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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
+1 513-533-1957
11:00 - 21:00
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently chose Eli's for an early dinner on a recommendation of friends. This was our first Eli's experience. Eli's is a classic BBQ eatery with wonderful BBQ ambiance. Our sandwiches of turkey and pulled pork lived up to Eli's reputation. However, our sides were quite disappointing. I'm a big Mac n Cheese fan with BBQ. Along with our friends... More 

Thank John S
Columbus, Ohio
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108 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

by far my favorite place to eat in Cincinnati on a sunny day. The atmosphere is amazing, the ribs are even better.

Thank josh n
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The brisket and ribs are the best. They don't skimp on the sided either. Baked beans,corn bread. Good southern food. Kansas style BBQ sauce. You'll be back.

Thank Mmphoneman
Greenwood, Indiana
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135 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty unique spot. Almost felt like a family reunion with 20 families in the same spot. We arrived on a Saturday night before the big crowd and waited about an hour for food. The wait increased to 110 minutes for others. They just couldn't keep up with demand but everyone was happy to wait! The food was... More 

Thank Kiddalot
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I'm giving the restaurant a 5 for the review but and I you need to say that the wait was over an hour. Thay being said this is the best ribs and pulled pork I've ever had. Bar none. There was a crispness to it while preserving the flavor. I suspect the pressure cook it before smoking it, but... More 

Thank Kyle H
Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I finally visited Eli's after hearing nothing but rave reviews. I can definitely say it didn't disappoint! I tried the pulled pork, mashed potatoes and cornbread and it was all fantastic and reasonably priced. The only downsides were that there was very little shaded seating and the parking seemed like it could be a nightmare during peak times.

Thank mml1015
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply horrible, dry and nasty! I dropped 70 bucks and we were VERY DISAPPOINTED !!!! The only good part of the meal was the bbq sauce! I don't see how this restaurant can have a 4/5 rating????

Thank Keith H
Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Eli's on several occasions for carry out. For me the jury is still out on how they compare to other bar-b-cue places I have enjoyed. I enjoy their turkey more than their pulled pork and I like their ribs the best. I give them the higher rating because they stood behind a mistake they made on a... More 

Thank 442vickir
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

This place has some of tbe best bbq around. The pulled pork and brisket selections are guaranteed to please. There are different selections of sauces. I like to mix mine together.

Thank Robert D
Grand Rapids
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My son and I just ate at Eli's for the first time and I must say that these are some of the best ribs I had ever had. We also each ate the Cheese Macaroni, which was good, but a ton of cheese is used. Definitely will stop there again if we happen to be back in Cincinnati. The only... 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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?