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Smackwater Jacks Taphouse

71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
+1 519-238-5556
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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“lobster roll” (17 reviews)
“perch” (25 reviews)
“fish tacos” (24 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are a family of 3, we arrived without reservation, and it was not problem to seat and have a nice late lunch. The entrees menu is not very wide, but what we ordered was nicely cook. We would be back later on summer per...More

Thank Adriana C
Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

We visited with friends for a late lunch and some drinks. The restaurant was very busy, and it felt like staff were very thin. We enjoyed the food and atmosphere, but would suggest staff provide simple things like refills of water regularity. Perhaps an extra...More

Thank KassM
Reviewed January 8, 2018

The food is quite good - not your traditional pub fare. It's fresh and not greasy. We enjoy the tables inside right near the water. It is very peaceful and the servers are attentive.

Thank TKBulba
Reviewed November 30, 2017

great way to see the area - great dining at Smackwaters and going out local wine, beer and cider places is fun!

Thank ChrisGB407
Reviewed November 10, 2017

I wrote a very favourable review in August 2015. I've been back here several times since then, but no more. Not until someone credible tells me they've got a better menu and/or chef. I liked their fish and chips, but no more. Their salads are...More

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Smackwater Jack... O, Owner at Smackwater Jacks Taphouse, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2017

I am sorry for your experience , we have just changed our Kitchen management , can you let me know when you where last at our establishment , we are trying to raise the bar and are in the process of making a healthier menu...More

Reviewed November 3, 2017

this place has a ton of potential, their location is awesome I think they just need to work on their menu, pricing and service a bit,, awesome river view

Thank SeanTravelz
Reviewed October 20, 2017

What a great atmosphere for friends to enjoy dinner,overlooking the water. You cannot find a better place to view a sunset over Lake Huron. An added bonus is they will even pick you up & drive you home after your meal.Hard to beat this!!!

Thank Jim B
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Jack's was a bit overwhelmed by the unexpectedly GORGEOUS late September weather and was caught a bit short of help. Yet everyone still smiled and apologized for any waits. That worked out very much in our favor as we could sit by the water for...More

Thank my1977Shadow
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

camping in grand bend and stopped for dinner at smack water tap house very warm welcoming great staff awsome meal great place to eat in the lambton shores area lots of craft beers on tap aswell as domestic here is a pic of my fish...More

Thank Russell D
Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

We were at Smackwater Jacks on Sunday evening. It was very busy, but the staff were still very kind and attentive. We have been many times and will continue to come back. Such a great patio!!

Thank Abigale H
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Betty M
August 27, 2017|
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Response from Elsie R | Reviewed this property |
I had the lobster roll and I was a bit disappointed.
Betty M
August 27, 2017|
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Response from 69duke | Reviewed this property |
no and its not my place.
June 26, 2016|
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Response from Smackwater Jack... O | Property representative |
we have a special area that you can have your dog beside you but he is on the other side of a planter. We will provide a=water and shade for your friend In Ontario we are not allowed to have any dogs on the Patio other... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $22
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 AM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 River Road, Grand Bend, Lambton Shores, Ontario N0M 1T0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Lambton Shores  >  Grand Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 519-238-5556
  • E-mail
For a front row seat to one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, Smackwater Jack's indoor seating and spacious patio on the water's edge is the place for you. Our newly renovated restaurant serves locally grown produce served with meat from local farmers along side quality craft beers. Owned and operated by father and son team, Brad and Andy Oke, Smackwater Jack's is the summer go-to restaurant and bar.
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