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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 - 1:00 am
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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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Calgary, Canada
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324 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had dinner at Booker's BBQ Grill and Crab Shack, very enjoyable. We were seated right away and after a few minutes our server came by and offered drinks. Our group had a Hurricane (server was very knowledgeable as to what was in a Hurricane) couple of wines and a Velvet Fog Beer. We skipped on the appies (good decision based... More 

Thank David B
Calgary, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reserved a table for 8 on a Sunday Evening, but we had to book early (4:30) because it was all you can eat BBQ & Crab. Who knew? Apparently a lot of people because by the time we left at 6pm it was packed with a line up. Good atmosphere, a little loud but not overly. Food was good but... More 

Thank kim b
Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All you can eat crab was pretty good, the ribs weren't that great. They tasted like they were boiled and spices added after, they were tough but the service was good.

Thank ScottJacobs
Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Caesar salad was really good. I added fried shrimp. My buddy had fish and chips! We'd recommend either. On another visit we did Ribs and they were delicious. Really like the venue... and at lunch,parking was no issue.

Thank DonAngStewart
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82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This was really close to the hotel, so I gave it a go. As I approached, Soundgarden was playing on the outdoor speakers, so I was hooked. The music inside is much lower than outside, so no worries about loud music. Plenty of sports on a collection of TVs behind the bar. Started out with an Old Fashion and it... More 

Thank netwark
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 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 September 28, 2016

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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119 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

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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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

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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
$23 - $23
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?