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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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Orange, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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612 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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472 reviews
338 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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113 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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
Lake Forest, California
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177 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My mother in law turned 88 and she wanted ice cream. So we drove from Mission Viejo to Orange and the traffic circle and went to Watson's. Since one can not have dessert before dinner, we ordered dinner. M-I-L had the meatballs and a salad. She enjoyed both. I split a fantastic BLT, which was a triple decker, with my... More 

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fontana, california
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Great Place to eat, we sat outside which can be good and bad as there was a lot traffic and the restaurant sits on a very busy street in Orange, that said we got seated right way, and waitress came right up and took our drink and order, food came pretty quick, I got the hamburger which was very good... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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368 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Watson's is one of my brother's favorite spots, so when I was visiting family in OC, this is one of the spots we went. It was very yummy. I had the Miracle Cure, because I adore eggs Benedict. It was quite lovely. The atmosphere is fun, too. I will definitely go back the next visit!

Thank Kbochick

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?