Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack

4.5
1495 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Barbecue
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, turkey, beef, and pork every day and serve it up along with fresh seafood, local produce, and original rubs and sauces. With weekly features, such as All You Can Eat Crab & Ribs on Sundays after 4PM, we offer authentic Southern hospitality and a comfortable, upbeat dining and drinking experience!




Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1495 people are saying
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was a great time but I was a little confused with what’s the point of reservations when they try and give you the worst table in the place. I of course asked for different seating but the original request was standard table and no high top and both options given to me were a high top table minor issue but I felt the need to mention it here since it is a option on open table and all. We also noticed the proportion’s were smaller than previous visits. I get it times are tough but better to stay consistent in my opinion. Till next time !

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jacque
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, great portions.
We will definitely be back.

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Alex
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is amazing. I had the original burguer with a mac n cheese, and it was the best one i had in a long time. Service was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

It was good. Nothing spectacular. Service was great. Very dark and dated restaurant.

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vipJKingdon89
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was cold and terrible service

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TiffanyC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Took 27 minutes for our first round of drinks (1 vodka soda and 1 beer on tap)
Food came without the dressing to my salad and never got the chance to ask for it because no one did a quality check. Asked for the bill and left. As a server myself I understand it being busy but I also watched my drinks sit at the bar for over 25 minutes.

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Tendies
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just Ok - we got the crab and a platter with all different kinds of meats.

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DarrinB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Bookers for years. We always go on Sunday for AYCE crab and ribs. Covid has forced the restaurant to raise prices which has cut back on our visits due to cost. Nevertheless, we support them as much as we can afford and the staff always treat us right. Fun place to eat and socialize and the crab is excellent. We will be back in May for my daughters birthday.

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Responded on March 29, 2021

Hi Darrin, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. Sorry to hear we don't see you as often as usual but thank you for making us a regular spot of yours. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great evening out, and the food was excellent.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review Kevin. I am pleased to hear you had a great night out. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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LenoraL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a few time, and never disappointed. The food is fantastic and the service excellent!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for the great review Lenora!

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Junnip
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time staff was very friendly and quick !

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for the great review Junnip. We hope to see you again soon.

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VanessaNorman
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Possibly the best chicken wings that I’ve ever had. The jambalaya was two meals in one and the brisket was fork tender.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 20, 2021

Hi Vanessa, Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review. I am thrilled to hear you love our wings. Make sure to check us out for half price wing night! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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GiacB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing waitress Sara. Bravo!!!
No brisket which was disappointing but stuff happens

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 20, 2021

HI there! I passed this wonderful review on to Sarah and I assure you, you made her day. Thank you for the wonderful review. We hope to see you in for lunch again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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Leslie
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I hadn’t eaten here in years and was looking forward to the bucket of crab for dinner. Most of the crab legs were empty with little to no meat and the barbeque platter we got had no flavour on it. The service was great and everyone was really friendly but I won’t eat here again. There’s much better bbq and seafood options in Calgary.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 20, 2021

Hi Leslie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I loved seeing the service was amazing; however, horrified to see you didn't feel the same way about your meal. I'd love to get you back in to make it up to you. Please feel free to reach out to me directly. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I asked waitress to bring starter and 30 to 40 mins later bring main course.
Five minutes after the starter the main course arrived. I couldn’t eat that much food so soon after starter. I didn’t tell my wife but it ruined my birthday dinner.
Dr Mike.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 20, 2021

HI there, Well first, thank you for the 5 star rating on food. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal. As for service, I am so sorry for the miscommunication on our end. A silly mistake on our end was never intended to ruin your evening. Please feel free to reach out to me directly. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Repeat customer always have great service and food.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 20, 2021

Thank you!

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SpencerR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great and very accommodating. We didn't like the table that was given to us, so we asked the hostess if we could move to another table, and they didn't hesitate to move us to another table.
This was our first time and won't be the last.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 20, 2021

HI Spencer, Wow, thank you for the great review. I hope you know we really appreciate it. Pop by again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bookers rocks always love esting here:) and will return

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Momo
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I felt like it was overrated. The crab was small and dry, the BBQ platter was better- really enjoyed the ribs but the beans felt not fully cooked.

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CassidyS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Atmosphere was super chill and the food was so good. Brisket was very tender and big pieces. Nachos were just enough for the two of us

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 4, 2021

Hi Cassidy, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We are excited to be back doing what we love. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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Tanni
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great scenery.
The wings are to die for!
Great for a fun date night!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 4, 2021

Hi Tanni, So glad to hear you loved everything while dining with us. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite restaurant in town for ribs and crab. So glad they are back open.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 4, 2021

Wow, you made my day, What a sensational review. Thank you! Welcome back! Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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SteveL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved it! Will be there again very soon! Wasn’t a fan of the music but whatever

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 4, 2021

Hey Steve, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. Wee truly appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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Towps
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend!!!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you for the sensational review! We truly appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went to bookers for all you can eat crab. The food was great but service was slow. It took 15 minutes for each new bucket of crab. Ran out of napkins and that took another 15 minutes.. if it was busy I could understand but they weren’t even at 20% capacity also the servers could be seen socializing with eachother at the bar. Will return again withs hopes of redemption.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am thrilled to hear you loved the food but sorry to hear about the service. This is something I will definitely bring up with the team. Looking forward to seeing you again so we can redeem ourselves. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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larryd
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the smoked meat platter option. Meat was delicious as well as the beans and fries. Good selection of local beer and excellent and friendly service. Will go back.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi Larry, Wow, thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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shannonH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent experience! We will be back with friends!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you Shannon! Wow, great review, we appreciate it. Falyn Heck General Manager

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MikeJ
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was not very good. For a place that sells themselves as a crab shack it was probably some of the worst snow crab we’ve ever had. It was over done and very dry...have the legs had no meat in them. It was the most I’ve ever paid for 1lb of crab as well.
The bbq was dry and overdone.
The servers were fantastic though. Not a bad thing to say about them at all.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi Mike, I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal while dining with us. I will say the price of crab has gone up drastically which is unfortunate for all of us. I would love the chance to discuss this with directly. Please feel free to reach out to me directly. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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GeenaR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Didn’t have turkey that day, waitress barely came by and when she did our mouths where full so couldn’t even answer back. Disappointed.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi Geena, Sorry to hear we sold our of turkey the day you were in. Feel free to let me know the next time you are in and I can guarantee to save you some. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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ChrisK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was plentiful and tasty. Family of 4, we got the platter with the addition of the crab legs. The platter itself was very good. Nice variety. The crab was not worth the $30 extra. Legs were very small. Although it's always a fun experience. First time here. First week of reopen from covid lockdown and during coldsnap. We all had to wear our winter jackets. It was freezing inside. Could have sat outside on the patio. They say the heaters weren't working. Either way, not the most enjoyable way to spend an evening eating dinner with the family. If planning on going, call ahead to see if the heats on! 😉

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 24, 2021

Hi Chris, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am so pleased to hear you loved your meal. Thank you for braving the cold to make it out here and for braving it while dining in here. I am so sorry for your unfortunate experience. I hope you know we tried everything in our power to warm the place up. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Felt like had the restaurant to ourselves due to covid

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ManasB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Brisket, So tender, so flavourful. Our waitress was very knowledgable and friendly. Very quick service. Excellent bbq spot.

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vipKarenM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We visited during Covid when people were only allowed to dine with people they lived with. I felt very safe but my ranking on noise and ambience likely don’t reflect what it would be like under normal operation. The crab was delicious and the bbq was fine. It is not the best bbq in the city but I imagine it would be a really fun place with a bigger group outside of pandemic times when you could share some of the platters. Our server was excellent and super friendly. We will come back later when we can dine in a group.

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FinerDiner75
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant and staff is amazing! The crab legs were delicious.

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Boom
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, but not the value for the money. 30$ crab bucket maybe gives you a couple mouth full's of crab. Pricey.. Calamari. get more red and green peppers than you do calamari. Beer was cold that's a bonus! Seafood prices are ridiculously high. Lets say if you want to go have a few beer and some appys etc you better be prepared to drop 300-400$. for a froup of 4-5. Found after we were still hungry and had to go to burger king to fill our tummies which was quite disheartening after dropping 350$.
Miss the old bookers with the bands....covid rules of course.
Bookers prides themselves in crab and bbq. They need to at least make the seafood in way bigger portions for what you pay.

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Tracy
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group shared the large BBQ platter which was great and offered us the opportunity to taste a number of different items. We added the crab as well and it was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Rude service, burnt frozen crab, waste of money

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on November 19, 2020

HI there, Sorry to hear you had a lack luster experience. Please feel free to reach out to me directly. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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MichaelM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice spot to eat and food was great! BBQ Was awesome

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on November 19, 2020

Hi Michael, Thank you for the wonderful review, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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SteveL
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved it.
Definitely will return.
Certainly will recommend to friends.
Wasn’t fond of the music

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on November 19, 2020

HI Steve, Thanks for the stellar review. We truly appreciate it. Please make sure to swing by again soon. I would like to know your thoughts on our music so please feel free to reach out to me directly. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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Blake
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Wing night is fantastic not your normal deep fried wings they do them on the smoker. If you order the nachos bring some friends they are huge

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on November 19, 2020

Hi Blake, Wow, thank you for taking time our of your day to leave this sensational review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager falyn@vintagegroup.ca

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Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 264-6419 ext. 1.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack is rated 4.5 stars by 1495 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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