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Smiling Jack's

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17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling FK8 1HF, Scotland
+44 1786 462809
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 14:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small restaurant in the centre of Stirling and although the menu is not massive it has everything you would expect from a tex-mex restaurant. Its very reasonably priced, we were just over £50 for 2 starters, 2 mains, a bottle of wine, a cocktail and a whiskey! Thoroughly enjoyed everything that we ordered, would 100% visit again

Thank Samhamxx
Paisley, Scotland
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal here, shared chilli nachos for starter which were delicious, I followed with chicken chimichanga and hubby had pulled beef enchiladas, both came fresh out the oven, very tasty, large portions so glad we had shared starter. I enjoyed a couple of frozen cocktails which were a nice change. Overall I would say really tasty food... More 

Thank toomuchtoolittle
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Very small place, not much of the choice in menu, BUT... The portions are enormously big. We took nachos (1 portion) to share - I was not ready for my enchiladas, since was full already. Quality of the food is really good, staff is friendly and attentive

Thank Linxmas
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227 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

The service is very good and the staff are quite attentive and amusing. The quality of food is very good and the value is very good as well. The down side is that the place is quite basic and when the front door opens it tends to put a draft all the way through the restaurant. I would recommend it... More 

Thank alfromlarbert
Trossachs, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

visited on thursday night . the food was superb we all had different things and all of us (4) were delighted with the standard and presentation of the courses . we wre served by " june" who was friendly . knowledgeable. efficient and very helpful , she has the correct balance of being enthusiastic and attentive without being intrusive. A... More 

Thank alan k
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We chose here because it wasn't far from the thistle centre where we were for a day of shopping. They had a really cheap lunch menu which had lots of food to choose from ranging from around £4.95 to £6.50 - myself and my partner both had the steak fajitas and a side of fries to share and were pleasantly... More 

Thank Lisaa S
Buchlyvie, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I advise to come to Smiling Jacks in Stirling because the food is amazing and the Haggis, Cheese and Chips is part of the snack menu and the price for snacks is £4.95 which is great For the size of the portion

Thank Max T
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

First off, we (two of us) got a lot of food for our £20. So you're not going to get ripped off. Although the 'fat chips' I was told about weren't fat at all, just an unspicy version of the spicy ones. And then my plate got tidied away before I had finished. Maybe we're not their ideal clientele. Whether... More 

Thank williamsdesilva
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Visited here a few times now and they never fail to disappoint. Although it is a small restaurant, the food is to die for and the service never lets you down. 10/10 all round

Thank laura g
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great place in Stirling The food here is brilliant! Great atmosphere inside and the decor is well suited If you're going anywhere for Mexican food make it here!

Thank Ktdrumz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
14:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling FK8 1HF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Stirling  >  Stirling
  • Phone Number: +44 1786 462809
Smiling Jacks is a small, independent Tex -Mex-style licensed restaurant, situated on Stirling's lively Barnton Street. We opened in 1995, and specialize in home-cooked traditional and modern Steaks & Mexican food, using the best, fresh local produce.

The restaurant itself is brightly coloured, with lively music, and friendly staff, which makes it a popular choice for lunch, dinner or an ideal venue for parties & celebrations.
Our menu has an extensive range of appetisers, starters, light meals, and main dishes, with desserts from the blackboard changing daily.

With a great range of Mexican, and other imported beers, premium Tequilas, Wines, Frozen Margaritas and Cocktails a night at Smiling Jacks is always one to remember!

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