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Smackwater Jacks Taphouse

) #6 of 31 Restaurants in Grand Bend ££ - £££ American, , Seafood
71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
+1 519-238-5556
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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“turkey burger” (11 reviews)
“fries” (39 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We vacation in Grand Bend every year and the last 3-4 years we have eaten and drank here. This year The food was not as good as in the past. The turkey dinner was all batter and overcooked. They were short on servers due to...More

Thank BMB0611
Reviewed 6 days ago

I will never return. The staff is not trained to deliver good customer service. NO ONE helped when heavy rain suddenly arrive and we were left with wet food and no table to go to inside. The table are so tight together the server can...More

Thank mariejospepin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We frequent Grand Bend every summer. We were excited about this restaurants potential when it first got started. But after visiting it on several occasions over the last few years, we have time and time again been disappointed with the product it delivers. High prices,...More

Thank Brett B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is right on the Ausable River, where it empties into Lake Huron, In Grand Bend. Inside and outside seating. We sat on the patio, right on the river, just metres from the lake. Lots of boats and activity but quiet (at least afternoon...More

1  Thank PuslinchGuy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a late lunch at Smackwater Jacks Taphouse which came recommended by my niece who had been there and was going again. My husband and I really liked the restaurant. The atmosphere, food and service was great. Would for sure go again. I am told...More

1  Thank Gloria W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant to celebrate a friend's retirement. Our group of six had not been to this restaurant before. We had called early in the morning to reserve a table. When we arrived we were placed in a crowded corner located on the...More

Thank DarleneM151
Reviewed 1 week ago

I will give 2 stars for the good service ..but the food is terrible to bland...will not be back...frozen , cheap quality cuts of meat ..deep fried, with loads of grease on your plate ...this place won't make it unless there is a real turn...More

1  Thank paulfromhere
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking forward to a return trip to Smackwater Jacks... I ordered a turkey burger & fries $16... My husband ordered the Turkey filet $26, one beer each at $15. I can honestly say this was one of the worst meals we have had...More

3  Thank lovincarib
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The highlight was the waitress, who made up for the rude owner. Food was mediocre, orders were mixed up ! Pre- arranged a ride with their shuttle service 3 weeks in advance. The owner/cabbie showed up 55 minutes late with little to no excuse. Bar...More

3  Thank med01office
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't eat here. Just stopped by for a drink. It wasn't very busy as it was a Thursday late afternoon. Service was slow, but I'm assuming that in the evening and on weekends they have more staff on hand. Very pretty location for a...More

2  Thank Santorini Dreamin'
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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, Seafood, 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, View
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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