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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
513-533-1957
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West Chester, Ohio
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84 reviews 84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

My wife had her about Eli's, we were nearby and decided to stop and give it a try. Late afternoon on a Sunday, very limited inside seating, so we decided to get an order to go. There is an option to go outside in tents, it was cold and rainy, so was not an option for us. We almost never... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This little gem is one of my favorite places in all of Cincinnati! As a native to the area, I always eat at Eli's whenever I come home for a visit. My favorite choice is the hot dog plate which is delicious beyond words. The sides are all delicious, the food is a real bargain and the staff is always... More 

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Cincinnati
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83 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Great barbecue, generous portions, great prices. BYOB. Staff who were friendly and appreciated the fact we patronized their business. No need to say any more - except maybe it's cash only and limited seating inside, but they had a heated tent set up outside for overflow. If you love BBQ, get to Eli's.

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United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Food was comparable to the 17th St. Bar and Grill in Murphysboro, IL, but a much better value. Very friendly hole in the wall down by the river that I would highly recommend to any connoisseur of good BBQ.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have eaten here a number of times, usually meeting friends for lunch. Low key atmosphere and good barbecue. ..eaten under the tents in winter, under the open sky in summer. I normally get the pulled pork and baked beans...like both very much. Be forewarned...cash only!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The food was amazing! The staff was friendly! Pulled pork and the best hot dogs around! Cole slaw and japaleno cheesy grits are the way to go for sides.

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Covington, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Fantastic Quality and Taste; the best BBQ I have ever had and just 10 minutes east of Cincinnati. Tried the Turkey sandwich which was moist and tender and oh so good. Went again for the ribs which just fall of the bone and melt in your mouth. Go early and be prepared to wait as they do not accept reservations.

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Norwood, OH
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

First time we tried to eat here it was February and it was packed. No place to sit and no place to wait. We decided to come back when we could eat outdoors. Finally made it in September. It was very crowded for lunch, of course, It was cash only like others have stated. The drinks are just cans of... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Eli's BBQ is a must-have when in Cincinnati. This is the best BBQ I have ever had besides this one time in Hawaii. I always order the beef tips along with a side of mashed potatoes. So good! Make sure to have only cash or checkbook ready as they do not accept credit/debit cards.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I would definitely recommend this place. By far the best pulled pork I've ever had. Order mac and cheese and baked beans and they were both great as well. I cannot wait to go back.

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Additional Information about Eli's BBQ

Address: 3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
Phone Number: 513-533-1957
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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