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Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill

5717 18TH St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2961
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Ranked #3 of 35 restaurants in Ellenton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $19
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We are a local favorite thanks to our delicious food, "Old Florida" vibe, outstanding service and of course terrific views! We offer live music 5 days and week with two acts playing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Karaoke is a great night to come to on Tuesdays! When you arrive you can sit yourself at any of our tables, from the outdoor patio, inside dining, or our very own TIKI ISLAND! Remember, if it's busy, it may take a bit longer for your made to order food, but where can you go and wait while sitting and drinking, listening to music or simply enjoying the views of the Manatee River!
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80% Recommend
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English first
Naples, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Stopped in to grab lunch after house hunting with our realtor. I love the idea that one of the houses we looked at and are considering buying is close to here. Woody's River Roo can be our new local hangout! We love being about to eat outside along the water, service was prompt, food was good and the prices were... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We were really excited to check out Woody's after reading all these TripAdvisor reviews. When we arrived, the hostesses/waitresses were very attentive when we walked in and let us know we could sit wherever. There was live music on the stage right when you walk in. We opted to sit over on the little island area where some of the... More

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Odessa, Florida
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166 reviews 166 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

I love this place. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere on the water is awesome! It is perfect for those not wanting to shop at the outlets or for a drink after shopping. I will be back and I would recommend to everyone.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you are an avid jet skier and like to go to water front restaurant's, you know how hard it is to find decent dockage suited to Jet Ski's, dock is either way too high or none at all. Woody's accommodates both ski's and small boats. They have two outside dinning areas, we choose the one close to the skis... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We've heard a lot about Woody's River Roo but finally stopped by on a Tuesday afternoon. Our server,Allie, was delightful. Frog legs and the grilled salmon BLT were perfect. Chatted with some nice people. Great view of bridge, river, boats on the hook. Sure the place is rockin' on the weekends. Will definitely go back. Not far from St Pete,... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

First the cons: there's no real parking lot, so if the other drivers park stupidly (which they will as the night wears on) it becomes harder and harder to find a decent parking space. Also, the sign says "Seat Yourself". If this is your first time at the restaurant, as it was ours, you probably won't realize that the restaurant... More

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Sarasota, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love this place and go there often. Locals drive up on the small boats since it has a dock to tie up to. Out in the parking lot there is a section right by the front entrance just for motorcycles too. Most evenings there is music from Karaoke to bands all in the evenings. The food is great and... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great service & atmosphere! While on vacation we stumbled across this place during a friends birthday celebration and we really enjoyed ourselves! Great brisket sandwich, right on the water & I can't wait to bring the kids!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stopped off 75 to get gas and were looking for a quick bite to eat. I searched TripAdvisor for nearby and saw this place and we (wife and two young daughters) decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was great. Live music, deck over looking the water, and a beach bar with tables that had full service as... More

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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We've been to Woody's here twice and really liked it. It's an awesome stop on a road trip. We've sat outside both times, enjoying the large deck and water view. The service is friendly and professional. We ate lunch the second visit, and the food was excellent - we particularly enjoyed a father's day special involving pulled pork and tacos... More

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