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The Original Pancake House

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3322 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869-3811
06:30 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 15:00
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Pendleton, Oregon
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I haven't eaten here in a very long time. I ordered the pancakes and a poached egg. Both were good, not spectacular. Howard had the Pecan Waffle. It was delicious. He raved about it. The disappointment came with the bill. Coffee was 3.10 a cup. I couldn't believe it. It was only okay. It wasn't Starbucks or Seattle's Best. Shame... More 

Thank wcwthredtennisshoes
Santa Ana, California
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We have visited this place for years. So many delicious pancake options. Huge fluffy omelettes and thick bacon. We love it and haven't found a better breakfast place yet. The Dutch baby is a European, plate sized pancake cooked in the oven until it puffs up to an incredible size - puncture it and dig in to its steamy deliciousness!... More 

Thank JoyMcN
Orlando, Florida
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128 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I arrived late morning, so not too crowded. The pancakes were the best and the service was excellent. Good Value as well!

Thank Kevin H
Taguig City, Philippines
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89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Ate here with extended family. Half our large group were kids aged 8 months to 7 years, but the brunch crowd and staff were very understanding. The place was a bit busy and there were a few lapses with ordering, but service was always friendly. Food was delicious. Enjoyed their corned beef hash and banana pancakes. Though eggs were a... More 

Thank Maddie A
Orange, CA
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156 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

This was the first bad experience with this location. We came early Sunday mornin. Service was slow and our server appeared to be overwhelmed. Food came out cold. The pancakes came late but were hot. Expensive breakfast for slow service and cold food.

Thank Melissa M
Southern California
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

If you're willing to sacrifice the bells and whistles, then the food is good. This trip was all about lingonberries. Yummy, but I expected a lingonberry syrup and got maple. The few times I've been here the staff always seems harried and they always have to apologize for taking twice as long to bring the food from a normal breakfast... More 

Thank anneg6226
Kansas City, Missouri
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135 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

This small pancake chain is just the best! Huge breakfasts, so be ready. I like pretty much everything here, but my favorite is the '49er flapjacks. Also worth trying: the pecan pancakes and the German pancake. I was here with a friend on a weekday, and they had no problem with us hanging out, catching up for two hours. That... More 

Thank ReadySetGox10
Orange, California
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

This IS NOT ihop!!! Don't even think it. This is GREAT food. Oh my gosh, I don;t know where to start, They are so good & popular, they don't need to open for dinner!!!!! Killer omelets on top of the pancakes. Go!! Go NOW!!!!

Thank Debra E
La Habra, California
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147 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

These restaurants are independently owned and appear to be similar to a franchise. They use the same general menu and recipes; and they have some wonderful things for breakfast. We are talking a dozen different types of pancakes. And perhaps a half dozen different waffles. Also wonderful omelets and egg dishes. They also have some of the best thick cut... More 

Thank jpDills
Anaheim, California
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Food wasn't bad, but I don't think it was worth the 20 minute wait. Prices are okay, but it felt like an average breakfast. Nothing special.

Thank suziepi3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3322 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869-3811
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Orange

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?