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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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17:00 - 22:00
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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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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Frankfurt, Germany
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133 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in Calgary and you are really hungry - here we go! Good beers, great food in literary bretahtaking amounts ... as I love it just a great "Meating" LoL ... good old rock music helps to take in all the food stuff ... but i have to admit: we didn't manage to finish the BBQ platter ....... More 

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Thank JUW65
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write an awesome review. I am thrilled to hear you love. And just so you know, we aren't judging you for not finishing the bbq platter :) If there is ever anything I can do for you in the future please let me know. Thank you, Falyn Letkeman General Manager generalmanager@bookersbbq.com More 

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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

But they seemed angry. Service and food left a lot to be desired. We were seated and ordered a round of drinks....the only ones to be had in the over 2 hours we were there. We ordered the calamari to start followed by the meat appetizer platter with the crab and corn bread add on. Honestly we the calamari left... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I was there with a group for lunch and they were very accommodating in terms of everyone's schedule - the fact that we arrived at different times, ordered at different times and all wanted our own bill was no problem. Despite our scattered timing on ordering, the food arrived in a timely manner and was very good. The ambience of... More 

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BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such an amaizing review. At Bookers we strive to accomdate anyone and everyone, we know you have meetings to get to. If there is ever anything I can do in the future please let me know. Thank you, Falyn Letkeman General Manager generalmanager@bookersbbq.com More 

Calgary
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Went there with my son. We started with burnt ends and wings. Burnt ends were fine, but I had better as a dive restaurant in KC a few times. Wings were cooked fine and I did enjoy the sauces.....however, people that call them the best in the city need to go more places. My son has the burger. He doesn't... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Good food, friendly staff, good high quality food, delicious with a lot of care and attention and priced accordingly.

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Okotoks, Canada
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30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We went to Booker's for the BBQ. And it was just ok. We started with the andouille sausage, very good; the brisket ends, tough, cold, not much flavour; and the crab cakes, plentiful but cold. For my meal I ordered the St Louis style ribs. They were tender fall off the bone. I just didn't like the spice combination used... More 

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Calgary
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28 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Hey ! So we headed down there again for their wing night last night ( WED - Jan 18) it's really good, we're been there about 3 times before. The trouble started when we ordered 40 (that's four of their $5.00 buck plates) and me and the warden also ordered a large salad as well. Later the guy came back... More 

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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
USD 22 - USD 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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?