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Smiling Jack's

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17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling FK8 1HF, Scotland
+44 1786 462809
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Smiling Jacks is a small, independent Tex -Mex-style licensed restaurant...
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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  • 10
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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It had been a while since we visited Smiling Jacks but we decided that we would treat ourselves over the weekend. As you would expect with all good restaurants it was very busy but they managed to sqeeze us in. Our meal was beautiful and along with the great, attentive service it was the perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It had been a while since we visited Smiling Jacks but we decided that we would treat ourselves over the weekend. As you would expect with all good restaurants it was very busy but they managed to sqeeze us in. Our meal was beautiful and along with the great, attentive service it was the perfect start to our evening. Plenty... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A very typical Tex Mex menu with all the favourites there. Continually busy but no wait being given a table. The portions are huge and the service very friendly. Home made french fries were really lovely but we were too full to eat them all. It's great value for money but I'd love to see an extension of the vegetarian... More 

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Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Been here twice in the last couple of months. Once for lunch, once for dinner on Sunday night. Really is excellent value. I would even go as far to say, they are selling themselves short with the £5 lunch deals as I would happily pay more. The food is nothing fancy, but exactly what you want from a Tex-Mex. Big... More 

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Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Been here quite a few times. Really great food for cheap prices. Cheap drinks too!! Book a table in advance though as it is always quite busy :)

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited here for a quick lunch. Found the meal had a good selection at a reasonable price. It's a small place so can be very crowded but it didn't stop us from enjoying the food. Nachos are worth trying if you ever visit

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Doune, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Went for lunch, prices were great, so cheap that I thought the food would be mediocre, it was surprisingly lovely! Not many tables so could get full quickly but our visit was nicely quiet. The waiters were very chatty and the service was quick. The Mexican theme is quite quirky with sombrero hats on the tables, and hot sauce in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We have been here several times. Pulled pork nachos and sandwich were very good. That said, we have not had luck with other items. Ordered the ribs, chicken and wing platter and it was not good. Ribs were tough, wings were horrible and chicken was ok. These items need improvement.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Went for a meal but found it very pricey not worth the money food could have been better felt the place has no atmosphere.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Thanks for the good food the staff are very friendly so thank you very much I would recommend on coming back to the restaurant

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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We decided to visit Smiling Jack's afer reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. Booked in for an early dinner with the family and our expectations were high. We were surprised when we saw the place as it is more like a high street café. Our friendly server showed us to our table which was ready and waiting. We were surprised that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling FK8 1HF, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Stirlingshire  >  Stirling
  • Phone Number: +44 1786 462809

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 35
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 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 - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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