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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar

1079 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B5P9
Tel: (604) 602-0835 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 602-7523
Neighbourhood: Central

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Daughter's Birthday Done Right
By lovegoingout of Surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 9:29am [Dine in]

We chose Glowbal to try for the first time on Saturday night for our daughter's 20th birthday. Staff were very good; funny, attentive and helped make it a special night. Food was excellent, lots to chose from. Very, very busy and loud but made the evening perfect. The owner made visits to the table giving meal suggestions and friendly banter, great sense of humour! I can see why the place was so busy.

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Pleasant Brunch!
By foodish of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My partner & I recently went to Glowbal for brunch. While we're nearby, I have a a regular neighbourhood spot I invariably brunch at (in-house bakery!). However, I had a promo for Glowbal brunch and decided to try it out. I made an opentable reservation outlining gluten/dairy/egg allergies and promptly attended at 11 a.m. We were whisked to one of the best patio tables and the server was over promptly, referencing the allergy notification, making suggestions and providing a suitable yet tasty amuse bouche. For anyone with allergies, that kind of prep work is both rare and very much appreciated. Giant brownie points for that.

The mini-donuts provided to our (and every table) were piping hot and much appreciated by myself (I don't have the gluten allergy). I had the yaletown breakfast and my partner had fish. She loved hers & I quite liked mine. My partner now bugs me to go to Glowbal for brunch and I have to say, I'll likely be easily swayed to go again!

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average at best
By jonnat of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

Few nights ago I went to celebrate my 6th aniversary and I was expecting a lot from this place. Because my freinds keep telling me how great this place is. Unfortunately I left hungry and with my wallet almost empty. If you just want to have a nice drink, chat with your friends and listen to good music, this is the place. But if you want to have a nice dinner, this is not the place to be. The food average at best and pricey.

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Went for the reviews, bang on.
By kazin of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Took a friend out here last night. Had a little trouble finding it (not too knowledgeable about downtown) but once we got there it was smooth sailing. Host greeted us very warmly and directed us inside to another hostess who took us to our table. The waiter was attentive and very friendly. Our drinks came within a couple of minutes. My only complaint is that the drinks are quite pricey but you can only expect that from a nice downtown restaurant like this. I ordered the 1/2 Lemon Roasted Chicken which was absolutely delicious; I couldn't even finish it. The next day it was still very tender and moist, even from the microwave. She got the seafood linguini and enjoyed it as well. I'd definitely recommend this place to take someone out at.

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awful, awful food!
By vanfoodie21 of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

I had lunch at Glowbal. Luckily I was seated right before a massive lunch rush arrived. It became clear within 10 minutes that the staff were not experienced enough to manage the situation. I was seated near the open kitchen which was in absolute shambles. The team was clearly not trained enough. The food reflected the hopelessness of the staff. I had to send back undercooked shrimp satay (which wasn't really even 'satay') I ordered tenderloin "medium". It arrived burned on the outside and very rare on the inside. When i sent this back the server gave me attitude. The tenderloin was then placed back on the grill by the kitchen and returned to my table really, really burned and cooked well done. I didn't eat this either, but instead of trying to comp my meal the waitress tried to smooth things over with a dessert offtering! I clearly still hadn't eaten anything, but she felt it was time for some dessert with a side of her attitude! The other diner at my table had canned crab meat crabcakes (yum) with salmon, which would have been okay had they not smeared beet like ketchup all over the fish. Why is this place busy? Should be a bar & not an eatery.

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Learn some manners..
By happy-eaters of BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 2:40am [Dine in]

Took one of my close friends here for her birthday a few years ago, there were about 10 of us.

We had a few other places in mind, but we could not snag a reservation, so ended up coming here, the birthday girl wanted to try it out since the atmosphere seemed nice;I remember the place looking nice, dim lighting, music in the background.. but we could still hear each other chat.

From what I remember, the food was decent, although quite pricey. We were still feeling a bit hungry after the dinner.

What sticks out most of all was the service - it was terrible! Very inattentive, perhaps that was because it was a busy weekend night. However, the server did have time to come up to our table as we were leaving to accuse of not leaving enough money for his tip. We were certain he had miscounted, and asked him to count again. He told us to stay while he recalculated. After realizing his mistake, he gave a half hearted apology. We requested to speak with the manager, who was "busy". This experience left a bad taste in our mouths, and ruined the birthday girl's special day.

Because of that poor service, I will not go back, nor will I recommend this restaurant.

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Very good
By nguy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant on the holiday set menu for lunch.
The food was very tasty.
We shared the satay platter for $22 it was very generous with high quality meat and flavours. The ahi tuna was excellent quality.
I had the butternut soup to start, it was a generous portion, and very rich.
I then had the striploin which was cooked perfectly (med-rare) although a bit cold.
It was on a delicous jus and potatoe and mushroom mix.

The service was also very good. This place was packed at 12:00.

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OK
By AGL of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 4, 2006 - 3:49am [Dine in]

It make it short and sweet. The food was GREAT, but the portions were completely the opposite! I'll might give it one more shot....however the PRICES are way TOO HIGH for the amount of food one gets. Need to work on that Glowbal!!!!!!

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delicious drinks but expensive
By H.Anne of Vancouver (downtown) (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:57am [Dine in]

Went for dinner on the weekend but was to busy to get a table when we wanted. We descided to stay for some drinks and people watch while we descide what to do next. Drinks were great but expensive. I would deffinatley go back for some drinks but thats it. The place is deffinatley a busy place but not what we were expecting.

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excellent choice!
By dsosa of downtown, vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 12:18am [Dine in]

went there for Tast of Yaletown...there was 7 of us. I am a vegan (but do eat fish but no meat or dairy), so I did not have the 3 course meal...I had the beet salad (no cheese) and prawns...so goood!!! the waiter was very helpful and very prompt. the rest of my party had the 3 course menu and they were all satisfied with what they had.
Would def suggest this place again.

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Very reliable, great dining experience
By christinC of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Talk about terrific professional service! Had dinner there on Saturday night with three friends. Sat on the patio. The place was busy but the waiter answered all our menu questions with the utmost interest, knowledge and patience. His recommendations were spot-on. The food was great - lovely mushroom risotto, a taste of my friend's ahi tuna that was delicious. Enjoyable melting pudding for dessert. Great wine that was well-priced. Not so crazy on the satays that we had inside, at the bar, first. The calamari was barely there - about the size of a loonie and the salmon was a bit on the boring side. But those are minor criticisms. Seems the Glowbal group know how to serve decent food at respectable prices and of course deliver on a great atmosphere without fail.

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Great food, slow and indifferent service
By Zanzibargirl of Yaletown, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 2, 2006 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I had brunch here and had to wait for a table (not because of too many diners but because of not enough prepared tables) but the staff was attentive to me while I waited. Until I was seated at which point I was totally ignored. I asked for water which never arrived, and I only saw my server when he took my order and dumped off my plate, and after I waved him down to ask for the check, and wave him down to take my check. The food was very good though, I had a Mexican inspired brunch dish and the kitchen staff sent out complimentary breads which were fantastic. The food was good and on the pricey side.

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Great Yaletown eatery
By familydinner of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

We had lamb and chicken, both very tasty especially lamb. I appreciated very discreet and pleasant service, who did not unnecessary interrupted to ask how is everything, but at the same time vigilant to notice when we needed something. Very nice ambiance, and clean washrooms. Highly recommend, great value for money. Had feeling that I was respected and well taken care of.

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Living on reputation
By malnerraw of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Glowbal's used to have a good reputation, but seems now it's more name than game.

The satay sampler was marginal. Expecting a scallop or chicken skew to be warm shouldn't be a wish.

Pricing's within the ballpark given its ambiance, location and apparent reputation. The food didn't live up to expectations though.

The server tried to pull one over by charging a more expensive wine than what was ordered. Spoiled an otherwise average service.

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Rude, shrewd, lewd, overpriced food, bad attitude
By Doctor_Duck of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

I was extremely under-whelmed by my dining experience at Glowbal. I dined (actually, more like ate; no so much dined) there recently for a friend's birthday party, and every aspect of the experience sucked the life from my soul. Perhaps that it too harsh; it might be more accurate to say that when I left, I felt cheated and abused.

The food was poor. Really, not very good. For the price we paid, I was expecting something akin to [another restaurant in Yaletown], but honestly, I have had better dinners at [a faux-fancy restaurant that rhymes with 'Girls']. My prime rib sandwich was too salty and did not taste like much. My wife's fish was undercooked and had nothing on it...no butter, salt, sauce, nothing. It was also cold, as were her sides (mashed potatoes and mushrooms, both of which were bland and unappetizing). It would have been a poor meal at half the price. The skewers were tiny, expensive, and boring. The chocolate bread pudding (suggested to us by our server) was large, expensive, and boring.

The ambiance was obnoxious. The club music they blared was so loud that it was difficult to talk, not to mention being poorly chosen for a restaurant setting. There were fruit flies bothering us the whole night, landing on our food and crawling around the table.

The greeter was pleasant. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable; a professional. However, he was also a bit more sarcastic than I am used to. Also, within five minutes of our bills being presented to us, the enormous chandelier above our table was turned off. Not suddenly, as though a switch had been hit accidentally, but dimmed to nothing over several seconds. When our server returned and I asked him about it, he turned to one of the other waitstaff and somewhat rudely told him to turn it back on. Moments later, it was switched on to a barely-visible glow. I had not noticed any of the other tables receiving similar treatment.

I should mention that my friends and I (there were a dozen of us) had been polite, and when we left, we were 40 minutes in advance of the time (as we had been told as we were being seated) that we had been instructed to leave by, so that the table could be cleaned and set for another party. We did not feel inclined to contribute more than the 18% gratuity conveniently included in our bill, though our server did thoughtfully suggest that we could do so.

There seemed to be a lot of staff at Low-ball with nothing to do. The place was quite crowded by the time we left, so much so that a male server was able to pat my wife's rump as he squeezed by her. "Let's get the hell out of here!" she whispered to me, as we put on our coats. Which we did, and we will not be back.

One last observation:

According to my wife, the womens' washroom was filthy. Really, really gross. I will spare you the details.

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It's ok....
By charlieb of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

I was really looking forward to dining at Glowball, I heard lots of good things about, however I have to admit I was a little disappointed with it.

The satay that we had to start was good and tasty, but the entree was cold, and the edges of my pasta were so dried out, it was obvious it had sat under the heat lamps for a while before being brought to us.
The dessert was delicious though - by far the best bit.

The service was terrible, I reserved a table, but we still had to wait 35 minutes to be sat, then we were given menus and left for another 15 minuets without so much as an acknowledgement from the server. When the server did arrive, he didn't offer any recommendations for wine or food. The food was slow to come out approximately 20 minutes inbetween each course.

The music was far too loud, couldn't even talk without shouting at each other. The table next to us seemed to think it was a bar rather than a nice restaurant, doing shooters and getting up and down and banging into us the whole time.

Overall, I wouldn't rush back.....

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MMM-azing DOV
By sambel_belibis of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Been meaning to try because we've been to the sister restaurant Italian Kitchen a few times and were always happy with it. Same goes with Glowbal. I had the DOV menu, salmon to start, lamb for main, chocolate cake for dessert, and sangria. The drink was a bit blah.. too much ice and not enough flavour, I find. Everything else was really good and satisfying, though. I like this a bit more than IK because the food at IK is too salty I find. The portion is pretty big even for DOV, I was full before dessert. Chocolate cake was so rich and yummy! Sort of halfway through dessert, one of the chefs brought out a bowl of mini donuts, that were supposed to go with the cake, I think, but they came late. Nonetheless, they were so so good.. light and sugary and warm and oh-so-fluffy. Nothing bad to say about the food tonight, service was excellent too. A very nice experience to end this year's DOV. Definitely going back.

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Afterglow Lounge - Halloween Night
By juliamarck of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 11:39am [Dine in]

My girlfriends and I went to Afterglow for some drinks. The drinks were extremely tart and small but the food was good. We had the satay platter.

The one thing I really didn't like about afterglow, other than the fact it lacked atmosphere and was not as posh/modern as their website made it seem, was the fact that my waitress made a face at me when she recieved the tip we gave her. We gave roughly 10% because we didn't feel their service was very good. I had to ask for my drink 3 times before it came and they didn't check up on us very often and we ended up going up front to pay when other tables had their bills brought to them.

Overall, I would not visit this lounge again because their drinks weren't very good and their service was extremely poor.

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Great Bridesmaids Brunch
By k8bouch of Main Street, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

I took my 3 bridesmaids, Mom and Step Mom to Glowbal on a Saturday morning in June. I made a reservation in advance and we got a gorgeous round table on the outdoor, heated patio. I loved the ambiance! I had a very stressful, pre-wedding morning and after an hour of brunch with my girls at Glowbal, everything was fine in this bride's world again.

The complimentary banana bread was a wonderful touch! So delicious and warm - the butter was amazing. Coffee was great and refilled many times. I ordered the Eggs benedict with crab, hashbrowns and it came with a side salad. Very good! Our server did a good job but was not really memorable. Everyone enjoyed our meal together.

I don't really understand how this place has bad reviews below - we had a wonderful time and I will return.

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unbelievably bad
By bookoo of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

i used to love coming here for brunch & brought my friends & their kids with me today - we sat down @ 1pm.... ordered around 1:20pm and at 3pm, we still had NO FOOD!!! not even bread on the table & we had to ask twice for our coffee to be refilled. the poor kids were so hungry...

the maitre d' was useless and offered no help & it wasn't til the kids were crying in their hunger that someone came w/ some "complimentary" spicy meatballs (too spicy for the kids). we actually left the restaurant without being served our meals. how difficult is it to get some waffles, eggs & sausages on a sunday afternoon?

the place was super loud. many other tables came, sat down, were served & left before us & our waiter kept telling us that the kitchen is slow - if it's SO slow, why are others getting served? are they trying to get a message out that kids are not welcome?

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