GLOBAL

3.7
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33 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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International

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About

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International
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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
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Phone number
(403) 290-7852
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Nidua
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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)
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Private party contact
Miles Patterson/Amit Dhyani: (403) 290-7852
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1 St SW
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Parking details
Impark lot attached to hotel (Free).
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
3.2
ambience
3.0
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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b
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

CD
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

K
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2015
Overall3food4service5ambience2

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.

d
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2015
Overall2food1service5ambience1

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.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

there was a couple of large groups at the resturant that day so the noice level was higher than normal.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and always a good time. Winnie is always friendly and knows us well.

TF
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

H
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2015
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Good food in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere away from the crowds. The tables are not crammed together so you may enjoy a private conversation without interruption.

AM
Calgary
43 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience2

quiet, good food and service but decor is more cafeteria style, will go back for sure, good place for a conversation.

GB
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2015
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Third time I have been there in 2 months. Food again was great but restaurant was busier this time which create service decline. It took quite some time before the server would take our order. I asked a couple of people for our server before she came over. Having said that we were in and out in good time. Food was great as usual.

GB
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time I went there I loved the variety of food on menu. I was not disappointed with the quality, so I thought I would venture there again with a friend for her birthday. While it is in the basement............. the service and food make up for it. Decent prices for really great menu! Thanks. GB

BD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2014
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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.

J
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

b
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2014
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

E
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2014
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My favorites on the menu are the fish & chips and the beef dip. Service is always very good.

SS
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

J
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very quiet restaurant with a good variety of food.

S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, Global delivers delicious food and wonderful service.

p
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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.

SB
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

M
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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!

S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2014
Overall3food4service4ambience1

This restaurant was noisy before the renovation and now seems even more so. The booths used to provide some semblance of privacy. The food is still good as is the service but don't go for an intimate dining experience.

H
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2011
Overall2food1service2ambience1

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.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2011
Overall2food3service2ambience1

In the basement of the International Hotel. Ambience of a cafeteria but the beef dip and the soup were very good.
Don't do this one for the big date.
I got the reservation through Opentable but when we got there, they had never heard of us. Luckily there was lots of space.

OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2011
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2011
Overall4food3service2ambience4

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.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2011
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was superb! The food were well presented, tasty and satisfying. We will certainly be back to try the other dishes. Our lunch was a belated birthday and my friend considered her beefdip sand the best and I had my fave bison burger with salad. Had a wonderful tasty lunch and visit.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This is one of my co-workers favorite places to go. The food is good, it's reasonably prices, and it's fairly quiet.

The only thing I would change was their gravy.