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GLOBAL

3.7
3.7
23 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
International
Global restaurant is located inside the International Hotel in downtown Calgary, Canada. It is a café-style eatery and a preferred choice among business travelers. The distinguishing features are the iPads attached to the walls above every table for easy access to news channels and the latest updates. Drinks and cocktails are self-served. Global serves food items in-suite 24/7where patrons can avail different menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Light starters include the calamari and yam fries. The chef's special soups feature a soup of the day as well as a war wonton soup. Vegan options include Waldorf and International Hotel Caesar salad as well as baby iceburg slices. Tender steaks feature top sirloin and filet migon. Seafood is popular for baked crusted cod, fish ‘n' chips and gourmet lobster mac ‘n' cheese. Entrées include stir-fry and beef lasagna. Mini-desert and chocolate cake are the popular dessert options at Global.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International
  • Hours of operation
    Monday to Friday: Breakfast: 6:30AM - 10:00AM Lunch: 11:30AM - 1:30PM Saturday & Sunday: Breakfast: 7:00AM - 11:00AM Lunch: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Phone number
    (403) 290-7852
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    John Nidua
  • Catering
    With over 6,500 square feet of dedicated meeting space to choose from, featuring nine rooms with flexible floor plan layouts our property has become the destination of choice for private business seminars and intimate special occasions in downtown Calgary.
  • Private party facilities
    Global restaurant is the best spot for social group events, private lunch and dinner on weekdays.We can happily accommodate from 10-74 guests.Chef John Nidua and his skilled culinary team can provide: - custom menus; - 3 course meal for $25 or $30; and, - semi-private buffet (Starting from $30)
  • Private party contact
    Miles Patterson/Amit Dhyani: (403) 290-7852
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    1 St SW
  • Parking details
    Impark lot attached to hotel (Free).
  • Additional
    Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.2Ambience
  • 0.1Value

NoiseModerate

23 Reviews
  1. bottleneck70

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I go there for the beef dip. Yum. Excellent service. The room is in the basement and the ceiling is a little low like a cavern.

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  2. CalgaryDeb

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the Beef Dip here. It is really good - as in one of the best around. The au jus is more of a thicker gravy, which I prefer since I dip my fries in it. The fries are nice and crispy with just a hint of seasoning on them.

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  3. Katmar

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Global is great for a quick bite, has a decent variety of food (including Lobster Mac and Cheese, who would have thought?). Service is quick. Private Business conversations can be had depending on where you are sitting.

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  4. dropitlikeitshot

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The service was wonderful. The servers were very polite and attentive. The restaurant is in the basement. The room felt very cold and institutional. Very bland Decor although this doesn't matter to most but if you're looking for a romantic or even a fun place, this isn't it. I would compare it to a hospital cafeteria including the food. I hate the chicken burger which was extremely salty and the ceasar salad. My friend had the stir fry. She said he's ok "ok" I had high hopes for this place as I had previously heard great reviews. I walked away very disappointed.

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  5. Traveller4Food

    Calgary

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been to Global a couple of times so far. The food is reliable and I have found that it is generally easy to get a reservation groups.

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  6. AMCalgary

    Calgary

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    quiet, good food and service but decor is more cafeteria style, will go back for sure, good place for a conversation.

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  7. BizDiner

    Houston

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I expected more based on this description on OpenTable: "uniquely "Western" menu, fusing the flavors of the Far East with traditional local ingredients featuring mouthwatering appetizers, scrumptious sandwiches, sizzling entrees and decadent desserts." In my opinion, this means that they included a very few Asian dishes but the rest is a limited sandwich menu like you might find in a diner. We took a client here based on reviews; I would not go again.Great service & quiet, but food is uninspiring; my steak sandwich was pan fried & fatty & the onion rings on top so hard as to be inedible. The cottage cheese was the best part of the meal, sadly. The client said he enjoyed his hot turkey sandwich, so I did not complain, but I expected a lot more, and I would not take a client here again.

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  8. Jamie

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My friend and I recently ate here for the first time and were impressed! Our food and ingredients were high quality, without being "downtown priced". The desserts were made in-house and delicious. Service was good, just enough to keep drinks refilled etc. but not "pester you" constantly. I would definitely eat here again, and recommend it for lunch. Since it is in the basement of the hotel, don't expect fantastic ambience, or windows or street views -- they just can't offer it. However, the location is quiet and it was nice to unplug from the downtown scene.

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  9. bottleneck70

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I didn't even know this place existed. It is in the basement of the International Hotel. Good food with numerous gluten free options for lunch if they are required. The room is in the basement so you fell a little closed in and the noise was moderate. I had the seafood chowder, beef dip, and the turtle cheesecake. It was all good. Other guest needed gluten free and had GF pasta with turtle cheesecake as well. She said it was all good as well. I would definitely go back now that I know it is there and price was right.

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  10. Elle

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We booked a group lunch at Global because of its location and vegetarian options. It's in the basement of the International Hotel so that wasa bit of a surprise. Low ceiling and it looks like it used to be a cafeteria. It was clean and nicely decorated though. The use servers were scattered and awkward but the food was fantastic. Great lunch selections with generous portions for the price. I wouldn't recommend it for a fancy occasion but if you're downtown and want a great lunch it's worth checking out.

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  11. StuStuQuin

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    If you need to have a decent breakfast without spending too much time Global's buffet will do the trick. Nothing to fancy but reasonably priced. I did like the "make your own waffle machine" but thankfully there wasn't a bunch of people looking for waffles. The buffet is all they serve so you can get in and out in a hurry.

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  12. Teachjco

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very quiet restaurant with a good variety of food.

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  13. Sydney

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As always, Global delivers delicious food and wonderful service.

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  14. pickletory

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    My lettuce wraps were very good, although from the menu description I thought I was getting a salad...? The ambiance definitely is lack lustre as there appears to be no color palate in the decorating. In the basement of the hotel, much more could be done to make it more welcoming and appealing. When you come down the stairs there is no proper entry way, you're just walking straight into the seating area.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Global was everything that you'd expect a restaurant in a hotel sub-basement to be. It was dingy, drafty, and just kind of.....weird. (Any time a Coca Cola fridge is out in the open and visible to customers, you know you're doomed.) The Valentine's menu offered a strange choice of appetizers (an oyster or tuna) -- it would have been nice to have something a little more accessible (how about a little charcuterie platter to share? Ginger Calamari? Mediterranean dips and pita?) The steak for the main course was actually nicely done (the other choice was pasta -- with fish skin?), but the Creme Brulee for dessert (despite having Calvados in it) was gutless. The servers seemed friendly enough; there was just nothing memorable to bring us back.

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  16. SusanB

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Recently renovated, reasonable prices, good fast service and good food. I have been going there over 20 years and it is pretty consistent. The lounge is great too.

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  17. Merr

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Was nicely redone - but not quite the same ambiance as before - seems more cafeteria-like than café. Obviously not a place where people drink wine with lunch as they had to go find a menu and there was a small selection of low cost wines. As always though, the service was prompt and friendly and the vindaloo was fabulous!

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  18. Sydney

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have had many many lunches at this restaurant. The food is always very good and the servers are warm and welcoming and attentive. The renovations after the flood are superb, giving an open updated look. The only bad thing we could say is that it is noisy from all the chat at the tables.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been going to this restaurant for several years now. It is a hidden gem in the bottom floor of the International Hotel. It has recently been renovated and has a nice, modern vibe. The service is exceptional and the food is great. If you are looking for a spot downtown to have a fairly sit-down lunch but make it back to work within the hour - this is a great option. The food is wonderfully consistent and the staff are very friendly. I recommend the taco salad. I hear that breakfast/brunch is also great here.

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  20. Hello

    Calgary

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2011

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was not very good, perhaps it was during lunch hour and every staff was busy... The service was not great either. Did not get waited at once and there was no hostess. The waitress was polite, but did not come to our table to give out the menu and ask us for drinks until over 5 minutes after we've been seated. Honestly, I was very disappointed for my overall dining experience. I'd rather eat fast food than returning to this restaurant... Sorry for the negative comments, but if they would like to compete with other downtown restaurants, they will have to work a little harder.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2011

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This has to be the worst restaurant experience I've had -- ever! Reserved for a group of 18, and while we got a table, the service was absolutely abysmal. Examples: server asks individually around table what people wanted to drink/eat, but stood on the side and asked "who wanted a diet coke? Who ordered the fish and chips?" What was the point of writing it down, or asking. This was like being in a cafeteria without the counter service. The waiter passed plates down the table and across the table.The staff need real training in what a restaurant experience is, and what service is. On top of that, they give a 15% discount for a large group, but charge 18% for tip. Good thing: Had you left it to me, the tip would be MUCH lower. Won't go back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was very clean and had a cozy feel and the noise level low for the size of group (12) we had. The lobster macaroni & cheese was excellent and i would go again just to order it. The taco salad was too salty. A lot of the group thought the value for money just was not there.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Haven't dined at 4th Ave for quite a while. I was very pleased with the quality of my meal (portion size, taste, temp.) And our server was very accommodating. Menu selection was very good and prices were reasonable. I will definitely be back in the next while to try another dish.

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GLOBAL offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 290-7852.

GLOBAL is rated 3.7 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for GLOBAL

220 4th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0H5

Additional information

  • Cross street
    1 St SW
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Monday to Friday: Breakfast: 6:30AM - 10:00AM Lunch: 11:30AM - 1:30PM Saturday & Sunday: Breakfast: 7:00AM - 11:00AM Lunch: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Impark lot attached to hotel (Free).
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Nidua
  • Additional
    Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (403) 290-7852
  • Catering
    With over 6,500 square feet of dedicated meeting space to choose from, featuring nine rooms with flexible floor plan layouts our property has become the destination of choice for private business seminars and intimate special occasions in downtown Calgary.
  • Private party facilities
    Global restaurant is the best spot for social group events, private lunch and dinner on weekdays.We can happily accommodate from 10-74 guests.Chef John Nidua and his skilled culinary team can provide: - custom menus; - 3 course meal for $25 or $30; and, - semi-private buffet (Starting from $30)
  • Private party contact
    Miles Patterson/Amit Dhyani: (403) 290-7852
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