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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We are a local favorite thanks to our delicious food, "Old Florida" vibe...
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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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 147
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Flat Out Good Time

Visited Woody's for the first time and had a great time. The atmosphere, live band & people glad to be outside enjoying the day, along with great attentive service made Woody's a must return. Many of the reviews comment that the food is average at best. Our visit found everything to be pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2015
DougWV
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West Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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333 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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West Virginia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Visited Woody's for the first time and had a great time. The atmosphere, live band & people glad to be outside enjoying the day, along with great attentive service made Woody's a must return. Many of the reviews comment that the food is average at best. Our visit found everything to be pretty good. The grouper, shrimp, brisket, wings were... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

When in Ellenton, Woody's is the place to go. Customer service is friendly, welcoming atmosphere, good food at an affordable price and very important a clean restoom. The Greek salad with blacken shrimp was outstanding. They had Ahi Tuna, which I was looking to but it's no longer on the menu. If you are in the area of Woody's. ...a... More 

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Palmetto, Florida, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I are at the Roo every Friday and/or Saturday...even in the rain. Though the food is average, the river view, the great variety of live music, and the friendly, efficient staff are worth it! Cheers for Darcy, Cindy, Sherry, and Louisa! It's also a people watcher's haven!! We just heard today that the owner of the Roo... More 

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Washington, DC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We hit Woody's early afternoon on a lovely Saturday between Christmas and New Years. It was swamped. Staff were very pleasant and eager to please. Live music was good. If I'd known it would be 2 hours I would have been fine, but the wait was long for hungry kids. Food was good (awesome fries and seafood platter). Good beer... More 

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jupiter, fl
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I give the service 5 star, the chili is great, and the bleu cheese chips are awesome. My beef is with the "split plate" charge of $1.50 and the managers response. The service runner brought our food, but our friends split rueben and fries came out in one basket. When the bill came, I asked about the charge, and the... More 

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Clermont, Florida
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We stayed at the hotel next to Woody's so decided to check it out for dinner and drinks, since we didn't have to drive. Our waitress was fabulous! She was very personable and efficient. She rook care of our every needs. The live band that night played country music and did a great job getting the audience up to dance.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Went there with family, party of six. My wife's been here before in the afternoon and she had a great time. Was 7pm on a Saturday, they have free valet parking but they were full. Had to drive down the street to walk back with no sidewalk and nearly complete darkness. Thought I'd definitely get hit by a car. When... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A group of six of us went on a crowded, busy Sunday afternoon. A band was playing and it was a fun atmosphere with a great view of the river. We ordered burgers, catfish sandwich, tuna tacos, & beers. The service and food were mediocre but it was fun to be outside on a beautiful day.

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Newport News, Virginia
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Have been here twice now. Great place on the water to watch the sun set and listen to live music. There is plenty of room to sit outside, which is a plus. The first time there were some nice drink specials but nothing at all the second visit. Food was ok....had better and had worse. It's more about the atmosphere... More 

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Cleveland, Georgia, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place was packed with locals and tourists alike. If you want tiki bar atmosphere, live music and rubbing shoulders with just about every character imaginable, spend an afternoon or evening right there in the courtyard or wander out to the dock area for the feel of the water under your seat. I have had better food, but with this... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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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