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255 John B White SR Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306-6047
(864) 585-9387
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Today
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 42
    Poor
  • 51
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
A Dining Experience Truly Like No Other

When you first spot the Beacon restaurant, it will appear as a dilapidated hulk of a building smack-dab in the middle of the ghetto. You'll also notice that there are not any other fast food establishments to be found within a 2-square mile radius....which may lead one to believe that this is not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Keith K
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Texas
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245 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Ate lunch here on recommendation of a friend/colleague. I did arrive after the lunch rush, but I expected my cheeseburger and onion rings to be hot and fresh - they were not. The burger was plenty loaded with great items, but the meat was not warm, let alone hot. I was asked if I wanted bacon - I replied no,... More 

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Stanley, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I had my family go there because I saw it on Diners Drive-ins and Dives. We were all really disappointed. Very unorganized and food wasn't very good. We won't be back!!!

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

When you first spot the Beacon restaurant, it will appear as a dilapidated hulk of a building smack-dab in the middle of the ghetto. You'll also notice that there are not any other fast food establishments to be found within a 2-square mile radius....which may lead one to believe that this is not the type of place that you want... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

For people that haven't lived in the Upstate for any length of time, it's difficult to know the mystique that is The Beacon. I lived in Greenville for over 15 years, and made the 30 minute journey to The Beacon many times. My usual was a cheeseburger, "with, all the way" (lettuce, onions, tomato, mayo), A-plenty, and they never got... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Husband and I were passing though on I26. My first visit to The Beacon was over 15 years ago. Always a favorite stop. He never had been. We stopped in around 5 on a Friday night. They were having their first ever Beacon Bash! What fun! Wish we had more time to stay. Besides the normal entertainment they had a... More 

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Gaffney, South Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Although it's something of an institution in Spatranburg, it's a bit disappointing. The food is pretty greasy. It's not the cleanest looking place either. All the politicians go there just to be seen, I guess. I doubt I'd go back.

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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The unique way of ordering makes this place fun; however, the chili on the burgers is very harsh, and the fries and onion rings are entirely too greasy. The whole place including the floors feels greasy. The small ice cream shop inside the restaurant is nice, and provides a nice sitting area for watching the way the orders are relayed... More 

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Newark, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My wife and I just moved to Spartanburg from Ohio, and we decided to stop at the Beacon Drive in for lunch one day. My wife got a burger and I got pulled pork. My pulled pork was very good, but my wife complained that the onion rings were too greasy, which they were, and she stated that she's never... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

More food than you can eat most of the time. A unique way of ordering and moving down the line but such a fun place and great if you have kids as The Beacon is large enough that you can sit and dine in peace or be as loud as you want with a group. Great southern sweet tea. Ice... More 

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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Always enjoy having lunch here! The staff is very friendly, food is ready quickly and delicious. Great place for family, friends or business to eat. My favorite is Beacon iced tea!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 255 John B White SR Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306-6047
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Spartanburg
  • Phone Number: (864) 585-9387

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?