3520 Toringdon Way, Charlotte, NC | Directions 2827735.067298 -80.841054
Avoid this restraurant--portions are small, prices are high, and owners go back on their word! – In today's age of social media and online review sites, how many of you think this is a good business strategy? I innocently parked in one of Global Restaurant's reserved parking spaces today while visiting a tenant at 3440 Toringdon Way in Charlotte, NC today. The restaurant is open from 3:00pm to 11:00pm - according to their Facebook page. I parked in a spot at 11:30am and came out to my car at 4:30pm, only to find that the owner of Global Restaurant had taken his enormous Honda truck and blocked my car in so that I could not leave. Granted Global pays for these parking spots and my parking there was my fault. I'm not looking for sympathy but how many of you think this is a good way to win friends and influence people to ever want to step foot in your restaurant again. I looked around and there were 5 spots open when he decided to use his truck to block my car, so I doubt I was taking a spot from one of his patrons. In fact, I didn't see any patrons. For me, I would have given the person the benefit of the doubt. Then, I would have notified the property management company that someone is parked in one of my reserved spots and ask them to send out an email to the tenants to have that person move their car. Or, how about a nice note left on my windshield notifying me kindly that these are reserved spots for restaurant patrons and a 10% off coupon to come in and try out the restaurant or stop by for a drink on the house? Yes, again I was wrong but what in the world has happened to kindness? What would you have done if you were the owner of this restaurant and you wanted to make sure this didn't go viral on the internet and create bad will amongst potential patrons of your restaurant? Would you do the same thing? Sometimes you can win the battle and lose the war! See pics in photo gallery.
Simply Delicious! – This restaurant is for those who want something different and great food! Very intimate atmosphere...good for a night out for two. Very modern, but, quaint. Everything we tried was excellently prepared and presented. Sea Bass was great! We had a lot of seafood-type dishes, including the seafood bisque. Nothing but fresh taste hit our taste buds! Desserts were the perfect finish, not too heavy. Try the trio of creme brulee(s). Waiter was very helpful and came to our table at just the right frequency, without us having to flag him down. Couldn't ask for a better night for two.
Nice place for a quiet dinner – We went here for our Anniversary on a Friday night... Kind of a weird location, but once you're inside it's nice and contemporary. We liked the service; the waiter was friendly, helpful, and informative... without being overbearing. We had the Braised Pork Belly for an appetizer. It melted in our mouths and tasted delicious. We had the Duck and the Raviolo and they were both delicious... They also served up complimentary fresh baked bread with a "different every day" cream cheese with unique flavor combinations. We had a Creme brulee sampler for dessert and it was also delicious.
I don't know how some of these other people came away hating it. Maybe they work for competing restaurants, or caught them on a bad night. We had a great time.
Terrible! Will not Be Going Back – My husband and I were really excited about trying Global after reading all of the great reviews......Did we go to a different restaurant?
Our food was terrible, I couldn't finish my starter or main course and my husband struggled through his. To make matters even worse, after spending over $160 for two, my husband was SICK shortly after we got home. I called the restaurant to inform them that they should investigate what might have made him ill so to prevent someone else from getting food poisoning! The chef owner was very rude and unapologetic. I was shocked.
WHAT A HORRIBLE EVENING! Save your money and stomach and go elsewhere.
BAD expensive food!! – WORST food we've had in years and the most expensive! The meat, lamb, we had was presented like a bowl of mush. Not only did the sauce taste bad, but the meat was OLD!! Old rotting meat!! The She Crab soup had dryed ground up freezer burnt pieces of fish in it!! The Paella was not good and tasted of corn starch. The other soup, escarole, was identical to blended grass with water, salt and red pepper in it. IF, we ate it, we would be running to the bathroom. Had to return it, so bad! I'm sorry we did not talk to friends about it first, they had same bad food and said never go there. Service was also poor. How does a restaurant get away with serving old meat?
Eclectic Menu for those wanting a taste sensation – A variety of menu items well prepared and presented in a manner that you will not find just anywhere. The food is excellent. The ambiance shouts classy. The dining experience is relaxed and unpretentous. The waitstaff is pleasant and friendly. It's location keeps it tucked away, but it's worth finding in a Ballantyne office complex.
The first time I dined there, I found the menu to have so many things I wanted to try that the only solution was an appetizer "tower" that allowed me to experience a variety of dishes, while not having to commit to just one item.
New diners may want to give that a try.
A true hidden gem – Global is a great addition to the Charlotte food scene. I love the fact that even though their food quality and ambiance would permit them to be snobby or arrogant, they aren't! They are truly attentive (but not overbearing) to every customer and the food delivers. I love the fact that the chef visits our table every time we're there--great touch. We've eaten at other so-called "great" restaurants in Charlotte and we've been ignored and underwhelmed. Global delivers on every front. If you haven't visited, make a reservation today!
Ballantyne's Best Kept Secret! – If you haven't tried Global Restaurant Bar & Lounge yet, you are missing out! My husband I had dinner there this week for our anniversary and were just amazed at our experience. The wine list is extensive, the ambiance and decor tops most that I have seen and the food is incredible. You HAVE to try the scallops - we got them as an appetizer and I could eaten lots more! The chef came out and greeted the patrons (when is the last time you have seen that??) and our waiter was very attentive to us, despite a party of 10 that was seated at the same time as we were. I can't thank them enough for treating us special that evening, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne. Check them out - easy drive from anywhere in Charlotte and folks in Ballantyne....it's right in your backyard!!!
Food was terrific...service mediocre – Overall, I like this restaurant, but I think a few things could be improved. We went to Global for my husband's birthday on a Saturday night and even though I had made a reservation in advance, we were seated in the back at the smallest available table near the area where the waiters were coming to and fro. This was disappointing. The service was adequate, but not superior and at this price point, it needs to be superior. That being said, the food was delicious. I had the lamb, which was very good and my husband had the paella which was excellent. The cocktails were well made and the wine list was very good.
An incredible experience from the best restaurant in Charlotte – This is my first review. My fiance and I discovered Global a year and a half ago at complete random. We were driving around area and saw a sign for Global. We were intrigued. We figured we couldn't go wrong with a restaurant obviously inspired from all over the world. I knew it was going to be on the pricier/nicer side, and we were obviously dressed like we randomly chose this place, but the wait staff (including the owners) treated us first class. We've been greeted and talked to by the owners every time we've been there for that matter. I stress this, because that is extremely rare in Charlotte where everyone has some sense of entitlement. Our waiter, Steve, was absolutely incredible. He has been our waiter for every visit.
I'm a vegetarian, and I've always had something different each time. They do a great job of making their menu seasonal. Everything we have had has been absolutely top notch. We always come out saying, "That's the best thing I've ever had." The staff (Steve in this case) is incredibly knowledgeable of the wine selection as well. And the desserts, wow. I always hate leaving there knowing I'm going back to my cooking.
I know the issue of price v. quantity v. quality is mentioned with this restaurant, but here is how I see it. The portions are incredibly well made with amazing ingredients. The food is meant to leave you comfortable, not stuffed. For my income bracket, Global is a place to visit for special occasions. I always get my money's worth. I'd prefer a smaller, healthier portion where I pay more and I'm left incredibly satisfied to a larger, cheaper portion that is nowhere nearly as good of quality.
I honestly think Global is the best restaurant in Charlotte, and I have been to my fair share of high end restaurants. The location isn't the best, but there is ample parking. Overall this is a must visit restaurant, especially for special occasions that require an intimate atmosphere.
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