We have been to Glowbal on several occasions, from brunch, to dinner, to late night snack. We won't go again. Too many bad experiences in the food department. The service is not bad, the decore is nice, but the food is very up and down. Unfortunately for us the balance has been down. Ther are much better places to eat in Yaletown.
We went there for brunch today, and for me this is the second time, and my friends were there for the very first time. The food's pretty ok, however my partner's halibet was overcooked for sure. Our waitress was very nice, however the bus person was not attentive enough as he seldom came around to check on us. But all in all, it was a pleasant setting and relaxed brunch.
Can it get any louder...not bloody likely. Incredible noise and lousy food at astronomical prices. Food presentation was probably the worst I've seen at a so called fine dining place. It's almost laughable but the laugh is on anyone that sets foot in this place more than once. This place is clearly for the unsophisticated 30 or so year olds living off daddy and thinking this is THE place to be seen. Those "trend setters" would never waste their own hard earned money here a second time. Service was strange to say the least but that could be because you can't hear yourself think let alone take a proper food order.
I went here twice so I think I can give a fair review of this place. First, it is really loud and unfortunately, that takes their ambiance marks down. First time, we came late & we had a good table. It was big too. When we booked another table for the second time, we got stuck in front of the grill/kitchen. It was cramped & we constantly felt the heat of the kitchen and smelled like food after. Second, the brussels sprouts are not good. They were burnt. They said they're fried. You don't fry things until they're burnt. There's something called golden brown. And then there's chocolate brown. That's when you've gone too far. I saw someone else call them char-grilled. That's what's missing from their description. Sneaky! They're also way too salty. We didn't finish them. They also did not offer to replace them with something else. A bowl for $6, come on! Their meals don't come with vegetables. The rigatoni was good but I don't like the flavor of the sausage. It's odd. Their steaks are their best asset. However, when we ordered a ribeye, it came out burnt. The server said that was because we asked for Chicago style. Uh, chicago style does not mean burnt! It means crispy! When he heard me, he shut up. However, we had to wait for the steak to be redone. For a restaurant that's this expensive, when you make me & the rest of my party wait for my food, you should give me a discount. Nope. None there. Prefer Joeys but the meat from Glowbal group seems to be of a better standard. The service the first time wasn't caring or personal. The second time the attitude was snippy. The bread pudding was not good. It was crispy on top, but after the first layer, it was literally bread soaked in chocolate pudding. I prefer mine to be crispy throughout. Learn from Burgoo. May come back if in the area and it's late at night. But prefer Coast. Their steaks are of the same quality. I don't remember ever sitting near the kitchen. Seating is also better at Joe Fortes.
I went to Glowbal on a Tuesday evening for a friend's birthday dinner. My previous experience at another Glowbal Group restaurant (Society) was also poor, but I brought myself to Glowbal because it was for an event, and this was a different restaurant so I gave it another chance. To begin with, when my group of 10 people were ordering our meals, the restaurant itself was not that busy, so they should have been able to give us attentive and correct service. The positives of my experience at Glowbal was that the two servers we had were friendly and that they did manage to get half of the food orders made correctly. The negatives however were overwhelming. When our orders arrived, the servers consistently placed the incorrect meals in front of each person. They were completely unaware of who ordered which dish. For those of us who had ordered steaks, they were all over cooked. We had also been warned by a friend to order our steaks one level below how we actually wanted our steaks cooked, just in case this happened. For the two people who ordered their rack of ribs, one dish had both racks completely cold on the outside and the inside. The other dish had one cold rack of ribs. Both sides of corn were inedible as they were dry, hard, and tasted like old corn. The completely cold dish of ribs were sent back because it was inedible. As the ribs were actually part of a set menu dinner, it also came with a side salad and a dessert of pecan pie. It took a half hour to actually get the pre-made, pre-set dessert. We had to flag down a server to check on the status of the dessert. It turns out that the server had likely forgotten to ring in the order for it to have taken so long for a pre-decided dessert. It then took another 20 minutes to simply get the bill. After speaking with the manager about the poor service and quality of food, the manager blamed the kitchen staff for the errors and simply removed the ribs from the bill, only simply making excuses for what had happened. Considering that the only thing eaten on the same bill were the side salad and the dessert, the proper thing for the manager to have done was to actually comp the entire bill. To add to a poor dining experience, there was an 18% gratuity automatically attached to our bill because we had 10 people in the group. I would advise patrons choosing to dine at Glowbal to either have low expectations, or be prepared to pay a lot for a little value of their meals.
Let me start with the positives, Glowbal is a gorgeous room with a good menu, well in concept anyways. What I like is that it serves food late and being from Maple Ridge, a place that has the worst dining scene in the lower mainland (beside out a few small gems) There isn't much happening after 10PM on a weekend. We ventured out to Glowbal on a Saturday Night around Midnight expected an amazing meal. After looking online and seeing prices and what they have to offer we were excited. Upon arriving the place was packed, extremely loud, and obnoxious. The clientele consisted of way too many yuppies, want to be seen, think we are important the louder we speak kind of people. Standing room only from the front door all the way back to the lounge, glasses being dropped people screaming just to be heard and just too much of a night club and a little short on being a restaurant. We got seated be an extremely over friendly and loud manager and shortly followed a drink order by another server. This was all fine yelling to one another asking questions about the menu and wine list. After we ordered a bottle of wine we were greeted by a second server, telling us he won an arm wrestling match in the back and since it was a slow night he would now be taking us as a table. I myself ordered the satays (premium satays at that). The concept of the satays was an interesting one, only problem being the time it took to plate something like that it was cold by the time it reached the table. Amongst all of the satays only one stood out, the meatball, it was easily the best tasting meatball I have ever tasted and to this date will probably ever taste. In saying this though, I am not quite sure it was worth the 10 dollars I had to pay per meatball to have more. My better half had tenderloin, Canadian Prime. Steak was nicely cooked but sides were another story. Mashed potatoes were extremely gluey and tasted reheated and over whipped. And 7.99 for a side of asparagus and hollandaise, ouch! The Bill was 300 dollars for two people to eat and for that kind of money I would expect more then to sit in the back corner of a night club listening to pretentious people talk about how good their job, life, and restaurant are. To top the night off at the end when we received our bill we were handed a business card and asked to go onto tip advisor and to write a review so they could bump vij’s off of top spot. I saw this as extremely unprofessional and frankly a little bit annoying. I might expect this from a pub, a Milestones, or a Keg but not a top rated fine dining restaurant in Vancouver. All in all food was okay nothing I would hurry back for, the ambiance was quite atrocious (maybe I need to go at 5 o’clock and not at midnight) and the service was plain out right annoying and pretentious.
Amazing food, great atmosphere but the drinks are way to expensive.
Would go back for food but will save the drinking for another lounge in the area. Waitress was good and knowledgeable on the menu. Very nice patio. Manager even came by the table to see how the food was.
Highly recommend the steaks!
I went tonight with my husband and my teenage daughter for dinner. First off, the music was wwaaayyy too loud. My god, you couldn't even have a conversation together. Why do some restaurants do that?? This is what got my evening off to a bad start. Daughter got grumpy, my husband and I weren't talking because it was so loud. Nice bday!
We had the Chef Special Satay...tasty and the French Onion soup was very good.
Because of the music, I wouldn't recommend this place.
It's been almost 2 years ago and I still remember how great me and my girlfriend was treated that night. We went there for the DOV08 and everything from the moment we stepped in the the restaurant till we get our coat back was magical. Foods were yummy, desserts were even better. We told the server that my girlfriend doesn't like chocolate at all, and the chef prepared something else which was not even on the DOV menu for her! The talks with the servers and the bus person was fun and great as well! I am a guy and I am straight and I still have to say that they were allll handsome! =D
The only bad thing was it's too noisy because it was packed; or it means that they are GREAT!
I'm a vegan and we had called in advance and were promised they would arrange something for me. I was served a generous entrée and a delicious pasta dish for the main course. The chef himself, John, visited our table several times to make sure that we enjoyed the food and to ensure me that he had taken proper precautions in preparing my food (eg using egg free spaghetti). His attention to detail was very much appreciated. At my request he also improvised a nice fruit dessert.
I enjoyed my food very much, and my companions ordering from the menu were also very happy with their food. The staff were friendly and responsive, the waiter gave us a lot attention and offered insightful tips about wines and dessert.
On the downside, the place is somewhat expensive. Especially considering that it isn't really a fine restaurant at all but more of a bar or lounge. Most of the space is reserved for the party clientele. We were tucked away in the farthest corner and still the music was way to loud for conversation. A little less noice and the experience would have been perfect.
Finally, the nice location in Yaletown is a plus!
We went for dinner on a Friday night.
Very busy but the servers were great.
Entrees were OK but the appetizers are better.
The atmosphere was modern and very yaletown
Pretty loud on the night we were there but not too bad
I would go back for appetizers and drinks.
Price is ok, but I think the food at Milestones or Joey's is better and better value too.
They accommodated my severe seafood allergy and made special dishes for me, that were beets salad (sweet and delicious!) and grilled chicken with cream of potato, green & white fresh asparagus. The potion was so generous that I took home a half of the main dish and made it the next day's lunch. I might not say that the servers were super friendly, but they were highly professional and snappy. I understand why they were full on Wednesday evening.
This was my first dining experience at Glowbal and it didn't disapoint.
The decor is reflective of the Yaletown/LA scene. Service was impeccable, from the hostesses to the wait staff. Management always seemed to be walking the floors making sure customers were happy.
Food and presentation was pretty good- I had better. The banana bread with the maple butter and fig jam was especially memorable. Their satays were a bit dry for me however.
Overall, great late night lounge for a sip in a trendy setting in a trendy town.
I don't get the fuss from recent reviews. Glowbal is one of the few places you can go to get good food and consistently good service. Why people go to a place that is what it is, then complain that it's not Commercial Street is beyond me. It's Yaletown, People! There is always going to be plastic body parts and the money that paid for them! Brunch today was great, maybe not the $4.50 all day breakfast, but 14 bucks for Huevos? Fair enough for me. The satay platter has enough appies for two and its $20(ish?). The banana bread is amazing! (and free - maybe charge for that and drop the brunch items by a dollar??!!). I love it there and have no issues with going back. I'm not 22 anymore so maybe not the late nights, but you'll see me on the patio in the afternoon having a martini for sure.
We went for Saturday Brunch and were sorely disappointed. It was not crowded so we were seated right away. The thumping beat of the disco music was too much for 10am. The server was out of sorts which showed when our water glasses remained empty and coffee refills were few and far between. The food was the biggest disappointment. Started out nicely with a sampling of satay of the BBQ Baby Octopus and a Kobe Beef Spicy Meatball. The meatball in particular was quite good, hubby liked the octopus but I was not impressed (where was the bbq?). Our entrees were not very good. I had the "Crab" Fritata which might have been good had there been more than a few tiny flecks of crab. The greens that accompanied it were lacking any seasoning, the chopped basil on the side of tomatoes was the best part of my dish. My table mate ordered the Huevos Rancheros which had a tiny portion of beans and was otherwise very bland. The components of the dish were served on top of a very large tortilla which made it difficult to eat. Overall the food was bland, uninspired, and not worth the money. (Except the meatball, I'd make a meal of those if we ever return.)
A recent visit to Glowbal fell so short of our expectations - we had been here a few times before, we have decided to call it quits on the place.
Food was generally homestyle-bland bordering on boring with uninspired presentation to follow. A tasteless sablefish on a glutenous bed of rice (aka; pseudo risotto) had absolutely no taste, despite the waiter's attempt to say that sable fish is supposed to have a delicate flavour. Thank you! I've actually eaten sable fish before.
A steak dish was equally disappointing in that it was nothing more or less than a mediocre steak rather haphazardly plates without much creativity.
Overall, in my view, this restaurant has lost its appeal and unique character and will have to inject far more creativity if it hopes to stay in Yaletown for the long run. Desserts were good!
Went for DOV and have been to Glowbal on another occasion for a friends birthday. This place is trendy and has nice decor but the food was not as great as I thought it would be. If it wasn't for DOV I don't think I would come back. Food is alrite, nothing special and their regular menu is more expensive then it needs to be for the type of food that you're getting. My biggest complaint is the space, there isn't any. You can probably hit elbows with the person sitting next to you at another table. The so called managers just walk around and do nothing in my opinion. Our server was really nice though but all in all would not go back. Oh yeah my boyfriend was surprised that they over charged us and gave themselves a bigger tip then written on the receipt. Kinda shady eh?
I was very very disappointed with my experience here. Not only was it expensive, the food was horrible! The steak was way undercooked, appetiezers were the size of baby niblets, bread was cold, desert was sour, fish was overdone and it was just horrible! I would never go back ever again. The only good thing was our waiter. He was the only one with manners. The hostess was a snob and had a real attitude problem. I wouldn't recommend it.
Great place, its like a mini-version of what you would find in Vegas. Hip room, cozy seating. My first reaction was that is was going to be a groovy place to go, but my hopes for the food was not too high. I was really surprised, I had the kobe meatballs pasta, excellent. I recommend this joint for anyone that is looking to get an all round great experience.
Our numerous visits to Glowbal always leave our stomachs and our mind happy (we attend roughly once per week).
The service at Glowbal is wonderful. The staff is polite and respectful. The manager walks the floor and ensures that satisfaction is found by Glowbal's clients.
Applause to the chef as we are always pleased by the food! The portions are well sized and as beautiful as they are delicious. However, the house chips are the only point of contention. But, the staff is always happy to sub it out.
We highly recommend Glowbal and cannot wait to try the Italian Kitchen!!!