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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 - 16:00
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70 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not usually a BBQ fan, as it is usually just hot with little flavor. 12 Bones is the exception. Their food is fabulous! Great flavor and enough heat. I love the blueberry Chipotle sauce and the chopped brisket. The corn pudding is great and the mashed sweet potatoes and baked beans complete a fabulous eating adventure. I always go... More 

Thank madhattervt
New York City
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was brought here for lunch after landing at nearby airport, had a terrific brisket sandwich with sides of baked beans and pickled okra. Building is a spacious converted garage, and I believe they are only open for lunch, but take-out is available

Thank Clif4nyc
Piedmont, South Carolina
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Order, sit down and be prepared for some excellent BBQ! It just does not get any better than 12 Bones ! The sides are great ! Outside seating in the warm months make it great ! Staff is friendly and fast service is their specialty!

Thank cartersrjim
Dallas, Georgia
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Found this BBQ joint while touring Asheville on the hop-on, hop-off bus (River Arts District stop). Four of us had BBQ pulled pork and ribs with a variety of sides. Everything was excellent! A very good, no frills, eclectic, local BBQ joint.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had high hopes as this place came highly recommended. Sliced beef and the ribs we thought were dry. Pulled chicken was excellent. Mac and cheese was ok, not very flavorful. Collards, jalapeño grits, baked beans and their sauces were the stars. Staff was very helpful.

Thank Melissa B
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perhaps we picked up too late in the day when the food had seen its best a few hours prior. Our chicken was tough and dry, the brisket must have been cooked hours before, also dry. Reminded me of how my mother would absolutely destroy a beef roast by over cooking it when I was a kid. We were passing... More 

Thank keith b
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by a local, this little place has quite a following! When we arrived the line was out the door but service is quick, so when you go just hop in line & know that you are about to have the best ribs ever. This place is so successful that they close their doors on the weekends so make sure... More 

Thank MaryAnn632
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was amazing! Great and fast service even when they were busy. The brisket was to die for. Corn pudding, corn bread collard greens and coleslaw were so good. My daughter had a pulled pork sandwich and loved it!. This place is a must visited when you come into Asheville, NC. The staff was great to us and the facilities... More 

Thank MsL_Gow
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from trip to Asheville and had some really good meals (and beer) while visiting this lovely city but the BEST meal was ribs and sides at 12 Bones. It is a no frills real BBQ joint and in this location down the hill from downtown and near the river and arts district. Was a relatively easy walk from... More 

Thank Kevin O
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is amazing the ribs blueberry Chipotle with cornbread and mac and cheese, smoke potatoes. Recommended the place.

Thank mmigdalia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?