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(15 Reviews)

135 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 896-8513

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
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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Extra Phones

Phone: (919) 896-8675

Phone: (919) 896-8659

Phone: (919) 896-8679

Phone: (919) 521-4781

Primary Phone: (919) 896-8679

Payment method
mastercard, visa, amex, all major credit cards, discover
Price Range
Central Raleigh
Italian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Paid, Street, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Below Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't order any wine.

The food is good, however they are cheapskates when it comes to their wine. I was given a glass ""(5 oz)"" of wine and I'm pretty sure that there wasn't even a jigger (1.5 oz) of wine in my glass. I'm not one to cause a scene but I was not pleased. IF I go back, I will not be ordering any wine from them. I hate to feel like I was cheated. When I spend $10 for a glass of wine I intend to be given what I paid for.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, great wine, friendly staff

We made a reservation for a Friday night and showed up a little early. We were seated immediately. The server was very friendly and was helpful with suggestions. The food was amazing. We ordered the Guinea Hen and the Potato Gnocchi. The hen was a good sized portion, but the gnocchi seemed a little small.....until we ate it. It ended up being the perfect size and neither of us left hungry. We would be happy to return again soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Italian in Raleigh

Had a great night out at Gravy. Everyone loved the food, service was stellar, and Chef Tony stopped by our table to say hello. A great experience all around-We'll definitely be back



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great, relaxing evening

6 of us celebrated my daughter's birthday . Convenient, well-lit parking right next door in the deck. Chef Tony personally greeted us and explained the menu and specials (hint, Y'all, he's not from around here). My sea bass was very good and perfectly cooked, everyone else enjoyed their entrees. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Deserts were to die for. Prices would have been very reasonable even if my brother-in-law had not picked up the tab. A very enjoyable evening, we will definitely be back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great little neighborhood place

Great little place. Had the risotto balls and baked eggplant
dish...both really good. Very good value for price paid. Very efficient and friendly service. Will be back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
A lot of money for very little

I ordered a ""Large"" Ceaser salad and asked for shrimp to be added. I got a very small salad with little dressing (I really think there was none) and THREE shrimp were added to my $6.95 lunch salad for a whopping $4.

Yes, it's cute and everyone's nice and it tastes good. But $11 for a salad isn't gonna keep this group in business for long.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Definately Best Italian in Town!

The people who gave this restaurant less than stellar reviews obviously are not foodies. The food was fantastic. Pork Canneloni was a show stopper. The rissoto balls were excellent. The menu is interesting and varied. It is not expensive but the quality is good. It is not the same old Italian food with everything swimming the same red sauce. Very fresh and flavorful. would definately reccomend it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian in Town!

I have been here multiple times now and have nothing but great things to say. I usually get the bolognese but last night I got a veal saltimboca special. It was awesome! Too much food to finish even for me.IService has been good and everyone always seems to be in a good mood. I will go back..

Been back 3 times now since 1st review and this place is consistently delicious and the staff is fantastic!

Jew mo


Provided by Citysearch - 
excellent service, ok food

While service (as usual) is spectacular, from the hostess, to the waitstaff (who is attentive, but not hovering) we move to soups and salads. I had the porcini and parsnip soup, and it was divine. The texture was silky and smooth, the color was autumn at its peak, while the aroma was deep and rich. Temperature was spot on! It's everything you could hope for in a soup. Salad was fresh, proportionate, and visually appealing. I had the potato gnocchi, and while it was presented very nicely; the first bite proved to be an oversalted mess. The gnocchi itself was flavorful and the texture was firm. Very nice! But the sauce was salt... I wanted to enjoy it. I tried to enjoy it. I simply didn't have the stomach for it. I ate about half and resolved to write a review. Had it been tasted before served, I believe the 'gravy' (truffle shallot sauce) would have been tossed out. When I return (and I surely will) I will asked that my gnocchi be tasted before I order it. I can't give up on Gravy after one less than splendid meal.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Food is okay, expensive

This is the 2nd time we have eaten here, and I am not sure I will go back. The food is okay, not spectacular or really memorable... The prices are fairly high for what you get. There are better choices out there.

Additionally, in the overall experience category, we had a bad one. We made our reservation for 6 people over a month ago since this place is so busy. Reservation was at 8pm. Downtown had multiple activities going on and traffic was ridiculous, like one car per light cycle getting through. We were there at 8:15 or a little before, for an 8PM reservation and they had given our table away. After getting the manager involved and waiting 20-30 minutes at the bar, they were able to seat us. The manager was nice and apologetic, but it still was not acceptable to give our table away at 8:10.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Make reservations early!

We went to Gravy for the first time on a very busy Friday night and loved everything we ordered! We were surprised by the number of people that came in without reservations (we were seated close to the door). The hostess was very sweet and tried to accommodate everyone walking in the door. We felt crowded by the people waiting for a table after we finished our entrees and decided to take our time with dessert, at first just to spite the other diners, but then it came. Amazing. We were both stuffed but ate it in seconds and considered ordering another, but were afraid of the dirty looks from waiting diners. Will be back to try the rest of the menu soon (with reservations)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Food is Good, Service Was Terrible

I went there for lunch today (1:25 PM) with two co-workers. We work in downtown Raleigh so we could have become ""regulars"", but unfortunately we won't be. We were seated quickly and were offered our choice of a table or a high top. We chose the latter. It was several minutes for our server to tell us she would be with us momentarily. Five minutes later she showed up and took our drink orders. Our food came promptly by another server/foodrunner. The food was good, however we were never offered additional bread, water, how was our food, anything.....We literally did not speak to our server until it was time for our check. There was a party downstairs, however that should not have reflected on the poor service we received. Sorry, won't be back until I hear several good reviews. I hope they are able to work out the kinks and become a successful downtown restaurant.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Ok, not fabulous

We started with the roasted tomato and artichoke salad. It was very good, except we all felt that the roasted tomato was served too cold. We order three entrees. The eggplant Rollatini, that was excellent, the lasagna, which was OK (a bit soupy) and the Family Gravy, a plate of macaroni, tomato sauce, meatballs and sausage with homemade ricotta. It wasn't good at all. My husband ordered it and then traded with me and ate my lasagna. I am not usually all that picky and just really didn't like it either. They were very gracious and took it off the bill, and gave us a free dessert. Desserts were delicious. We had the flourless chocolate cake and the berry cobbler. The service was very, very good. It could be that we just ordered wrong. If I go in there again, I'll ask the waiter what to order.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Without a reservation, we sat at the bar for dinner on a busy Friday night. The bartenders, Ebony and Trey were attentive and personable. Best Italian food this side of well, Italy. Thanks goes to the manager for bringing out a free appetizer because we had to sit at the bar...she really cared about our experience. Nice evening, glad to be involved with downtown.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great service, food just ok

I had heard good things about Gravy but must admit to being disappointed with the food. The hostess and waitress were both outstanding. Extremely friendly and helpful. The waitress was so excited about some of the entrees that I really wanted to like them more!. I had the risotto cake appetizer and it was the best part of the meal, but wasn't really a risotto cake but arancini. It was tasty though. For my entree I had fettucine bolognese which is one of my favorite dishes and I was pretty disappointed. It wasn't bad, but certainly wasn't memorable. The pasta was homemade but was kind've gummy tasting which didn't help. I might go back and try something else though since my friends seemed to enjoy their meals and it is a fun spot.