We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“You'll Love The Roo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill

Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill
5717 18TH St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2961
941-722-2391
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 33 Restaurants in Ellenton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $19
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night
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!
Parrish, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“You'll Love The Roo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I may hate myself for giving this review as it is my secret getaway and it is already usually packed but it is too enjoyable not to share it. It is located near the Highway 75 (Ellenton turnoff) near the Ellenton Mall. What it isn't is fancy but what it is can best be described as a step back to what you envisioned Florida to offer. It is on the Manatee River and they do have an outside bar and dining as well as entertainment. They also have refreshments on a pier across from the main dining area. This is where small boats come in and owners stop for a meal or a drink before heading up the river. Sometimes it is near impossible to find a parking spot but many times it is not an issue. There is parking along the street and valet parking so you will find a spot if it is busy. We go for lunch as it is not quite as packed. I have tried both the coconut shrimp and the crab cakes and loved them both. Great place to people watch and feel like you are in a Florida from another era.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

415 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    135
    181
    52
    26
    21
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
DADE CITY
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

The view is nice. You sit and look at the water..we usually see dolphins...prices are a little higher than average..

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
“Great waterfront view, great staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Woodys is a casual bar and grill right on the water. They have live music,casual menu,cold beer and lots of great people. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or an evening. The staff will make you feel right at home. Steve, Suzanne, Rick and John will always make sure you'll want to come back!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Old Florida Charm and Great Staff!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

Woodys is a great place to have a cold beer, listen to live music, have dinner, catch up with old friends or make new ones.... All on the water! It's a great place with even better staff. All the servers there will go out of their way to make you feel like family. Steve, Suzanne, Rick, John and everyone one else, thanks for the great service. Next time you're here, stay awhile and get to know everyone!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Martinsburg, West Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Fun for all nice location and decent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We have to go to Woody's River Roo at least once on each florida trip. Last month we went 3 times in 1 week. They have great music and lots of tables. The patrons and employees are all top notch. Don't forget to try their fried pickles and grouper bites.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill also viewed

 

Been to Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.