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12 Bones Smokehouse

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$$ - $$$
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3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
+1 828-687-1395
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must visit BBQ place. If you live ribs and good BBQ then you do not have to look any further . I would suggest putting this on your Asheville to do list foodie or not you will love it

Thank mikerL1364JM
Arden, North Carolina
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great ribs and sides served quickly in a tin plate! Cornbread comes with meals and is good. Restaurant has a choice of sauces and is rustically decorated to entertain while you eat inside, outside there are picnic tables.

Thank andreabrysn
Asheville, NC
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Both the riverside and the Sweeten Creek branches are great. My husband always gets dry ribs; I like BBQ sauce; we're both happy. Chicken also good. Great sides include mac & cheese, collards, mushroom salad (when they have it), smoky potato salad. Sometimes a wait at lunch, but takeout is also good

Thank BlueRidgeWoman
Lutz, Florida
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife & I visited this location on New Years Eve day, because the other location was closed. We had the baby back ribs & found them more than delicious! We heard this was a great place & it did not disappoint. We have tried NC ribs in the past & fond the vinegar base used in most NC ribs... More 

Thank michael g
Columbus, GA
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110 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived shortly after opening time for lunch on a weekday and had no wait. All of us chose the pulled pork, which was delicious with any of the four sauces provided (I liked the Jalapeno and the Mustard). The side dishes were unusually great for a BBQ place, especially the grits but also the greens and the smoked potato... More 

Thank rwirtga
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit I had passed by many of times going to another restaurant. So we decided to try it out and I'm glad we did!. The food was excellent! I had chicken, greens and the cranberry/feta cheese and nut salad. My only disappointment was I didn't care for the metal plates. In trying to eat my plate... More 

Thank Judy E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Delicious! Ribs, sandwiches, sides, it's all good. They have the best grits and potato salad. We leave full and happy every time.

Thank Becky O
New York, NY
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Stopped by here on the way to the airport, flying home from our honeymoon. Wow, this was the place Obama gets his North Carolina barbeque fix before flying home too! Amazing brisket, great ribs, and delicious collards! Huge portions and well worth the stop and the money! Pick some up for your flight home and annoy all the other passengers... More 

Thank mtbdeano
Golden, Colorado
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40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Lots of hype about this place and it is deserved. Food is excellent staff helpful. Local brew. No negatives of any kind. Great family meal. Dry rub was our family's favorite but we liked the blueberry and he jalepeno as well. All really tasty. Enjoy

Thank lucine9
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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195 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Had lunch at 12 Bones for the first time. Did not disappoint! The pulled chicken was moist and flavorful. Variety of sauces was excellent. The sides were out of this world. I appreciate the quality and variety of the side dishes. So far, I've tasted the smoked potato salad, the vinegar slaw, corn pudding, baked beans, buttered green beans and,... More 

Thank Levannah

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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?