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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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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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603 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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6 restaurant reviews
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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470 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 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 

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Placentia, California
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110 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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 

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Villa Park, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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 4 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 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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
Stockbridge, Georgia
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136 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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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Restaurant Details

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