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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 6 days ago

We have not been to Eli's since last year but we took some barbecue loving friends from the south to Eli's this weekend. The biggest change was the new permanent structure outside to replace the tents. They still have the picnic tables under the new...More

Thank JGRobbins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome! Best I have ever had! And I am picky! Quirky atmosphere but awesome food! You gotta try this one. Best rib, best pulled pork, best jalapeno cornbread, best baked beans.....it was all awesome!

Thank Christine Wenge... H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pulled pork and the jalapeno cornbread are excellent. The other stuff is good, too. Casual atmosphere like a BBQ joint should be.

Reviewed 10 April 2018

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 8 April 2018 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 7 April 2018

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 6 April 2018

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 April 2018

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 15 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
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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, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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