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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (22)
Casual (18)
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Good for a Date (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great Beer (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Authentic (8)
Live Music (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Live Sports (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Romantic (4)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Waterfront (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Healthy (2)
Tapas (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined on January 7, 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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·Dined on January 7, 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 3, 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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·Dined on December 31, 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 30, 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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·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 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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·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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·Dined on December 17, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 16, 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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·Dined on December 11, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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 9, 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 9, 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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·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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·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Since discovering this gem, I have been back twice more and I am scheduled again for a party next week! The staff are great, food is fabulous! A definite great place to eat for any occasion. I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Spicy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic place to eat and hang out. My go to place, beats any chain restaruant hands down.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Not only did the staff treat us like Gold, but they were super knowledgeable and were very good at their jobs. And the food was equally as amazing!! I came to watch my hubbys band and we had an absolute blast and can't wait to come back. Thank you Bookers!!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were seated immediately. Service was excellent. BBQ brisket and ribs were tender and perfectly done. Don’t order the crab. Although not expensive, it wasn’t worth the struggle to get the little meat out. Cherry cheesecake was a delicious finish to our meal. Lots of screens to watch your favourite game.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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