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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: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 214
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 17
    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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Eli's is consistently great food and atmosphere- they only make a few items, and do it very well. Love the Ale 8, pork sandwich, and hot dogs. The vibe is a throw back in time, and very casual, and the staff all have helpful attitudes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Corey B
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Cincinnati
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Cincinnati
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Eli's is consistently great food and atmosphere- they only make a few items, and do it very well. Love the Ale 8, pork sandwich, and hot dogs. The vibe is a throw back in time, and very casual, and the staff all have helpful attitudes.

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With stores at Findlay Market or on Eastern Avenue, Eli's BBQ is a special treat when one is in the mood for a delicious pulled pork BBQ sandwich! For $5, this also ranks as one of the best deals in the city. Not only is the meat superb, the accompanying slaw and TOASTED / Grilled bun not only makes their... More 

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Thank Jjmcclorey
Cincinnati, Ohio
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've had BBQ all over the south and I can comfortably say this is the BEST!!! Simple, easy and delicious. The only thing better than the food was Marshall Tucker Band playing on the vinyl turntable. Talk about BBQ heaven !

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Thank Bacchus49
Ladue, Missouri, United States
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends took us here for lunch and we were not disappointed. I got a turkey sandwich with beans and grits and ate every bite. It is a small place so you may have to sit outside in the tents (they are heavy duty rainproof types and also heated so it's not a problem in the winter). The advantage to sitting... More 

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Thank Peter J
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food at Eli's is excellent. They have all types of typical BBQ restaurant fare. Pulled pork, mac n cheese, slaw, ribs, smoked turkey and smoked hot dogs. The grits are great and so is the cornbread. Be aware this place is BYOB but that isn't a big deal because everyone brings their cooler and just finds a place to... More 

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Thank Tyler H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good BBQ sandwich, place had a run down look to it, but other than that good experience. Only service is bringing out your food after you order it at the counter, very informal.

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Thank Ryan D
Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first meal upon arriving in Cincinnati from Miami is at Eli's BBQ (when we arrive during normal hours). The food is excellent, the prices are reasonable, and the parking is easy. The atmosphere is family friendly, the staff is personable, and the menu options are ideal for a BBQ restaurant. The pork sandwiches and cole slaw are highly recommended,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place, time and time again, always service fresh bbq that is the best I've ever had. The sides are amazing too. The only potential downside is the seating but the BYOB makes up for that. A must go to.

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Maineville, Ohio
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is small and until recently they only accepted cash. They no accept debit/credit cards. The food is wonderful.

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Thank adamc1097
Highland Heights, Kentucky
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved going to the Bluegrass night at Washington Park and grubbing on some Eli's BBQ and a cold beer. Great deal and awesome BBQ

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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: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?