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Beacon Drive In

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255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306-6047
+1 864-585-9387
07:00 - 22:00
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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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Macon, North Carolina
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is an institution! Make sure you're hungry when you get there and know what you want BEFORE you get in line to order. The fun is in the loud, chaotic atmosphere; and even though no one writes anything down, the orders are rarely wrong. It's amazing to watch. If you should decide to brave an item " a-plenty",... More 

Thank Karen H
Washington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some folks just don't get it. The Beacon's onion rings are not perfect rings of battered and fried onion. Never have been that way, and thank goodness for that. The Beacon's onion rings form a clump, yeah, that's the right word. If I want onion rings that resemble the five Olympic Rings, I would go to a place that serves... More 

Thank Mike V
Bradenton, Florida
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learning my new town of Spartanburg. Made it to The Beacon. Super friendly staff. Food was amazing. Huge portions. Will be going back often to try lots of different items from the menu. Do yourself a favor and go to The Beacon

1 Thank SaraJane05
Metter, Georgia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bigger restaurant than i had anticipated and thought it would be super busy for lunch st 12:15, but it wasn't. Had seen a segment on this spot on NBC some months back. Huge selection, great rapor with customers, however pur food was so-so and cold. Guess it might have been better if it had been busier. Feel like we tried,... More 

1 Thank toni t
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Beacon is a very different type of restaurant. When you walk in the atmosphere is unique. The food is good and you will get a plate full. You will get your money worth.

Thank 78zackeryh
Columbia, South Carolina
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462 reviews
408 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been eating here since 1973. Things have changed for the better. A lot less salt and grease, but still great taste. They also have a "basket" menu for 5 bucks which features smaller portions. Just right for an old guy with a heart condition like me!

Thank Lbouknight
Aiken, South Carolina
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323 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for lunch since this is a favorite of my husband's since Spartanburg is his hometown. He worked at the Beacon while in high school and thinks it is great. Unless you are a local, it is difficult to know what to order or how the line moves. They have their own lingo. It is very loud with a man... More 

Thank ASH814
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 'world famous' Beacon Drive In --- Once a teenage cruse mecca, but always has had good food. They still have a greeter at the counter shouting out your order to the cooks. Depending on what you order, you can minimize your grease intake and enjoy really excellent and well portioned food. On the other hand - some menu items... More 

Thank Corvette_Rob
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is seriously intense food. Huge portions, very fatty and salty! Sure we love that stuff on occasion but go easy. A huge burger with chili cheese and enough onion rings for 6 people. Mega calorie splurge! Zero decor.

Thank Jan Y
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I returned with my family and local friends to the Beacon after a 15 year hiatus. We lived in the area 30 years earlier and had fond memories of pork-a-plenty and classic drive-in atmosphere. Things had not changed much. Food was just as good and plentiful as we remembered. Don't plan on having a healthy meal, but do plan on... More 

Thank DeaconRon

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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
US$5 - US$10
American, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?