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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

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very Good, Not Epic

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
kristin d
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Winter Park, Florida
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 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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Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is in an old gas station that's been converted, large enough to seat quite a few but small enough to get the nostalgic vibe. We love the Veg plate four sides and cornbread then we also split a half rack. Local beers, delicious meats and sides. Strange hours so check before you go.

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Franklin, NC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I have never been disappointed with this establishment, in 6 years. Last time I had the brisket sandwich, which was awesome. No sauce required ! The collards are cooked just right, without a bunch of stems. The grits are fab. You can get a local beer. Casual and fun place to do lunch. Zero complaints.

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Asheville, NC
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Located in an old gas station/repair shop. Side dishes are good for vegetarians. Cornbread is sticky and sweet-yuk. Ribs are served with dry rub and they offer about 5 flavors a day. Fun spot.

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Morganton, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

For myself, 12 Bones is a Rib Place. I tried their pulled BBQ and it was good, but nothing spectacular. The Ribs, however, are out of this world! For around $14 or so, you can get half a rack of ribs, two sides and a drink. The Ribs (I love the Dry Rub) are my favorite. For me, this is... More 

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Parkland, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

So good, really can't go wrong,but the ribs are definitely the best! And the jalapeño grits was our families favorite side,great collard greens.bottom line for really good southern BBQ THIS is the spot.

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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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