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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 150
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  • 56
    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
Laid back and off the beaten track!

I have eaten here a number of times, usually meeting friends for lunch. Low key atmosphere and good barbecue. ..eaten under the tents in winter, under the open sky in summer. I normally get the pulled pork and baked beans...like both very much. Be forewarned...cash only!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
MTNester1957
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have eaten here a number of times, usually meeting friends for lunch. Low key atmosphere and good barbecue. ..eaten under the tents in winter, under the open sky in summer. I normally get the pulled pork and baked beans...like both very much. Be forewarned...cash only!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The food was amazing! The staff was friendly! Pulled pork and the best hot dogs around! Cole slaw and japaleno cheesy grits are the way to go for sides.

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Covington, Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Fantastic Quality and Taste; the best BBQ I have ever had and just 10 minutes east of Cincinnati. Tried the Turkey sandwich which was moist and tender and oh so good. Went again for the ribs which just fall of the bone and melt in your mouth. Go early and be prepared to wait as they do not accept reservations.

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Norwood, OH
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73 reviews 73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

First time we tried to eat here it was February and it was packed. No place to sit and no place to wait. We decided to come back when we could eat outdoors. Finally made it in September. It was very crowded for lunch, of course, It was cash only like others have stated. The drinks are just cans of... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Eli's BBQ is a must-have when in Cincinnati. This is the best BBQ I have ever had besides this one time in Hawaii. I always order the beef tips along with a side of mashed potatoes. So good! Make sure to have only cash or checkbook ready as they do not accept credit/debit cards.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I would definitely recommend this place. By far the best pulled pork I've ever had. Order mac and cheese and baked beans and they were both great as well. I cannot wait to go back.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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66 reviews 66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I am a big fan of Eli's. I like the concept of simple good food prepared well, and at at a reasonable price. I also like the "y'all come", everyone is welcome approach. It is really a part of the community, and brings folks together. As I said in the title, I think the pulled pork is the best in... More 

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Cincinnati
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Food was great! But let's face it, you've got a menu of 12-15 items, virtually all of which are precooked and sitting in hotel pans (it's bbq after all) and you can't turn an order faster than 30-45 minutes? Yes, you're busy and have a line outside: the faster they're served the faster they're going to want to come back... More 

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Friedheim, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Our family had heard about this place and we stopped in. The food and service were spectacular. We noticed a sign on the door that said they only accepted cash or checks. I asked if they would take an out of state check, we are from Missouri. They said that would be fine. They said they did not take credit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

An old house which has been converted into the best BBQ in Cincinnati. Definitely a no frills setting but why bother you came here for the food right? The BBQ is what it's all about and Eli's does it right and they do it better than any one else. Pork turkey and ribs all prepared exceptionally. The sides are also... 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?