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About Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack

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.


316 3 St SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2S4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Seafood, Southern

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

Cross Street:
3rd Street SE

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 264-6419 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.bookersbbq.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

Executive Chef:
Myles Learning

Private Party Contact:
Falyn Letkeman: (403) 264-6419

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
All-You-Can-Eat Crab and Ribs on Sunday evenings from 4 to 9 pm.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (28)
Casual (22)
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Good for a Date (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Business Meals (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great Beer (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Live Music (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Live Sports (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Spicy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Waterfront (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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

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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and great service! The seafood was amazing!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Calgary)·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.

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 (Edmonton)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Spicy
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vip
 (Calgary)·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.

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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Calgary)·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 😊

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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had the smoked beef brisket. It was really good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was awesome. If I had to be a critic all I could say is a spicier sauce would be nice, however I like exceptionally hot food. Brisket and wings were amazing, the service was superb. The restaurant was spice and span, the beer cold, the people were warm and friendly. I'll be back. Food is top notch.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Bookers was amazing and able to accommodate my seating request. Their food and cocktails were excellent and the service was speedy. I would definitely go back! It would be nice if they used a higher quality crab fork. We found that the one they currently have is not as effective. Overall great spot!

Tags: Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 21, 2018

There were four of us out first time being at Bookers. This is not a restaurant to go to if you want to talk to each other, music way too loud. Our waitress came to our table right away offered no help with the menu, asked about the all you can eat crab she said yeah we have it for $56.00 I mentioned to her that on the internet it sait it was $46.00 a plate all she saisd is yeah that should be changed. Then it was do you know what you want we felt we had to rush and eat and get out as soon as possible. Our bill was $200.00 and we will never go to your extablishment again. We don't like to be rushed and felt that we had to eat and get out.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was great crab was plentiful, and we didn’t have to wait for crab refills! Was happy mostly all good crabs too! Pretty good deal for the price! Went with family for a special occasion and would for sure do it again!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great dinner for my Fiancé’s Birthday

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cool place. Food was good, but definitely didn't get a lot for how much we paid. Went and got a burger from peters after.dissapointed overall.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

it was our 1st visit, if you like a smoke house this one is pretty good, service was great
Miles G

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Met expectations for BBQ with good appetizers and acceptable wine, beer and bourbon. Very good service.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I just want to say our waitress cindy was exceptional we couldn't have asked for a better service

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We splurged and got the meat platter with Crab and it didn't disappoint. Could have few 4 or 5 people but there was only 2 of us. Excellent service! Excellent BBQ. Super juicy and tender. I loved the beans and coleslaw too. Was served on a garbage can lid, super cool!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I am a native Calgarian and have been going to Bookers for some 20 years now, the food used to be great. My wife and I were so disappointed with the quality and the very small amounts of food for what we are paying but more importantly what happened to the quality of the food. It reminded me of fast food dining, ribs weren't cooked, I think I had about for table spoons of pulled pork in my dish. The food was so bad the we ended up going to our favorite pasta restaurant after we left.
Bookers has a lo of work to do before I ever go back or recommend it to anyone.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Since moving to Calgary a year ago, this is my 3rd time here and up until this recent visit it's been good. This last visit was very disappointing in every aspect. The service was terrible, seemed like none of the staff wanted to be there. I had the smokehouse salad and the greens were not fresh and overall not very appetizing. I didn't bother complaining because I didn't think anyone would care.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Didn't really have very high expectations since I've only ever eaten here during Stampede, when everything is the same everywhere. Pleasantly surprised. The food variety was good. The jambalaya was excellent. Service was friendly and efficient. Prices were very reasonable. I will be back.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had such a good night. Our server. Cyndi was amazing!
I was really annoying when pre booking this but i was accomodated perfectly.
We are already anning my next birthday to be at Bookers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We went for our anniversary and was seated next to each other facing the bar. When booking the table I was specific about having a regular table for 2 because it was our anniversary, so we were extremely disappointed. We ended up leaving to eat elsewhere because of this.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was good, the service was fair. The live band had a great selection of music, however the music was so loud I could not talk to the person across my table and we left as it was no longer enjoyable. I would not go there again while a band is playing if a good meal and conversation with a friend is what you want.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Quickly becoming one of my favorite places to eat! Service and food, and staff are always amazing!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Business Meals, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing crab and ribs as usual. Server was quick and efficient with our orders. Always on top of refreshments and bringing out more food.
Always a great time at bookers.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Brought in a group of 10, everything was well handled, from service staff to food quality. Will always come back here

Tags: Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time there and won’t be the last. I’ve driven by 1000 times and have always wanted to eat there. Now I know and I will frequent this place now. Loved it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Live Music, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have been here before, and I'll continue to come here in the future. Food is always excellent, there was a live band this time, service was very good. The food came in a more than reasonable time. I'll definitely be coming back

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Fun, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were very disappointed in our experience. Both my husband & I had wanted to try Bookers for a while now, as it's been a long standing Calgary restaurant. Unfortunately we will not ever go back.
Although the service was great it was the food that was completely lacking. For appetizers we had the Brisket Beef Ends, which had been recommended by our server, & they were very tender and tasty. After that it all went down hill. We also had the crab cakes, but they had the texture of paste & had no discernible taste. My husband had the BBQ plate with chicken & pulled pork along with gumbo & chili for sides. They only thing he truly enjoyed was the chili because it had some flavour to it. The rest of the items were completely lacking of any flavour.
I had the St. Louis Ribs & they were neither tasty nor tender. I've had way better ribs at the chain restaurant, Tony Roma's. I had to fight to get the knife to cut them. The side of corn bread had zero taste, while the coleslaw was good, but basic.
We get rare date nights & we're both frustrated & disappointed that this restaurant did not live up to the hype, took our precious time, and cost a lot. Definitely one place that I would not recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always great food and service. Quick to order and receive food.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food great service. A little pricey but overall very satisfied. Will return again

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