We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

12 Bones Smokehouse

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
+1 828-687-1395
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 144: English reviews
Athens GA
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I saw the story about this restaurant on the food network and had to try the blueberry chipotle ribs. Also had the brisket and pulled pork as sides ( small portion). The glaze for the ribs was unique and very tasty. The brisket and pulled por were also excellent. This is a great place for great food. Not fancy, not... More 

Thank Thomas M
Kensington, Maryland
Level Contributor
223 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ordered carry out and I was amazed at how tender the ribs were after being heated at home. The blueberry sauce is amazing and should not be missed. Great sides, great ribs, great restaurant if you want amazing ribs.

Thank sk1952
Fletcher, North Carolina
Level Contributor
44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The hours are limited, which makes it hard to enjoy the incredible deliciousness within, so getting a bite to eat here makes it even more special. If I time it just right, I can order before I leave work and pick it up on the way home. The pork sandwiches are LARGE on toasty buns - I usually eat it... More 

Thank mattersfact2
Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
1,303 reviews
476 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 523 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To my surprise, the pulled pork we recently bought to take home proved to be well short of excellent. I’ll continue to order pulled pork here when the opportunity arises, but I’ve stopped thinking of the Arden store as a detour-worthy destination.

Thank Citallwic
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit BBQ place. If you live ribs and good BBQ then you do not have to look any further . I would suggest putting this on your Asheville to do list foodie or not you will love it

Thank mikerL1364JM
Arden, North Carolina
Level Contributor
74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great ribs and sides served quickly in a tin plate! Cornbread comes with meals and is good. Restaurant has a choice of sauces and is rustically decorated to entertain while you eat inside, outside there are picnic tables.

Thank andreabrysn
Asheville, NC
Level Contributor
58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both the riverside and the Sweeten Creek branches are great. My husband always gets dry ribs; I like BBQ sauce; we're both happy. Chicken also good. Great sides include mac & cheese, collards, mushroom salad (when they have it), smoky potato salad. Sometimes a wait at lunch, but takeout is also good

Thank BlueRidgeWoman
Lutz, Florida
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My wife & I visited this location on New Years Eve day, because the other location was closed. We had the baby back ribs & found them more than delicious! We heard this was a great place & it did not disappoint. We have tried NC ribs in the past & fond the vinegar base used in most NC ribs... More 

Thank michael g
Columbus, GA
Level Contributor
110 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We arrived shortly after opening time for lunch on a weekday and had no wait. All of us chose the pulled pork, which was delicious with any of the four sauces provided (I liked the Jalapeno and the Mustard). The side dishes were unusually great for a BBQ place, especially the grits but also the greens and the smoked potato... More 

Thank rwirtga
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit I had passed by many of times going to another restaurant. So we decided to try it out and I'm glad we did!. The food was excellent! I had chicken, greens and the cranberry/feta cheese and nut salad. My only disappointment was I didn't care for the metal plates. In trying to eat my plate... More 

Thank Judy E

Travellers who viewed 12 Bones Smokehouse also viewed

Arden, North Carolina Mountains
Arden, North Carolina Mountains
Asheville, North Carolina Mountains
Asheville, North Carolina Mountains

Been to 12 Bones Smokehouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from 12 Bones Smokehouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?