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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 76
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  • 41
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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
Awesome food in a small building

We were visiting Asheville for one night and day and really wanted great BBQ and found great reviews for 12 Bones. When we drove up, we weren't sure about it because it's very small and in an area of town that isn't so nice. However, we saw the line out the door and new this was the place. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
macko-texas
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lubbock, texas
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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lubbock, texas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We were visiting Asheville for one night and day and really wanted great BBQ and found great reviews for 12 Bones. When we drove up, we weren't sure about it because it's very small and in an area of town that isn't so nice. However, we saw the line out the door and new this was the place. The line... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Only open for lunch but that adds a bit of novelty to the place. Ate with friends so we all shared our entrees and they were unbelievable. If you like good southern BBQ, this is going to be your new favorite!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Don't expect to eat here for dinner or on the weekends -- 12 Bones is only open 11-4, Monday through Friday. But the food doesn't disappoint. The smoked meats are good, with different choices for rib rubs and barbecue sauces. Good sides and a good beer selection. Eat indoors or out. Don't let a long line scare you off --... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great food & Fast service. Best BBQ in North Carolina. Blueberry Chipotle ribs were awesome! Jalapeño grits, collards, Mac & Cheese were also great.

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We pulled chicken and a full rack of ribs. The chicken was moist and smokey. The ribs were awesome - great rub, moist fall off the bone tender. There mustard sauce was a standout. The jalapeño grits were a nice twist as a side dish and the cornbread had a great maple undertone

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is a very casual place with limited hours, picnic tables and a line which tends to move fast. Absolute favorite food : jalapeño cheese grits. With my meal I had a choice of 2 sides and I got double grits!! I always order the smoked turkey sandwich which is very tasty. Other family favorites : ribs (of course), wedge... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This extremely casual place is only open Monday through Friday from 11 to 4. We had heard that it was superb, so we made it a point to schedule it in on our recent trip to Asheville. The BBQ here could not be better. We had the pulled pork with Mac and cheese and greens. Next time, I will have... More 

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Lebanon, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I arrived at 12:30 and stood in line but the line moved quickly. I met 2 women who asked me to join them at a table. They were great at explaining the menu and offering suggestions. I got the sliced beef brisket sandwich and chips. Next time I would order the beef brisket and 2 sides since I didn't eat... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The line is long especially near holidays like July 4 etc. I did not get in but I will try again in the future. 12 Bones was visited by Pres Obama three times so it must have some serious foodie mojo. The building is small and modest near the gritty arts district of West Asheville. The parking lot is small.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

What more is there to say beyond what has already been reported here? After a brief wait in what initially seemed like a distressingly long line, I ordered one of the items from the "Just a Taste" category -- 3 "nekkid" ribs along with sides or mac and cheese and collard greens. The ribs were outstanding ! The mac and... More 

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Additional Information about 12 Bones Smokehouse

Address: 5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: +1 828-253-4499
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Barbecue

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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?