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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

) #209 of 3,049 Restaurants in Calgary $$ - $$$ , Seafood, Barbecue
316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
+1 403-264-6419
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good34%
  • Average21%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (43 reviews)
“cornbread” (24 reviews)
“ribs” (62 reviews)
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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 4 days 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank loveshawaii2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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

1  Thank Howard T
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank lakershome123
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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...More

Thank Boltmom
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What's the parking situation down there?
7 June 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
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.
Is this place handicap accessible?
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$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
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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