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.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Italian, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Mon- Fri: 11:00AM-4:00PM
$30 and under
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We're now offering group catering! Please call the restaurant at 919.896.8513 for more information.
There is a parking garage next door, plus on street parking
The R line stops around the corner on Hargett and South Wilmington.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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For information regarding private dining, please contact Amy Amerson at Amy@empireeats.com or 919.455.0351
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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
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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