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Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain

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116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866-1402
+1 714-633-1050
06:30 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 21:00
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Orange for 25 years and knew Watson's before the renovation. It got a great face lift! The service was fast when I was there for lunch and the portions were generous. There is parking behind it so don't stress out.

Thank Linda G
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310 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Nothing at all like the old version. No longer an old cafe feel from a movie, and no pharmacy. Now a huge bar, a small ice cream area and $6 shakes, a bit much if you have 3 or more kids with you, the cafe side is VERY loud and unappealing. Absolutely NO charm. Large selection of OK food selections,... More 

Thank Priscilla G
Post Falls
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

WOW!! I'm totally pleased! I haven't been to the Orange Circle in many years...Watson's was our first stop today since we were all pretty hungry. From the minute we walked in the door and until we left, we felt completely welcomed. Our server, Tim, was fantastic!! Great personality and customer service!! He made it feel like we've all been friends... More 

Thank Stefanie B
Orange, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

It used to be a charming 50s diner where the movie 'That thing you do' with Tom Hanks was filmed. Now it is an overpriced bar/restaurant that might have been fine elsewhere but it completely took away the nostalgia and charm that was a staple in this area of town

Thank NurseB11
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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658 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

This was not our original destination for lunch. However because a lack of parking spaces around we found one close to Watson's so we ate here. Our good fortune! The place is much bigger then I expected. Done in a 50's drug store theme it was quite comfortable. One interesting point was the looping of I Love Lucy episodes. For... More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This is a nice and casual restaurant to come to; however if you come during busy dinner hours it is very loud inside. I can't say the new bar stools are very comfortable.

Thank Johnna J
Tacoma, Washington
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549 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This downtown area in Orange County is very quaint. I come here about once a year to get away from the family Disneyland adventure. There are tons of antiques shops and boutiques. One of my favourite stops in years past was Watson Drug - which, as noted - used to be a soda fountain, the kind you don't see much... More 

1 Thank jay s
Placentia, California
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120 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

For years, Watson's was one of those one of a kind eating establishments that you couldn't find anywhere else. I used to love to come in, buy the newspaper, cozy up to the bar and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee, slice of pie and read the paper. I have some amazing memories of this place. Unfortunately, the owners decided... More 

2 Thank Luciano L
Laguna Niguel, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

I have been to the former Watson's many times over the years. I live in south Orange County and would drive the 35 miles to bring guests to experience an old time drugstore soda fountain experience. The picture above was how it looked before. Now that the restaurant has been remodeled it is just not the same. Although the restaurant... More 

2 Thank Debbie W
Villa Park, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Today I had a foot long hot dog with chili and corn chips. For the side I had fruit but they offered fries, onion rings, or tater tots (which I usually get). It was very good. Service was very friendly. My friend had a good looking club sandwich. He loved it.

Thank Mike D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866-1402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Orange
  • Phone Number: +1 714-633-1050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?