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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
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Thu 16:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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London, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank jim p
Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank KenTrips
Goderich, Canada
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank janet6365
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

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

Thank JennaB1985
Woodstock, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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.

Thank meprice51
Ontario, Canada
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106 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank vagabondoug
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

1 Thank Dorten
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome food, awesome staff, awesome atmosphere. Highly recommended!!.. Watch the sunset with summer drinks!! Highly recommended!!

1 Thank Maggie L
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96 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Make reservations - this place gets busy. Especially if you are planning to sit on the patio. We are return visitors, although we have noticed a change in the last year. Service was average, although our waiter was very friendly. It was very busy when we arrived, however did quiet down over the 2+ hours we were there. Food, also... More 

2 Thank AmyLynn1980
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

The setting was great, service very good, but..... I realize that ordering a burger was probably not the best choice, but that's what I felt like eating. It was mediocre at best and at $17, when adding cheese, I expected better. All I can say is that the fries were good. Next time, I'll drive to Black Dog Pub.

2 Thank Shelly B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 24
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
16:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 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
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?