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12 Bones Smokehouse

3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
+1 828-687-1395
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (21 reviews)
“corn pudding” (19 reviews)
11:00 am - 6:00 pmAll hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I am a rib fan, and have eaten a lot of them, and I think 12 Bones has the best ribs I have ever eaten. There are two restaurants, one in Asheville, and one in Arden, about 20 miles south.....we have always gone to the...More

Thank Gatorgolfer
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well, our plumber and a whole bunch of other locals were right. This place is really good. And really busy and really funky, located as it is in an old garage. So my mate and I drove up from our summer cottage down in Flat...More

Thank AlPhD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

8 of us had ribs and each person was full and happy. Worth the trip, excellent. Rustic building, served on metal plates, sides good as well as ribs. I had blueberry and they were fall off bones good.

Thank Dorothy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eat in or take out. Dog friendly. Fantastic ribs and their corn bread is to die for. Pulled pork and brisket is also very good. Beware the spice ranch dressing on your salad -- it is really spicy! Great beer but no wine.

Thank CaymanCarole
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

while we did take-out (twice) in 3 days, the look & atmosphere is very cool and quite welcoming. i've never had better pulled pork or ribs anywhere else and the corn 'casserole' is amazing. and i couldn't resist buying a t-shirt with the line on...More

Thank ltcoopers5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have ordered take out on 2 different occasions and have been totally thrilled both times. The ribs are absolutely amazing!! Side items as well. Their homemade BBQ sauces are impressive and they sell bottles of them all. It's a must try!!

Thank Catherine D
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely love this place!! The cornbread is oh so good!! But so is everything else. My husband and I make the hour & a half drive about once a month just to eat here. Seriously, we eat and maybe stop by the outlets (maybe not)...More

Thank StarMom78
Reviewed June 29, 2017 via mobile

As a Yankee transplanted to the Asheville area, I had to learn about "real" BBQ. I now travel thru the Southeast for my job, and have to say 12 Bones pulled pork is one of my favorites!!! I have combined my love of pizza with...More

Thank Arlene A
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

Sometimes I find well known restaurants not worth the hype, but this one lived up to its reputation. We had tried to eat here several times without success (either they were closed or too crowded) but today was our lucky day. The brisket and pulled...More

Thank SweetPeamom
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

It is raining out and was in need of some good kind of southern food. 12 bones never disappoints me. Had the pulled pork sandwich with vinegar based coleslaw and the fabulous corn pudding. A must at every visit! I did miss getting the jalapeño...More

Thank Linda T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
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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