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Smackwater Jacks Taphouse

€€ - €€€American, ,
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%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (17 reviews)
“turkey burger” (14 reviews)
“fish tacos” (23 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff was accommodating, friendly, helpful and attentive. Great view on patio. Good food portions but poor quality. Even our grandson commented on how bad the food tasted....

Thank Penny S
Reviewed 1 week ago

ordered the fish taco - I received 2 thumb sized over battered pieces of fish served with gobs of mayonnaise drenched slaw (I think it was slaw) with other stuff - sorry couldn't tell what the other stuff was as it was soaked in mayo....More

Thank 16rick16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited this bar for the second time, the first time was a year ago. Despite the cheerful service I'm not sure I would return. Food - The food was fine. Nothing wrong with the food, it was quite average. My salad was fine;...More

1  Thank GarfieldGill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was in town for a show at the Huron County playhouse for our anniversary made reservations at Smackwater jacks, was seated and served quickly. The food was good. They have an outstanding beverage menu. They are serving some of the best Belgian beers. the patio...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last Monday I was in grand bend on shriner work and decided to try Smackwater Jacks. However, after about 20 minutes and watching other people come in a get served promptly. A waitress near by next table looked right at us and i said they...More

3  Thank Shermy1957
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for lunch with a friend. He had the perch platter and I had a roast beef melt. The perch was $29 for a very small amount of perch. The roast beef melt was substandard. The fries were good overall won't be back

2  Thank Komokajo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why do I order lobster when I am not even close to the ocean??? I had a lobster roll... my favourite thing to order when we are in cape cod, but this was disappointing. They tried to go all gourmet with an artisan type bread...More

2  Thank Elsie R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just did a half day tour, and it was amazing!!! Brad was our tour guide, and he suggested the best destinations, and we could not have had a better time. I would suggest this to anyone! What a great outing!! Would do this again...More

Thank emilyv32017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of eight had a wonderful, day-long tour of area wineries (Dark Horse and Maelstrom), a cidery (Twin Pines -- great shopping here, too) and brewery (Cowbell). We chose the excellent "picnic" lunch option, which is provided by the kitchen at Smackwater Jack's, and...More

Thank mellish2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sitting right alongside the river beside the moored boats at the Grand Bend Yacht Club, Smackwater Jacks Taphouse is in a great location. The Craft Beer selection (18), from various breweries across Ontario, is pretty impressive. The food is also very good and the service...More

Thank Greg P
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Betty M
27 August 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
27 August 2017|
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Response from 69duke | Reviewed this property |
no and its not my place.
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$23
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, 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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