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12 Bones Smokehouse

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$$ - $$$
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5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801-3134
+1 828-253-4499
11:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 16:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for great pulled pork or chicken this is the place to go. Besides the great portions and quality food, they also have side dishes like grits, and beans that are perfect. Don't miss 12 bones the next time you are travelling to Asheville!

Thank carlosR8519CP
Owings Mills, Maryland
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped by for lunch on my last trip to Asheville. Not a lot of parking but the food was really good and the cornbread was the best!! Im not a big cornbread eater but this was excellent. My meal was great and it is a nice little spot to eat. The staff was very friendly. I look forward to... More 

Thank starriahc
Lugoff, South Carolina
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place looks like a hole-in-the-wall, but it is very delicious. I ordered the BLT, which was good. The bacon was awesome. However, some other people at my table had the ribs, which were excellent. I highly recommend ordering the ribs. The jalapeno grits were good, but the macaroni wasn't great - it didn't have enough cheese. Fun selection of... More 

Thank Amanda P
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was delicious, but my husband and I both got sick afterwards, so I am not too sure on the quality and/or cleanliness of the restaurant. For all the hype, I was underwhelmed.

Thank ellysiab
Vienna, Virginia
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With all the hype about President Obama eating here twice and the long lines, I expected these to be the best ribs we'd ever eaten. The line moved quickly so we only waited about 20 minutes. The people who worked there were friendly. The sides we tried were great -- mashed sweet potatoes, corn pudding, smoked potato salad. My husband... More 

Thank LilyPeony
Asheville, North Carolina
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93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THE best BLT (with fried green tomato) I've ever eaten... along with the best mac and cheese. There's a reason this is a local -- and national -- favorite.

Thank clpw1964
Boone, NC
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is the BEST. You will not want to stop eating. Try the blueberry chipolte ribs. The sides are amazing. I like the cheese grits and the vinegar slaw the best.

Thank JPDBoone_NC
Asheville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Twelve bones is a hole in the wall by the river but don't let the location and building fool you! If you have a craving for BBQ or ribs, Twelve Bones is your dream-come-true. Five starts on the meat and their awesome sides, especially the jalapeno cheese grits are the icing on the cake! Their portions are huge! Great food,... More 

Thank Carol M
Franklin, NC
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315 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you haven't - you MUST. The hype is real and the BBQ here is the real deal. There was a line out the door, but it moved quickly. Meat and sides were excellent. Sweet tea wasn't up to my standard, but the rest was so good it simply didn't matter. There is a reason President Obama eats here -... More 

Thank CoachJTL
St Augustine, FL
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always amazing! Ribs are fantastic, best collard greens ever, great cole slaw, excellent green beans and wonderful corn pudding. They never disappoint! Will always return when we are in Asheville.

Thank jano-staugustine

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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
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?