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Eli's BBQ

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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Cheshire, Connecticut
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Found on google but wasnt too sure on the area. Once we walked past a few homes and one that I thought something had.....okay food was great ! Cool low key interior. Great spot....next time I work in Cincy - on my list to go again.

Thank R. Edward N
Cincinnati, Ohio
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Eli's is worth the wait! Tender barbecue with crispy edges, grits to make a southern girl smile and a hit whether you're dining in, taking out or catering a party. A "don't miss" if you live in or are visiting Cincinnati.

Thank roadwarriors3
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here on a beautiful Sunday after soccer tournaments... limited menu but the atmosphere and the food was delicious! Ribs, pulled pork all the sides... what a relaxing BBQ joint and BYOB as long as you stay in bounds.

Thank L F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location is not the best.. parking is sketch. The prices are decent and the portions are great. We were a family of four and got hot dog, ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, and beans... the best thing we are was the bread on the sand which. Maybe we are just super spoiled with our southern BBQ.. this just wasn't... More 

Thank Rachel A
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard a lot about this place from friends. So, we decided to give it a try. It is counter service. It was a beautiful night to sit outside. However, the seating outside is just at picnic tables. I like to have something with back support since we were with going to be staying a while with friends and... More 

Thank Denise K
Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Eli's is better than ever!! They have so much outdoor seating now, which is all byob, byoPet, and I can't speak highly enough of the food. I am very picky about BBQ (from the south ya'll) and Eli's surpasses expectations.

Thank georgiasathoff
Cincinnati, Ohio
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of those hidden gems that most cities have. If you like any type of BBQ, you owe it to yourself to give this place a try. They don't have a liquor license, but you can bring your own beer, wine, or whatever and enjoy it under the tent or at the table.

Thank jeffps40
Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love pulled pork that is well done. The Eli's location at Findlay Market cannot accomodate a special request to cook it longer (3⭐️star). I enjoy their special event locations where the staff is more accommodating and seem to serve a better seasoned, better prepared pulled pork (5 ⭐️ star) = average 4 ⭐️star.

Thank Quellen
Mt. Vernon, IL
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a BBQ place with huge sandwiches and tasty sides served picnic style. A posted sign say 15-20 minutes for food and that was about right. We all had the sandwich plate with different sides. I would have preferred a more tangy slaw, but it was not bad, and the beans were very good. Between the four of us,... More 

Thank Slp2g0
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very limited menu, that is OK if the food is exceptional, but I'm afraid it's not, the pulled pork is good, the barbq sauce..not so much, the potatoes are different and good, but the Mac n cheese..I'm not a fan, tasted out of a velveta box, Coleslaw bland, , it's a 45 minute drive for me, so I doubt I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: 513-533-1957

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?