We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Eli's BBQ

3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 1,729 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
35 visitor photos
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Write a Review

153 reviews from our community

96% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Wow. I don't get it. Food is very good but not worth waiting and sitting on hard bench or tight quarters. I have eaten it a dozen times and prefer getting it to go and enjoying good food (it is) somewhere relaxing. They have become something of an Urban legend and I wish them great success. But if you need... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

This small joint has great BBQ. I highly recommend calling ahead for carry out service during peak hours because the lines can be long. Bring cash or check and enjoy great food. Everything is awesome. During the summer you can eat outside. Don't skip this place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Our son wanted Eli's for his birthday celebration and what a party it was. There are plenty of picnic tables set up in the back, some are under a large awning, and it's like a neighborhood block party. We were lucky to get in line before the real crowds hit. We had the smoked turkey which was wonderful, as was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Niagara Falls, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Bring your own drinks (alcohol included) and prepare to sit outside and wait. Pulled pork: awesome. Ribs: awesome Beans: awesome Slaw: awesome Dinner for $27 included 6 ribs ($2.50 each), a pulled pork sandwich, the sides, and two cokes. Friendly, happy people, music, and great community spirit. Simple experience, great times.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If went to eli's all the way from Guatemala, I'm love ribs and these ribs are the best for sure!!! If you are in town and love ribs don't even think of skipping this place!!! It is worth the 40 mins wait!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Wow!!! Eli's bbq is a well known bbq place mostly visited by locals in Cincinnati, Ohio. The concept is simple: small interior with a few tables, but plenty of seating outside to enjoy! Be patient, place might be crowded but is well worth the wait. Hear local bands playing while you wait for your food. You're allowed to bring your... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Recommend: Pulled Pork Beans Corn Bread **CASH ONLY. One of the best BBQ joints in Cincinnati. Even though it is usually very crowded, especially during weekends, it is worth the wait. I would suggest going with a group and brining some beer or liquor and try to enjoy the wait rather than dreading it. The only thing I wouldn't recommend... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salem, Virginia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Visiting family in Cincinnati and they took us to Eli's to eat! The BBQ was great! Wonderful flavor and the Mac & Cheese was the best I have ever eaten. Had a nice area to eat outside at picnic tables and you could bring your own drinks and cooler of beer. You can also take your dog on a leash.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ormond Beach, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great BBQ places are usually known by the locals and that is how I ended up at Eli's. When I saw the smokers behind the restaurant after parking the car, I knew that I was in store for some good BBQ!! The pulled pork sandwich was one of the best I have ever eaten; it was accompanied by a creamy... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Howell, Michigan
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have eaten at many bbq's across this great nation and the world for that matter. Each locale has their take on bbq. The bbq here at Eli's was AWESOME!! The pulled pork sandwich, beans, coleslaw and rib tips were the BEST!! We got there around 5:30 pm just before the dinner rush I guess? Got to the counter and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Eli's BBQ also viewed


Been to Eli's BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Eli's BBQ, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing