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12 Bones Smokehouse

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5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801-3134
+1 828-253-4499
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

12 Bones was recommended by our hotel staff. I had the blueberry ribs which were terrific. The brisket was very lean. The sauces were great and the sides were phenomenal. Love the collards and corn pudding!

Thank Gatordoc10
Fletcher, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wedding rehearsal that we catered from 12 Bones. Everyone raved about the food especially the beef brisket. Wedding planner who does events all over the country said you don't know how many people say their caterer has the best brisket but this one really does.

Thank NCNole
Waynesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ask anyone who has been to Asheville and they will tell you where to find the best barbecue. They have two locations, one in the River Art District and the other on Sweeten Creek Road, which is our favorite location. The food is amazing! The rib, the pork, the chicken, the sides--best corn pudding and jalapena cheese grits.They have local... More 

Thank laurajbr2016
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we stopped here for a late lunch and had the ribs and 2 sides. The ribs are so tender and so good. Our sides were mac and cheese and potato salad which were ok but the ribs are definately the star of the show. The staff was very nice and very helpful with our food choices

Thank 1lanelover
Titusville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so glad we ate at 12 Bones while visiting Asheville this week...great ribs, great sides & great service!! We enjoyed being able to write on the walls too! We hope to be back!!

Thank jennyleigh40
Franklin, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I got the Cheerwine ribs with corn pudding and collards. The sides were outstanding and the ribs were good, although a little on the tough side. I'd like to try some other BBQ there. The inside of the restaurant is covered with stickers from around the world.

Thank Shane H
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We used GPS to discover and locate this place; it's a little out of the way in the River Arts area. Understand that the place is only open for lunch, 11-4 on the day we visited. The place was pretty busy, but there is plenty of seating. The menu is varied...lots of choices, great value. My wife and I split... More 

Thank Dan556
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful barbecue, excellent service a real fun, non-pretentious southern experience. Food was excellent, Fast service even though it was busy. Wait staff was exceptionally polite and helpful

Thank MikeHjorleifsson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. I had the brisket sandwich with macncheese and the corn pudding. All were really good. Great sweet sauce and a mustard sauce to choose from. Wife had the green salad and sweet potato. She said she enjoyed those as well but the potato wasn't nothing out of the ordinary. I would eat here again and also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard of the restaurant previously, and then our Gray Line Trolley tour guide recommended it as well. We were not disappointed! I had the ribs (to die for) and my husband had the pulled pork. The speed at which our food came was impressive, as well as the wait staff checking throughout of meal to see if we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801-3134
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-253-4499

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