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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 151
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  • 57
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 2
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  • 2
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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
Tasty bbq

We recently stopped here while visiting family in the area. I had the pulled pork, coleslaw and baked beans. All of which I felt were quite good - especially the bbq. Someone else in our group had the grits which I also sampled and thought were good. It's a very tiny place with not a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Jodie1906
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De Pere, WI
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De Pere, WI
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98 reviews 98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We recently stopped here while visiting family in the area. I had the pulled pork, coleslaw and baked beans. All of which I felt were quite good - especially the bbq. Someone else in our group had the grits which I also sampled and thought were good. It's a very tiny place with not a lot of parking. Most of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Driving on the east side of Cincinnati on Riverside Drive, along the mighty Ohio River, you suddenly come across a heavy traffic area near a somewhat run-down 2-story structure that looks like it used to be someone's home. Now it is home to Eli's BBQ. Eli's does it right. Cheap prices. Great food. My fav is the pulled pork platter... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Cincinnati never ceases to amaze me at their acceptance of mediocre food. None of the sides were good, let me say that again (NONE OF THE SIDES WERE GOOD) Only one choice or BBQ sauce (marginal). So much smoke that you belch smoke for the rest of the day and night. I did rather like the BYO and the picnic... More 

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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I really enjoyed my pulled pork & brisket!!! I was not a huge fan of the sides we had. Mashed potatoes are interesting, but a lot of sides had jalapenos and I am not a spicy fan. Check your meals several times now I have got home and not had the correct food!! They get busy, but it really isn't... More 

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Edgewood, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The best! Delicious and cheap. No liquor license so you will have to bring your own, which makes it even cheaper. Great sandwiches and sides and will not break the bank. I recommend this place to everyone!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This place is just east of Fountain SQ-- Loke an old Texas roadhouse- no frills just excellent sandwiches and the Ribs are as good as it gets-- I usually get a carry out-- perfect to bring to family or friends

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Cincinnati
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35 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Had been hearing about Eli's, so we went there and were not disappointed, IF you are looking for luxury or atmosphere or to be waited on hand and foot go somewhere else. If you just want the basics, GOOD food at a good price, then this is the place to go. Eli's is ALWAYS busy, the food is that good.... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Our first time to this place has us wanting to go back! It's not fancy--very crowded, mainly outdoor seating, a simple menu on the wall, and fantastic Q, make this place a true BBQ joint. We had the pulled pork & turkey sandwiches. Killer baked beans & some of the best mashed potatoes you will ever have! We also had... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Eli's BBQ is delicious. They have seating inside and they also set up picnic tables outside. It is BYOB and you can also bring snacks. One couple even brought their corn hole game. The food is great and the atmosphere is so much fun.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My sister in law and her fiancé raved about Eli's BBQ and so when we were traveling though town they insisted we venture there for dinner. The smell of smoked meat was pretty strong driving up and I couldn't wait to try their ribs. There meals are the perfect size coming with an entree and two sides. I had the... More 

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?