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12 Bones Smokehouse

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3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
+1 828-687-1395
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sunset, South Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ribs are really good. BUT the collard greens are out of this world delicious. Usually get double collards, but do like the okra salad when they have it. If you have to wait....it will be worth it.

Thank HappyTraveler201160
Arden, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great food. The president has eaten at 12 Bones more than once ... yes, of the United States. Always awesome! Its melt in your mouth BBQ.

Thank Dan F
Sun City, Arizona
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Rustic and fantastic. Order your likings, find a bench and a table space, Enjoy! napkins provided! I hear that this location will close because of Eminent Domain! The road it resides along will be widened and the parking lot is going away. So what's the solution? Move or die? Enjoy it while still able. Hopefully a better location can be... More 

Thank j0urneyman69
Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch after MtnBk workout. Sliced brisket sandwich, mashed sweet potato and cucumber salad. So satisfying.

Thank Nosedoc122
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything: Turkey, Ribs, Brisket was fantastic. Smoked Potato Salad so so good! Slaw and green beans excellent too. Portions very large! Service was great too!!! We will be back!!!!

Thank LoriKayP
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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208 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am stingy with my 5 circle reviews, but 12 Bones blew me away. This place is not over hyped and met all my expectations--great ribs, cool local brew, friendly staff. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it's what's cooking inside that makes all the difference. The stack of wood outside that is used to cook the... More 

Thank beachcomber1947
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173 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met some good friends, here, for a quick Saturday lunch, based on their strong recommendation. We'd never been. Great spot. Fantastic, award-winning BBQ. This is an order at the counter place. You get a number, and they bring it to your table. Pulled pork and smoked tenderloin were very tasty, and so were the sides (vinegar cole slaw, baked beans,... More 

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New Jersey
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152 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn't make the one in Asheville,but stopped in here for lunch.A nice variety I enjoyed the thinly sliced turkey,the green beans were a good side.My wife got a 1/2 rack which was more then enough.Then we tried a side of brisket,very tasty.Service was fast and efficient.

Thank tojo72
Hickory, North Carolina
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place will blow your mind! The variety of options and the way they really mix it up is fantastic! They have traditional barbecue options, but try something new! You will love it!

Thank Karenhill88
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45 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Run, don't walk to this local gem! The Blueberry Chipotle Ribs are the best ribs I've ever eaten. The Collard Greens are delicious with just a hint of heat. The pulled pork was moist & flavorful. Service is courteous & quick. This is a must stop when in the Asheville area!

Thank Jacinda S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Arden
  • Phone Number: +1 828-687-1395

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