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“A Little Quirky, but . . .” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eli's BBQ

Eli's BBQ
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
513-533-1957
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Ranked #10 of 1,750 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Cincinnati
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“A Little Quirky, but . . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

In this case, quirky was not a problem with us because we got great food for a little money. We got there early (4 pm), and had no trouble ordering (you order at a counter and they bring it to you) or finding a table inside (maybe only 8 tables inside?) on a hot summer night. There is plenty of seating outside with plenty of room for the kids to run around. The food was out in a jif, and it was hot and fresh. Between the four of us, we had pulled pork, ribs, jalapeno cornbread, jalapeno grits and baked beans, and everyone was happy with everything. The sides were a good size and packed with flavor. An added bonus is that it is BYOB - get two delicious pulled pork sandwich dinners for $16 total and bring in your own adult beverages? Yeehaw!! The restaurant does not have cups or ice on site (that's part of the quirkyness), so if you want your beer in a cup, bring your own. Also, Eli's does not accept credit cards, so come prepared. And get there early or you WILL have a long wait.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Delish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Dinner date w husband, pulled pork sandwich outside dining, live music,and stress free casual atmosphere! Awesome awesome!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Heaven on a Plate!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Where should I start?!?! Found this place online when doing some research about visiting Cinci. Almost didn't find the restaurant-GPS was going crazy but I persevered & THANK GOODNESS!!! You could smell the deliciousness just getting out of the car! Hubby & I both got the $8.00 plate which includes a sandwich & 2 sides. The Jalapeno Cheese Grits were AWESOME as well as the Mac-n-Cheese and Baked Beans. Just after we placed our order, a large local motorcycle group came in and they all waited in line & were overheard saying "it's worth the wait"!!! I couldn't agree more!!! As a special note-Eli's only takes CASH or CHECK so come prepared or you'll miss out on some awesome BBQ!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic Pulled Pork Sandwiches!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Awesome sandwiches. We went on a lovely afternoon and the picnic-table atmosphere was fun...lots of people were bringing their own beer and wine - just bring bug spray, as it's right beside the river

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Loveland, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good Golly Miss Molly!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Eli's BBQ is just a hole in the wall with lines going out the door and around the corner!. Tents in the adjoining lots have picnic tables and were all full. This is at 5:00 on a Sat. night.

The food is home cooked, smoked and wonderfully Cincinnati. It really doesn't get much better if you like this type of food. You can even take it out and home or have it catered.

Eli's is located just north of the city of Cincinnati on what use to be Eastern Ave. and now is Riverside drive. (Why the name change I will never figure it out. As a life long resident of the area I still think of it as Eastern Ave.) This is a flood prone area, so if you are visiting at that time of year its best to call ahead.

Eli's can't be beat for BBQ!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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