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33 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (75)
  • Good for Groups (41)
  • Neighborhood Gem (23)

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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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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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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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Cross street
1 St SW
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Parking details
Impark lot attached to hotel (Free).
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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bottleneck70 (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

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.

CalgaryDeb (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

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.

Katmar (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on November 17, 2015

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.

dropitlikeitshot (Edmonton)
2.0  Dined on November 12, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

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

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

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

vipTraveller4Food (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2015

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.

Huey (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2015

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.

vipAMCalgary (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2015

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

GolfBarbie (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2015

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.

GolfBarbie (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2015

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

BizDiner (Calgary)
2.0  Dined on December 18, 2014

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.

Jamie (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

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.

bottleneck70 (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2014

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.

vipElle (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on June 17, 2014

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.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2014

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

StuStuQuin (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on April 17, 2014

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.

Jcoteacher (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2014

Very quiet restaurant with a good variety of food.

Sydney (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2014

As always, Global delivers delicious food and wonderful service.

vippickletory (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on March 6, 2014

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.