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Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill

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5717 18TH St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2961
941-722-2391
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view
Description: We are a local favorite thanks to our delicious food, "Old...
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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  • 289
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 34
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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Salads Piled High

Lots of good choices, especially fish. I chose a salad and added grilled chicken. It was delicious and huge. Enough to take home for a second meal. Went with family and had a great time. Sitting near the water, Manatee River, was especially nice. Service good. Very attentive wait staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
SybilleS770
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Parrish, Florida
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Hawaii
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been here 1 1/2 hours... Still no food ... Later arrivals served already/many excuses from waiter...but still no food!

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Thank SKYITALY
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very busy, bustling place, near the interstate, but right on the water. Pleasant surroundings. Reasonable choices on the menu. The but ??...40 minutes to get served (simple order of sandwiches and the like). Staff very pleasant and attentive, but maybe they need another hand in the kitchen. The food itself was OK, since it was Florida food groups (fried). ("Blackened... More 

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Thank Ian T
Parrish, Florida
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of good choices, especially fish. I chose a salad and added grilled chicken. It was delicious and huge. Enough to take home for a second meal. Went with family and had a great time. Sitting near the water, Manatee River, was especially nice. Service good. Very attentive wait staff.

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Thank SybilleS770
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Woody's is a great place to visit. Day or night you will find folks enjoying a cold beer, good food and live entertainment in the evenings and during the daytime on weekends. The outdoor tables with umbrellas and tiki bar on the jetty provide plenty of nice fresh air and view of the Manatee River. It's just fun place to... More 

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Thank cgsilverworks
Knoxville, Tennessee
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100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of options for seating, live music, good beer and food. Service was outstanding. Food portions are too large for a good price. Crowded on weekends.

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Thank bfcantwell
Hollister, Missouri
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Florida evening on the water, 7 friends meeting for early dinner, disappointing! Only one meal of the seven warranted a "good" rating, All the food took a long time to prepare: BLT salads arrived with no bacon or tomatoes, grouper bites and tater tots tasted like they had been in the freezer too long, fresh fish was good, but... More 

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Thank 3MD_4MA
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been going to Woody's for years. Since before it got crowded, before they paved the parking lot, way before valet service showed up on weekends. But some things haven't changed - it's still great food, a fun time, a beautiful view, and just maybe great music too. Try the home-made chips with whatever you're having, and the home-made ranch... More 

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Thank Paula G
Hager City, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Woody's on a Sunday which we knew would be crowded but since we've been there before, we knew we wanted to eat there. The place was packed beyond belief. We found a table outside for the two of us. Pretty soon, a gentleman came to us and said "just the two of you?" Yes, we said and... More 

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Thank Cindy G
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, daughter and I had lunch and ate outside on a beautiful, sunny, Florida winter day. The food was fabulous! I had the fried shrimp basket. The shrimp was delicious! My only complaint was I wanted more! Our waitress recommended we try the house chips with pepper jack cheese and Cajun sauce! Oh my! There was a band that... More 

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Thank Beth I
South East England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spotted this restaurant, from the bridge crossing the manatee river on the I75. Very busy for a Tuesday, which is a good sign, but tables were readily available. Service was quick and friendly and food good.Great location.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5717 18TH St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2961
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Ellenton
  • Phone Number: 941-722-2391

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 19
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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