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Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866-1402
+1 714-633-1050
Today
06:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 21:00
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Tacoma, Washington
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432 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Placentia, California
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Villa Park, California
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

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Lake Forest, California
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168 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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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16 reviews
4 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 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!

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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135 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

While visiting family in Orange, CA, we took the opportunity to dine at Watson's, a repurposed former drug store. The facility boasts its original terrazzo floor, while the old soda fountain is now a full-service bar. Dining is available both inside and out, while ice cream and dessert is available at your table, or accessed at a separate walk-up/take-out counter.... More 

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Anaheim, California
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132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We had been to the restored Watsons for breakfast a couple of times so decided to try it for dinner. Met some friends there who had not tried it either. We were all pleasantly surprised. The food was really good. The location in downtown Orange has always been great and we are glad that they have kept the fountain and... More 

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Marlinton, West Virginia
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We drove over to Watson's today. We had seen in on KTLA spot. It's in a old building in downtown Orange.......a cool place to visit and spend some time. We went at about 2:00 pm to miss the lunch crowd. The burgers started at half a pound and were a bit more than what we wanted. The mini bacon burgers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
06:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 21:00
Thursday
06:30 - 21:00
Friday
06:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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?