Flask & Beaker

3.6
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36 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We ordered very basic foods, they were served hot.

k
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TG
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

KG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

MA
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JF
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great view and professional service.

JS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Above average for a hotel restaurant. Service needs improvement.

DN
Raleigh
99 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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

LL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.)

LC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

AM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

G
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

HB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

P
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas Eve

GN
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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!

k
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Cool hotel restaurant on ncsu campus. Went there on a Monday night was very quiet. We made an open table reservation and when we got there we stated to bartender who greeted us we had reservation he just said sit wherever we want. The restaurant only had a few people at the bar and we sat at a table. We waited a few mins for waitress to show and she was quite friendly and accommodating. We ordered panzanella salad which was ok. Brunswick stew good. Shrimp Po boy w fries good and than a beef ragu sauce over pasta not very good. Sauce was super dry and thick and pasta was not cooked to order. (Reheated). Portions were plenty. This restaurant has potential to be a real hot spot if managed to deliver better fresh quality food and more welcoming front staff. Our waitress was super. Will go back in summer to see when they open all the garage style doors and check out outdoor seating. We live in the triangle and do many stay -cations and this could be one of those cool places but will need to bump up suggestions above.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great new place! Fun cocktails and tasty unique food. Service was excellent.

JM
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I found this place online I was totally shocked where it was at. Very very pretty set up the way they have it with the doors open up and the pool and lake down below. The food and service was very good cost us $100 for two people with drinks kind of pricey for what it was but will go back.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was practically empty when we arrived at 6 PM. Service was slow and they were out of several items on the menu. Beautiful setting but everything else was mediocre.

E
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch but no bar tender was available to prepare a cocktail with NC products.
Shrimp roll- fabulous.
Service was very attentive - there were only 3 tables with customers.

u
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was expecting a fun chemistry-themed place (they advertise a lab-themed bar), but this is just an ordinary hotel lobby restaurant. The only fun theming were some molecular structures drawn on the menu. The food is seriously over priced. We had a burger, a cup of soup, and two other sandwichs plus two drinks drinks from the bar, and the final bill was $107. I was shocked at that. For that money we could have had a fantastic dinner at any number of other places in Raleigh.

R
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Walked out because service was slow. Waited 10 minutes and left. Not busy

EN
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Odd dining experience. We were approached several times for a drink order and when we chose a bottle of wine it took over 15 minutes to arrive. When it did arrive the cork had been removed. Food menu was limited to four entrees, although the wine list was fairly extensive. The food was good and the prices were reasonable.

Included in our hotel room rate was the "chef's choice" appetizer which turned out to be Brunswick Stew. It was a large portion however it was not shareable; we would have rather had the wings but that was not an option.

The patio was very nice, "overlooking" the lake, however there were many trees obscuring the view of the lake.

All in all not a bad dining experience but it was not what I was expecting.

TT
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Cavernous room that operates and breakfast lunch and dinner for a mid to high end hotel with low occupancy rates

Server very nice but very under trained, she made pleasant attempts at the task but spent extended time going back and forth

Food presentation was nice, taste was good but the tableware used for items not appropriate or user friendly when trying to dine

This is a place we would return to but will bring our own wine as selections for beverages are low to medium at best

ER
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was awful. It took 30 minutes to get our appetizers, then they brought out our dinners 10 minutes later (literally placing it next to our appetizer plates). They never checked in to see how the food was (if they had, we would’ve sent the fish dishes back— the rice was hard, the vegetables were under cooked, and the fish was rubbery). About 5 minutes after we got our dinner, they asked if we wanted dessert. Awful all around!

G
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate there on a Friday night. Had their "Pack Nachos" A pleasant surprise, as most are piles of chips with toppings. Here, the toppings go all the way to the bottom of the dish, and have real, sliced jalapenos. Tasty but not overbearingly hot. The view, when there is sunlight, will overlook the lake, and when brunch finally comes around, will be in the rotation.

R
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Our server Robyn had recommendations for the menu that were perfect, and helped us enjoy our dinner that much more...she even took a picture for us on the property's beautiful back balcony for us to help commemorate our evening. Could not have asked for a better experience!!! =D

I would give 10 stars if I could.

J
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New restaurant but very impressed. Great drink, great food, fantastic decor, great and very pleasant wait staff. I will definitely return to this restaurant. They will be successful.

DS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience ... They are still in the growing pangs of just opening. But we enjoyed to food and the at atmosphere very much.

M
Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked the fish tacos from the lunch menu. Good balance of slaw and salsa for the mahi-mahi.

S
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a new restaurant in The StateView Hotel on NCSU Centennial Campus. It is a beautiful hotel and the restaurant is well appointed. The dining experience was somewhat an up and down experience. Service was quite good, some of the food was very good, other offerings rather mediocre. The evening started off on a bit of a down note as we were told that the restaurant would not open the beautiful bottle of wine we brought with us to accompany our dinner. Some people might think that our reaction was unwarranted, however, we dine out quite a bit, and very often bring a nice bottle of wine from home and welcome the corkage fee. We also base our gratuity on a bill that would have included a similar bottle of wine from the menu. We were told that it was "company policy" - I would advise they CHANGE their policy! In any event, I would recommend you give the restaurant a try and see if your experience is better than ours.