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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

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316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (3rd Street SE)
+1 403-264-6419
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack brings an authentic Southern atmosphere to...
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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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great BBQ spot

This place has some unreal bbq food. I would suggest trying the brisket and burnt ends when you go. If you are going with a large group, try out the BBQ platter, it has everything you could ask for from a bbq place. The atmosphere in the restaurant is great and the staff is also very good. Make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Mkilburn9
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Cold Lake, Canada
Good for:
  • Large groups
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

We won't go back because of the food. Very small portions, pulled pork sandwich was greasy and tasteless, side salad was swimming in dressing (did ask for another one and did get it without any issues). Had the smoked quarter chicken, must have been a very small chicken...hardly any meat. Po Boy shrimp sandwich was smaller then a 6" sub....not... More 

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Cold Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This place has some unreal bbq food. I would suggest trying the brisket and burnt ends when you go. If you are going with a large group, try out the BBQ platter, it has everything you could ask for from a bbq place. The atmosphere in the restaurant is great and the staff is also very good. Make sure to... More 

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Leduc, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Make sure to visit Booker's for great BBQ options at a reasonable price. Staff are friendly and it's a fun atmosphere to enjoy delicious meat with friends!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

My hubby and I made reservations for bookers on a Friday night, which was a rare night for us away from the baby. We made the reservation through open table for 7:45, arrived at 7:30 and was told to wait by a "gentle"man. He was quite snarky and seemed short with us while incredibly friendly with other people who arrived... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I haven't eaten here in years. We were on our way to Cirque de Soleil and planned on eating in China town and I sort of regretted not doing that. Parking is in short supply. The place was packed at 5:00 on a Saturday but super noisy. There is brickwork reflecting and amplifying the sound. Overall ambience is kind of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went to Bookers on a Tuesday night with family including two toddlers. It was fairly busy and there was a diverse crowd of patrons enjoying themselves. It seems to be a great spot to take in the game. The drink special was half price wine, perfect! Drinks came quickly as did our starters, a totally shareable portion of deep... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

I got here at 7:14. I was sat at the bar. I sat here for 7 minutes before someone took my drink order and brought me a menu. I sat with the menu in front of me at the bar until 7:52. Then as the gentleman next to me asked for his bill, I interrupted and asked for mine as... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We visited Bookers on a week night. Parking seemed to be an issue... but maybe I just didn't know where to park. The place was pretty much empty. We had a larger group so they sat us up at a long table, which was great! But serviced lacked a bit. When the waitress finally came around to us we ordered... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went as part of Calgary's Foodie Fest and ordered from the Foodie Fest menu and tried the ribs and beef brisket. The service was friendly and prompt with drinks. The meal included crab chowder, meat, baked beans, coleslaw, and mashed potatoes. The beef brisket was done correctly, but my disappointment lies in the flavor. My mother ate hers entirely,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've read the other reviews and I can't help but wonder if the negative feedback might be different if their expectations going in were different. My advice for anyone wanting to make sure they have as great a time as I did is to think of Bookers as a Bar with Amazing food. Leave your kids at home. I love... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    (3rd Street SE)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 403-264-6419

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?