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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
Comfort Food (20)
Special Occasion (19)
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Fun (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Live Sports (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Music (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Authentic (4)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

it was unfortunate that we didn't know all you can eat Crab and Ribs Sunday night price had dramatically increased. Last visit it was $45 and this visit was $57!
too much of an increase to be surprised with.
But super yummy as always! Best crab in the city by far!
Our servers and our waitress were so attentive and pleasant!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, service not so much. It was 15 minutes before we were greeted at our table. We had to ask for a few things (eg. side plates and napkins) more than once. Our water glasses were never filled.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great spot for a fun night out with a group of friends for their Sunday night all you can eat crab dinner, great food and service.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our friends and us have wedding anniversaries 2 days apart so we wanted a night out to celebrate. We like trying different restaurants and not going to the same ole all the time. We weren't disappointed with our choice...it was a great evening with friends, good food & drink. We will recommend to others! We understand the restaurant was extremely busy with the Remembrance Day special so wait staff were run off their feet. Only downside was the ribs on the BBQ platter were very grisly fatty and hard to eat.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good service, food was not as good as expected but okay, therefore it was a bit over priced. It was Nov 11th so great atmosphere with Veterans.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Visited restaurant as a get together and Birthday of one member of our party. Food was very good and service was excellent. Portions were large and none of us left hungry. Only negative on this occasion was the noise level which was very loud as we visited the restaurant on Memorial Day. Booker's was recognizing the military and emergency responders on this day. We'll be glad to return in future. Would like to try some of their seafood offerings.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great service and the food was delicious. We went for the all you can eat beef ribs and snow crab. A little pricey but totally worth it!! This was our second time at Bookers and will definitely not be our last! Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food and service was really good. It was Calgary 's first real snow fall/chill so the restaurant was super cold. We warmed up after the food and drinks came. The waitress Cassie was great and food didn't take long at all.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is a great pub style eating place. Just be prepared to deal with homeless people outside the doors begging for money.

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Awesome food, really good service. Best BBQ I've had in Calgary.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Who knew that Bookers has been in the city for 19 years? I'm so glad that we finally discovered it. The ribs were fabulous. Meals were reasonably priced and the service was quick and efficient. We will certainly be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was terrible. Over breaded fish, undercooked fries, watered down gumbo, ribs that tasted like they were re heated, corn bread that tasted like the smell of burnt eraser and jalapeño macaroni that just tasted wired. Top it off with one of those plastic bread bag clips among a sandwich. Felt badly for the waitress. I

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had not been to Bookers in years--it was just not top of mind. However, that has now changed with my recent visits. I came in and shared an appetizer platter with one other person. The portion was generous and food was delicious. The ribs were my favorite. Food and service was so good I went back a week later and brought reinforcement with me. That same appetizer platter and a large Caesar salad was the perfect amount of food for 4 people. I'm already planning my next visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The service was horrible. Had to beg for water. Server messed up our order as well.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Crab was a bit over cooked came out really stringy but after awhile it got better. Would come back again for sure.

Tags: Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We are from BC and we have been to Bookers 3x now!! The best crab ever and the fun atmosphere!! Our daughter graduated from SAIT and the is where we wanted to celebrate!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My Rating would have been 5 star across the board but when we first started eating the place was still pretty empty and the crab was way over cooked and the ribs slightly under cooked. Once the restaurant started to fill up and large amounts of food were being brought out the quality of the food became perfect. Next time we go we will book a later reservation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this place a little surprised at the rapid price increase for all u can eat crab and rib night

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 14, 2017

For a crab shack the options for seafood were very poor. The worst crab i have ever had. The service was very poor, i think the waitress forget we were there. The table next to us was very loud and vulgar. We could not hear each other talk across the table. Would not recommend it or go back.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I want for you recognize our server she the best server I have ever experienced anywhere she is super friendly and went over and above

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Every time we come we have exceptional service and food.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One would think ribs would be great at a bbq shack. Wrong. They were very tough. Waitress said that is because they are smoked. I smoke my own ribs at home for 4 hours and they fall off the bone. Sorry Bookers but you need to do a better job

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing food. Great service.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I always love going to Bookers. I have Celiac Disease and they always take extra care with my meal and the gluten free buns are awesome! Service is excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

For all you can eat crab and ribs, if your hungry definitely worth it. Wish they had vegetables as a side option for people doing paleo style diets but still worth it.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great atmosphere, prompt friendly service, good food!

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Everything was great, except the service by our waitress.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Everything was great!! The food was amazing and the service was great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Sports
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This was a great place to celebrate my dads 65th bday! Can't go wrong with all you can eat crab!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Amazing people that work there. Very welcoming and friendly! Food was delicious!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Birthday tradition with my young son.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Cobb salad was delicious

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food as usual was great. Servers responses and general demeanor was not really great. It seemed like we were"not worth it" so I was disappointed in that. She forgot to bring a couple items until we asked again. Maybe it was her first day or something... Don't know. Still a super place and would recommend.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Service was lacking/slow. Then received a no show email from Open Table the next day even though we showed for our reservation and had dinner. ? ? ? Also, they were out of dessert we wanted.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Didn't like that appetizers came out same time as main meal.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 1, 2017

More of a BBQ smoke house/pub environment.
The crab was old and soft definitely freezer burnt.
Not recommended if you are looking for seafood.

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The waitress and service was great. The resteraunt itself is due for a renovation, felt like an old warehouse.

The food was average at best, and was very expensive.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our family came from outta town for a fun weekend and made reservations at Bookers. The service was excellent, food came so fast and drinks were frequent. We will go again for sure!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We really enjoy going to bookers. Every time someone comes in calgary from out of town we bring them to bookers!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Horrible. I would never ever go again. The server was horrible, the food average, not worth the price, dirty plates, and it was so loud. Took forever to get our food answer noticed the server would care for other people. Never ever ever again.

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