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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: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night Food, Breakfast, Late Night
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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  • 53
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  • 27
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A real Florida waterside spot!

Woody's is a popular location for well-prepared sandwiches, burgers and plates, accompanied by cold beverages and usually an oldies rock band. Patio tables, sunbrellas, cool misting fans, a long dock to enjoy, boat access, valet parking for cars, parking space for motorcycles all add up to a busy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
Roberta G
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Parrish, Florida, United States
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great ambiance right on the manatee river. Casual, tons of outside water views, and one of the best mahi mahi sandwiches. Alicia was our server and was terrific

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Florida
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95 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Food is not bad and the prices are decent. Somewhat hard to get too and more of a locals hang out. The service is ok but the food can take a while as they get backed up. Live music, but not that great. Still entertaining and right on the river.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Came to Ellenton to go shopping at the outlet mall, all the locals and hotel staff said to try Woody's. Parking lot was packed, figured that was a good sign, parking lot is all broken asphalt and rocks. Heads up, dont wear sandals.There is no hostess service, you sit where you want,and hope a waitress notices you and greets your... More 

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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Darci, our server, was the best, arranging fans to keep us cool and bug-free, and rattling off a long list of specials. The food was very good and fresh - dessert was awesome and beautifully presented.

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Palmetto, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Food was fair, staff was fair, ambiance was great. You are paying and going here for the crowd, bands, and excitement, definitely not the food!

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Parrish, Florida, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Woody's is a popular location for well-prepared sandwiches, burgers and plates, accompanied by cold beverages and usually an oldies rock band. Patio tables, sunbrellas, cool misting fans, a long dock to enjoy, boat access, valet parking for cars, parking space for motorcycles all add up to a busy and family friendly place to kick back and enjoy.

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Treasure Island, Florida
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81 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is like many bar and grill type places throughout Florida like the Linger Lodge not too far away. Good food, plenty of waterfront seating and a Tiki bar on the water. The noise from the Interstate can be loud at times but it helps that the bridge is high over the river. Good place to relax and sit a... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

What a great meal. My son flew in from PA and wanted to take me to some fancy pants restaurant.....I picked Woody Roo's because I love the fun and food...I was not disappointed. The Mother's Day specials were great and Lee our server made the day a wonderful expierence. Don't miss having a meal here if you are in the... More 

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Oswego, New York
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128 reviews 128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My wife had heard about this place from friends. We went on Mother's Day for lunch. There was live music which was very good. Lots of motorcycles and older bikers. Not a place for kids. We both had blackened mahi mahi. The sandwich's and fries were very good and the beer was cold. We will return.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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91 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The location of this restaurant makes it a great outdoor place for both locals and tourists to enjoy olde style Florida by sitting at a deck table that overlooks the Manatee River and just taking your time to eat and drink. All the tables have umbrellas so even in the heat of summer and the sun shifting the combined umbrellas... 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
  • Cuisine: Pub

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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