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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 - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 133
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  • 180
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Busy, busy place, decent food, live music

We were able to seat ourselves, service was good and our food was pretty good. A band of older people were great- we sat inside with the a/c since we had been outside in the sun and heat all day. Okay place for us, we were hungry, heading home with a 3 hour drive ahead of us and unfortunately... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
taz321
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Cocoa, Florida
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  • Bar scene
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Tampa Bay, Florida
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216 reviews 216 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We went there on a Sunday evening and the place was packed. Lots of bikers, who seemed pretty tame. The parking was crazy and the tables were full. Even so, the service was decent for having so many people there. The food, while good, was RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. For $37 (including tax, tip and title), I got a miniscule cup of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a great place for friends to gather, have good food, entertainment, the best drinks and Darci as your server. She is hilarious and makes sure you enjoy your time there. Will definitely return and ask for her as our server!

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Cocoa, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were able to seat ourselves, service was good and our food was pretty good. A band of older people were great- we sat inside with the a/c since we had been outside in the sun and heat all day. Okay place for us, we were hungry, heading home with a 3 hour drive ahead of us and unfortunately Yoder's... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We have heard of Woody's for quite a while and have never got to go there. Today we stopped coming back from Sarasota because we saw it along side the interstate. I'm glad we did. Great waterfront place. Good BBQ sauce, great fresh made chips and slaw. Good chili and a GREAT Key lime pie. Well worth the trip.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Just had to write a note about Teresa, one of the best servers we've ever had. She has a great personality and just made our experience really pleasant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great food. So good we had to go back the next day. Cammy and Katrina are very friendly and helpful servers. The BBQ sauce is the best I have ever had. This is a very busy place but the atmosphere is so nice and relaxing you can't help but enjoy it. If you are in the area stop in you... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This was our first trip to Woody's River Roo but it won't be our last! We sat at a nice table by the river and enjoyed our margarita's and beers! Our group had the grouper sandwich, the big cheeseburger and I had the pulled pork sandwich with their homemade chips. Wonderful!! The young lady that was our waitress was delightful!... More 

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Sarasota
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

My philosophy is any time that you can sit on the water and have a meal and a cocktail it's a good day. I visited River Roo last week and was pleased that there was a band playing. This of course added to the ambience of looking out into the Manatee River. Getting service was a little difficult. It seemed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visiting Florida and my in laws recommended this as a good casual place to eat at. It's pretty crowded and tables are first come first serve. Live music was a nice perk. All seating is outdoors on the river. The food: eh, dinner was okay. Nothing bad to say and nothing stellar to write about. The dessert was worth the... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great time at Woodys! The sunset was beautiful. We'll be back for sure. My Southwest Chicken Salad was delicious. Karaoke was fun. Our server was attentive and had a great personality. It's rare to see a manager at all, much less have them smile and talk to you. He even delivered our 2nd round of cocktails. The roo definitely had... 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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