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Eli's BBQ

3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
513-533-1957
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Ranked #2 of 1,725 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most unique places I have had a meal in a long time. You find a parking spot nearyby (not to tough), then you wak up to the front of this house. From there you wait in line for a bit (they say there is always a line), to get to the order desk. The menu... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I never liked BBQ. I don't even know why. But now I am a HUGE fan and will ONLY eat at Eli's. My mother and I dined here for lunch last week and it was delicious. Very cheap, filling, satisfying, and delicious. They were OUT OF RIBS we are sad to report that day, but the rib tips we had... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've tried all of Cincinnati's popular spots for BBQ from Montgomery Inn to Walt's BBQ and Eli's still tops the list without a question. I eat at this joint a few times a month. The quality is consistent so it won't disappoint. From their flavorful sides to the fun BYOB option, this is a perfect place to relax and enjoy... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Awesome BBQ. I had the pulled pork BBQ sandwich coleslaw on top!. Beans as a side. I also sampled the turkey. A real treat and very affordable. The order line moved fast. Food took about 30 minutes at 1:30 pm. There were a lot of people and that says volumes! I will be back.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a great meal we had at Eli's...The pulled pork is the best I've had. I make pulled pork, I order pulled pork every chance I get, and Eli's is the best. Smoky, juicy, spicy. Not a trace of gristle in the 3 sandwiches I ate. Only one choice for sauce, and it's perfect with the pork. Traditional red bbq... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Eli's is the best BBQ around. Pulled pork is great, and everything on the menu is outstanding. Jalapeño cheese grits are great side. Get there early because parking is tight and line can get long, but is worth it to wait. Slaw on pulled pork sandwich should be mandatory. BTW, it is BYOB as well, so pack a cooler.

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Evansville, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful BBQ! Cheap! We Had 2 pulled pork sandwiches, 2 ribs, mac and cheese and 2 dt cokes for $19. We sat under the tents. Employees were nice except lady who took your order. My husband never says anything about anyone and he said she was Rude!

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Butler, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The best BBQ in the Cincinnati are by far. Don't let the looks of the building fool you. It's very plain and simple, no fancy sign and it's not in a fancy part of town but if you ever get the opportunity to go there by all means GO! We love eating outside under the tents. The staff is always... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten BBQ all over the USA! This is the BEST!!! The sauce is Excellent! It's a Party on the weekend! Expect a long line and wait for food... But it's worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our family of 3 visited on a Tuesday afternoon at around 2PM and found no line. Our food was ready in about 10 minutes. My rib tips were exceptional. Pulled pork sandwiches and sides were good also. Staff walked by our table outside several times to inquire if we liked what we ordered. Not a fancy place, but they sure... More

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