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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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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 28
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  • 21
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food but a little frustrating.

Everyone from work recommended coming here for my last day in town. The entrance is a group of confused people who do not look all around to know what is the special and what to order. The girl behind the counter is obviously frustrated by walking every customer through what sides do you want then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Well worth the jog off the beaten path. Just what we were looking for in the way of a local barbecue place. Big portions, reasonable prices , great food. Loved the selection of sides and the blueberry chipotle rib sauce.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Everyone from work recommended coming here for my last day in town. The entrance is a group of confused people who do not look all around to know what is the special and what to order. The girl behind the counter is obviously frustrated by walking every customer through what sides do you want then listing what they are. Then... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Considering myself not a BBQ person, I was hesitant to try this place. However, some locals forced me last year, and I am so glad that they did. Whether taking out or eating there, food is always hot, orders are always accurate, and staff seems generally concerned about patrons. Always eat here several times each time we are in town.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I believe this was the best BBQ sandwich I ever ate!! The place was packed for lunch but the line moved quickly. I got the " Hogzilla"... Awesome!!!!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Food was okay. I've had better BBQ at lesser known establishments in the area. Food came out really quick which was nice but we were not really in a hurry. Staff was aloof.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I've been to 12 Bones in Arden 2x, once a year ago and then last week. A year ago, I was there around 3 pm, had BBQ sandwich, a 3 rib plate and sides. I wasn't that impressed with the ribs and the BBQ was average. Had the cole slaw and beans, which were fine. Last week I went in... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

As we were traveling to S.C. we stopped to eat some BBQ upon our friends recommendation who had eaten here before. The ribs were good but the pulled BBQ didn't have much smoked taste and I didn't see a smoke ring on the eat. The ribs didn't have the great smoked taste and I wondered if the meat is actually... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Ok, it's 4th of July and we were picking up from a camp and needed lunch. Last week we learned from another BBQ customer at another restaurant that this place existed. So, today was the day to try it Everything I tried was very good. We tried the Cheerwine ribs and the Maple too. I wanted to get one of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We enjoyed every bite! The ribs and the pulled pork are delicious! We bought more to take home from the special already packaged up "to go" section!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have never been disappointed at 12 bones. I especially like the side dishes, but the meat is excellent. They have very unique sides!

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?