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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 562
    Excellent
  • 192
    Very good
  • 73
    Average
  • 36
    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
Great Barbecue!

this place is exactly what a barbecue place should be! It was straightforward, basic, great tasting food! Everything was delicious, everyone was friendly, and it was quick.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Trinkets10
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

this place is exactly what a barbecue place should be! It was straightforward, basic, great tasting food! Everything was delicious, everyone was friendly, and it was quick.

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Durango, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

The pulled pork was pretty good. Hubby had the chopped brisket, which was just chopped meat in sauce, like a sloppy joe. By far the best thing I ate was the corn pudding side. I'd never had that before and wow, it was so good. I need to find that recipe!

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Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy tasty grits, then I recommend them at 12 Bones with any meal. I go back for the ribs and grits.

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Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

You might think that's a wild claim, but when there are 6 or 7 flavors of dry rubs and just as many sauces, and the meat is falling off the bones, it's hard to imagine you can find better barbecue. Their sides are also delicious. If you don't feel like ribs, try the BLT. It gives new meaning to the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Go for lunch and enjoy! Located in the river arts District, they have their own parking lot. Better quality overall than the chain Moes or Luellas.

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Dayton, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Best BBQ I've ever had. I'm not a huge fan of ribs generally... these ribs were to die for. The Blueberry Chipotle sauce was amazing. The sides were great. I got there about 30 mins prior to opening so I was second in line, about 20-30 people in line by opening, 10 mins after opening the line was wrapped around... More 

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Augusta, GA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Highly disappointed after reading so many good reviews. The place was rather busy when we arrived during lunch rush. We got our takeout order fairly quickly. There were 4 sauce variations - sweet tomato, hot vinegar, jalapeño, and mustard based. Sweet tomato was the best by far. Hot vinegar and jalapeño paired well with the collard greens. The beef brisket... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We were spending the day touring the Ashville Riverfront Arts area and an recommended lunch at 12 Bones. We drove up to the restaurant, found a parking place, and got in line about 10 people outside the door! On the wall are the directions for first timers which told us to not take a table until we had placed our... More 

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alabama
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24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Blueberry chipotle ribs were delicious, as was the vinegar okra salad.... Yummy, didn't really care for the smoked potato salad. I had the chopped brisket, it was misleading to say the least. It was like ground hamburger soaked in barbecue sauce. Neither my husband or myself could eat it. There was nothing chopped about it. Big disappointment . The servers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Loved the ribs!!! Choosing my own rub was the best. The service was fast, even with the large crowds. Great people and warm atmosphere. I felt like I was from this city. I can't wait to come back!!!!! :)

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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, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?