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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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I've been to SmoQ, Smoky Bones, Montgomery Inn, and City BBQ. Eli's had the best bbq hands down. The baby back ribs are tender and juicy, the pulled pork isn't greasy, the brisket wasn't dry, the jalapeno cheddar grits are tasty (especially if you order them "dirty"), the mac n cheese and green beans are pretty good as well. Its... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I don't say this lightly. I LOVE good barbecue. I've been to most of them. This is slow cooked, great sauce and fabulous. Very few seats inside. Lots outside, but most of us get it to go. Sides are also worthwhile.

Thank mlsears
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Extremely simple set up but don't let first impressions get on the way, this place is great! Everything I've tried was very good just remember to bring your own cooler with plenty booze as they don't sell it here! Will come back (many times).

Thank Edunf
Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Whenever I get the chance I'll go to Eli's. It's hard to pass up. The service is always good and the food is always delicious.

Thank wisc_wisc
Canton, Ohio
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Add me to the list of happy customers. Once you get past the parking issue and the tents you realize that this ambiance is part of the charm. Really ! Food is great and eating outside was like being at a fraternity beer blast. Give it a try and just roll with it once you get there.

Thank hockeychief
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Hearing all the HYPE about this restaurant, I needed to try it out for myself. It is a cute little place with a pink pig glow sign and you order inside (very little seating but don't fret) there is an outside where you BYOB/P (P=pop) and picnic tables every where. There's plenty of seating outside under the tent if you... More 

Thank Amber W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Eli's keeps it very simple, with the best pulled pork I've tasted north of NC and a few hearty sides (hearty may be the wrong word since it's all artery clogging). If you go to the main restaurant on Riverside during lunch, be prepared for a long wait. There's a small indoor dining area with a selection of quirky old... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Not much needs to be said about this Cincinnati delicacy. If you are from out of town, please make this a necessary stop. The BBQ here is too good, the ambiance is wonderful, and the people make this place what it is. Your taste buds and belly will thank you later... And you can bring alcohol!

Thank Derek C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We are fans of good BBQ and after hearing about this spot we had to give it a try. We ended up arriving about 11:45 am on Friday so not only did we beat the crowd, we were able to find a parking space and get a seat inside. Off to a great start. They also had plenty of seating... More 

Thank Bob S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

My wife and I traveled to Cincinnati this week to see Don Henley at Riverbend Park. We stopped at Eli's on the strength of the hundreds of positive reviews, and the reviews were right on the money; Eli's is an easy place to pass by on the road were it not for the pig on the sign over the door.... 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
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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?