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Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain

116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866-1402
+1 714-633-1050
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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Opens in 27 min
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866-1402
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was my 2nd visit to Watson's. I must say I enjoyed my first visit better. Since changing hands the old diner doesn't have the same charm. The service was slow and the food over cooked. The pharmacy showing all those old drinks of the...More

Thank ladybug5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Location: Near the Old Towne Orange Circle Parking: street parking Atmosphere: quirky, charming, well designed Staff: average Menu: unique offerings - go for the atmosphere and conversation. If you are looking for a big plate of food at an affordable price, that's probably somewhere else....More

Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting our niece while she is going to Chapman and she brought us to Watson's. She said this is her go to place when she is looking for some comfort food. I ordered the French Onion Beef Dip and a chocolate shake. The beef dip...More

Thank Seattletraveler98108
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place that we just stumbled upon. The town is really cute and has a bunch of old antique stores. This place is over 100 years old so it’s got a great past. Half of it is an old soda ice cream shop and the...More

Thank Todd S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was a little disappointed that there is no longer a drug store here, but we very much enjoyed the ice cream treats and each one was very good. The restaurant was full so we sat at the soda fountain which was fine. A fun place...More

Thank Wyoming_traveler_2
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

I haven't been to Watsons in 6 or 7 years. I was super sad to see it completely changed. It's no longer a piece of history. It was a place lost in time. Now it's modern, trying to look vintage. That doesn't make sense. Heartbroken!...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Watson's is one of the best places to eat near campus. We have eaten there several times and the food is always very good, and fresh. The milkshakes are the bomb! The décor is very cool, it is fun to walk around and look at...More

Thank Roseann R
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Its a super combination store . One stop shop for cosmetics . Medicines and drinks. Close to chapman campus makes it very convenient for students and visiting parents and friends.

Thank Masarrat N
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Established in 1899, Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café in historic Old Town Orange was originally a drug store that later added a soda fountain. It is located on Chapman Avenue just east of the intersection of Glassell Street. The interior features a vintage soda fountain...More

Thank BruinDan
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Not only was the ice cream soda awesome but the food was excellent as well. Great service and loved the decor! It is wonderful to see these old establishments still thriving! !

Thank HerMajestyShip
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Questions & Answers
Dennis C
24 June 2016|
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Response from oyyveyy | Reviewed this property |
They always are open to suggestions, however the server probably isn't the one to tell. Instead I'd tell a manager or maybe send a message to them via their FB page. I know the owner and I know they are open to feedback.
28 December 2015|
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Response from jeaniko | Reviewed this property |
I believe they hope to reopen in mid-January......I'm anxious to see the results.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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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