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Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

316 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S4, Canada
+1 403-264-6419
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (54 reviews)
“cornbread” (25 reviews)
“ribs” (71 reviews)
Closed Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came to bookers tonight for the first time. We sat near the bar to watch the game. The server was very attentive. The brisket was melt in your mouth delicious and they have some tasty bbq sauces. Definitely coming back for all you can eat...More

Thank Hecktor8282
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went to Booker’s on our last night in Calgary since it was recommended by our Air BnB host. We ate there on a Sunday night for their all you can eat crab and ribs. The crab was good but the ribs...More

Thank Kamille M
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This could quite possibly be the worst place I have ever eaten. The service was awful.. A few people at our table paid $57 for “all you can eat” (which the waitress recommended as “such a good deal”) and they bring out one tiny rib...More

Thank ali48926
Reviewed 6 January 2018

Crabshack is really a misnomer. This is a converted warehouse (abattoir ?) close to the river and away from downtown. It is basically a big sports bar, serving pub-style food. Don't expect gourmet food, but Booker's serves tasty burgers and the like. Good selection of...More

Thank Tony E
Reviewed 30 December 2017

We finally made it to Bookers last night with high expectations. We enjoyed a good variety at our table however our highlight of delicious crab was anything but. The crab cluster was so small there was no meat in the claws. I’ve had bigger portions...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Selected Booker's for a large group for the holidays. Booker's then determined we had to use a set menu for our table of 20, with only 2 options, and they increased the price compared to the menu. This plus a 20% auto gratuity helped us...More

Thank Brettcedergren
Reviewed 11 December 2017 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 8 December 2017

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
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Merna L
21 January 2018|
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Response from wazza53 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I can't answer that question about kids being allowed. Suggest that you contact them before you make a booking.
4 November 2017|
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Sherriya K
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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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, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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