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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 - 1:00 am
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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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
AYCE Crab and Ribs... Maybe

We went for the unlimited ribs and crab on a Monday night... made reservations 2 adults 2 kids... 7:30 was the only time they had available but we were seated right away... could they be any more obvious that they did not want us there with kids? Worst booth halfway in the kitchen and the staff... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
gourmettravelmama
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Saskatoon
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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113 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Saskatoon
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went for the unlimited ribs and crab on a Monday night... made reservations 2 adults 2 kids... 7:30 was the only time they had available but we were seated right away... could they be any more obvious that they did not want us there with kids? Worst booth halfway in the kitchen and the staff even had their jackets... More 

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Calgary
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We had always wondered about Booker's after passing by it every time we drove into downtown. When I saw a deal offered for a dinner for two, I bought one but was unable to use it before it expired.No problem (I thought) because the Terms and Conditions of the contract stated that the Merchant would honour the base value of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We went for Super Bowl Sunday to watch the game, and made a reservation a few days prior as the place would be packed. There isn't much parking out front but there is another parking lot in the back. From the outside it almost looks like a dive but once we got inside, we quickly agreed it was nothing like... More 

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Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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Calgary
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
92 helpful votes 92 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
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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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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, Barbecue, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating

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