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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 #765 of 2,878 restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $28 - $28
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Seafood
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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
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 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
105 reviews 105 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I really expected some really great food and atmosphere..... What we got was mediocre good and a really lame atmosphere. The live band was more Misfits rather than Commitments..... Ride around Sally!!! The food was not great for the price . I was really disappointed for my first and possibly last visit to Bookers.

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Calgary
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We were at Booker's the other night for a friends' birthday dinner and had a private room at the top of the stairs. Due to group size there was a set menu. My husband and I both had the Caesar Salad starter (VERY good) and the brownie dessert (also VERY good). But then there was the ribs, catfish and the... More

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Okotoks, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Don't waste your time or money visiting Bookers. I've never had such rude service & over priced bad food. Never again! Have already spread the word about my terrible experience & wouldn't want anyone else to go through what we did.

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My wife and I went to Bookers for a casual dinner. We wouldn't go back despite the great service. When the hostess brought us to the booth there was obviously water dripping down from the pipes above and moved us to another booth. Crab cake api was delicious but the crab meal was horrible - over priced for snow crab... More

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