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4422 Gertrude St, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6J8, Canada
(250) 723-6331
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Took me back 30 years

Reasonable prices, good menu, quick very friendly service and food was better than I expected. Hot & fresh. An old style drive in where they put the tray on your windshield just like back then. A fun experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
GlenMClark
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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Reasonable prices, good menu, quick very friendly service and food was better than I expected. Hot & fresh. An old style drive in where they put the tray on your windshield just like back then. A fun experience.

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Thank GlenMClark
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The food is delicious, the menu offers great variety, the service is fast and friendly, and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the old drive-in restaurant days. Enjoy your meal here!

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Thank Sarah 1
Manitoba, Canada
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this drive in. We've never eaten at a drive in like this before and it was a great experience. Everyone was so friendly and the food was amazing! The burgers and onion rings are to die for!

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Thank kgr4
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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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Thank Bill C
Qualicum Beach, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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Thank Jeanmc2014
Vancouver, Canada
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131 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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Thank Ashleigh C
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194 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 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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Thank Karen1616
Campbell River, Canada
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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Thank 3Smit3
Nanaimo
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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