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Smackwater Jacks Taphouse

71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
+1 519-238-5556
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (17 reviews)
“perch” (29 reviews)
“fish tacos” (26 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 1 week ago via mobile

Warmly greeted by the owner who escorted our party of 5 to our reserved outdoor table. Server was friendly, attentive and efficient. The adults all enjoyed their different entrees and my 10 yr old grandson gobbled up the unusual mac & cheese with hot dogs...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to this venue was very disappointing. We were pleased to get a table on the patio right away in a shady location. We put in our order and then waited 50 minutes for the order to arrive. The waitress did apologize several times...More

2  Thank Carol Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here recently and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The staff were attentive and Ryan at the front desk took special care getting us the reservation and the desired table. Local fish choices were delicious and appear to be...More

Thank Kathy Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm happy to see that this restaurant has hired more mature staff. We came in the beginning and the staff was all so young and inexperienced. I did give a bad review the last time I visited this restaurant but when we gave them a...More

Thank parker222976
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fabulous night at SJ’s in Grand Bend 👍. After we settled into our table, Harlie came by as our server and our entire family hit it off with her immediately and the night was made from there. We had perch and steak and...More

2  Thank Russ B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner for the first time, food was good, it would be great if they'd ask about dietary issues, I was able to eat half of mine. The view was nice and there were no insect issues, the outside patio though could be a...More

Thank Bruce154990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Joan, our waitstaff person, did an outstanding job serving a wonderful meal as four family birthdays were being celebrated. (We were a party of 6) We went early because undoubtedly a long weekend during peek times would be crazy busy. At 4 pm there was...More

Thank Laurie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The patio has a beautiful view of the river. Had deserts and drinks late evening which were awesome. But the best thing about this place are the owners! Thank you for the great memories

Thank Northernthing
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good quality food with a variety of dishes to cater for all tastes. Nice Perch dip and a modern-day twist on putine with pulled pork makes a feast out of one of Canada's favourites.

Thank Benito1960
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent dinner with lovely views Definitely recommend you eat here during your visit to Grand Bend

Thank kjaklic
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Betty M
August 27, 2017|
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Response from Elsie R | Reviewed this property |
I had the lobster roll and I was a bit disappointed.
Betty M
August 27, 2017|
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Response from 69duke | Reviewed this property |
no and its not my place.
June 26, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
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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 restaurant serves locally grown produce served with meat from local farmers along side quality craft beers. Owned and operated by Brad and Janice Oke, Smackwater Jacks is the summer go-to restaurant and bar.
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