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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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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good40%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“onion rings” (9 reviews)
“burger” (18 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866-1402
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really cute place! The kids loves the breakfast. Breakfast burrito was a bit dry but we will be back to try out lunch and take a better look around.

Thank Maureen F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the Old Towne Historic District, two miles east of I-5 or one mile west of I-55 via Chapman Ave, the historic (since 1899) community icon, WATSON’S SODA FOUNTAIN & CAFE, offers a variety of cleverly-named concoctions (Ben’s Coney Island Crunchy Dog or Watson’s...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A person in our party of 6 recommended Watson's for lunch. The wait at 1:30 pm was roughly 25 minutes for the 6 of us. They get your cell number to text you when your table is ready so you can walk around downtown and...More

Thank KaliGurl
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank Priscilla G
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank Stefanie B
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank NurseB11
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...More

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
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,...More

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Dennis C
I was there yesterday and I tried their Bistro Chicken Caesars Salad. It was very good but served on the wrong kind of plate, the plate was too small for a salad the size of a good Caesars Salad. So I suggested to my server, how to serve it better. In A large salad bowl & dice & Chop up the Romaine Lettuce better and toss the Lettuce, put the diced chicken on top and dressing on the side. Is this too much or do these places like suggestions?
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.
When is it going to reopen
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
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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