Flask & Beaker

3.8
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Innovative. Creative. Brilliant. A restaurant situated on North Carolina State University’s inspiring Centennial Campus has a lot to live up to. But with smartly designed spaces, a locally curated menu, and breathtaking views of Lake Raleigh, Flask & Beaker doesn’t disappoint. As its name suggests, Flask & Beaker is a deliciously successful experiment in upscale dining and mixology not to be missed during your upcoming visit to Raleigh.

With its prime location on the NC State Centennial Campus, Flask & Beaker is your refined but relaxed meeting place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’re heading out to the world-renowned Lonnie Poole Golf Course, relaxing after a long day of research, or gearing up for game day, Flask & Beaker mixes up innovation, creativity, and brilliance to offer you a wholly unique Raleigh dining experience.
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DeborahS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast. Nice and quick service. Highly recommend

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DeborahS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just got finished driving from New York and our server was so accommodating and so nice. She asked us if we were okay and got us our order quickly because she knew we were exausted. The food was fresh and very good. Very welcoming after a long journey.

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DonM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Limited Menu...literally maybe 6 items available.

1 dessert available.

I'm sure normally it's great. Will try again.

Thanks

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RodA
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There was a shortage of a thing or two when it came to ordering, but that is to be expected with covid-19. The staff MORE than made up for that with their service and professionalism. We enjoyed our dinner and dessert! The view was nice off the back balcony and it made for a great evening.

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ApexMom
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Disappointed. Menu is a VERY scaled down version of what is posted online. No appetizers or real entrees just salads, burger, chicken sandwich and tacos. They said it was due to being short-staffed. They really need to update information online. We were mostly there for the outdoor dining, so we stayed. We were also looking forward to a great cocktail, but there is no drink menu. We all just got water. They missed an opportunity to sell us an overpriced mixed drink :) They said they could make anything we wanted but we were looking for the specialties of the house. So to try and make it better, we got dessert. The banana pudding was good, but it didn’t have any bananas in it - literally just pudding and whipped cream. The Howling Cow ice cream was dumped in a bowl out of the paper cup. All it was missing was the wooden spoon. Sorry to say I won’t be back.

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AMBERK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Made reservation via open table.

Upon arrival, we are notified that the restaurant area is closed and the bar area is the only area open. Also they are offering only 3 choices for “dinner.” Wings, Nachos and Street Tacos. We ordered all 3, then we are told they are out of Wings. Now down to 2 options, we still opted to order. After a discussion with the nonchalant, carefree manager over accepting reservations without hesitation and providing no notification that you are ESSENTIALLY CLOSED, we finally received our piddly meal after a 30min wait. Absolutely the most expensive disaster of a meal we have ever had. Just pitiful. $50 for soggy, over-spiced and tasteless garbage. Ive had better food from a gas station.
I will never return to this restaurant.

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vipBizLunchUser
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Extremely poor and slow service. We were the only table in the restaurant. Will never return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Amazing venue, good food- woefully short staffed and disorganized unfortunately. Nice people though... will give another chance.

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vipDebA
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hidden in hotel wasn't sure we had the right place and then the correct door.. This restaurant gives the hotel breakfast buffet vibe. Food was ok, nothing special for a drive from Durham. Thought with the name flask and Beaker they may have had a special drink menu ...nope.
The shrimp n grits were good as was the spinach artichoke dip. Steak was ok. With all the restaurant choices there are, I can't say I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Understaffed for Mother’s Day and service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food is just okay, billed as a restaurant and really isn’t. Just an open space in the hotel. Fine overall but not somewhere to go unless you’re staying at the hotel and looking for something convenient.

Staff is very friendly and attentive but the full package didn’t meet my expectations when trying to pass for a stand-alone restaurant.

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RPHJR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the experience, will eat there again.

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vipjohng
Raleigh
62 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Magnificent views with a great decor. The food was very good. I would go back.

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Elizabeth
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was mediocre. There were zero views even though the website boasts the views from the restaurant. The service was not very good and the waiter barely came to our table. Wouldn’t recommend.

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JulieJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, well priced, and nice wine selections. Loved the ambience.

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LocalPair
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

During our recent visit, we found nothing particularly poor, nor anything particularly outstanding. Being a rainy January evening, seating was inside. From the garage doors that we assume open to the patio in good weather, I think the allure of this hotel restaurant is the outdoor environment.

Service was a bit slow: not a lot of tables and not a lot of staff. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Fairly limited menu: couple salads, couple burgers/sandwiches, couple entrees. Our order was prepared well but nothing extraordinary. Our shared dessert of bread pudding had a muffin texture - good but definitely a different presentation.

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karenc
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For me, I thought the menu options seemed limited. I believe 8 menu options and most were fish base. Only 1 each of steak, chicken, pasta option, pasta dish option.

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vipAndreaK
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were not guests at the hotel but decided to check it out. The pictures online looked like it was a nice place. The restaurant itself was fairly empty except for on other table. We were looking for a quiet type atmosphere. Unfortunately the other table was a young couple with a baby and toddler. Upon entering the toddler was running around the restaurant and ended up at the serving line ; while the baby was screaming. The server very kindly moved us to the library. The atmosphere there was cozy and the kind lady that served us was wonderful. The food was average and felt very hotel like. Probably a one and done but the service was very good.

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DJS2
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is in a hotel but even though we weren’t staying there, our service was no different. Food was delicious, view of the lake with the fall trees was pretty, service (even though they were busy) was great!!!

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MooreAloha
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good, service was fair. Don’t expect any bread with dinner. If you ask for any, they will charge you extra!

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peterc
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We ordered very basic foods, they were served hot.

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kerryf
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Great brunch menu. Food was excellent! Loved sitting on the patio overlooking lake, pool & woods. Plan to try it for dinner soon.

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vipScott
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flask and Beaker is a hidden gem tucked away on Centennial Campus. The hotel itself is modern and inviting and the restaurant has an open kitchen and a view of Lake Raleigh. Service is always attentive and the food is reliably delicious.

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MariaR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, accommodating staff! Food was delicious, restaurant was clean with beautiful decor and relaxing ambience.

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vipTimmytheGeek
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and atmosphere for a hotel restaurant. Sat on the patio and enjoyed a nice selection of small plates (which weren't so small). Waitress was friendly and attentive.

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KGFoodie
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great hidden gem. So nice to sit outside, lovely decor inside too.

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Sara
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day with the family. I had located the restaurant in an online search and the location was as expected however, when we arrived we were told there was only a prix fixe buffet available rather than the regular menu which was not indicated anywhere on the website. We had reservations at 1:00 pm and the brunch had started at 10:30 am so by the time we were selecting food, a lot of the dishes were dried out or room temperature (even though brunch was listed till 3:00 pm). There was a custom omelette bar and a meat carving station which were very good. The deserts were also yummy. I had hoped that the drink options would have been more varied given that they had touted the mixology nature of the bar, but these too were subpar.

The staff were generally friendly and the ambience was really nice with a portion of the restaurant having open windows to the temperate conditions outside.

The outside patio seemed nice and I believe I would go back to enjoy a glass of wine there, but likely not for the food again.

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MARYH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing lunch, great view, no pressure from wait staff to hurry and vacate table, nice selection of food

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vipJackF
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view and professional service.

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JohnS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Above average for a hotel restaurant. Service needs improvement.

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vipDateNightDiners07
Raleigh
118 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great meal & service but the restaurant was extremely loud. So much so that several of the employees apologized for the noise.

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vipLvnLife
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve gone to Flask & Beaker twice now and both have been consistent, great experiences! The staff couldn’t be nicer or more personable, the food is delicious & the portions generous, and the ambiance is fantastic. It’s just a really beautiful space.

The first time we went not realizing it was going to be a hotel restaurant. (We’d just come across it on OpenTable and it wasn’t a place either of us had heard of, so we decided to see what it was about.) From past experiences with hotel restaurants, we were a bit skeptical about it once we arrived and realized it was inside the Marriott, but we decided we may as well try it since we were already there. Much to our surprise, it is unlike any other hotel restaurant we’ve ever been to and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it! (Their sponge cake is a must-have, by the way.)

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LeniC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery. Gracious, attentive hostess. Food was goood, albeit on the expensive side. Nice place to take someone visiting Raleigh.

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ApexMom
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to try this place for a while. It was great! Can’t wait to come back in warmer weather and enjoy the patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Can’t wait to come back when it warms up to enjoy the patio.

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Greatneighborhoodplace
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was wonderful but the service was slow—especially the bar service. It wasn’t crowded so I don’t know why. It’s a bit close in the dining room and therefore a bit loud but very nice decor.

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HilaryB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Don't be pulled in by fashionable the name. This spot is a huge disappointment with a huge bill at the end.

Our server was very sweet, but she was slow and after our meal was served (which took inexplicably long) we were completely ignored. We were not offered more drinks, water, or even shown a dessert menu. We were also there for a celebration and this wasn't even mentioned as we dined.

The food we received was not as it was described in the menu. There was supposed to be a special cheese on the salad. We were given Kraft shredded cheese in a cup as an afterthought. Our charcuterie board was just a bunch of store bought items and Harris Teeter type cheese cubes. The steak was overcooked. My husband's pasta looked like we had made it at home.

And the price cost us just as much, if not more, than fantastic eateries just minutes away.

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Pizza
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Christmas night so they were empty but it was great because we didn’t have to wait very long for our food and had excellent service. The food was great and I loved the way they tied the menu in with the name of the restaurant. The prices were a little more than I thought they should be, maybe because it’s in a hotel? But we knew that going in, so it was expected. My husbands Brunswick Stew came out cold, they offered us a free dessert, which we didn’t take them up on, and remade it. It was hot and great when it came back out. They even made my son a flatbread pizza that wasn’t part of the menu. The servers were all very sweet and helpful even though it was Christmas Day and they didn’t want to be there. I was very thankful they were open and made for a special night!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve

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vipGoudaNotGreat
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Absolutely empty so we were the only ones eating. Would have wanted the service to be better because of this.

Food was amazing and would recommend the items we ate, Wolfpack Burger, Reuben, Mushroom Tacos and Sweet Potatoe and Quinoa sandwich.

Never busy which is a plus to me!

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Flask & Beaker is rated 3.8 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.