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For 2
7:00 PM
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Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack

1005 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food (28)
  • Casual (21)
  • Fun (21)
Established in 1998 in a century-old brick warehouse, Bookers is a hidden gem at the gateway to Calgary's East Village. Our seasoned BBQ chefs slow-smoke over 200 lbs of Alberta chicken, beef, and pork every day and serve it up along with fresh seafood, local produce, and original rubs and sauces. With daily features, weekly specials, and live music on weekends, we offer authentic Southern hospitality and a comfortable, upbeat dining and drinking experience.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, Seafood, Southern
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Hours of operation
Mon – Thurs open from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Fri open from 11:30 am to 1:00 am (food served until 10:45 pm)
Sat open from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am (food served until 10:45 pm)
Sun open from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 264-6419 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Myles Learning
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Private party contact
Falyn Letkeman: (403) 264-6419
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Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
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Cross street
3rd Street SE
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Special events & promotions
All-You-Can-Eat Crab and Ribs on Sunday evenings from 4 to 9 pm.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room
What 1005 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent barbecue. Large portions. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Food arrived in good time and was delicious. We enjoyed the crab cakes which were crispy on the outside, and creamy inside. The brisket was stellar and the smoked chicken was moist and delicious. Would definitely recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food and service great, disappointed our wine and drinks were served in plastic glasses. You would think for what you pay for wine you would get a glass wine glass not a clear solo cup.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was fantastic, our server was very slow and sometimes non existent. My dad ordered another drink and it never arrived. We had considered ordering dessert but it took her so long to comeback around that we decided to just get the bill and leave.

RodneysFan (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentines night! Awesome service from Cindy, and the GM Fallon was great too!

Excellent food, reasonable price - will be back again and again.

anonymous (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good, service great, very friendly and helpful server.
Didn't find the grunge music appealing for a Valentine's Day dinner.

vipScottP (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent service! Our servers were friendly, genuine and made our evening enjoyable. Great food and a fun atmosphere.

DenaeL (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and great service! The seafood was amazing!

vipBrandi (Calgary)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We made a reservation a month in advance (Jan 3) for 6 people on February 10. The only table left when we arrived at 7 pm was table for 4 at the front door that they had put a chair on each end. We did make inquiries to move to a larger table but were told that was not possible, you should not have to sit at the front door in overflow tables with a reservation made a month in advance. So we accepted that and moved on with our dinner. Our table was so small that you could not share the appetizer platter among the 6 of us easily. We ordered the appetizer platter and then told our waitress that once we were done, we would then order our main meals. The service went downhill and we waited at least 45 minutes for the meals to arrive. Either the restaurant does not employ enough staff or our waitress does not know how to wait on tables efficiently. Our overall experience was that there are other bbq joints in the city that we can go to next time.

OpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and wonderful service.!! We always stop here for a bite when in Calgary. Tried the burnt ends and was not disappointed! Waitress was fantastic and very helpful.

vipBrian (Calgary)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Did not eat here. TVs were so loud and people were yelling and we could not hear the waitress. Eventually left when we could not hear to place our order.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Quite noisy and it took forever for us to order food.....waited very long time just for the beer before. Food was good though.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was very good - really enjoyed the entrees with so many choices to choose from.
Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Reasonable prices. Will definitely go back again before we go to the theatre or just a night out with friends.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Karen, our waitress, she was the best!!! She made my friend's birthday 🎂 special and memorable! ❤ That's why we come for our special days next door where we live 😊

HuyenW (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Was not too thrilled when asked if we could move to a booth and told they were booked for parties of 3+, which is understandable. However during the time my friend and I were there that wasn't the case.

A table for 2, doing the all you can eat crab is cramped and not a lot of room or space on table.

Mamatea (Calgary)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant was very clean, servers and hostess were very friendly. Good selection on the menu for BBQ and Southern Comfort foods. The quality of the food was good, have had better BBQ for cheaper. The crab legs were quite small.

Alcohol prices were quite over priced for the quality of the drink. For example it was $9 for a glass of Sangria which was orange & pineapple juice mixed with white wine.

Would go back- maybe, not sure I would recommend to anyone as there are equally as good BBQ joints for much cheaper.