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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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Today
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: Dinner, 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
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 18
    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
Hit the spot!

We were only in Calgary for one night, but we were glad we made it to Bookers. We didn't have reservations (because it's a BBQ place and who knew you would need reservations for that?!?!?!), but we were able to get a table right away. We were seated at a table where we sat side by side facing the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ingersoll, Ontario
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I were visiting from Ontario (May 22, 2015 at approximately 7:15) and he being a chef, who builds smokers and specializes in smokes meats, we like to check out BBQ places wherever we visit. Do yourself a favour and skip this place. We were excited walking up, trendy looking place, great vibe, busy, all good signs that... More 

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nh
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were only in Calgary for one night, but we were glad we made it to Bookers. We didn't have reservations (because it's a BBQ place and who knew you would need reservations for that?!?!?!), but we were able to get a table right away. We were seated at a table where we sat side by side facing the bar,... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Went to this restaurant with our boys volleyball team while in town for the National Championships. Food was o.k. but I have had better.

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New Westminster, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We were feeding 20 people and did take out. We ordered 5 platters. The portions were huge and we had so much left over. The ribs and chicken were delicious but the the pulled pork was to dye for!! Can't wait to go back to Calgary and eat here again!!

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Coaldale, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Had the best time at this restaurant!! The service was awesome, the food was very good and we absolutely loved the atmosphere!!! The cheesecake desert was the best!! I plan on taking my husband in the near future!!!!

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This was my 3rd time going to Bookers. The 1st time was amazing, 2nd time was horrible. It had been a couple years so we thought we'd give it another chance. While it wasn't as bad as the last time it still wasn't very good. Our server was friendly but I don't think he knew very much. I asked if... More 

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London, Canada
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361 reviews 361 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I travel quite a bit and I use Brian's BBQ in Clute Texas as my benchmark. This place was not very good. In fact it was one of the worst tasting BBQ that I have had. Only good part was the corn bread Great location downtown I had the ribs and brisket platter with beans. Beans had a very strange... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We ate there on April 14 and though the service was great, the food was far below what we expected. Calamari was cold and stringy, chicken wings were burnt and cold and my Bookers Burger (their signature meal) was just ok. The pulled pork - small portion and cold, brisket, small portion and cold, hamburger, thick, burnt and cold. We... More 

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Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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193 reviews 193 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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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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 24 - 24
  • 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?