Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack

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Barbecue

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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 Sunday's after 4PM, we offer authentic Southern hospitality and a comfortable, upbeat dining and drinking experience!




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FamilyCrew
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

If you like crab, its the place to go. Though expensive. If you like fake potatoes, fake gravy (which blows my mind in place that serves this much meat), dried out, over done ribs and chicken wings, then this is the place for you. Waitress was ok. Not very attentive but nice. Tables are way too small for the size of plates, candles and cutlery holder. Sorry. Probably my first and last time. With the amount of restaurants in Calgary, they there are better choices

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Awesome
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the Prix Fixe deal
We went back with our friends

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MikeA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always good seafood. I don't get to Bookers often but when I do its always good.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hey Mike, Glad to hear you've been here a few times. I love seeing that. Hopefully the next visit is too far away. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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AlbertL
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Read so much great review so we went there to try their Prix Fixe menu. The soup was very salty so we asked the waitress if we can substitute it and she said we couldn't. The rib was dry and tasteless. The only thing we finish was the dessert. One of the worst places I had been in the past 5 years.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Albert, I am terribly sorry to read about your recent dining experience. I would love the chance to discuss this with you over the phone. Please reach out to me directly so I can make this right. Falyn Heck General Manager 403-264-6419

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MadeleineD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, excellent staff and a fun atmosphere!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for the incredible review Madeleine. Please make sure to visit again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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sheosee
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We went to check out the Cgy food experience, so we had a preset menu. The food was really good, as was the service. We'll definitely return to try the reg menu.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

HI there, Wow! Thank you for coming in and for leaving a great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time going and I absolutely loved it! Definitely will be returning.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for the awesome review Jessica! Make sure to pop in again soon.

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vipJoey
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pretty good For adult sons birthday 60 bucks are you can eat crab legs and or ribs, and it was all you can eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the all you can eat crab and really enjoy the southern BBQ vibe we will go back often!!!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for visiting on a Sunday! Make sure to check out some of our other daily features. Falyn Heck General Manager

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TylerS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Was too dark. Couldn’t even see the menu. Overall, great food though.

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Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for the great review!

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RichardL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was really good. Server was very engaged and even left us with a treat as we were celebrating a birthday which we weren't even expecting. Did have difficulty reading menus as it seemed very dark in our corner of the restaurant.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Richard! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review of your recent experience and thank you for choosing to celebrate with us. Please Make sure to visit again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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vipEatOutAlot
Calgary
66 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went to Bookers for the Prix Fixe menu. It started with brisket & barley soup which was tasty and a good starter size. The second course was a BBQ plate with pulled pork, ribs, coleslaw and baked beans. All portions were good sized. The ribs were tender. No sauce on the pulled pork or ribs as there are 3 different sauces on the table that you can choose. We found the coleslaw lacked taste. Dessert was a pecan tart with vanilla gelato. It was more like a big piece of pecan pie. It was a sweet treat that was rich. We took home leftovers. For the price of $30 this was not only a good meal, but a good price.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on March 10, 2020

HI there, Sorry to see your recent dining experience was less than stellar. Please feel free to reach out to me directly so we can learn from this. Falyn Heck General Manager

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DarrylW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The ribs were amazing!!! The crab left a lot to be desired low quality for the price being paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here - all you can eat crab and ribs is expensive but definitely worth it! Very great service and will go back again to try other things on the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service !

BB king art work 15/10

Live music!

Can’t wait to come back Sunday’s for all you can eat ribs and KING CRAB.

This place is a Calgary institution, the smell and aroma when you walk in is to die for

Thanks Bookers!

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Bonhomme
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been meaning to drop into Bookers for 12 years! Finally made it and completely by accident. Superb food knowledgeable and great service and just superb food. If you like brisket I can definitely recommend it. I’m a keen smoker and Booker’s have this absolutely nailed. Be sure to try a mix of lean and fatty! Also, be sure to introduce yourself to Bonnie!.

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vipMaeMae
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place to bring a large group of friends.

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DennisL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the restaurant as a place to be with family and friends. Thought the food was okay but the platters were full of chips, and not that much of the BBQ meat we were paying for. Suggest individual plates which some of our party got and were well portioned and tasted fine.

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ShaylaN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Its really good, they have special deals everyday and happy hours at a certain time. Food is just amazing and mind blowing. Service can be abit slow or other servers would ignore you and Litterly walk past you once you tried reaching out to then for help, but I can totally understand them for doing that because they were super busy and especially on a sunday all you can eat crap and rib night. So far i would come back!

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AmyW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

The server didn't even mention any specials. My burger I had was great. My boyfriend had the all you can eat Ribs and crab. He said the ribs were set and the crab was super salty. The womens bathroom looked in need of fixing up. One stall out of order. No toilet paper in one and the soap dispenser didn't work. Probably wouldn't come back.

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Fatboy
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome Service All You Can Eat Crab the Way to Go Great Atmosphere

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Minderella
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, Booker's delivered! The Sunday all you can eat rib and crab feast never disappoints...we try to make it in several times a year and have always been totally satisfied. Food, service and ambiance are second to none, making it our go to spot for special occasions.
Thanks again Booker's BBQ & Crab Shack!😋😋

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi there! Wow, thank you for the truly outstanding review. We appreciate it more than you know. Make sure to pop in again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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vipVaughn
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great sauces, solid meat, tasty seafood

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place to have a fun dinner out. The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. The food was amazing and delicious. We had an exceptionally great time. Highly recommend trying Booker’s. We will for sure be going back!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for much for taking the time out of your day to leave an amazing review. At Bookers we strive to ensure the best BBQ in the city paired with exceptional service and it sounds like we hit the nail on the head with your group. Please make sure to visit again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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vipJudyB
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

If you’re looking for fine dining, go somewhere else. If you’re looking for great service, a fun environment and decent pub-type food, Bookers is your place!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Judy, Thank you for your recent very fun review. We appreciate it. Please make sure to come visit for some southern hospitality and great atmosphere again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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PatrickS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time at Bookers for our party of 4. Cool vibe with plenty of screens to see the game. Great booth, perfect for 4... Server was great, attentive and personable. Food was perfect no disappointments aside from a slight mis-que on the baked beans which was quickly rectified. We'll be going back soon.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Patrick, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. I am thrilled to hear you had a great time. Please come visit again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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Jej87
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

First time here. Food was ok, husband sent his appetizer back and main was underwhelming. I had the nachos which were good. Service was good- neat spot but there was a band and it was so loud we couldn’t even carry a conversation. With a sea of restaurants in Calgary we probably won’t be back.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 4, 2020

HI there, I am so sorry to hear you recent experience was less than great. Please reach out to me directly, I would love the chance to discuss this with you in detail. Falyn Heck General Manager 403-264-6419

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Lorenzo
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Started with the crab cakes. They were moist & delicious. Loved the powered-up mayo.
I went for the brisket sandwich; my dining partner went for the pulled pork grilled cheese. Both were great (we shared).
A local craft IPA on tap would have been super; settled on a predicatable wheat ale.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 4, 2020

HI Lorenzo, Wow, thank you for the great review. I am so pleased to here you and your partner enjoyed everything. Please make sure to pop by again soon. Just so you know all of our Wild Rose Pints are on special for $6 the month of February and we have IPA on tap. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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Rouge
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I always love it here! The food, drinks, people, always amazing!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Rouge, Thank you for the great review. I'm very pleased to see you keep coming back. Please do not be a stranger and pop by again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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vipPenelopeK
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server was very friendly but didn’t interrupt.or intrude on the table conversation. Very efficient. She was fantastic. Thank you!
Food was delicious. Very tasty. Especially the roasted turkey sandwich and the brisket dinner. Only negative is that the food was not hot. Despite that it was still really good. Will try it again.

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DianeC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We brought friends from out of town for dinner, as always was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Booker’s fatty smokehouse brisket is amazing! The fries and mashed potatoes were seasoned very well.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great evening! Food and service were wonderful

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AnthonyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, would recommend also family friendly

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GaryM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great birthday meal. Our server was awesome and guided us through the menu. It was awesome.!

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SusieM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Our server, Jade, was amazing. Very friendly and fast.
Unfortunately The food was subpar this time. The seafood poutine (2 people ordered) was very greasy, too much butter. The fries that came with the fish tasted like it had been double deep fried, so they were crispy and dry.
We loved the crab, and the brisket poutine.

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ClintP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Good food. Service was not great but typically is not when we go here. It is a bit expensive for what it is but not many other good options for crab on Calgary. The meat platter has some good meat but is stuffed full of fries and calamari to make it appear bigger.

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BrooksH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

All you can eat crab night is a staple at Bookers. Great for watching the game and getting crab wasted...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love this place! We go for my spouse's birthday every year and always have a great time!!!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you for continuing to choose to celebrate with us!

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Ames
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Bookers is a nice place for grabbing some food and chatting with friends. There isn't much room in the parking lot, so prepare for street parking.

We ordered a platter and poutine between 4 people, and it was just enough food. The meat on the platter was fine, but not great. There wasn't much meat on the ribs, and the brisket was a bit on the lean side. The poutine was a little overpriced for the amount we got, but the seafood sauce/gravy on top was delicious.

Service was average, nothing too special from our waitress.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on December 31, 2019

HI Ames, Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave a review. While I am happy to hear you left satisfied sorry to hear your experience was just average. We've been smokin' the good stuff for 21 years and take huge pride in what we do. Please feel free to reach out to me directly. Falyn Heck General Manager 403-264-6419

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