we had. Food was truly wonderful.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible Experience- Terrible waiter. Our food never even showed up after waiting 40minites plus- waiter didn’t even check on us or verbalize if something had gone wrong and offered us a drink for waiting- he clearly effed up and didn’t even want to check and make things right- NEVER again! We left after complaining to the manager, who was more concerned about getting out the pick up orders rather than serving the patrons waiting for their orders! Don’t believe the hype- no good! Two thumbs down 👎🏻

    GravyResponded 6 days agoI am sorry you did not enjoy your experience with us. I would like to invite you back and give us another try. Please ask for George when you return.

  8. MB

    MartinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed all our 4 dishes and appetizers. Great service.
  9. NC

    NCFoodies

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was not well coordinated at the start (it got a little better after the wine was served). Tables are too close together, so it was difficult to communicate with my dinner partner. The food was surprisingly average, based on our earlier visits. We will be trying another places before we give Gravy another try.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love gravy. Our server Justin was awesome and the drinks were perfect. Great food as well

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023Thanks for the kind words! I will let Justin know about them!

  11. EE

    EpEP

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great not too crowded enjoyed our dinner.

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023Glad to hear it! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  12. BM

    BillM

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, just a little too loud. made conversations difficult. Then again, we're senior citizens, so there's that. the young folks (30's) with us seemed to be able to hear us just fine.

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023Bill, I am so glad you enjoyed your visit!

  13. JA

    JillA

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service and food were excellent. We were a little early for our reservation, but they seated us immediately.

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023Jill, Thanks for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for my daughters friend
  15. G

    George

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time with wife in Raleigh! Awesome food! Highly recommended

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023George, I am glad you enjoyed your visit! Come again soon!

  16. SP

    SamP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Gianna was great, can’t wait to come back to her again!

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023Sam, Glad to hear your experience was great! I will let Gianna about your kind words!

  17. RD

    RosemaryD

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had never eaten at Gravy before, but decided it was time to go there. We were not disappointed! The food was absolutely amazing, and we can't wait to go again. Service was excellent also. Even though the menu isn't large, the quality is high and the servings generous.

    GravyResponded on January 14, 2023Rosemary, Thank you for giving us a try and I am glad we didn't disappoint! I thought the Mushroom Wellington was pretty spectacular as well! We look forward to having you again soon!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The appetizer came out cold in the middle and one out of our four dishes was good and had flavor.
  19. TJ

    TaylorJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overall it wasn’t bad. Some dishes weren’t as flavorful as expected but the service was good! They also had a pretty good wine list
  20. t

    thescotty

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I usually love this place, but they were off this evening. The spaghetti and meatballs were cold, and the meatballs were cold inside! Unreal and never happened before, and the sauce was bland as if missing spices. I told the waiter about the noodles and meatballs being cold inside, and he must hvae only heard "meatballs cold" and a few minutes later someone came by with a bowl of meatballs and sauce, placed iton my table just saying they were hot, and flew away. I didnt even get a chance to tell them the noodles were also cold, so I was left with a mix of hot and cold meatballs, very unappealing and upsetting. will take a very very long time before I ever go back, there are better places in raleigh
  21. RE

    RebeccaE

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the risotto balls is you do nothing else. They are divine.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Gravy for New Years Eve. Everything was delicious from the risotto balls and special burrata to the lasagna and chicken parmigiana. We shared a bottle of wine but did not have room for dessert so we missed out on that. Will definitely return on our next visit to Raleigh.
  23. b

    billyt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice little Italian place, limited menu, some veal would of been nice,also more Appetizers would of been good,
  24. JR

    JRMLR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was terrific, responsive, personable and made good suggestions. Food was very good and the restaurant was very nice
  25. LG

    LoreleiG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mushroom gnocchi and scallop risotto were absolutely perfect and so flavorful. We also loved the raspberry cello drinks, garlic knots, and calamari app. Can’t wait to visit Gravy again!
  26. MM

    MikeM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great and enjoyed it. We had been meaning to eat here for years and most certainly will be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service fantastic
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We ate here for a family Christmas Eve dinner and it was amazing! We got reservations in advance due to it being a special occasion. The food and drinks were great. It was a nice ambiance and I definitely recommend!
  29. CR

    ChrisR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was very disappointing based on previous visits to Gravy.
  30. LB

    LynnB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    My salmon was excellent as usual. Salads very good. Girlfriend returned her eggplant 3 times because it and sauce were cold. The meatball substitute was not as good as in the past. Too dense. Disappointed- although girlfriend was not charged for her food and we were given a $25 certificate.
  31. JH

    JohnH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    This was my second time at Gravy and it was similar to my first, pre-pandemic visit. Gravy is very casual (from jackets to jeans) and has a high noise level. The noise level does make conversation more difficult but must restaurants seem to think that is not a significant problem for customers... They are wrong. The food is generally Italian but they are a bit sparse with the "gravy" which is also very bright and without much umami (needs salt). Seasoning on the parmesan chicken was excellent but it was also a bit dry.
  32. KF

    KaitlynF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was delicious! i highly recommend for an intimate dinner date.
  33. EG

    EddieG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    A long wait for burnt food. Very disappointing. Nice staff though
  34. MM

    MMushroom

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I used to really like Gravy pre-pandemic but I won’t be going back for a while. Despite making a reservation weeks in advance, there was an issue with our reserved table type. It was only me and my daughter (8 yo) and it took 45 mins to get our food…kid’s spaghetti and chicken Alfredo. Their sanitation grade is as low as you can get without it being a B and they were out of menu items at 3:00 pm. The food was meh. Saw someone’s sandwich sitting under the lights in the line for at least 15 mins as we kept looking for our food. Just not a good time at all.
  35. OC

    OakCityEater

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The bar staff where phenomenal. The host staff were not as friendly or accommodating. I found them to be quite unhelpful and I frankly question the equality of their seating policy. Despite have reservations, my party of two were relegated to the last table at the back of the restaurant near the kitchen and steps. When I requested another table I was told they were reserved for larger parties. Of course I saw couples of two sitting at these tables later during the course of my eating my experience. The bar staff made up for this with their responsiveness. If it weren’t for them I would certainly not return. Food was ok.
  36. LM

    LynnM

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shelby was very friendly and efficient! The food was delicious and served quickly. The restaurant was a short walk from our destination - The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. We had a very nice meal. Thank you.
  37. JW

    JenniferW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The pasta was cooked perfectly as was the chicken Parm but overall the flavor of all of the dishes we ordered was very one dimensional.
  38. VP

    VictoriaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food! Even though it was busy, service was great. Will definitely dine here again!
  39. KR

    KellyR

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Took an out of town client for lunch and she raved!
  40. J

    Justin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks, great service with friendly staff, and a nice ambiance. Great spot for a date!

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 4.3 stars by 3290 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 29 times today
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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