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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
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in for lunch, and yes it was very busy as you would expect. Even so, they have the process down- line moved quickly and smoothly, and our food came out quickly. Ribs were really good- smoky flavor with a variety of different seasonings to choose from. My wife's collards were so good I wished I had ordered them also.... More 

Thank John P
Hendersonville, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took old of town friends since it is where "Obama" came during his campaign years. The place was packed the entire time we were there! NOT glamorous, but delicious!

Thank Carol A L
Flat rock, NC
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113 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go to 12 bones often and I always get the ribs. I think their ribs are some of the best I've ever eaten. They are more dry than wet which I prefer. I have never ordered ribs and was disappointed. They are consistently good and never fatty. Today I ordered beef brisket and was equally impressed. They gave me... More 

Thank Joseph C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Had the beef brisket platter. Was smoked perfect and not dry. 4 choices of bbq. 2 sides and corn bread. If you like greens and vinegar slaw good fix'n. Casual and country dining. Would recommend a must stop if in area.

Thank Dorthy H
Decatur, Georgia, United States
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Visiting Asheville w/ friends & ordered take-out for 12-- pork as well as chicken BBQ plus the sweet potato mash, slaw and beans. Everything was delicious--BBQ was very moist and the sweet potato mash was exceptionally good. (I make mine from scratch so I am picky about my sweet potato dishes!). Slaw was light and tangy, perfect w/ BBQ. Will... More 

Thank Julie B
Sunset, South Carolina
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 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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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

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