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“Fun in the Sun”

Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill
Ranked #2 of 46 Restaurants in Ellenton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $19
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner
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!
Reviewed February 24, 2014

If you are looking for a fun place to sit outside, enjoy good music, and eat fresh, tasty food, this is the place. This is Florida casual at its finest. Woody's draws the "biker crowd" with an array of glistening Harley's on display. You will also see many retirees, and families of all ages just having fun. Have a grouper burger or some of their home made potato chips - all delicious! On weekends, be sure to get there early to get a seat....depending on what favorite band is playing, the crowd develops fast. The restaurant is located right on the Manatee River, and can also be accessed by water.

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Thank FJebram
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Food is good. Location great. Management is poor. Servers are overwhelmed and not concerned with the customers. Not a place to eat if you want to go out to dinner. It is a drinkers paradise and nothing more.

Did not deliver our food in 1.5 hours then tried to charge an automatic TIP. Someone needs to tell these people TIP stands for "To Insure Promptness"

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Woody's R, Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2014

Thank you Tom M. for your response, we at Woody's are constantly striving to be the best and we appreciate all comments good or bad. We would like to address your response as we rarely receive negative comments on our establishment, as evident by our other write-ups. First you noted the food was good which is a credit to our chef and kitchen team. You listed the management as poor, which we enjoy constructive criticism. What in your opinion made you decide that our team was poor? You mention the servers are busy and unconcerned with your table. You also noted that the meal took 1.5 hours to come out, and that we are drinkers paradise. I would like to respond as I am the manager that was on duty and spoke with you prior to completing your group checks and table.

Given your statements we would like to respond to your comments. First let us remember that you dined with us on a Sunday afternoon, where the weather was a cool 70 some degrees and the sun was shining as it always should be here in Florida! This said we are very busy with customers and you failed to mention that your table was a group of 30 some adults and children, which is no average table. On top of that you were told of the other large parties of similar number that was in attendance and how it could effect your ticket time. You were told as you sat that we were on an hour wait for food, but you could sit and relax, enjoy the live music, and the atmosphere that is "old Florida" here at Woody's. Anytime there is a large party we do our best to assure that your food is out in a sufficient manner along with the other 245 guests that are in attendance with your party. So for the wait part we apologize that our time was a bit delayed. Our kitchen is the hardest working kitchen team pumping out more food by volume than most restaurants in the area and I stand by them knowing that they produced your food as fast as they could. We did have a mistake in that we missed an item and for that I apologized to you and tried to make it right by taking it off the check and offering to expedite the item to you so you could eat it, to which you declined. I spoke with the server personally about how the situation was addressed and I thank you for giving me the information about it.

Again, as I had stated that day we did make some mistakes and we take the blame for them. With that said we are all human and to human is to err, correct? Our staff here is top notch and we do our best to assure that each and everyone of our guests are completely happy prior to leaving. I offered some alternative solution or gift cards for your trouble to which you declined as well. The reason the gratuity was applied was that your group of 30 is a large table with split checks and children moving throughout the restaurant making it harder to service your group. Your declining the gratuity was your choice, but your frustration was aimed at the servers by basically taking money out of their pockets for something that is out of their control. Again I thank you for your input and hope that this response illustrates the details that surrounded your negative experience and our admittance to our mistake as well as our commitment to excellence!

We would love an opportunity to showcase our skills and abilities with you again when you arrive in town in the future. Thank you

Sincerely,
Corey Davis
Manager
Woody's River Roo

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Just had lunch sitting outside at Woody's. brisket sandwich was tender and BBQ sauce was outstanding--good flavor and had a little bite--not your typical in-house BBQ sauce. Grouper roo-Ben was also outstanding. As a bonus, great margaritas

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Thank Outadventuring
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

A group of us went here for the first time last weekend. The place has lots of room for large groups. It's right on the water, which is always nice. The band was only so-so but still enjoyable. The food was very good. We are definitely going back.

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Thank olsk8rboy
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This place has the best barbeque & the sauce is out of
this world. The service was great. The place was packed but
they found us a spot. Our watress went the extra mile to
help us. A fun place to visit.

Thank LindaRon2014
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