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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

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316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada (3rd Street SE)
+1 403-264-6419
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this place on tv in the UK in January 2016 We had just booked a holiday in Canada and as the show said "You Gotta Eat Here" . So I booked in March and the sow months leading up was counting the days down !! With some great social media on Twitter an Facebook So we got here... More 

Thank James J
St. John's, Newfoundland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're visiting Calgary or have simply not experienced it yet, Bookers BBQ Grill and Crab Shack is a must do. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious. The atmosphere was cozy relaxed and the aroma reminded me of fresh butchered meat curing in a smoker pit. Recommending the smoked wings, pulled pork and jambalaya,... More 

Thank Brickholes
Vancouver, Canada
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117 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was featured on the food show "You've got to eat here", so we decided to give it a try. The place looked a little bit divvy from outside, but it was quite nice once you passed through the door. We had snow crabs and a meat platter. The snow crab was fresh, and the smoke meat was just wonderful.... More 

Thank s c
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

A pleasant surprise to find this little BBQ shack in downtown Calgary. From the outside you would not expect the smells and tastes that are about to hit your senses. The food was exceptional with a real southern feeling. The cornbread is out of this world!!

Thank Prentice W
Niagara Falls,
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

This is by far the best Jalepano Mac & cheese I've ever had in my life. I also add the ribs and they were literally fall off the bone.

Thank dilion74
Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The brisket meal was fabulous with side dishes that were just as terrific. Variety galore and we both had the brisket but had four different sides....two each. All were very good. Service was fast and we did make reservations but found they were unnessary on Friday at 7:30 PM.

Thank edns
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Highly recommended. Careful with the "Big As* Potato" as it is the largest I have ever seen and loaded with brisket etc. Should be considered a meal for 2 instead of a side for 1. Was excellent just mostly wasted.

Thank LMK60
Winnipeg, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

My husband had crab legs and was not overly impressed as they were very small and difficult to crack. I had the shrimp tacos appy and they were delicous. A bit of hit and miss here

Thank Cathy G
High River,AB.
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

The people were great and the food was very good, saw some reviews that were on the negative side but I have to disagree, nice rustic atmosphere, good music, very casual for dress which is nice, parking is a little hard to find as its down town what's new with that, my son had the crab and said it was... More 

Thank lfrank57
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Well I took my girlfriend back in 2002 to pop the question,she said yes :) Took us awhile to get married 08/08/09. So as a surprise we went back for our 7th anniversary dinner. Nothing has changed other then the big screens not around then! The food oh the food crab,calamari,ribs, and the best part cheesecake in a jar...to die... More 

Thank tzyzwq

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $22
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
    (3rd Street SE)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 403-264-6419
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?