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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

) #217 of 3,059 Restaurants in Calgary $$ - $$$ , Seafood, Barbecue
316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
+1 403-264-6419
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (48 reviews)
“cornbread” (24 reviews)
“ribs” (66 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Bar, Seafood, Barbecue, American, Cajun & Creole, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was rated as excellent but I would say it is not excellent BBQ. Only average. Somewhat greasy and under seasoned. Would not recommend it as the best.

Thank berneehome
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an awesome dinner! Love the atmosphere at this place. Despite being a packed house, our server worked tirelessly to masked sure our table was being serviced adequately. No struggles for a drink refill. Due to some pretty large tables being served, we had a...More

Thank Eve S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place is so much bigger than I thought – but that makes sense as it has to accommodate a permanent stage as they have entertainment most Fridays and Saturdays. It’s an old warehouse kind of building with a high ceiling and lots of exposed...More

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've searched long and hard to find great BBQ in Calgary, which I thought would be easy given the great Albertan Beef. This was my fourth attempt - two of the previous places were at best average and the third was good, but expensive. So...More

Thank SimplyLucullus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy crab and ribs, you have to go to this place on a Sunday evening, when you can eat as much of BOTH as you like, for a tad under $50 a head. We were in a large party so suffered the compulsory...More

Thank Redgreenblack
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunday is all you can eat Ribs and Crab legs. Needless to say its very busy so reservations are recommended. This facility has a great old fashioned atmosphere complete with rustic decor on the walls and friendly service start to finish. Ribs really vary from...More

Thank Jon M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd been looking forward to coming here for years. Finally I made the trip and now I'm out $60.00 that I will never get back. I've had the best ribs in the world on Beale Street in Memphis and when you walk in this place...More

Thank Gibber1968
Reviewed 5 June 2017

deep fried pickles, pulled pork, snow crab, corn bread...all delicious! Our server was fantastic as well. Well done!

Thank loveshawaii2017
Reviewed 27 May 2017

This place is famous for BBQ food, so yes, you used your fingers for wings and ribs. Great taste food, reasonably prices. Drinks, however, were pricey.

Thank Sydney Yi Har M
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We had a great meal and awesome service! The gumbo was amazing. The ribs were very tender and loads of flavour. I chose the jalapeño mac and cheese for one of my sides and it was the best mac and cheese I've ever had. The...More

Thank mel978
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7 June 2016|
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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.
19 May 2016|
Response from bergerman | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is. There are booths around the outside but tables inside, however the restrooms are on a top level. Why not call the place and ask. Then you'll be sure. Hope this helps.
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 01:00
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
  • 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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