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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch

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  • 176
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    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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For whatever reason I have never made it to this place but my son came to Town and wanted to try it so we did. Very nice surprise...place kind of hidden away so I am sure that had something to do with why I never went there before. But GREAT BBQ...we had ribs, rib tips, pulled pork and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Scot L
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Milford, Ohio
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Milford, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

For whatever reason I have never made it to this place but my son came to Town and wanted to try it so we did. Very nice surprise...place kind of hidden away so I am sure that had something to do with why I never went there before. But GREAT BBQ...we had ribs, rib tips, pulled pork and the jalapeño... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were in Cincinnati for a wedding and our friends took us to Eli's. The BBQ was very good as were the sides. And, being from Baton Rouge, we are used to good food. My entire family thought that Eli's was some of the best BBQ that we have ever eaten. The location is next to a city park and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I have brought my family here and they are hooked. My dad drove an hour by himself after work to eat it! I recommend the turkey sandwich and mashed potatoe.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We took family from out of town to Eli's and we all loved it. The outdoor atmosphere is great. The food was absolutely fantastic. And everything is so cheap. They could charge double and we would still go!

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wish this place took credit cards and sold alcohol but even with those missing this is by far the best BBQ I have had. The dry rub is amazing sweet and spicy the Mac and cheese is over the top and the cornbread yum. They need a dessert and I would have been in a food coma for sure.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A Cincinnati Local told us about this place (barely any signage from the street but you can't miss it thanks to the large quantities of patrons sitting out back enjoying their BBQ). I'm not a big BBQ fan, but my sister loves it so we thought we would give it a shot. The local reminded us that if you want... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The relaxed atmosphere at Eli's BBQ (Riverside Dr. location) is so much fun, a great place to hang around with your friends and enjoy delicious BBQ. Almost every time I have been there they have had live music. You can bring your own booze. Yes! You heard me right, BYOB! The food is very reasonably priced, you can get a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Finally made it to Eli's after hearing about it for a long time. Wow, what a great time. A perfect summer night to hang out with our neighbors. I love the BYO drinks, this really cuts down on the cost. We loved the barbecue and thought the sides were good. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the ribs. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The first time we tried Eli's, we didn't realize it was BYOB. After waiting in line for 45 minutes and then another 45 minutes to get our food, we were envious of everyone else's coolers. Second time around we were much better prepared. The bbq is well done, sides are ok. Great atmosphere and good for a fun outing with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Bring cash and find a table outside before you order. Their all beef hot dogs were good. The ribs were excellent. My family enjoyed the pulled pork sandwiches. I wish we had time during this trip to try their other restaurant on Riverside.

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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?