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Flask & Beaker

3.8
3.8
64 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:00 am–12:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 324-6906

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 64 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Under staffed. The staff tried but I’d leave this place alone unless your staying at the hotel or just going for a drink. Maybe it’ll get better as the next semester gets going. Staff needs help.
  2. s

    starzlght

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Easy location to visit while staying at the hotel, food was good. Wish they had their own drink menu and staffing was lacking. We felt bad for the bar tender who also was host, waiter, busser, etc. Hoping they get more staff.
  3. U

    Unsatisfied

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyable dinner
  4. C

    Claudia

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Terrible experience !!! They were out of staff , only one waitress to serve indoor , outdoor and the bar. When finally we seated she gave the menu and listed 2 or 3 items out of the kitchen. We decided to leave . The menu didn’t have good options . We’ll not come back.
  5. PG

    PeterG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Went for Mother’s Day. The restaurant was convenient to where we were coming from and they didn’t need to turn our table over so our party of 6 had a relaxing meal. The service team was busy and worked hard and were fairly attentive. The grill was open for custom orders of waffles and eggs. The staff of one and then briefly two chefs were kept extremely busy but worked calmly, efficiently and dealt well the pressure of orders. The food was fine- nothing special. It was buffet style and for $40 pp could have have a few more options.
  6. M

    Mars

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    One server who was the bartender and running around. Only one person in the kitchen. We had to go get our drinks at the bar then wait. Food was cold when it got to us. The server already told us to be patient as she is alone. She did what she could. For such a large scale hotel, you’d think they’d have it more smoother.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We had reservations set for Valentine’s Day and when we arrive, they said they only had salad and burger options for dinner. The host seemed embarrassed to hand us the menu and asked if we wanted to stay. No one was there, it seemed as if they were short staff and not expecting a valentines crowd. They failed to call to give us to a heads up that they were not fully operating dinner on valentines….
  8. MJ

    MikeJ

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    The website showed an extensive menu with a variety of options. When we got there, the menu we had to choose from was extremely limited. It included 2-3 starters, 2 different salads and a couple of sandwiches. This was very disappointing. The service, however, was excellent. The waitress made our dining experience, pleasant.
  9. DS

    DeborahS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious breakfast. Nice and quick service. Highly recommend
  10. DS

    DeborahS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 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.
  11. DM

    DonM

    1 review

    3.0

    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
  12. RA

    RodA

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.
  13. AM

    ApexMom

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 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.
  14. AM

    AMBERK

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 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.
  15. BL

    BizLunchUser

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Extremely poor and slow service. We were the only table in the restaurant. Will never return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Amazing venue, good food- woefully short staffed and disorganized unfortunately. Nice people though... will give another chance.
  17. D

    Debbie

    Raleigh

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Understaffed for Mother’s Day and service was slow
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  20. RP

    RPHJR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the experience, will eat there again.
  21. j

    johng

    Raleigh

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Magnificent views with a great decor. The food was very good. I would go back.
  22. E

    Elizabeth

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  23. JJ

    JulieJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, well priced, and nice wine selections. Loved the ambience.
  24. LP

    LocalPair

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 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.
  25. k

    karenc

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 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.
  26. AK

    AndreaK

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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.
  27. DJ

    DJS2

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 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!!!
  28. MA

    MooreAloha

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    3.0

    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!
  29. p

    peterc

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We ordered very basic foods, they were served hot.
  30. k

    kerryf

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  31. S

    Scott

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 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.
  32. MR

    MariaR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, accommodating staff! Food was delicious, restaurant was clean with beautiful decor and relaxing ambience.
  33. TG

    TimmytheGeek

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  34. KG

    KGFoodie

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great hidden gem. So nice to sit outside, lovely decor inside too.
  35. S

    Sara

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 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.
  36. MA

    MARYH

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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
  37. JF

    JackF

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great view and professional service.
  38. JS

    JohnS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Above average for a hotel restaurant. Service needs improvement.
  39. DN

    DateNightDiners07

    Raleigh

    127 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great meal & service but the restaurant was extremely loud. So much so that several of the employees apologized for the noise.
  40. LL

    LvnLife

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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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Flask & Beaker is rated 3.8 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Flask & Beaker

2451 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:00 am–12:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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