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12 Bones Smokehouse

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5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
+1 828-253-4499
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

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  • 531
    Excellent
  • 179
    Very good
  • 68
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Smoking

Food was excellent. Six of us in our party and everyone was satisfied. Two of our party got whole rack of ribs and neither one finished. Corn pudding for me was the best side. Got there at 1:40 and did not have to wait at all. Never saw a line form either.. Will definitely go back again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
John G
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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824 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Food was excellent. Six of us in our party and everyone was satisfied. Two of our party got whole rack of ribs and neither one finished. Corn pudding for me was the best side. Got there at 1:40 and did not have to wait at all. Never saw a line form either.. Will definitely go back again.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can't go wrong with just about anything here. Don't be afraid or the grits! The worst thing about the restaurant is having to choose what to order and the line waiting to order. The side dishes are as good as the bar b que... A MUST place to visit in Asheville.

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Sioux Falls
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I told my business colleague who lives in the area that I liked good ribs. He recommended 12 Bones so we went there for a late lunch (after 2:00 pm). He had a half rack with blueberry chipotle sauce and I had a full rack with sweet vinegar. Mmmm goood! My two sides were smoked mashed sweet potatoes and coleslaw.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had the ribs, brisket, and 4 sides here. The flavor of the ribs with the blueberry Chipotle bbq sauce was delicious, although the meat was pretty dry. If you like all the fat smoked off, these are for you. We'd get them again. Same for the brisket, thin slices and dry, but the bbq sauces are good. Sides are... More 

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Denver, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We loved this place the first couple of times we came. Really old timey smokehouse, with lines wrapped around the building, the decor was always totally lacking but the food was outstanding. Ribs were incredible, the sauces and rubs extremely memorable and the sides extra special, especially the corn pudding. Brisket tender and delicious. Last visit, we brought friends we... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been going to 12 Bones since they opened and I think they have the best BBQ and sides in town and actually I can not say I have had better anywhere I have eaten BBQ.

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Twelve Bones has the reputation of being the best bbq place in Asheville. Heck, this is where locals took President Obama when he came to town. Okay, fine. But there are lots of styles of barbecue, bbq, bar-b-q, and I guess if you like Western Carolina style, this is okay. Me, I prefer Kansas City or Memphis, something that doesn't... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

12 Bones has it down pat! Excellent ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken every time. Great choices of rib flavors - love the Blueberry Chipotle. Sides are diverse and delicious, authentic and great accompaniments to the barbecue. Fun place, crowded and noisy but excellent, quick service.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Streamlined ordering process, order in one line, pay in the next, take your number and sit down. Food is delivered to your table very quickly. Meats are excellent, sides are mostly good (I like the greens and corn pudding especially). 4 house sauces including red, vinegar, mustard, and jalapeno based. Small selection of taps but all local and some variety.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We always enjoy taking out of town friends and family here. This is some of the best BB around and the Corn Pudding is always a hit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-253-4499

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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

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