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Smiling Jack's

17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling, Scotland
+44 1786 462809
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Ranked #21 of 164 Restaurants in Stirling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $39
Sun 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Mexican, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: 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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English first
Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

stopped by this wee restaurant on barnton st with my other half, who is a burrito enthusiast. tex mex is not usually my preferred thing but I really enjoyed the tex mex here. very impressed by food, and by service. staff were very helpful, esp regarding their cocktail menu. mocktails available for drivers -- I had one -- it was... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I came here last week as part of a bigger works do. Great atmosphere, good staff and well presented dishes (a definite improvement on the previous owners). The dishes were tasty enough but the enchiladas could have been more tasty in my opinion and the rice didn't have too much flavour either. There wasn't much cheese to be tasted. I... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

New owners and a huge improvement. The last owners were very disorganised and rude- what an improvement. Still fantastic food and brilliant cocktails. We always go in a big crowd and they staff were fantastic. Go for the fajitas they are hard to beat!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Went here on the 15th November 2015 for a meal and it was amazing. Would have to say possibly the best food I've eaten in a restaurant for many a year ( and I like my food and eating out ). We were a family group of seven and from the moment we entered we were looked after by a... More 

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Bo'ness, null, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Smiling jacks is under new ownership and its flourishing. Best mexican food I've ever tasted. Portions were huge, can really rate the nacho platter and chicken chimichanga. Staff are friendly and the service is quick without being rushed. Book ahead for a weekend evening table, it fills up fast

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Kilsyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Visited here this week with my family. Had been before but not for over 7/8 years. Good meal deal on offer (£15 for two main meals). Food not as authentic as I remember but till very tasty. Only complaint would be the children's menu. Not one Mexican option on offer. Only fish fingers, burgers, macaroni, etc which was very disappointing... More 

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smiling_jacks2014, Manager at Smiling Jack's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Smiling Jacks. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your food and overall experience. I am disappointed to hear of your issue regarding the kids choices available. Since re-opening in February we have done our best to make the restaurant more family friendly. We have introduced a... More 

Grangemouth, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We stumbled across this place by chance as we were in town with friends for drinks and decided to go for something to eat. It is a fairly small place so much so we walked right past it the first time, it was on the way back I noticed the restaurant due to it being really busy, always a good... More 

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Service was good. Food was amazing!!!! Would definitely eat there again and highly recommend. Cant wait to go again.....

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I've been to this restaurant twice in the past few weeks and it is been lovely both times. From the staff to the food. Food is lovely and fresh, and great value! Only thing I might say is the restaurant itself is a little bright. They dimmed the lights to take out a birthday cake one of the evenings and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Went with large group. £10 for 2 courses great value for great food. Beef enchiladas were scrumptious. Cocktails fantastic. Service really good too. Would definately go again and highly recommend.

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Additional Information about Smiling Jack's

Address: 17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1786 462809
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Stirlingshire  >  Stirling
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 39
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Mexican, Steakhouse

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