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J & L Drive-In

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4422 Gertrude St, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6J8, Canada
(250) 723-6331
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
quick bite after shopping, animals in vehicle, love that is is retro and car hops

love it, have been a few times now, love the burgers, shakes, fries and that i can stay in vehicle or sit at picnic bench, car service, friendly staff, good food, and great prices

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Jeanmc2014
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I visited the J&L during a recent trip to my hometown. It hasn't changed a bit. Same menu, same service. Because it's perfect. Especially the onion rings! I believe they are the Platonic Ideal of the onion ring. I am so glad the J&L exists! If you are heading to Tofino or Ucluelet, don't just drive through Port Alberni. Turn... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

love it, have been a few times now, love the burgers, shakes, fries and that i can stay in vehicle or sit at picnic bench, car service, friendly staff, good food, and great prices

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Vancouver, Canada
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The J & L is a local institution, and has not changed in 40 years because it is perfect. Don't miss the onion rings (better than the fries). Also good shakes and burgers. The food is mostly pre-frozen, but it is good quality and served piping hot. Much better than any fast food chain (and reasonably priced). This is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Although I'm not usually a fan of fast or deep fried foods, I had the scallops which were amazing, my friend REALLY enjoyed their burger, and we both sucked back our shakes! I'll definitely be back to try other menu items.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Love the retro drive in style..had the regular drive in menu items...we had burger,fries and milkshake...it came quick and hot..the service was very good...they were constantly cleaning..made me quick comfortable eating here.

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Campbell River, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Always good food and great service. Look forward to the cheeseburgers as we are passing through Port Alberni.

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Nanaimo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It is so awesome that J & L's is one of the only surviving drive-ins on the island...has been around for decades & has an amazing assortment of always yummy everything from the classic, basic mushroom burger to the j & l special to the shakes...can't go wrong & always worth a stop on your way through to Tofino or... More 

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Whistler
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Amazing burgers and Onion Rings. One of the best I've had in quite some time. A really cool drive in style building with seating as well. I felt like I took a step back in time. You need to try this place.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

First time here, reccomended by a friend. Service is Fast and Friendly.great burgers, Chicken burger with cheese and bacon and bacon cheese burger and of course onion ring's ... Defiantly going back👍🏻

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Horrible horrible horrible. Dry dempsters hamburger buns, canned mushrooms, and the burger supply is some blah, grisly frozen patty. Best part of the visit was the service....the girls are very nice

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  • Address: 4422 Gertrude St, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6J8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Port Alberni
  • Phone Number: (250) 723-6331

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