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Eli's BBQ

3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
513-533-1957
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Ranked #10 of 1,702 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I am not a massive pulled pork fan - but it's delicious here and this is the way to do it! Order, go outside sit in the sun, wait for the deliciousness to arrive then savor the melt in your mouth smokey sensation. It's a foodie experience dream!

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Columbus, IN
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I'm a southern girl living in Indiana and have missed getting my BBQ fix! A friend surprised me for my birthday and took me to Eli's! Finding a place to park was a little tricky but so worth it! You can smell how good it is when you are walking in. We had the BBQ pork sandwich with sides of... More

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Toronto, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The start of our North to South BBQ Adventure, Eli's was our first stop. I have to admit we were absolutely famished and had to stop at a disappointing chain restaurant beside the highway for a quick bite and almost drove through, past Elis and on to our next destination .. but why .. when on holidays just eat till... More

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Ohio
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254 reviews 254 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I had wanted to try this restaurant for some time, and recently had the chance. I had the pulled pork, slaw and grits; I love all three. The pork had good smoke, but was shredded rather than pulled and was dry even with the sauce added in the kitchen. The slaw was very good, crisp and tangy, and perfect for... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I lOVE Eli's. We came across the jewel after playing softball on the river. The indoor dining area is small but who wants to eat inside anyway?! There are plenty of picnic tables outside and you can byob! All of the BBQ items are great and the sides are awesome. I thought I hated grits until I had Eli's. They... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Eli's. Whenever I have a friends in town I always take them there because they have 1) Great BBQ and 2) and fun atmosphere. If you want more upscale I'd say go to Montgomery Inn, but if you want lots of character-- think picnic baskets and vintage coca-cola bottles then Eli's is your place. In the... More

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Eden, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Worth the drive to find this place. Staff was great. Simple place with a record player! Everything we had was fantastic!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I grew up in TX and love/frequent BBQ places. I've been all over the country, sampled BBQ along the way, and Eli's is definitely on of my favorites, for sure in Cincinnati. They usually give two servings worth of pork on the sandwich and the sides are great as well (jalapeno grits, baked beans). Original location: also! they have tons... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This place came highly recommened by several people. You walk up to a counter, order off a chalk board. They give you a number and bring it to your table. The food is purchased in an a la carte manner. The drinks are bottled and in a cooler. BBQ'd pork in a rib form or pulled and served on a... More

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Milford, Ohio
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I viisted Eli's on New Year's Day for a carry out order. The service was fast, friendly, and fun. The food was OUTSTANDING. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the turkey sandwich. We also got beans, mac N cheese and jalapena corn bread. I can't wait to return! This place is a MUST!!

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