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Eli's BBQ

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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
+1 513-533-1957
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 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 October 13, 2016

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 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 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 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.

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Mt. Vernon, IL
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 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 

Thank Noel S
Spokane, Washington
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 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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10 restaurant reviews
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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

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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: +1 513-533-1957

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