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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 640
    Excellent
  • 222
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 42
    Poor
  • 16
    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
If you want authentic Southern Barbecue, look no further

We were told by a local this was the best barbecue in Asheville. Delicious! There is a line out the door so they must be doing something right. We liked the Blueberry Chipotle rib sauce. Finger licking delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Familytraveler2010
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North Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were told by a local this was the best barbecue in Asheville. Delicious! There is a line out the door so they must be doing something right. We liked the Blueberry Chipotle rib sauce. Finger licking delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had heard of egos restaurant but had not visited it. Now we know why everyone raves over it. I don't usually like to stand in line to order my food, but the food was worth the line. We had pulled pork plate. One of us had mashed sweet potatoes and corn pudding for sides. The other had Cole slaw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent barbecue, terrific sauces...but get there early - they only serve until the food they have prepared is gone for the day! Check out President Obama's favorites!

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Homosassa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

It's a great town if you like BBQ. Had the 6 bone BBQ, but would have gone for the 12. Tender meat with a great sauce. The sides were excellent. Had to sample everyone's in the group to make sure we liked them all. Very efficient in moving the crowd through and plenty of picnic tables outside. Please note the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was recommended to us by people we met in Ashville, and it was exactly as the described it. Great atmosphere and the aroma of the smokehouse was fantastic. The food was delicious and service great. The meat just fell off the bones! and tasted out of this world. A must to visit when in Ashville.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I had the smoked turkey, bacon and brie sandwich. The meat was thick and flavorful, but the best part was the pesto mayonnaise. That really made the sandwich special. I didn't expect something so amazing here, but I was wowed.

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stopped here for take-out. The line was out the front door and 3/4 the way around the side of the restaurant. The line moved extremely fast. Once inside, we watched people moving at breakneck pace behind the counter keeping everything flowing. We ordered a good combo of BBQ for 4 of us. The total was much less than I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went there for a private event. Full buffet. The ribs are amazing and the pulled pork was great. Not a if can of the brisket (chewy). The corn pudding was delicious! Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Would recommend.

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North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

the best bbq food ever the service was kind of slow. the price is ok. we did have to wait in line for 15 mintues. will be back againwe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had lunch here after visiting the Biltmore - one of the best decisions we made on our vacation. This place was fantastic. Very likely the best ribs I've ever had (we ordered the brown sugar ones). Unbelievably good side dishes - jalapeno cheese grits, corn pudding, collard greens, corn bread. The staff was efficient and friendly. Great outdoor porch... More 

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?