Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack

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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!




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ChristopherS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome BBQ loved it great service, awesome staff.

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Michy
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, good atmosphere, and consideration of COVID-19 safety. Great spot!

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BrandenD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing food, I suggest coming here with friends. My wife and I, enjoyed everything so much. The only issue was the lack of service, we had to wave down to order and ask multiple times for napkins.

All and all, was a great date night though

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LorraineM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome service!!
Will definitely return.

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Feeeeeed
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very roomy. Absolutely no issue regarding distancing between patrons. Great food, in portions that would Satisfy a hungry adult Grizzly!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 2 July 2020

Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. It truly means the world to us. We have put a lot of time and effort into making sure we follow all of the Covid related rules and we truly appreciate that you've noticed. Please come by again soon. Falyn Heck General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We won’t be back anytime soon, slow terrible over priced food and service, staff unfriendly and we felt ignored. Sat next to other tables less than 3 feet apart and the tables wiped with the same wet cloth no disinfectant during a pandemic... food mediocre at best. Frustrating how much we feel this place has gone down hill! You know it’s bad when there’s a group of diners who don’t know each other bickering outside about how terrible each of their experiences were. Just to bad, needs new management and facelift maybe jazz or blues music instead of pop being that it’s Southern based, friendlier service and hold the snide comments about how we aren’t properly eating the crab and we shouldn’t need tools!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 2 July 2020

I am truly sorry to read your latest experience at Bookers was less than exceptional. For 21 years we have been striving to provide the best BBQ and service in the city. I would like to assure you we have strict Covid policies in place and tables are the required 6 feet apart. As for crab tools, we are short due to Covid. Our staff are seasoned crab eaters and we're likely just looking to provide some insider info. Feel free to contact me directly. Falyn Heck General Manager 403-264-6419

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AliP
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was friendly. Our order was taken in a timely manner. Food was good. Music a bit loud, but we are older.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 2 July 2020

Hello Ali, Thank you for the great review. Please make sure to pop by again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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BradS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good bbq, great, friendly service. Crab legs are a must add on.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

Hi Brad, Thank you for the incredible review. We are excited to be open and serving our BBQ. Please make sure to pop in again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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GuyD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab/Rib feature on Sundays is amazing! Parking is a little limited but the food and service is well worth it.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

Hello Guy, Thank you for the great review. We missed our Sundays. We hope to see you again. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great experience for a COVID times all you can eat Crab and Ribs meal - Crab quality was hit and miss, but honestly considering the times we are living in, and the fact that all the employees were engaged in providing a great experience, that quality will only improve as we all move forward with the new realities we all live and work within.

We had a great time, and will definitely be back.

Thank you to all the staff, and the efforts they are putting forward towards moving their business forward during these challenging times.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

HI there, WOW! Thank you for the outstanding review. Opening post COVID shut down has been extremely difficult and your appreciation means the world. Please do not be a stranger and come back again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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LeeS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the BBQ platter and some drinks, there wasn't any room left for an entre!
Service was prompt throughout the evening and our drinks were always full.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

Hello Lee, Glad to hear you had a great time while dining with us. Thank you for the stellar review and please come in again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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DaveD
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated upstairs and that contributed to the low noise level for our dinner. Downstairs would have been more challenging due to the music volume.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

HI Dave, Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave such a great review. Make sure to come in again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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Jacey
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and of course food! The crab was impeccable. Such a great vibe overall.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

Hello Jacey, Thank you for the great review. I'll be honest, I missed crab while we were closed. Make sure to come in for a visit again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great place we come here a few times a year it’s always good and we love to come !!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

Cheers and thank you for the great review! Falyn Heck General Manager

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Diqalia
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was maybe the 5th time at Bookers. There were only four other sets of diners there. The server was friendly (masked) and the menu was viewed via a scan code which was fine. The burnt ends and deep fried pickles were great. The brisket was not dry and the smoked turkey was tasty. The jalapeno mac and cheese is creamy but not spicy. The music was not overly loud but the AC was a little chilly (I guess due to the fewer people). It was a pleasant dinner and we would return.

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 25 June 2020

Thank you for the stellar review Diqalia. We are happy to be open and back serving our much loved guests. Please make sure to come visit again soon. Cheers, Falyn Heck General Manager

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JodyF
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good .. staff was really good and friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious time there.

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FamilyCrew
1 review
Dined on 15 March 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 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MikeA
1 review
Dined on 8 March 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 11 March 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 8 March 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 10 March 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 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent staff and a fun atmosphere!

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 10 March 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
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 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 10 March 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 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 10 March 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 1 March 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 1 March 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 10 March 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
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thanks for the great review!

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RichardL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 29 February 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 10 March 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
69 reviews
Dined on 29 February 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 10 March 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 23 February 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 23 February 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 21 February 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 21 February 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
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to bring a large group of friends.

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DennisL
1 review
Dined on 17 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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 18 February 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 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great sauces, solid meat, tasty seafood

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Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 264-6419 ext. 1.

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