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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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank BurningNV
Independence, Kentucky
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's start by saying- I LOVE barbecue. I have been to a lot of barbecue places throughout the midwest and the south, and Eli's really is a cut above the rest. It's not just the food. The layout of the place is really neat. You order your food in a small house/restaurant, then wait outside for it. Once it's ready,... More 

Thank Jeremy D
Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awful, overrated restaurant. The pork was disgusting. I do not recommend one bit. Sticky tables as well.

Thank GZ50602
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure why recently everyone has been saying this place is bland....because it isn't. Definitely the best place in Cincy for BBQ, had to wait a little in line for the food, but when you're really hungry and you get that big plate...it makes the food that much better. In warmer temperatures it's an awesome spot to BYOB with friends... More 

Thank Smcmahon303
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eli's is located in Findlay Market and is mostly take out but with a couple of picnic tables inside. Its all about the BBQ. Pulled pork sandwiches were piled high with more freshly pulled pork than fit. I thought the pork a bit salty but good sauce and good cole slaw cut it well. Other choices included turkey, hot dogs... More 

Thank Chuck T
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably the most boring bar-b-que I have ever had. The meat was pretty bland and the sauces were so-so. I just don't get the raving about this place. There is no way I would wait an hour for anything that Eli's has to offer, other than a cold drink on an extremely hot day.

Thank Nattibgood
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not like the spiciness of sauce and lack of parking.I found out later parking is in the back. I did not like eating in a "tent".

Thank Janice U
Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Eli's barbeque on a Saturday night. I guess that was our first mistake. Be prepared to wait at least an hour. The turkey was great, the sauce was just ok. The baked bean are spicy and just the worst I have ever have every tasted. I just could not eat them, and I eat everything. I throughly... More 

Thank des691B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious dinner choices of basic barbecue fare. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich. Ultra casual atmosphere. A few tables inside but lots outside under tents. You can bring your own drinks. Both alcoholic and non.

Thank Judy S
Toledo, Ohio
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Eli's I have been here two other times before this time. I got the pulled pork and mac and cheese. I have never had a bad experience here. I love this place. My boyfriend loved the dry rub on the ribs and kept raving about the grits. He even loved the Ale8. Great BBQ

Thank dukerulesu

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
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?