I was sitting in the ambulance with a calm anxious feeling. There were no sirens blaring, and we were travelling at average speeds. There was no emergency or panic. A bit of glee and excitement actually because I was just on my way to dinner in Grand Bend Ontario. Travel by ambulance is quite common here; it was all part of the brilliant service at a terrific restaurant called Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse.

Inside the shuttle Smackwater Jack's Taphouse Grand Bend Ontario

Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse Grand Bend

I don’t think it is possible that you can visit Grand Bend Ontario and not hear about Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse. There is a good reason for this too. Aside from the long list of fantastic reviews, the location is just breathtaking. They are not kidding when they say they are on the water’s edge. In fact, you can arrive there by boat, by car, by foot and by ambulance.

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Smackwater Jack’s Shuttle Service

As the girls who is always driving on road trips, I was very excited to learn about Smackwater Jack’s special shuttle transport. Our hotel staff at the Pinedale called over to the restaurant and arranged a time for our pick up. They were laughing and going on about the ambulance, and I didn’t know what to think. Then outside our hotel room was a restored ambulance with the Smackwater Jack’s logo and I got it.

What a great start to dinner when you don’t have to worry about getting back home safely after a few drinks on the patio. It is brilliant really. Call ahead and book your shuttle and be sure to leave a donation which is given to MADD, but donations are not mandatory.

Smackwater Jack's Taphouse Grand Bend Ontario

The Smackwater Jack’s Patio

Located right along the canal we waved at every boat that passed us by. As the sun begin to set, I kept my eye out to the pier which was just a walk away, knowing I was not going to miss the spectacular sunset on Lake Huron. If you are planning to have dinner at Smackwaters, bring your cameras because you won’t want to miss it either!

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Dinner at Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse

What you want to know is how the food is. Delicious, however, you must start by browsing their wine, beer and cider menu first.

With exceptional service, a great beer and cider menu and delicious food you can't go wrong, but add the beautiful patio with award winning sunsets and a shuttle service to and from your hotel and you have a winner with Smackwater Jack's Taphouse.

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Smackwater’s is known for serving locally grown produce from local farmers the menu is a delicious treat of Ontario goodness.

Smackwater Jack's Taphouse Grand Bend Ontario

Appetizer: Tempura Local Goat Cheese Curds & Lemon Garlic Aioli

We started our meal with their cheese curds appetizer. Basically deep fried goat cheese with an extraordinary dipping sauce. We couldn’t finish it, however our server was prepared and brought us a container for it before our main meals even came to our table.

Smackwater Jack's Taphouse Grand Bend Ontario

Dinner for two on the patio.

My girlfriend ordered the chicken fingers and fries while I went for a more traditional Ontario favourite.

Smackwater Jack's Taphouse Grand Bend Ontario

Perch Tacos

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that I order Perch just about everywhere I go in Ontario. Perch Tacos are like my favourite thing, so if it is on the menu, chances are I’m ording it. These crisp battered yellow perch, were topped with creamy coleslaw, guacamole  and a chipotle lime sauce. They were amazing!

Staff at Smackwater Jack’s

I can not write this review without gushing about our waitress Karlie who had perfect timing, great recommendations and a lot of patience serving a travel writer that even when she’s supposed to be on vacation with her girlfriend takes photos of everything and asks a million questions. In fact, Brad and the rest of the team at Smackwater’s your bubbly, happy, friendly attitudes just solidified what an incredible restaurant this is. I can’t wait to come back and see you all again!

With exceptional service, a great beer and cider menu and delicious food you can't go wrong, but add the beautiful patio with award winning sunsets and a shuttle service to and from your hotel and you have a winner with Smackwater Jack's Taphouse.

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For more on what we saw in Grand Bend Ontario see these posts:

Destination: Dreamy Fun-filled Vacation in Grand Bend Ontario

Hotel: Girls Getaway at Pinedale Motor Inn

Thank you to my friend Diana for inviting me on this getaway with her and thank you to the team at Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse for making this dinner so special!