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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, 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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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 24
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  • 20
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I heard about this spot from the Food Channel show "You Gotta Eat Here." So, when we were in Calgary recently to visit our son, I mentioned it and we decided to go. It's nothing to look at from the outside but they have great BBQ. We were a group of 7 and I think everyone enjoyed their food. One... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went this past Sunday for all you can eat ribs and crab.prompt service took order and got drinks quickly. ordered appy's of fried pickle spears and crab cakes. Crab cakes average the corn salsa they were on excellent flavourful and spicy. The ribs had nice rub went well with the different sauces. lots of medium crab legs[only] with a nice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Really good crab supplied in what looks a 'shack' from the outside, a pub inside. Enough crab for my wife and I to share a plate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Just celebrated a birthday of a family member at Bookers. Sunday night special is an "eat all you can" crab and ribs for just under $50. It beat me hands down. Very nice ribs and even better crab.....but where others just kept on eating, I had to surrender. Atmosphere was a tad loud for my taste....but the food is tasty... 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 23 - 23
Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Barbecue

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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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