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Smackwater Jacks Taphouse

) #6 of 30 Restaurants in Grand Bend $$ - $$$ American, ,
71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
+1 519-238-5556
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“turkey burger” (14 reviews)
“salad” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Good food, good service, a beautiful day on the patio. The menu offers a good variety of tasty options.

Thank BriannKitchener
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there twice, 1st time we had a good experience (during the week). Went back on the weekend and we were totally dissatisfied. We booked ahead for a river side table and did not get one. The service was terrible due to the vast quantity...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this patio right on the river. Our service was so-so. Pleasant enough but didn't come back and check how our food was for quite some time .. and there things we needed so had to go leave our table to flag someone else down....More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as a party of 6 while camping nearby. The ambience is welcoming and intimate and there are lots of servers so they aren't spread too thin. Ours was Lauren and she was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Food orders ranged from turkey marsala to...More

1  Thank Restcure
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have never given a low review before, but today I went to this restaurant with 6 friends, it was our first time going here. Most of the food we ordered missed flavour or didn't taste good. Food to avoid the caesar salad because of...More

Thank _Ant0n1a_K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first time at this restaurant and the food was amazing. I had the Fish Tacos and it was fresh and tasty. Just the right amount of food for lunch. One of my friends had the Lobster roll and she said it was...More

1  Thank Josie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for dinner on the patio and we were not disapointed. As for all the restaurants in the area, the food is ok but the view is great and the staff really professional. A must go

2  Thank Mathieu S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a sunny day the patio by the water gets high marks. Found the service exceptionally friendly and fast even after seeing a matinee theatre production at the Huron Country Playhouse. Tried their lobster sandwich along with a Caesar salad. Great early (5:00 o'clock) supper...More

1  Thank Alfie65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here before and was not disappointed this time either! Beautiful patio. Great service by Jenn, hostess/waitress. Very attentive. Much appreciated. Great selection on the menu. We all enjoyed our meals. Super impressed with the seafood chowder- it came steaming hot, chock full of...More

1  Thank Pat M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went as three couples after theatre. The place was jammed (reservations are a really REALLY good idea) but service was still quick. We enjoyed teasing with our server who both takes it and dishes it out, along with fabulous food, well prepared, and nicely...More

1  Thank W W
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Questions & Answers
27 June 2016|
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Response from Smackwater Jack... O | Property representative |
we have a special area that you can have your dog beside you but he is on the other side of a planter. We will provide a=water and shade for your friend In Ontario we are not allowed to have any dogs on the Patio other... More
30 May 2016|
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Response from Smackwater_Jacks | Property representative |
Our Yellow Perch comes from Wheatley on the shores of Lake Erie , i hope you enjoy them.
Yvonne P
20 November 2015|
Response from Smackwater_Jacks | Property representative |
yes we have booked entertainment for the this coming Saturday and Sunday from 6- closing
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$22
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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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