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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Downtown)
+1 403-264-6419
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 3rd Street SE
Description: Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack brings an authentic Southern atmosphere to Calgary with a comfortable, upbeat dining and drinking experience. Located in a century-old brick warehouse, Bookers is a hidden gem at the gateway to Calgary’s East Village. Seasoned BBQ chefs slow smoke over 200 lbs of Alberta chicken, beef, and pork every day and serve it alongside fresh seafood, local produce, signature cocktails, and original, house made sauces and rubs. Bookers is Calgary’s oldest BBQ institution where freedom and fun are ingrained in the culture, kitchen and guest experience.
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English first
Calgary
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I still don't understand how people are raving and ranting about this place. My first attempts trying going to this place didn't end up so well. The first time we were turned away because we didn't have a reservation and it was pretty busy that night. However, the second time it was barely that busy and we were still turned... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our Canadian friends booked a table. We would never have ventured in as there are no clues on the outside of the building as to what delights await inside. We had calamari and deep fried pickles to start and jambalaya, blue crab and yam fries, prawn, vegetables and crab for mains. The food was delicious. Our server was excellent and... More

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calgary, ab
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We got to the restaurant at 5:15pm. The place was completely empty except 1 table. We were asked if we had reservations and when we told her no she advised that they were totally booked up (even tho the place was totally empty).. but there was 1 table available if we could leave by 8.. Yes. That would be fine.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I ordered the Shrimp Po Boy sandwich at $13.95 as suggested by the waitress. It came on a sub type bun with lots of spicy shrimp and onions. Included was one side, I picked vegetables ( today was broccolinie ) that were cooked just right, not over done at all. If you have not been for a few years it... More

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

On the out side not much to look at but we had a very nice welcome inside and the service and the food was good. They do like smoked meat which is not to my taste but there was other dishes to chose from. beer and food was good at a reasonable price

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Just not worth the money. Food is over cooked, salad was old and they had the nerve to say they were busy. They were not busy just careless. There are far better choices in Calgary. I would rate even parking lot restraunts and pubs better then this one. Great location poor understanding of service and quality.

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perth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Have been to Bookers about 6 times in the last month! Brilliant service, friendly staff, love spicy BBQ chicken wings, chicken sandwich, yam fries, fish cakes are fab with coleslaw that is light and so tasty! Great Value for money. My husband commented that one dish he ordered, while absolutely nothing wrong with it, was not to his taste and... More

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EDMONTON
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The atmosphere as you enter is urban/rustic/back room Jazz/BBQ shack. It's very welcoming. It was extremely busy the evening we went. Saturday night. But only had to wait 5 minutes to get a seat. Staff were VERY friendly and helpful. Portions were very reasonable. Price was a bit high, but well worth it. Very inviting atmosphere, and romantic feel. Seems... More

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Brampton, Canada
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Visited here with colleagues from work. It was exceptionally busy when we visited but the wait for a table was well worth it. I had the crab legs, which I don't regret for a second. The meal was amazing. Adding to the experience was the band. I love blues and funk and this band didn't miss a beat. Excellent. Check... More

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Vancouver, BC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

First of all the service was great last night, our server was very attentive and pleasant, she definitely set the right tone for dinner. There was just the two of us so we split a combination platter along with some extra sides. The smoked chicken, mashed potato and corn bread was very good. The corn on the cob and baked... More

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