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Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill

5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2903
+1 941-722-2391
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“grouper bites” (41 reviews)
“shrimp basket” (16 reviews)
“homemade chips” (33 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2903
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were staying down the street at the Sleep Inn and were able to walk to the ROO. In order to get a great view of the water we sat out on Tiki Island which also gave us an AWESOME server ~ Cami. She was...More

Thank kasey305
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live in Sarasota and met a friend of ours from St. Pete here, since its about midway between the 2 places. Loved the location, right on the river front. Has seating both indoors and out. Liked the kitschy beach-y themed kind of place. Its...More

Thank USACorgi
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you USACorgi, We love hearing the reviews from our guests. Sounds like you had a good time. We do have a new menu coming out next month with some new items and flavors. Though we never claim to be more than we are, we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the atmosphere and great food! Our family favorite! upbeat kind of place with live music and beautiful sunsets!

Thank simplyvacationhome
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the Outstanding Review!!! See you next time around at the Roo with a View!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our way home from the north we checked out this restaurant on the water. Everyone was friendly and the service was very good. I ordered peel and eat shrimp because you just can't go wrong with that. We both had a cup of chowder...More

Thank Linda R
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Linda for the review! We apologize that the smoke was an issue, but we are so glad you enjoyed our little slice of heaven! We'll work on that fish and chips, it's a popular item and we want to keep it that way....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quite the shame because otherwise we always enjoyed coming here. I hope they are able to reverse this policy.More

Thank Empress5150
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Empress5150, Please understand this policy was not a choice, but a requirement to maintain open. The Manatee County Health Department does not have a "doggie dining" policy in place, because of this we are only allowed to have service animals. When the county passes...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. Service and food good. Only small issue. Everything is in plastic , forks, knives, boards and cups.

Thank Steve D
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Steve for the review! We're glad you liked our little piece of Old Florida!

Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've been to Woody's for dinner twice and will be returning. It's excellent for being a laid back, fun type place with good food. Both times our group of 4 sat outside under an umbrella and with the fan blowing a cool breeze on us,...More

1  Thank aelubner
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2018

Thank you aelubner for the great review! We strive to give all our guests that true Old Florida experience with everything you said! Delicious simple food, great laid back vibe, and cold drinks! We look forward to your next visit to our little spot! See...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

We had seen this place (like everyone I guess ...) from the motorway bridge above ... well let me tell you it’s well worth getting off and locating this little treat. The location is amazing ... and we sat right on the waters edge. There...More

Thank Hugo-Faster
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2018

Thanks Hugo-Faster! We're glad you stopped in too! See you next time around!

Reviewed July 6, 2018

Woody's is a lovely spot on the water that serves really good seafood. They have a bar and indoor seating as well. I was there for lunch with friends, but I'm told they also have entertainment in the evenings. We had great service.

Thank Joy M
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2018

Thank you Joy for the outstanding review! We'll see you again soon! Our entertainment schedule is online via Facebook or our website!

Reviewed July 4, 2018

Stopped by last night on the way back to Venice from TPA. Got there about 8:30 so most everyone there was a the bar - no one was seated outside. We seated ourselves at high top next to the bar and sat for about 10+...More

Thank Fritz R
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Hello Fritz, We apologize for not getting to you, that is unacceptable. Not making excuses, but as you noticed we were a bit off, just as you described about your arrival. The reason no one was seated out on the tables was the storms in...More

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doxie695
March 30, 2018|
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Response from Kurt K | Reviewed this property |
No they don’t.
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Mary G
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Mary M | Reviewed this property |
The place has so many seating options, there is barely a wait.
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Cyndi D
January 17, 2017|
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Response from woody r | Property representative |
yes we have a GF menu and we can cook in sep. pan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$12 - $19
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Valet Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2903
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Ellenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-722-2391
  • E-mail
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!
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