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Bad Bones BBQ

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1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568-9504
+1 715-358-0200
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good23%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (31 reviews)
“potato salad” (9 reviews)
“pizza” (19 reviews)
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568-9504
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great barbecue. Sides were great too. Nice find in the northwoods. Friendly staff. Would be nice to visit in the summer to sit outside on the patio with the lakeview

Thank Sherry L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent BBQ with delicious sauces. Had probably the best meal here during my american stay. If I ever have the chance to visit Minocqua I know where my first stop will be.

Thank David S
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

What a great find in the land of bland. This is the real deal. A complete bbq menu with all the fixings. Can’t wait to explore more of the offerings.

Thank Mike G
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

While visiting the area on an ice fishing trip we decided to give this establishment a try. We ordered takeout and enjoyed our meals greatly. This was a great change of pace meal. We will be back on our next trip to the area!

Thank stevetammyb
Reviewed March 4, 2018

I spent 30 years in South Mississippi and traveling to areas in Texas and Tennessee. Needless to say I have been exposed to quite a few BBQ eateries. Some have been good, some have been bad. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant...More

Thank BizzleRN
Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

You can't go wrong eating here once a day. Twice, for that matter! Amazing bbq that is authentic, eclectic, and friendly staff. The brisket nachos and smoked prime rib were divine.

Thank SJC847
Reviewed September 7, 2017

So happy to have some options to the mix of supper clubs and touristy burger and pizza joints along Hwy 51. The smoky aroma as you enter will stimulate any appetite. This is a very casual and rustic layout. You come for the food. It...More

Thank BadgerSeven
Aaron A, Owner at Bad Bones BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2017

Thanks for the great review.

Reviewed September 5, 2017

If the customer service is any indication of how your experience is going to be this place is a pass.

Thank maustonrp
Aaron A, Owner at Bad Bones BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2017

I'm sorry you didn't feel you got the best service during your trip we try hard to make every dining experience enjoyable. Hope we get another chance to serve you

Reviewed August 14, 2017

We went as we do almost every year for dinner Saturday night on camp weekend visit. We've been here a half-dozen times so we knew to arrive early. We still had a line arriving at 5:30pm but it was not so bad. For two adults...More

Thank nlman1985
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We timed our visit really well, there was no line at all. As we ate people started lining up. The dining area is small, but if the weather permits there is an outdoor space. I wish they would have explained the setup a bit when...More

Thank Bonnie B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568-9504
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Minocqua
  • Phone Number: +1 715-358-0200
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We offer Southern BBQ up North. Our daily menu offers pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken. You can get these as a sandwich or dinner, and we offer combo meals as well. We also offer a variety of specialty sandwiches featuring our smoked meats. Don't forget about our pizzas too!
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