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12 Bones Smokehouse

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3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
+1 828-687-1395
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently visited the new location for a quick carry out lunch...worth the drive from downtown...very enjoyable meal

Thank Tim H
McKinney, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoy Carolina pork barbecue when we visit and this place had appeared on several lists and TV food shows. Our navigation system gave the wrong address (we learned later) for the Asheville location so we took a short, pleasant drive to this one. The service is quick, the 'cue is good but the sides are outstanding for a BBQ... More 

Thank TomRuthWilliams
Arden, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food was so deleicious and I would highly encourage you to go there if you like origional home cooked fixins with your BBQ.

Thank Jacqueline W
Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I go here often and bring family and friends when they visit. The ribs, sandwiches and beef are tender and tasty. Various sauces are offered and the sides are as fabulous. Highly recommend for eat in our take out. You cannot go wrong here. Never disappointed.

Thank 73scd
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173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to 12 Bones many times and have never been disappointed. Not only is the meat very good but the sides are plentiful and amazing. This time we had it catered and especially enjoyed the jalapeno cornbread!

Thank Jim P
Douglasville, Georgia
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went out of our way to find the 12 bones in Arden and got there at 3:50 and they were closed but offered takeout service. Dang I'd been looking forward to their ribs since we left Alabama and we couldn't get in to the new store in Asheville yesterday. I'm partially handicapped and the line was out the door... More 

Thank Gonetoga
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169 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Had lunch here and the ribs were wonderful. The service was great and the atmosphere perfect for eating ribs with your fingers! Good North Carolina experience.

Thank Connie H
Asheville, North Carolina
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

First a disclaimer - We're an old couple and a midwestern transplant to Asheville. This is an OK place for lunch if you like the very casual spartan atmosphere of eating in a converted gas station. Very warehouse-like. Furnishings were rough, and we 'enjoyed' such features as the tin plates which rotated as we ate. A roll of cheap paper... More 

Thank david b
Arden, North Carolina
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331 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Quick and cheerful service (though our order somehow got delayed about 5 minutes and they gave us two free meals!), huge servings, delicious sides, and absolutely fabulous pork. Everyone who works here seems to be genuinely happy. It's just an old converted auto garage, but clean, bright, and pleasant. And did I mention the BBQ? I've eaten it in Lexington,... More 

Thank PGinNC
Asheville, NC
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Ok, I've read about this place in Southern Living magazine President Obama ate hear at least twice. But man, they make the best ribs in the world, and I have a BIG GREEN EGG and have eaten ribs all over NC and SC famous BBQ joints and also in MEMPHIS Tennessee. Everything is good here, from the grits, to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?