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12 Bones Smokehouse

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3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC 28704
+1 828-687-1395
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner

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    Very good
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food good-fun atmosphere

Heard so much about this restaurant from locals. Decided to go for lunch for my birthday. The line was long, but service went quickly. The staff was helpful in making my selection. The atmosphere was fun and casual. Food was good- not great. Ribs were somewhat dry. The greens were the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Asheville, North Carolina
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stanv
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

As far as bbq goes in our area 12 Bones offers the best. For sandwiches the Hogzilla is best, the pulled pork plate with any side items is always a good option. And, the ribs are very good. My preference is Texas style bbq and smoked food, but it's too far to drive! The bbq options in Lexington NC are... More 

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Just OK. Over-rated and too pricey in my opinion. Not sure what all the fuss is about. I've done take-out three times in the past and wasn't wowed on any of those occasions.

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Arden, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I love this restaurant! I am not a big BBQ person, but I love this restaurant. Their prices are reasonable, and the food is excellent! There are always lots of people eating there. Take note: they are only open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday, and takeout after 4:30. I must eat a gluten free diet, and they have those items clearly marked... More 

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North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I love the pulled pork with tomato sauce! I wish they had sweet mashed potatoes but the other sides are good.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Heard so much about this restaurant from locals. Decided to go for lunch for my birthday. The line was long, but service went quickly. The staff was helpful in making my selection. The atmosphere was fun and casual. Food was good- not great. Ribs were somewhat dry. The greens were the best Ive ever tasted. Next time will order something... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Disappointed is the best way to describe my feelings about 12 bones. I had heard for years this que is amazing...don't believe the hipe. The ribs were good, not great. They smoke them, stack them up on top of the grill. When you order them they hear them up on the grill (this is ok) and brush on whatever flavored... More 

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Winter Park, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The ribs (blueberry chipotle), jalapeño grits, and green beans beans were excellent. We felt the Brisket was good but standard. It was not abnormally tender or moist. We also thought the coleslaw, baked beans, and cornbread fell into the "good but not memorable" category. The young lady taking our order was extremely friendly, and our plates were picked up for... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The food is very good. I like getting take away from here but when I do dine in it is always a fun experience

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Saluda, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I enjoy BBQ and make it a point to sample places in my travels. 12 Bones has a excellent reputation, and they have earned it. From the ribs to all the sides, each dish is delicious. The grits are some of the best I've had. The ribs, which I consider myself an 'expert' on eating, are outstanding. Same for the... More 

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141 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My fist visit. Ordered naked ribs (sauce on ribs is a greater sin than catchup on a hot dog). They were a bit on the dry side, but good. The sides were very good but did not the cornbread was too dry. I'll be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC 28704
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Arden
  • Phone Number: +1 828-687-1395

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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