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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

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316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
+1 403-264-6419
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (52 reviews)
“cornbread” (26 reviews)
“ribs” (71 reviews)
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11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, Pub, Canadian, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

A fun place to have a large table of friends. They let us decorate and were very consistent with their services. The food was very good and the atmosphere, congenial. They let us have our table early so we could decorate a bit with balloons...More

Thank barbcard9
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bookers is an informal bar and grill in downtown Calgary. It focuses on a mix of typical barbeque - a mix of bar casual dining staples, including burgers and ribs - with seafood. With a group of six family members I went for dinner. On...More

Thank SeanOden
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

HI there, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review of our restaurant. You definitely nailed the atmosphere. Please make sure next time you are in town you visit again. Thank you, Falyn Letkeman General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

Still all you can eat rib & crab on Sunday but the price has gone up yet again! But it's good and fun so why not?! It just won't be often!More

Thank Chr15t1n3
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI there! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is great to hear you love our all you can eat snow crab and pork ribs on Sundays. You;re correct, we were forced to increase our price in August due to the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a must for any special occasion or get together! We had a 65th surprise party for my husband and Haley and her whole team really went out of there way to make sure everything was perfect! Had heard different reviews and this...More

Thank Debbie I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of us went to Bookers for a birthday party. They seated us at one long table upstairs which was good as it was away from the noisy crowds. The menu offered lots of options. Several of our group had crab legs which they...More

Thank scottie552
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal, your private space and the service. It's great you had the chance to catch up with your family. Don't be a stranger and we hope...More

Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

I had the beef brisket at Booker’s and it was fantastic. They cater to Gluten Free, and they have a couple of very nice BBQ sauces to choose from. I don’t know if the building used to be an old factory or what, but they’ve...More

Thank Nix P
Reviewed 5 March 2018

If you're looking for a fun place to enjoy a decent selection of BBQ and Crab dishes, then consider Bookers. The food is very good, and there are enough selections to satisfy almost everybody's tastes. I will be coming back again! The service was very...More

Thank NedChiwalski
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

HI Ned, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent experience. We strive to ensure all of our guests receive the best BBQ in yyc paired with the best service. We look forward to seeing you again soon for your...More

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Tried this place for the first time during Big Taste Calgary and left pretty disappointed. The Caesar salad was quite possibly the worst I've ever had. The meat on the bbq platters were ok, albeit very greasy. As for the sides, I enjoyed the cornbread,...More

Thank Netti78
Reviewed 21 January 2018

went to Booker's after an event downtown service was great and the food was good we arrived a couple of minutes before 6 and the place filled up in a hurry (turns out its free parking after 6, and parking can be difficult) I had...More

Thank Kenji56
Reviewed 20 January 2018

We ate at Bookers about 18 months ago and it didn't deliver on the southern BBQ meats. We visited again last night and the improvement was remarkable. Their brisket is as good as the best in Calgary. Great smoky flavour and tenderness. The ribs and...More

Thank Bob S
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Merna L
20 January 2018|
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Response from MarthaIllinois | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Family friendly and casual. 🙂
3 November 2017|
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Sherriya K
11 September 2017|
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Response from BookersBBQ | Property representative |
Yes, we offer all you can eat snow crab and pork ribs on Sunday's starting at 4:00pm. The current price is $56.95 per person. We highly recommend making a reservation, feel free to contact the restaurant directly at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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