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Over the past decade, 12 Bones has quickly grown into a local institution known for its rule-breaking take on barbecue classics.
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$5 - $10
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Gluten Free Options
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Lunch
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American, Barbecue
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brisket, 2 sides, and corn bread for $20? Yes, please. Brisket was amazing and so are the sweet potatoes. Great location in the heart of the River Arts district. I took off a star because the Mac n'cheese was meh, and the corn bread tasted...oddly soapy and floral.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022 via mobile

Best smoked ribs that I’ve ever eaten! I ordered a half rack with brown sugar rub. They came with 2 sides and corn bread. I could only eat half of the ribs but they were fabulous. For sides, I had jalapeño grits and corn pudding....I loved them both. My wife had a turkey sandwich that was huge and delicious. Definitely a great and casual place to eat.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022

Ribs, Brisket and chicken anyone. The portion sizes and sides are ample servings. You can build your platter to your choosing. Place your order and seat yourself inside or outside, they will serve you. Really good food a reasonable price.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022

We came for lunch at recommendation of tour guide. Food was not as expected. My pulled chicken was large chunks of dry, smoked meat that I did not care for. My sides of corn pudding and sweet potatoes were very good. Husband enjoyed his ribs...and baked beans. There is a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where beverages, utensils, sauces, etc. are self serve. Servers, however are readily available if needed.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022 via mobile

The quality of the meat was so good!!!! The taste was delicious! The ribs were my favorite. We ended up eating here twice we enjoyed it so much! If you need gluten free: They are great at handling gluten free. The menu is clearly marked...with many GF items. This is one of those places I’ll always wish I could go back to!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022

We had lunch at 12 Bones at the suggestion of a local, and it did not disappoint. We both had ribs (with two different sauces), and we agreed they were the most tender ribs we'd ever eaten. The sides: corn pudding, vinegar slaw, and mac...and cheese were very tasty too. We arrived around 3:00, so the restaurant was not crowded. Service was fast, efficient, and friendly. Prices were very reasonable.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 6, 2022

We stopped here for lunch recently based upon a friend's recommendation, plus being hungry. My partner had the ribs with two sides and I had the four sides plate. I had corn pudding, mashed sweet potatoes, collard greens, and green beans. First off, the ribs...were dry. Not sure if this is a regional thing, but the meat was stringy and so unappetizing to me that I passed up the offer of a taste. Partner reported the ribs were as dry as they looked. My four sides, on the other hand, were pretty good. The collards were a little tough, but the corn pudding was tasty and interesting, the mashed sweet potatoes were OK, and the green beans were...sweet. Overall, the strongest flavor on my sides plate was sweet. Wouldn't go back.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022 via mobile

Check the hours. 12 Bones closes at 4:30 PM. We placed a to go order. Ordered ribs, pulled chicken, pulled pork and sides. It was toward closing time. The meats were dry in general. We did get a variety of BBQ sauces (brown sugar, mustard,...blueberry, habenero, vinegar). The sides (Mac n cheese, green beans, mashed sweet potato, and vinegar slaw) and wedge salad were a bit small.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 18, 2022 via mobile

Customer service was great and the food was served quickly. The ribs were delicious, green beans were flavorful, and the corn stuffing was savory. We didn't try any beer, but rhey definitely have several beer options in the brewery. Would definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 10, 2022

I came here to this restaurant after reading here on Trip Advisor. I ordered Ribs and added pulled pork. The pulled pork seemed fresh and had a good smokey flavor...the ribs did not. They were not even hot and sure didn't come close to "fall...off of the bone". I am pretty sure they were some probably left over from yesterday and heated up for today. Not what I was expecting. I cannot say the food was bad, I actually liked the taste of the spicy habanera on the ribs I ordered, just wanted them hot and fresh.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 5, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food. I went with a group of 6 for lunch. We did not have to wait long. The pulled pork was perfect. The sides were delicious. I would definitely go again.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2021

This was on my first meal list off the plane when I landed. Great food. I had the pulled pork with the regular tomato bbq sauce. Don't miss this place. Great food and staff was all friendly.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2021

This BBQ place came highly recommended and for the most part, our party enjoyed our meals. The pulled pork was delicious while the ribs were decent. The mac n cheese was excellent and the corn pudding was good but had a jalapeno kick to it....The graffiti walls were fun to read. The alcohol choices were plentiful but I wasn't a fan of the watermelon cider I tried. Perhaps if it was on tap I could have had a taste instead of committing to the entire can. The hours on his place are very limited.....11:30 to 4More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 21, 2021 via mobile

Enjoyed this experience. Colorful venue, great corn pudding and smoked potato salad. Pulled pork, chicken and turkey pretty standard bbq restaurant quality and taste. Glad To have eaten here but—given the number of bbq places in town—would probably want to try a couple of others...before returning here.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2021

This place was a favorite of mine when I lived in Asheville 10 years ago. Visited with grandsons 6,11 years. Both were very intimidated by the dark graffiti decor outside patio. Then the food … tried to figure what had changed from 10 years ago...Both the unsauced ribs and the blueberry chipotle ribs were so dry they were almost inedible Ordered the side of pulled pork for the 6 year old and it was 80% dry strings and he would not eat it they did bring banother side of Mac and cheese for him. The ribs were so dry they were almost impossible to cut Why? Well pandemic and adaptations Noticed the trolley so maybe more traffic. It was a Monday and seems highly likely that this food was not freshly prepared early on Monday. Maybe reheating from Sunday. So many other choices in Asheville but the outdoor or seating area felt scary and depressing So hopefully more current posts will give a picture. This could be an aberration or the norm. T,he staff was helpful but not even worth discussing the fact that we spent 74 dollars and ate Mac and cheese green beans and corn pudding.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from Carol M | Reviewed this property |
Twelve Bones' NEW River location is 5 Foundy, next to the WEDGE. It isonly open on weekends. The Arden location is a bit more of a drive but IS open on Saturdays.
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Response from 12bonesribs | Property representative |
Hello, Yes we will be open on Friday, November 11 during regular hours.
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