Atlanta >Restaurants > The Globe
75 5th St. NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030833.777328 -84.389484
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Nothing to Get Excited About – Went on Saturday night. Hard to talk about much of anything since it was a fairly blah experience. Oh, wait.....I thought the restaurant looked really cool. There was a feeling of privacy due to simple curtains hung here and there. Other than that I'm back to average. Food you ask? For the starter I had the barely touched scallops. Paper thin raw scallops served with olive oil, sea salt, a little garlic, or at least I think so. Me being a sushi eater didn't find anything exciting there and the presentation on a really nice but way too small plate was abysmal. Main, lemon ricotta ravioli. Nice helping of the stuff and there was lots of fresh green stuff like parsley etc...on it but otherwise....nothing of note to report. Dessert. Boy, if a restaurant can't take advantage of every opportunity to make desserts looks spectacular then they're just plain goofy. I had some sort of lemon cheesecake, or so I thought, that was actually a lemon cake served with a dollop of whipped cream thrown, and I mean thrown on the top. No effort at presentation. Smells of "I don't care" to me. So, with a party of 4, the general consensus was that we weren't going to head back there any time soon, if ever. Too many other great places to eat in ATL.
A little disappointing – I work near the Globe and have been wanting to try having dinner there. So my wife and I went Friday night. The atmosphere is nice and the service we received was very good and relaxed. The overall experience was enjoyable...but the food was disappointing. For the price the food just didn't measure up. If the prices were 1/2 then it would have been just OK. Oh and a glass of wine was $10 or more. I wanted to listen to the live jazz featured on Friday nights but the band was playing outside...where it was really hot. So we decided to sit inside where it was nice and cool instead. So I didn't get to hear the band which would have made up for the poor quality and over priced food. I should give an example of the food issue...we both ordered summer salads...which were very well presented and included edamame, asparagus, tomatoes and cheese on top of a piece of bread. It looked really good. Only the bread was so hard...really hard...we couldn't cut it with our knife. I just picked mine up and chewed it by hand. My whole wheat penne pasta dish was just OK. On the plus side my wife really liked her onion soup. It just isn't a place we will ever return to. If the food was significantly better we would definitely return. Or if the food was 1/2 the price we might return. Oh well luckily there are many many great places to eat out n Atlanta.
My husband and I both work in midtown, and we decided it was time to try the Globe for dinner (We both have taken clients there for lunch and have never been disappointed). WOW. We got there around 6:30 and the place was buzzing with a great casual but beautiful vibe. There was an artist sketching live models in one corner of the lounge area, and the bar was full of gorgeous people. We wanted to have a drink in the lounge, and the amazingly genuine bartender offered us the wine tasting. HOW COOL! For $15 each we got a taste of 4 different wines with 4 different--very creative-- "bites" of food. And dinner was even better!! Our waitress told us that they had just changed over to their summer menu, and we both loved our meals (and if you go you MUST finish with the ricotta strawberry shortcake thing!)
GO GO GO to the Globe, I can't believe we waited this long!!!
Food Is Not The Focus! – After reading raving reviews from various sources, I high tailed it to Globe. Was not impressed. Went again for a business event. Still not impressed. Again, at the request of a friend for a get-together and still no big deal. The drinks weren't bad and were probably the factor that made each of my visits do-able. The food on the other hand was not up to par. I tried something different each time and nibbled on entrees of my company. In short, nothing I tasted was tasty and lacked the pazzazz factor that I expected after all the hype. It seems that a great restaurant rating is achieved my merely having a contemporary look, a dj, alcohol and alot of people. What about the food?
WHERE AS THE GLOBE GONE TO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – My family and I were avid visitors to the Globe; However, it will be awhile if at all that i will ever return after my last experience. it's now about DJ's, LateNite and higher prices, and less focus on the FOOD and attention to details. Now, when you go there the place seen as if no one is steering the ship. The bar is no place for the chef to be hanging out drinking the kitchen needs you, get back to what made this place one of Atlanta's best and find someone to lead upfront. WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Overall, not a great experience – Visited The Globe recently with two others; we had been looking forward to checking this restaurant out and were quite disappointed. Menu was interesting on paper but did not quite come through at the table (for ex., my entree was pasta w/ braised short ribs and swiss chard...lacked seasoning and short ribs were dry and stringy). The manager appeared to hate his job; he walked around with his arms crossed and scowling. We had to request replacement silverware (twice) after it had been removed between courses and were made to feel that by doing so we were truley putting someone out(by the same aforementioned manager). There was a server who was doing a great job (she wasn't even our server); she was hospitable and friendly, with lots of energy. If you happen to go here, please only let Joy take care of you. Otherwise...who knows; you'll probably have the same barely mediocre experience we had. Although, I'm pretty sure she can't do much about the menu and it's very proud pricing.
Not great – Visited The Globe on Sept. 29, 2007. Wait staff was excellent, and very friendly. My husband commented that our waitperson was probably the best one we've had this year, and we eat in nice restaurant often. However... The first two items we looked at for small plates were not available because they didn't have the ingredients to make them. The items we did get were the pasta with duck (dry, not much flavor), the crabcakes (OK, but not great), the tempura vegetables (really nice, but skip the sauce that comes with them), the pineapple cake (OK, but not as good as I make at home), cheese/figs/salad (very good). We went in not too terribly hungry, and came out with an $89.52 bill and not real pleased with what we had eaten. The bill included one glass of wine for me, and water for my husband, so alcohol didn't run up the bill - it was just very expensive for not great food. There are a lot of Atlanta restaurants I like better, such as Two Urban Licks, or my absolute favorite One Midtown. They offer small plates that are much better than we had at the Globe.
Refreshing decor, delightful servers, good food – I visited the Globe for the first time during Restaurant Week in 2006, and it really blew me away. The prices aren't even all that high, so I ended up ordering from the regular menu for what ended up being the same price since I don't really like dessert. The food was good, but the experience was really what I loved about it. The ambiance was cool and refreshing, and our server was really friendly, knowledgeable, and witty. The wine was excellent, too, and served in unpretentious tumblers. The two glasses of wine and an appetizer deal is perfect for an after-work drink. If this place weren't out near GATech I'd be there more often!
Seriously Overrated – I'd heard such great things about this place--now I have no idea why. It was one of the worst meals I've had in forever and the service was nothing special. The only good part of my meal was the $9 mojito that was made with vodka instead of rum (forget the fancy name they gave it).
I shared two entrees with my friend--the chicken and the seared tuna. The chicken was so dry I couldn't eat more than about 2 bites and had very little flavor--it was HORRIBLE. For the tuna, the waiter asked us if we'd like it medium rare, which I thought was odd since the best way to have good quality seared tuna is rare. But my friend said she preferred medium rare, so I went with that. It came out completely brown, cooked all the way through, not even close to medium rare. And it looked, felt, and tasted like shoe leather. There was no seasoning of any kind on it.
The service: my friend made a reservation and when we got there we were told that there was a private party inside so we would be seated outside. We were not given a choice and no one bothered to tell my friend that outside would be our only option when he made the reservation. Shortly after we were served our main course, it was clear that it was going to start pouring any second. So, we asked the waiter if they'd be able to move us inside before the rain started. He told us not to worry, if the rain came they'd move us. Huh? How about *before* it starts to rain? So, we continued to eat, and we felt the first huge rain drop and no one came by, we picked up all of our food, drinks, etc. and moved ourselves to a table outside but somewhat protected. The waiter comes over and says "how smart"!! We should not have had to take this on ourselves, they should have seated us somewhere else at our first mention of the rain.
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