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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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2:00 pm - 8:00 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: Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 125
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 12
    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
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Almost frightened to give a good review in case it encourages more people to visit. Such a nice place to eat - I had pulled pork chimichanga which was delicious and finished every morsel. Service was very attentive without being overbearing. Lovely atmosphere and value for money excellent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Audrey M
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Alloa, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Alloa, Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Almost frightened to give a good review in case it encourages more people to visit. Such a nice place to eat - I had pulled pork chimichanga which was delicious and finished every morsel. Service was very attentive without being overbearing. Lovely atmosphere and value for money excellent . Will definitely be back but will book this time!

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Nipped in for a quick bite, and was really impressed by the portions, the quality and the service. I had an enormous plate of BBQ chicken nachos, my boyfriend had the pulled pork burrito, both for £4.95 each on the Tex-Mex Express Menu. We were absolutely stuffed or we would definitely have tried the desserts, I could see other people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Was visiting Stirling for various reasons and my boyfriend and I came across this lovely little restaurant. The servers were all lovely, quick and did their job brilliantly. Was served as soon as we came in and the drinks came within a minute and the starters followed shortly after. The portions were absolutely massive! The chilli nachos are a must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We have both had lunch and evening meals here. Quality of freshly cooked food and potent drinks makes for a great time. Very friendly establishment and a must visit place in Stirling but book first as they are very popular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My friend and I went to Smiling Jack's on 14th April, my first visit. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff are warm, approachable, knowledgeable about the menu and quick to smile. The decor is fresh, and the facilities very clean. I had the steak fajitas, my friend had the chimichanga, both meals were awesome! The food was piping hot... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We went here for a quick lunch and ate from the express menu which was at the amazing price of £4.95 per person. Food was amazing, very fresh and huge portion. Can't wait to return for dinner and cocktails soon!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely meal, only downside was the cramped and slightly unclean toilets. Staff were helpful too

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Not impressed. Food served for main course substandard,chicken dry and appeared reheated. Peppers and onions mushy and flavour not great. Other dish covered in sauce made food sloppy. Will not be back and would not recommend to anyone. Also staff congregated at bar kitchen area and appeared to be socializing which was off putting and not very professional.

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denny scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Had lunch at smj's today & it was excellent the nacho starters were very good & spicy,the missus had the Cajun chicken burger & I had the chimichanga both very good in taste & portion size. Sombreros off to the guys in the kitchen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Visited for.first time tonight under new ownership. Chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks were.hot and.tasty to.start with. Ribs were delicious and.fell off the.bone. Portion was.so big I.couldn't.finish them. My wife had chicken fajitas and they were delicious. So much mix that they offered more tortillas to finish the chicken which.was.good.service. Service in general was very good and waiting staff were attentive.... 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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