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Smiling Jack's

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17 Barnton Street | Town Centre, Stirling FK8 1HF, Scotland
+44 1786 462809
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

usual range of mexican food served in a nice ambience with reasonable prices - only thing missing was the guacamole!

Thank lesmagsampaul
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I booked a table for two at Smiling Jacks having eaten there before and enjoyed it. When we arrived at 7:40pm, I was told that the kitchen closes at 8:00pm on weeknights so they wouldn't be able to serve us, despite me making a booking on the phone. After two visits to the kitchen and loud exchanges with the kitchen... More 

Thank Rodgby
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was ok, nothing groundbreaking just decent scran. Cocktails were pretty good and reasonably priced. Staff were great, I guess students. Happy smiley students!

Thank Riccygirl
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for Sunday lunch. Atmoshpere was lacking. Local radio with adverts and such like, felt more like a canteen. The food was very average. Didn't taste particularly authentic, more like the spice sets you get from the supermarket.

Thank GiantScotsman
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mexican food is my favourite cuisine and I'm afraid this restaurant didn't cut it for me. I found the food inauthentic (more American bbq or a different take on Tex Mex) and not very good. The Mexican rice that came with my meal was overcooked to the point where I couldn't eat it. However, the service was very good and... More 

Thank Heatherbelles
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Very satisfying and tasty lunch was had here today. Very friendly and helpful service. Would thoroughly recommend.

Thank easkyc
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I recently had the tastiest burritos ever, on my last visit to this restaurant a few weeks ago! Its a very simple place, no fuss and what you see is what you get, which is great! The staff were friendly, attentive and as I said the food was tip top. Would recommend the burritos any day of the week, and... More 

Thank Iona C
Stirling, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Came with my mum for my birthday dinner and couldn't have asked for better service from Jackie, just the right amount of attentiveness and friendly we wanted for nothing, and the food was delicious as a lover of Mexican food this gets an overwhelming nod of approval. Can't recommend enough

2 Thank 11bubbles03
Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Small friendly restaurant with good choice and quality Mexican menu. Can be quite busy so book in advance.Conveniently situated close to town centre and railway station

Thank Ayrman74
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch on Sunday with my husband and travelled from Motherwell so it really was a gamble. We were very pleasantly surprised. Food was delicious and large portions too. All homemade and very tasty. Restaurant was small but I would imagine it has a great atmosphere on weekend nights. Staff couldn't be nicer and even gave us tourist information!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $31
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?