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Eli's BBQ

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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
513-533-1957
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 167
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Can you tell I love this place! This is a one of a kind place. The location is quirky. The interior is quirky. The food is awesome. Inside seating is limited, but there are tons of picnic tables outside. Food is ordered and paid for at the counter. This is a cash or check establishment. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Janet S
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Ohio
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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Can you tell I love this place! This is a one of a kind place. The location is quirky. The interior is quirky. The food is awesome. Inside seating is limited, but there are tons of picnic tables outside. Food is ordered and paid for at the counter. This is a cash or check establishment. They have a record player... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great hole in the wall joint. Simple menu done right. Everything tasted fantastic. I can't wait to go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you love off the beaten path, no frills but great food, this is the place! My brother turned me on to this place before a ballgame two years ago, and today I took my wife and some good friends there after a ballgame! Today I had the pulled pork $8 + two sides, then a delicious bottled Coke from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

I have heard a great deal and hype about this place since it opened and I finally made it there. It was ok, It's in a horrribley neglected area of town, parking is at a premium. The food was good, the cheesey grits were great if you like spicy, entrees were 6-8 bucks with sides 2 bucks a piece, the... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The pulled pork was very tender and full of good hickory smoke flavor as it should be. The sauce was excellent! Not the sappy sweet fare you would expect from this area...but more like a thicker version of down east NC or VA, a little vinegar and a kick...really very nice! OK, don't expect fast service because the food is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our local friends' took us to Eli’s and it did not disappoint. One of the best meals I have ever had, especially considering the prices. Located near the river in an older neighborhood, there was plenty of outdoor seating under the marquee and we chose to sit out on a warm day. There are some tables inside, where it was... More 

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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We had Eli's last night for dinner. I had the turkey sandwich and my husband had the pulled pork. And since we are from "out of town" we thought we should try the ribs too! Oh my gosh, it was awesome!!! You have to eat at Eli's! The minute you step out of the car, you can smell the BBQ!... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My husband decided to pull up Trip Advisor to find a place to eat on our recent visit to Cincinnati, while we were waiting for check-in at our hotel. He saw the good reviews on Eli's and we decided to grab a bite. When I arrived, I noticed SEVERAL people parked around the building and on the street. Everyone seemed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great great great food! Moist pulled pork and tasty well made sides. Sauces were basic and limited but the meats and side dishes were the best I've had in southern OH and Kentucky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Visiting the city and looking for a good BBQ place we scope out this establishment. Queue up to place our order where everything is $8 per plate, how simple is that? and pick up our pager to find a table outside under a tent. Best pulled pork ever and I hail from Charleston, SC. Food is simple, delicious and foodie... More 

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: 513-533-1957

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?