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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

#174 of 3,026 Restaurants in Calgary}
₹₹ - ₹₹₹, Barbecue,
316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
+1 403-264-6419
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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“crab” (52 reviews)
“cornbread” (25 reviews)
“ribs” (67 reviews)
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Bar, Barbecue, Pub, Canadian, American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

All I have to say is holy SMOKES (pun intended) this place is AMAZING!! Not only is the food absolutely astounding.. our server Lindsay knocked it out of the park and was super cool.. she really made the whole experience a wonderful time with her...More

Thank Rach M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was close to our Hotel and so we decided to try the seafood, but settled for ribs instead. This restaurant is set up like a saloon. Wide selection of food, which was great.

Thank wazza53
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Good food but not outrageous prices. We had fried pickles, the pulled pork sandwich and the brisket chili. Tasty meat and house made sauces. Best fried pickles we've had in a while. And we got to bring our dog along with us (they allow well...More

Thank Neil L
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Firstly, we started off with their delicious smoked buffalo wings. They were one of the best wings I've ever had. We tried the jambalaya and fried shrimp po boy sandwich and they were both very succulent. Our server was very good! She constantly checked on...More

Thank Quinn C
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We went there twice over 1 weekend and these weren't our first time there! The First visit was on a Friday and I wasn't sure we were going to get in but there was no problem at all. I had the Bookers Burger, which is...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

First off it’s a very unique atmosphere with a 2 page menu. Prices for downtown Calgary very reasonable and portions are not small. Brisket yum and the jambalaya was spicy and very good. I’d highly recommend make sure to make a reservation. I’ll definitely return...More

Thank Kober2007
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the food, the building and the service. Will definitely go back! Had the fried pickles and the brisket. Excellent and was even better with the different BBQ sauces.

Thank Bob S
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Hi Bob, Thank you for writing such a great review. We certainly appreciate the four stars and hearing about how much you loved our brisket and pickles. Make sure to stop by again soon! Thank you, Falyn Letkeman General Manager

Reviewed 12 September 2017

A downtown old warehouse, now a restaurant. Casual atmosphere, we went early (Saturday) and got in right away and our order was into the kitchen before the rush of patrons arrived. The waitress was very helpful with suggestions, drinks and taking our order. We ordered...More

Thank panbk4g
BookersBBQ, Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

HI! I am thrilled to hear you love our ambiance, our crab and our service. Next time you are in Calgary make sure to pop in again. Have a great week!

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I had pulled pork. For sure one of the best anywhere. My wife loved the wings and a deep fried pickle. Friends raved about the BBQ ribs and smoked chicken. We will put this place on the must return to restaurant when ever we are...More

Thank Larry H
BookersBBQ, Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Hi Larry, Its great to hear you and your wife enjoyed everything. Make sure to pop in and say hello next time you are in town. You're right, you do, Gotta Eat Here!

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Downtown location for redone warehouse type building with brick walls inside and out. At least 10 tvs. Fall off the bone smoked chicken, very tender ribs, enjoyed the andouille sausage appetizer and sweet, moist cornbread. Fun place--must visit.

Thank MarthaIllinois
BookersBBQ, General Manager at Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

HI Martha, Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It's great hearing you enjoyed our bbq. Hopefully the rest of your trip was outstanding. If you are back in Calgary we would love to see you again.

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12 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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Response from yelowdaisy | Reviewed this property |
Terrible. If you are there at the right time you may find a spot to park but only on the street which requires payment. They do not have complimentary parking.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 23 - US$ 23
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, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
4:00 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
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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