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Eli's BBQ

3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
+1 513-533-1957
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked beans” (67 reviews)
“pulled pork” (163 reviews)
“cole slaw” (55 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Hands down, the BEST barbecue I've ever had. I really like the whole concept of this location. It seems a bit isolated, but fear not! You walk through the door and past the few (very few) tables and back to the ordering area. I chose...More

Thank KentuckyGirl1972
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eli's does REAL barbecue. We always get take out, though, since we are usually serving it for parties. Their side dishes are more on the mediocre side, however, so we usually pick most of those up in the frozen section at the grocery store or...More

Thank Cheryle W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thats sounds like a very narrow view, but as I travel a lot for work all over the States I have to admit that BBQ and especially ribs are one of my favourite 'comfort' foods when I travel. Eli's is one of the most unusual...More

Thank AndrewGraydon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nested in an old riverside house. Outdoor eating, park nearby to also take your food. Food is very good, ribs are a little on the tough side for me, but I like fall off the bone. Great place to take out of town guests or...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The turkey and pulled pork meats were smoked to flavorful perfection. The rib tips were good, but for all the meats the sauce is the real taste secret. Make sure to drizzle extra sauce on every bite! The slaw was decent but needed to marinate...More

Thank Jake S
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Our friends recommended this incredible bbq. It was finger licking good. We loved the casual atmosphere. It felt like one big neighborhood party. Loved how we could bring our own drinks and snacks while feasting on their bbq. I can’t believe I’m saying this but...More

Thank Momma C
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

We went with my dads side of the family. It was awesome!! I don’t even like BBQ either!! The set up is perfect. Ordering is a little messy, its just busy because it’s so great. The outdoor seating is so convenient. I can’t wait to...More

Thank axj23
Reviewed 22 January 2018

I've been a customer for two years. I carry out as I'm just a short drive away which helps in bad weather as inside seating is limited. They've improved accommodations out side over the years but I still prefer take out. Smokey BBQ with sauce...More

Thank Gregg G
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Inside is very dark and dreary. It was 16 degrees out and they either didn't have the heat on or it wasn't working because the dining room was freezing. Had the pulled pork, Mac n cheese, and grits. Everything was extremely salty, the Mac and...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

After hearing so many positive comments about this place, tonight my husband and I had an opportunity to eat here. I am so glad we came, it was delicious! The barbecue had a great flavor and their sauce is fantastic! We each had the pulled...More

Thank florenceyall39
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Michael L
17 September 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
24 June 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.
29 April 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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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