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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: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 170
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Tasty food

A nice relaxed cafe perfect for lunch or dinner with friends. Friendly staff who are happy to explain the menu, quick service and tasty food. No car parking but a good central location.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Emily A
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Alloa, United Kingdom
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Alloa, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A nice relaxed cafe perfect for lunch or dinner with friends. Friendly staff who are happy to explain the menu, quick service and tasty food. No car parking but a good central location.

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Thank Emily A
Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This review comes a little late. Eight of us were here for dinner on Hogmanay, a first visit for the majority of us. All of our meals were lovely, great sized portions and excellent value for money. The correspondence form Daryl in the lead up to our visit was excellent. He contacted me a few times to ensure the pre-order... More 

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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tiny place, lovely staff, nice setting. Food great, made to order, always hot, well presented and tasty. Prices are great and service quick. Well worth a visit

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Thank Heather T
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Stirling for the day & as usual checked TripAdvisor for dinner recommendations, with such a great rating we called into Smiling Jacks. Although the outside appearance of the restaurant isn't the most pleasing on the eye, we were so surprised at just how fab the standard of food was. We ate BBQ chicken nachos and chicken enchiladas, the portions... More 

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Thank luv2eatluv2travel
ABERDEENSHIRE
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great meal went 2 days in a row tasty food large portions something for everyone staff were very friendly the cafe is on the petite side so booking is advised but walking are welcome

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Thank paddy04
scotland
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can I say we popped in today a party of 3 .we were given the express menu ...we picked a plate of nachos to share with chicken bbq sauce and for mains chicken enchilada ...chicken fajita..and chili chips ... Food was tastiest Mexican I've had .....portions where large ......and the price was fantastic ....staff were friendly and efficient .......hence... More 

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Thank htc
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, friendly staff, friendly Chef. Plenty of choice and portions massive, if you're going to have a starter then just have a one portion, don't have the sharing platters as they're huge and you won't be able to eat your main too. We will be back, thanks guys.

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Thank Stewart F
Stirling, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Mexican, good quality food although wraps could be larger for fajitas. Good value for money. Daiquiri's are well made and presented very well.

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Thank stuartyboymiggins
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

my favorite place, small but superb. the service and food is out of this world, its very reasonable but if you go on a sunday they knock an extra 20% off the total bill which makes it a real bargain, we can feed our family for a very affordable amount, if we lived locally we would go every week. we... More 

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Thank JamesMacc2008
Alloa, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We visited here with friends in December, we all enjoyed the food I had the chilli nachos which were amazing and the chicken enchilada. Food portions are of a good size. The staff were friendly and very good especially as the place was very busy. Would def go back as there was a few options I would like to try... 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 - 33
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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