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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
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11:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon 11:30 - 23:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 17:00 - 01:00
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Calgary, Canada
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82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

the food was just average the service was not good at all they forgot about our appetizers and we sat for almost and hour waiting for them also the server would forget to bring us drinks had to keep asking for her

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Thank Howard T
Beaumont, Canada
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We will definitely go back again. I am not a huge bbq fan, but my husband is, so at Booker's there is something for everyone. I had the crab legs, messy but very well cooked so they were still tender and juicy with lots of flavour. For sides, the mac and cheese with jalapeno is just the right amount of... More 

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Thank lakershome123
Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Returned to Booker's after a not so good visit a few years back. I was pleasantly surprised at how improved everything was. I had the jambalaya and it was excellent. Everyone with me said how good their meals were. Service was excellent too. Will definitely return sooner!

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Thank Boltmom
Airdrie, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great experience.. The meal was great, I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was fantastic. My friend had the blacked cos and he said it was great. Our sever was great did not have to ask for anything.

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Thank smokn66
Red Deer, Canada
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Sat night. We were seated, and as per usual given a menu. Our waitress took our drink order and appetizer order. Drinks showed up in decent time. Our crab appetizer made to the table by a young man who just dropped it on our table and walked away. The crab was good, we took our time... More 

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Thank Reddwolf
Lloydminster
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love BBQ and do our own. This was okay. The brisket was very good. The ribs and chicken wings were good. Service was okay, nothing stellar. Fun atmosphere but a bit loud.

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Thank Michele d
Calgary, Canada
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to hold a birthday party. The birthday boy wanted crab so we settled on Bookers BBQ Grill and Crab Shack in downtown Calgary. Our table was ready for us when we arrived, there were 15 of us. Service was attentive. We shared an appetizer plate amongst everyone which was good. My wife and I... More 

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Thank scottie552
Calgary, Canada
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Service was slow, really started off on the wrong foot. We were told twice that our server would be right over. I kept looking around wondering where our server was, it didn't look busy. The dirty glass just made me look harder at what else could be an issue. When the server returned, she only brought one of the three... More 

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Thank W W
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Visited Booker's to check out their Great Taste menu. The atmosphere here is great--lots of space, plenty of parking and TV's showing all the sports. It's tucked away in the Northeast corner of downtown. Food is mediocre but prices are reasonable.

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Thank Kent C
Emerald Park, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Good smoked meat with many options, was a little disapointed in the service this time but overall not bad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$22
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, Cajun & Creole, Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 01:00
Saturday
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
    (3rd Street SE)
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 403-264-6419
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?