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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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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just plain old simple excellent tasting BBQ. Small indoor seating area with large open outside picnic style eating area. Excellent pulled pork sandwich, ribs. Jalapeño grits and jalapeño cornbread delicious side dishes.

Thank NWtraveler
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

This locals' gem is located in a rundown part of the city, but is always crowded so we felt safe enough. Parking is at a premium but at least free. Food is Very good, down-home BBQ and sides are very tasty! Eat outside as that is where the ambience is...people watching is a great pastime!

Thank grannybee1950
Fairfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

We just love this place, you can get a pulled pork sandwich with one side and feed two persons. The rib tips are excellent and even better next day for breakfast.

Thank Randy W
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Eli's is home to the absolute best BBQ in Cincinnati. It is outdoors- so keep in mind you want good weather to go. They do provide a tented area though. The service is always quick and friendly.

Thank maggiemay12495
South Carolina Lowcountry
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

We had fabulous lunch here today. Delicious pulled pork & spicy baked beans. Good value for the money.

Thank Travelingman36
Cincinnati, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

good BBQ and prices make for a great lunch or dinner. If you're visiting the restaurant in Findlay Market, you can take your food out to the beer garden and eat while enjoying one of the several beers on tab. If wine is your desire, there is a little Wine store that will be happy to sell you a bottle... More 

Thank Dennis O
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Met a friend for a Wednesday lunch. Pulled Pork sammich and jalapeno cornbread were really tasty. They only have soft drinks and water, so if you NEED tea or beer then BYOD. Modest inside seating, but covered and uncovered picnic tables outside allow for good-weather seating. Unpretentious, yummy and fun.

Thank Jay K
Port Orange, Florida
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

What agreat pulled pork sandwich, and the cornbread was amazing .Nothing is fancy about the place. They have an old record player that they play. Cool!

Thank casey j
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Hands down best BBQ on east side if not whole city. Great atmosphere eat inside or meet new friends outside. Get there early always crowed but worth the wait. Best to call your order in for lunch the crowed sometimes can take up your whole lunch to get your order in.

Thank John N
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

food was good. small inside dining. order at a window, so basically no service. eat outside on picnic benches under a tent. if you're up for this, I guess you can call it an authentic experience.

Thank cathy s

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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
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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?