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12 Bones Smokehouse

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5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
+1 828-253-4499
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Asheville, North Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have there several times before and each time I think the pulled pork is going to be better! But not! The sides are filling and kinda tasteful!

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Thank Byron Ellen S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I heard from several people to eat at 12 Bones. So we did. Honestly neither one of us was very impressed. And yes, we tried all the sides including corn pudding. It was ok, not great. I'm a Texas girl and know great BBQ when I eat it. Probably won't be returning.

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Thank Jamie K
Max Meadows
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A real southern barbecue, any review less 4 is someone who doesn't absolutely love barbecue. Great ribs and pulled pork. Good brisket, I wasn't a fan of the chicken, but try everything else. Over all the sides were great and I can't wait to come back and get some more corn pudding. I want that recipe! Come early, the line... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No matter anyone's political views it says a lot when a president comes to your restaurant every time he is in town. This place has got the president hooked. The only problem is that so many other people love it too as it has long lines. The food is amazing. The sides and cornbread phenomenal. I work down te street... More 

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Jefferson City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

didn't know hours before got there and got there at 5:30. a couple eating tailgate style, but I hauled it back to hotel about half an hour. My chopped brisket was very soaked in sauce by the time I ate. staff very friendly and menu has good variety. I peeked into sitting area for those who get there before 4.... More 

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ribs that are burnt to a crisp should never be served! I appreciate the creativity with the rub and sauces but the meat has to be there and cooked well or it is all for nothing. The sides were tasty and the service was quick considering how many people were lined up out the door. Finally, $20 bucks for 12... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Snobby foodies beware, this is a dumpy little joint in a run down industrial area in the River Arts District. But the lines are out the door. If you like BBQ, it's worth a visit!

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love BBQ ribs and had heard of 12 Bones reputation, so when I visited Asheville I had to try it out. I arrived around 11:45 am and was able to get served fairly promptly. Be forewarned; by the time I left the line stretched outdoors and was quite long. People waiting in the 90 degree sun patiently for these... More 

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Thank Bruce H
Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ate at two different 12 Bones, both in Asheville, I think. Both very good. Group of 8 of us visiting from NJ. The ribs were excellent, the blueberry BBQ sauce very tasty. If you love good Q, this is a place not to miss. Especially good with an ice-cold beer. Yum!

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Thank FarTravelingGuy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived late-afternoon in Asheville and decided to go straight to 12 Bones since it was recommended highly by a colleague. Even at 1:00, the line wrapped around the building, and we were lucky to find a parking space in its large lot. We waited in the heat for 20 minutes to get inside and place our order for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?