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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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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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  • 27
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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 24
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  • 22
    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
Good service average food

We popped in for dinner around 6.30pm as it was nice and convenient for where we were staying. The restaurant has a nice looking bar with lots of tv screens and there are booths as well as standalone tables of various sizes for dining. We were welcomed by a very nice waitress as we came in. She... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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  • Large groups
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Calgary, Canada
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

food is great, ribs are good, pulled pork, grilled shrimp They have live bands on Friday and Saturday

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

my daughter saw this place on u gotta eat here to lol shes 14. so i said no problem she loves ribs and thats wat she saw on there. it was mid afternoon when we went place was empty.. the service was horrible drinks went dry beer for me was warm. and when we finally got are food witch took... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Terrible service!!!! Waited for 30 min for a drink!!!! Then the hostess took our order after complaining because we waited for 45 min again. Which was a bother to him to take our dinner order. The only reason I stayed was to see someone in the band. I will never return again terrible food and service!!!!!

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Calgary
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108 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

It was better than we expected. Outside doesn't look like much but once inside it's easy to see why it's a popular place. Great music, awesome ambiance, and people having fun makes this a great watering hole. Our server was very slow, however. Next time we will come for lunch and see if the food is as good as people... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We popped in for dinner around 6.30pm as it was nice and convenient for where we were staying. The restaurant has a nice looking bar with lots of tv screens and there are booths as well as standalone tables of various sizes for dining. We were welcomed by a very nice waitress as we came in. She turned out to... More 

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Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Had to wait 15 mins for someone to take drink order. Restaurant out of bottled beer so brought a draft beer without checking first. After an hour of waiting for our food we were told it was being plated. They then brought out one of the sides but not the main dish. After another half our we tracked down a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We saw this advertised on "You gotta eat here" and we really thought that this would be a restaurant with high-quality meals. This restaurant is lower quality than Subway. All the wraps had a burnt taste to them....the mashed potatoes were watery and no taste, French fries very dry and the gravy was uneatable. I would never go back and... More 

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Calgary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

More like a bar than a restaurant and really very average Restaurant. Can't imagine how on earth "You Gotta Eat Here" reviewed this place because it is really not anything special. I hate not raving but - nothing to rave about.

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Calgary, Canada
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Was really looking forward to this dinner out on Canada Day. Went with friends, their 3 kids and our children. Made a reservation. The restaurant is in a nice location down by the Bow River so good for walking after dinner if you've eaten too much! LOL. The food - the menu has a good choice of difference apps, meats,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This BBQ shack was a couple of minutes walk from our hotel & we hadn't noticed it as its nothing to look at from the outside, but a friend recommended we try it. We went there 3 times all in all & each time the food and service were great. We had chicken which was delicious & the burgers were... 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 23 - 23
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?