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Smackwater Jacks Taphouse

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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
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71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
+1 519-238-5556
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12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:30 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri 12:00 - 21:00
Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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London, Canada
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85 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was good fish good serving of sweet potato fries fish was good. Price point could be better. Found stuff on my plate that did not belong

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Grand Bend, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never considered Smackwaters as a gourmet restaurant... till now. We arrived a week in advance of our reservation (my mistake) to use a "dinner for 6 with wine" voucher purchased at a Rotary fundraiser last fall. The chef Jill St.Amour took it in stride and announced she would serve us so that she could properly explain the evening's courses.... More 

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Thank Brian H
Smackwater_Jacks, Guest Relations Manager at Smackwater Jacks Taphouse, responded to this review

Brian, we are so happy to hear about your wonderful experience and food tasting at Smackwater Jacks. I'm glad you and your party were able to see the passion for food Chef Jill and the Smackwater team have. We look forward to seeing you back again soon and throughout the summer! More 

Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chef Jill and her team just presented the best meal I've eaten in over 2 years. Flavours layered upon flavours, excellent progression of tastes Thank you so much. I can't figure out which course I liked best, but will be back to book another tasting menu in off season. And back for regular menu during the summer!

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Thank ZiaNan
Smackwater_Jacks, Guest Relations Manager at Smackwater Jacks Taphouse, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Smackwater Jacks. We couldn't be more happy that this has been one of the best meals you have tried in so long. We value the quality of food we serve and strive to provide the best customer experience. Look forward to seeing you this summer! More 

London, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

While dining on the outdoor patio a thunderstorm was getting closer. Our waiter suggested we move inside while in the middle of our meal. Lucky for us as it started to pour as she provided us with a nice spot inside. Other customers were gracious to let us join them. We had a wonderful time and the food and hospitality... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The most over-rated tourist trap in Grand Bend. The service was terrible. The food was standard bar grub with inflated prices. No water refills. Not a good family restaurant. They had the nerve to automatically add a 20% tip to our already inflated bill. AVOID THIS PLACE. There are much better options in Grand Bend.

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Goderich, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Had a very nice dinner. Great salad. Still needs a bit more "ambience". Nice that the owner drops by your table.

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Food was excellent! Great location right on the water and beautiful sunset to watch while enjoying supper!

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Woodstock, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The place was empty, ordered the Seafood Chowder, it came with a bread stick and a live ant crawling on it. Mentioned it to our friendly waitress, bread stick was replaced. Charged full price for our lunch.

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Ontario, Canada
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

We visited on a warm sunny day in November. This was really off season. The restaurant was obviously still taking care of patrons as it was beautifully decorated for Christmas. There was no outside seating available at this time of year. When we arrived, there was no waitress as she had gotten her shifts mixed up. Apparently, this lady is... More 

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Toronto
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The chowder had been sitting there all day. The Calamaris were over battered and fried. The last time I went the chowder was not gloppy and fish tacos were fine. The hamburgers I heard were very good

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 21
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 19:00
Monday
12:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 20:00
Thursday
12:00 - 20:00
Friday
12:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Lambton Shores  >  Grand Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 519-238-5556
Description
For a front row seat to one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, Smackwater Jack's indoor seating and spacious patio on the water's edge is the place for you. Our newly renovated restaurant serves locally grown produce served with meat from local farmers along side quality craft beers. Owned and operated by father and son team, Brad and Andy Oke, Smackwater Jack's is the summer go-to restaurant and bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?