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“raising the bar on G.B's resto scene”

Smackwater Jacks Taphouse
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Ranked #6 of 48 Restaurants in Grand Bend
Price range: $4 - $22
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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.
LaSalle Ontario
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“raising the bar on G.B's resto scene”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Initial visit was a very enjoyable one. Diverse menu options, all done with a little bit of flair. Nice selection of beers on tap, however not up-to-par with Paddington's for the serious beer drinker. Sampled many of the food options from my accompanying diners plates and was genuinely impressed with the attention to flavourings, presentation, and preparation. Service was attentive and timely. The location is one of the most unique in G.B. being situated on the harbour, with views of Lake Huron. Scoring a seat on the second story of the balcony would be a major plus. A lot of time, money, and effort has obviously went into launching Smackwaters. The gastro scene in G.B. has improved appreciably in the past couple of years, Smacks will need to consistently deliver good food, service, and value to their patrons.

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vancouver
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great new addition to dining in the Bend”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

After two visits to this great new gem by the river I was very impressed by the service and quality of the food. First visit both my friend and I chose the perch tacos- yummy! I did not hesitate to bring the whole family back for an early dinner - my daughter loved the tacos too, the pulled pork brushetta with a ceasar salad was a great option to share- mom tackled the perch burger and I found the lobster club delicious! Portions are generous- great fries- and our server was fantastic- Choose to sit on the deck for a great view of the boats cruising by- perfect for Grand Bend sunsets- we will be back!

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2 Thank podmomma
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Etobicoke
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not prepared”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Grand Bend is a premium priced destination in the summer. I expect that bars and eateries would rise to the occasion. We left dissapointed because they had run out of their signature dish and what was served was not quite right. They can do a better job but didn't for us. I wouldn't strike it off the list just yet, the potential for a better experience is there but they need to do better.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank slowasmolasses
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Amherstburg, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“New spot in the Bend”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

This place just opened June 15th and I've already eaten there six times...what does that tell you. The menu is great, everything from the appetizers to the entrees. Great location with great food, it dosen't get any better.

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1 Thank Dave G
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