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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 #1,058 of 2,915 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $27 - $27
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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Saskatoon, Canada
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114 reviews 114 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Bookers seems to be a bit of a Cowtown institution - interesting location, if nothing else. It appears to be be a good place for music, beer and letting the good times roll although we were there perhaps a bit early for the wildlife to be out. Looking at the menu is just like being down South - but, there... More

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191 reviews 191 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Four of us met for drinks and dinner on a freezing Calgary night. Service was so slow we had to ask another waitress to find ours - she told us she forgot we were there! My catfish was a minnow - the smallest fillet I have ever seen. My wife's ribs were fatty - like they had not been smoked... More

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Calgary, Canada
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176 reviews 176 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

I love Cajun food, and was looking forward to seeing this place. Our waitress was fairly grumpy. The cocktails were decent. The Bbq platter with pulled pork, chicken crab, cole slaw, shrimps and fries were tasteless. The dessert (pineapple rum cake) was better. The bar looked very cool and there is a small patio outside.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Went for the brisket but they were sold out by the time we arrived at about 7.30 on a Friday evening. It was not very busy so we were somewhat surprised about that. Our group of three had ribs,two of us,and 1/4 BBQ chicken. The chicken seemed to be more spicy than BBQ flavour but was OK. The ribs were... More

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Calgary, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

How does this place stay in business? All the meats were overcooked and dried out. The sides were cold and tasted no better than something out of a can. The crab cakes in particular were just plain disgusting. Were they frozen and deep fried for too long in cold oil? Let's not even start on the lack of service. The... More

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Calgary, Canada
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141 reviews 141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went to this place with our friends on a 6:30 p.m. reservation. Well by 7:50 we received our appetizers , cold , the server puts it down and disappears , so I get up from the booth get her and ask " could we please get some utensils " she repeats " don't you have some " what did... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Me and my boyfriend decided to have lunch here and ended up regretting our decision. We ordered the crab bucket which is around $16.00 and you get around 6 skinny legs with barely any meat in them (you can buy a nice bag of juicy meaty claws from walmart for $23.00 I'm just saying...) the crab chowder was horrendous I... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I still don't understand how people are raving and ranting about this place. My first attempts trying going to this place didn't end up so well. The first time we were turned away because we didn't have a reservation and it was pretty busy that night. However, the second time it was barely that busy and we were still turned... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our Canadian friends booked a table. We would never have ventured in as there are no clues on the outside of the building as to what delights await inside. We had calamari and deep fried pickles to start and jambalaya, blue crab and yam fries, prawn, vegetables and crab for mains. The food was delicious. Our server was excellent and... More

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calgary, ab
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We got to the restaurant at 5:15pm. The place was completely empty except 1 table. We were asked if we had reservations and when we told her no she advised that they were totally booked up (even tho the place was totally empty).. but there was 1 table available if we could leave by 8.. Yes. That would be fine.... 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 27 - 27
Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Seafood

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