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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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Ranked #916 of 2,945 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $24 - $24
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
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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
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93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Its been about a dozen years since I first ate here (now living out of town) so the family get together for dinner satisfied the seafood and meat lovers both. The restaurant has changed, I'd say for the better, nice atmosphere and you're greeted by the heavenly scent of wood smoke, not stale beer! Service was attentive and the food... More 

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Calgary Ab
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend threw me a birthday party but Bookers messed up the reservation - so I found out and that was how it ruined the surprise... Food was ok...hit and miss really. We ordered the platter which comes with several types of crabs. When the waitress brought us the platter she then informed some of us that a particular crab... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Where do I start. Burnt fish and chips, so dry that even the tarter sauce could not help it. Had hard time cutting it with a knife let alone a fork. Steak sandwich was chopped up meat full of gristle. Yuk Burnt corn muffin, deep fried pickle was burnt. Soup came half way through the meal and you we stood... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 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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Ware, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Meat, meat, meat, my boys were in heaven. Great atmosphere, great food, bit pricy for all the family if you don't go for the crab and ribs specials, but otherwise we all loved it.

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Calgary, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I have visited Booker's a few times, even dating back to when it was known as Kingfisher's, and have left satisfied every time. Our party of six went for AYCE crab/ribs on a Sunday night. We had a reservation and were immediately seated, the restaurant was full, but not packed. Drink orders were quickly taken along with the correct assumption... More 

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Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

very good .on sunday and monday for all you can eat crabs. food came out piping hot. server was great at ordering more . some times there is to many people always book before you go!!a++++

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Went for business function. Just terrible experience. For 60 or so ppl they had one waitress taking orders for drinks .The reservation was for 730 by 9 pm they just took our orders. By 945 we were delivered a frozen Cesar salad which was loaded in dressing. For dinner I had the driest toughest chicken, with cold mushrooms. By 1015... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

For what it is, a tavern offering southern BBQ, Booker's succeeds. Staff were friendly and attentive, no extraordinary but not leaving us feeling ignored. The food was wholesome BBQ, good flavour but not gourmet. Though, the jalapeño mac n cheese was exceptionally good.

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Calgary, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Came here for my birthday for the all you can eat crab and was very disappointed. The crab was not very good at all, nor was the service. It was not busy at all and it seemed to take forever to get a drink or a refill of crab legs. The only saving grace was that our server let me... More 

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Additional Information about Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

Address: 316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-264-6419
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 24 - 24
Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Seafood

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