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About Gravy

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.

135 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
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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

Cross Street:
Hargett

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 896-8513

Website:
http://www.gravyraleigh.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Justin Bartolet

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For information regarding private dining, please contact Amy Amerson at Amy@empireeats.com or 919.455.0351

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Private Dining

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

Gravy Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Casual (35)
Comfort Food (33)
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Special Occasion (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Cozy (24)
Authentic (23)
Romantic (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Local Ingredients (20)
Fun (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Business Meals (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Seasonal (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Very good! The chicken Parmesan was amazing and the lasagna was very good too! Would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great service, and the lasagna was outstanding. The environment was good for conversation

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Wes did a great job serving us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great server (Amanda) and good was amazing! Had the best cocktail in a long time...Spiced Apple Sangria!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Three of us had dinner entrees—lasagna, chicken piccata and the braised lamb. No one was satisfied with their meal. The chicken was not tender; the lasagna was flavorless and the portion of lamb was too small. One person ordered the bruschetta and liked it very much. Not likely to go back again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

There were 6 of us dining there and after reading the prior reviews we were really looking forward to the experience. We were seated in the back and it was fairly quiet, although the music was a little loud, but as soon as the restaurant started to fill up it got very loud and we had a hard time communicating with each other. The food got mixed reviews. The bruschetta and salads were wonderful; the chicken parm was overcooked, the gnocchi was average, and the Sunday gravy was good except for the sausage, which was barely warm. Overall we were disappointed.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had the salami board for our starter and they provided some bread knots. The salami board was an excellent starter while waiting for our main courses. Speaking of which I had the Chicken Parmigiana and my better half had the Seafood Risotto. I have to say, it was the best chicken parm I have ever had anywhere, and the Seafood Risotto was superb as well! We had wine, which they had a nice Italian selection, and also dessert. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and very helpful. He really knew the menu items well and answered all our questions. All-in-all, an awesome dinner night out in downtown Raleigh. We will definitely be going back. If you haven’t tried it, you need to… fantastico!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been to Gravy many times, but were disappointed with our visit on Friday night. Our server Emily was not very friendly. When we asked to wait to order until we had finished our appetizer, she stated "we will pace your dinner for you. You can order now." Then she proceeded to bring our salad immediately while we were enjoying the appetizer. Our pasta was lukewarm at best. You ran out of bread - no offer of a substitute. You were out of our favorite dessert - the Boudini. Overall a disappointing visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our party was seated 20 minutes after our reservation time. The chicken I got was good but my spaghetti was gummy and clumped together. I’ve heard nothing but good things do I will give Gravy another chance but my initial experience was subpar.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had reservations for six on a Friday evening at 6 and were seated immediately. VERY busy evening for Gravy. Service was terrific. Food was very good. We did get one appetizer order that was not prepared to our liking and mentioned this to the Manager....were not charged for it. Great customer focus. Service was terrific....customer focused; responsive; and courteous. Restaurant was "packed" when we got there and "packed" when we left...but we received good and timely service. Great place for a casual visit and great food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great pasta, best garlic rolls in America (light and light on the garlic) and wonderful chicken piccata. All at reasonable prices, with good service and atmosphere. Will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The calamari appetizer was tender and perfect. The chicken piccata was excellent, with the distinctive lemon flavor and saltiness of the capers. Oddly they serve it with rice, but are happy to serve with noodles on request. The garlic knots were light, salty, soft and wonderful.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love at first sight!! Gracie was a doll, everybody we met was so nice. The garlic knots and chicken parm was the best I ever had. Will definitely cone again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We reserved a high-top table right by the window and it actually felt more spacious and private than anywhere else in the restaurant (which was still packed at 8:15pm). My husband had the lasagna which he thoroughly enjoyed, I had a kale caesar salad topped with shrimp--salad was amazing with crunchy kale, a little spice and perfect light dressing (I asked for light, so I imagine it was less than they normally serve, but perfect for me), and shrimp was under-seasoned and slightly overcooked. We shared crispy calamari and a complimentary garlic knot each. Beverage list was small, but enough options to find something to pair with your meal. We'll definitely go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

was fine but uneven. Salami plate and arugula and garlic rolls fine. . Entrees came while we were still eating them. Chicken parma was authentic and hit spot while seafood ( minus no clams) was nearly eatable with little to savor. Cannolli cake was such a disappointment! Dry and bland. They were unable to scan my open table coupon!

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My husband had the seafood risotto and I had the chicken piccata. Both were outstanding, and we started with the risotto balls with Marinara, also excellent! Order the tiramisu, it's worth the calories 😉

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I have eaten at Gravy several times and loved it. I will say that $31 for just one person is steep, but I did have a glass of wine. Food is always very good.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My husband, his parents and I went to Gravy for his 37th Birthday. The Staff is super friendly and attentive and our waitress was great. A big negative was that our food came out cold....every single dish! The staff quickly remedied the situation which was nice. The food overall was ok. The risotto balls were great, but the rest of the dishes were just ehhh. My Mother-In-Law and I both ordered the bolognese and we both thought it was bland, not offensive, just bland. My husband and his father ordered the Family Gravy and both were underwhelmed. Overall, the staff, location and ambience are great....it’s the food that is average at best!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great lasagna. The tiramisu was amazing. Casual, a bit loud, but very good. Service was outstanding. Will be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service were very good. However the noise level on this Friday night made it challenging to have a conversation. Prices were reasonable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food, staff and ambiance!

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food and service are incredible noise level is not for date night. It's more a "let's get authentic Italian food " atmosphere. Extremely noisy. No acoustic walls just brick. Waiters and staff fight to hear each other
Food awesome!!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I got the bolognese and my husband got the seafood dish with shrimp lobster and crab, although we weren’t told until after the dish came out that there were no longer any clams. His dish and mine were almost more like a home-cooked meal we prepped at home or a dish a family member whipped up. I don’t really feel the entrees we chose are worth a repeat visit, however, the best part that turned our tummy’s around was the cannoli cake for dessert.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The Sunday meatball special is awesome. Can’t beat a fresh from scratch meal for $8! Well worth it.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Had a good lunch.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Gravy makes very tasty food at a slightly over-priced value. But the experience is decreased because the service is very rushed and inattentive.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great overall...the service is impeccable but they ran out of meatballs early which is what we love on Sunday's. They had one order of the chicken meatballs left, so we got that. They were very dry... otherwise the food was great as always. I wont get the chicken meatballs again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went in on Sunday to take advantage of the spaghetti and meatball special. The meatballs where super dry . Not good at all. Our service was outstanding.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Underwhelming and over rated. The "gravy" dish sauce was luke warm and watery. It lacked flavor and seasoning. The sausage was bland and tasteless.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent !!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Brought a friend who had never been before. She loved it and will return. Drinks and food were great. Never had a bad meal there. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. Had a very pleasant evening. Only could get 5:00 reservations with the next at 8:30. Would loved to have had 6:00 reservations. But, there was a lot going on down town on Saturday. Look forward to my next visit. Love Italian with a local fare! You are a favorite!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great Beer, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We celebrated a birthday on a Tuesday night. We had a reservation. We were seated at a tiny high top table in a VERY crowded part of the place. The table rocked and the top swiveled back and forth so badly, we had to be very careful that our food and drinks didn't topple over. So that was not so good.... The food was great! The gnocchi was tender and light, the Sunday gravy was satisfying with a mellow comforting tomato sauce. The homemade sausage was just right on the sweet/hot scale. The chicken parmesan was tender and the pasta was cooked al dente. The service was attentive enough... Nothing outstanding, but certainly adequate. We like coming to Gravy... But it seems to be getting louder and louder each time. Some better acoustics would be a plus.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Never had a bad experience at Gravy & so appreciate the ability to make reservations via Open Table!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 25, 2017

What a find ! We just happened upon Gravy and discovered an outstanding, very affordable place. The salads were superb--Kale Caesar and an arugula-walnut one. Both fresh and flavorful. We got two entrees--tagliatelle with sausage and spaghetti with meatballs. Best meatballs I've ever had in a restaurant. And the gravy--well, it was scrumptious. Our dessert, the budini was superb. Portions just right on all dishes Can't wait to raleigh again

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Came for the Sunday special and the portion was way smaller than before. Still good though. Also our server seemed distracted a bit.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food and service ! I had the pumpkin ravioli and would order it again and again! DELICIOUS My husbsnd ordered spaghetti and loved it.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My only complaint was, I'm not a fan of al'dentta pasta. Otherwise food was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I'm Italian and from the north and this was one of the best restaurants with real Italian food!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We love gravy. Great food, great wine, great service.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Seafood risotto was wonderful. Portion was very generous. The Kale salad could have served 2 people! Salad dressing was just right not too much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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