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255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306-6047
+1 864-585-9387
07:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Tue 07:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 07:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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127 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped here many years ago and enjoyed it, but we try to eat healthier now. On the way home from a mountain trip we decided we would stop - there were two adults, four teenagers. The Beacon really is an "icon" in this area, and it was very crowded that day. It didn't look too clean - pieces of food... More 

Thank WorthSC
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Saw piece on Diners, Drive in and Dives and decided to stop here for lunch. Not a good choice. If you like large portions of so-so food, this place is for you. Burgers were overcooked; fries were mediocre; onion rings did not live up to the hype. Not the cleanest restaurant in the world!

Thank AJosephD
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have always loved the Beacon... Hash a plenty is my favorite with extra red, I love having my onion rings double dipped and tarter homemade tarter sauce to dip them in.

Thank CharleesCorner
Ooltewah, TN
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89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tried the now famous BEACON in Spartanburg, SC after seeing it on TV. We picked two evening specials and were not impressed. Next time we'll be ready to order at the proper time. We were undecided asking what's included- big mistake- we were sent back to look at the wall menu - which is overwhelming. So avoid the Catfish- or... More 

Thank Billooltewah
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a step back in time and enjoy really good (and greasy) food. Not so healthy, but wonderful! Everyone goes to the Beacon--locals, visitors--politicians even stop here! It is a real live old-fashioned Drive-in. Yes, they will take your order outside, but no one does that, unless they have mobility issues because you have to go inside to experience this... More 

Thank Nancy D
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Beacon is a favorite of our family who lives in the area. Our dads grew up with John White ....it's a first stop into Spartanburg for BBQ topped with cole slaw.

Thank Susie S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chili cheese a plenty or hash with heavy red is what I always get. Very good food and definitely a staple in Spartanburg.

Thank Donna M
Boiling Springs, North Carolina, United States
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a Greasy Spoon restaurant that has been loved by many and is a "must eat" place in Spartanburg. For my second visit, I had the Chili cheeseburger and onion rings. By the time I got to my seat, the rings were cold and the burger luke warm. It is an experience, to have but as I reminded myself,... More 

Thank photojdoc
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Beacon is a local landmark. People from all around the country come here to eat. Sandwiches are extra large with a huge heaping of French fries and onion rings! The person calling the orders is so fast you can't understand him. It's a novelty. The food is very greasy though but it tastes wonderful! The Beacon tea is so... More 

Thank Lori D
North Carolina
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185 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We live approximately 40 miles from this iconic restaurant and do not get by there as much as we would like. When we do it is a treat. The food is delicious but unfortunately not very healthy fare. But what the heck - you only live once! The place has not changed much since it opened in 1946. The onion... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306-6047
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Spartanburg
  • Phone Number: +1 864-585-9387

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Atlanta, Georgia
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?