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3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
+1 513-533-1957
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Loveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ribs were good, dry rub was good. I liked it, don't get me wrong... however I have eaten barbecue from leading places throughout the country. But this wasn't something to write home about. If you like BBQ, you won't be disappointed, it just didn't knock my socks off.

Thank ckbmrb
Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice to sit outside with friends and family and have some good bbq! Byob, which I really like!! Bring your wine and cups, or a cooler with some cold beers. Gets very crowded, especially on very nice days. Parking is a little difficult, would be nice to have a big lot available. Would recommend on a nice sunny cincy day!

Thank Cheryl M
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went there with a lot of knowledge of BBQ... the meats were dry, tough, not good... would not recommend to anyone... location in a seedy part of town... not satisfied at all.

Thank Caleb U
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a limited menu and even more limited indoor seating. You walk into the living room and place your order then you go outside and find a picnic table to sit at. When they call your name, you go pick up your food. They have Porta-potties and people bring their own drinks in coolers. There was a band playing... More 

Thank 2014LoveToTravel
Cincinnati, Ohio
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327 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was away from Cincinnati for nine months and this was one of the first places I went when I returned. The prices went up a bit while I was away, but I always thought it was too cheap before especially for what you got. We have had everything on the menu at least twice and love everything. My two... More 

Thank KFCincy26
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166 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a cold winter day recently and ended up waiting 20 minutes for a pretty average pulled pork sandwich and some practically inedible macaroni and cheese. I was pretty surprised given all the good things that I've heard about Eli's but to me the pork was dry and the mac and cheese tasted artificial. I did have some decent... More 

Thank bus_traveler_c
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’ve been enjoying Elli’s award winning BBQ since it was two guys running a booth outside Findlay Market, and that little booth sold out constantly. Those guys knew that a great product sells itself. Thankfully the owners expanded opening the original restaurant by the river, and later establishing their second physical location back at Findlay (no more outdoor booth this... More 

Thank James1929
Cincinnati, Ohio
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Take a day out in Cincy to have some great BBQ, sit outside and have some drinks!!! You won't be sorry, fun place with great food!

Thank KimH925
Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

What a wonderful place to go and get your Grub on! Really love their sauces. Try it once and you will go back...

Thank 022jmp
Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Have no idea why this place gets any rating above 2. Over priced lousy BBQ awful sides it is do bad I wish I had a reason I did not go to white castles. This is the Bernie Madoff of restraunts...a complete ripoff that takes your money and expectations and gives you nothing in return but a bad taste in... 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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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?