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Eli's BBQ

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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
+1 513-533-1957
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“baked beans” (64 reviews)
“pulled pork” (149 reviews)
“cole slaw” (51 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

Treat yourself to a great meal at a great price and easy to find on eastern avenue east side of Cincinnati. A true BBQ style meal outside under a canopy or a quaint inside dining area. A really good meal, either ribs or BBQ on...More

Thank glenn f
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

BBQ is subjective to taste, Eli's is a great quick fill up of some Q. Pulled Pork or Brisket I like them both. If you are at the market, it's worth a try you won't be disappointed.

Thank Jerry L
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Ribs were good, dry rub was good. I liked it, don't get me wrong... however I have eaten barbecue from leading places throughout the country. But this wasn't something to write home about. If you like BBQ, you won't be disappointed, it just didn't knock...More

Thank ckbmrb
Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Nice to sit outside with friends and family and have some good bbq! Byob, which I really like!! Bring your wine and cups, or a cooler with some cold beers. Gets very crowded, especially on very nice days. Parking is a little difficult, would be...More

Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

I went there with a lot of knowledge of BBQ... the meats were dry, tough, not good... would not recommend to anyone... location in a seedy part of town... not satisfied at all.

Thank Caleb U
Reviewed January 8, 2017

They have a limited menu and even more limited indoor seating. You walk into the living room and place your order then you go outside and find a picnic table to sit at. When they call your name, you go pick up your food. They...More

Thank 2014LoveToTravel
Reviewed December 28, 2016

I was away from Cincinnati for nine months and this was one of the first places I went when I returned. The prices went up a bit while I was away, but I always thought it was too cheap before especially for what you got....More

Thank KFCincy26
Reviewed December 26, 2016

Visited on a cold winter day recently and ended up waiting 20 minutes for a pretty average pulled pork sandwich and some practically inedible macaroni and cheese. I was pretty surprised given all the good things that I've heard about Eli's but to me the...More

Thank bus_traveler_c
Reviewed December 18, 2016

I’ve been enjoying Elli’s award winning BBQ since it was two guys running a booth outside Findlay Market, and that little booth sold out constantly. Those guys knew that a great product sells itself. Thankfully the owners expanded opening the original restaurant by the river,...More

Thank James1929
Reviewed December 7, 2016

Take a day out in Cincy to have some great BBQ, sit outside and have some drinks!!! You won't be sorry, fun place with great food!

Thank KimH925
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Michael L
Do they serve beer?
September 17, 2016|
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Response from c0nnie033 | Reviewed this property |
No they do not serve beer but bring your own cooler and enjoy. They do serve soft drinks etc but beer is on you and welcome
Does it need a reservation?
June 24, 2016|
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Response from Edward L | Reviewed this property |
No RSVP required at all. Small place inside and a couple of tables outside. But all good eating.
Thank you someone who finally gets how good this place is and its history!!!
April 29, 2016|
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Response from pad442016 | Reviewed this property |
The food is value priced and the laid-back outdoor picnic area (complete with live music on certain evenings) is great! So glad we found this place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
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
  • E-mail