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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” (65 reviews)
“pulled pork” (162 reviews)
“ribs” (173 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've never visited Cincinnati before, so when I arrived I googled best lunch restaurants in the Queen City. I founds myself at Eli's BBQ. Close to downtown, a bunch of locals (I was hopeful when I walked in because there were a bunch of locals...More

Thank Antony S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very relaxed atmosphere. Order inside and then find a picnic table outside. Even on a cold April night, the enclosed outdoor seating was comfortable. The seating is also great for large groups, as long as you go when it isn’t too busy! Their only menu...More

Thank Hturtle333
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go out of my way to get Eli's BBQ whenever we are in or near Cincinnati. Delish and reasonable price.

Thank sma1970
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eli's is awesome - the tastiest food you can find at a very rustic location near the river. No alcohol but BYOB and bring as much as you want. The place gets very crowded in nice weather but the wait goes quick, and there's always...More

Thank Mardee S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great portions, the food was amazing- mac and cheese and mash potatoes and beans are all musts! We had the food delivered and it was all properly labeled and warm upon delivery! Cant wait to try more things here!

Thank Amanda K
Reviewed 16 March 2018

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

2  Thank KentuckyGirl1972
Reviewed 5 March 2018

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 4 March 2018

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 3 March 2018 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 26 February 2018 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
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Michael L
18 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
25 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.
30 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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
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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