Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Cincinnati

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August 12, 2022
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Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Cincinnati

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Cincinnati on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

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#15. Chili's

- Rating: 2.5 / 5 (25 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (3.0/5), Value (3.0/5), Atmosphere (2.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Mexican
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 11329 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249-2312
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#14. Revolution Rotisserie Pleasant Ridge

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (24 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6063 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213-1617
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#13. Red Sesame Food Truck

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (11 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, Asian
- Price: $
- Address: Varies, Cincinnati, OH
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#12. Goodies

- Rating: 3.0 / 5 (26 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 7440 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231-4306
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#11. Smoke Justis

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (64 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 302 Court St, Covington, KY 41011
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#10. Alabama Que

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (32 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 2733 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219-2075
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#9. Sweets & Meats BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2249 Beechmont Ave Ste B, Cincinnati, OH 45230-5318
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#8. Just Q'in Barbeque

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 975 E McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45206-2053
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#7. Lucius Q

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (21 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1131 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7311
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#6. Eli's BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (38 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $
- Address: 133 W Elder St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7746
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#5. City Barbeque

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (65 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 878 Eastgate North Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45245-1588
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#4. Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,604 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 925 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1684
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#3. Pontiac

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (124 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1403 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7017
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#2. City Barbeque

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (248 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10375 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242-4703
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#1. Eli's BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (773 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
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