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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
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“grouper bites” (35 reviews)
“shrimp basket” (14 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2903
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The River Roo has always been a great place to basically hangout with your friends and take someone who has never been that close to the water. It is a causal place to eat and drink, enjoy the sunset, kud friendly and on Friday and...More

Thank Ruth A
Reviewed 3 days ago

I would recommend this place for only one reason. The location is top of the top with waterside tables available. The food was average at best. My sandwich was decent but my wife's hamburger had a very strange texture to it. Not inedible, just not...More

Thank shartli
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Shartli, We wanted to thank you for your recent review of Woody's. We are the Roo with a View! There is no doubt we have an awesome location as you have confirmed. I would like to discuss your review of the food. I'm curious...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My friends and I shopped at Ellenton and then went to Woody's River Roo Puband Grill for lunch. It's so nice to set outside and enjoy the view of the beautiful water. The Grooper sandwich is delicious!

Thank 465maggie
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you 465maggie! We love hearing how our guests have a great time! Nothing like working up an appetite while doing some shopping! See you next time you're here!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It reminded me of a old school southern bar food place. Service was good and fast. My kids loved the fries! Very unique style of fries

Thank lb33wonka
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks IB33wonka! We love our fries too! See you and the fam soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been here twice now within a year and both experiences were absolutely outstanding. It seems they always have live music - GOOD live music. The freshness and portion sizeof the food are unheard of for this type of establishment. One would think typical bar...More

Thank Casey C
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you Casey! We work hard to make things perfect every time! It's nice to hear good reviews from our guests! I'll be sure to pass the message to the Chef and Management Team! Our parking is being worked on just waiting on the county...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat eating our meal whilst looking out on to the Manatee River and the 5.00pm rush hour going home traffic. Open air and indoor air-conditioned eating. The food was great with good sized portions, but then the heavens opened and our visit was cut...More

Thank Reuben J
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Reuben for your awesome review! Yes, this time of year can be a crazy time! One minute it's sunshine and happiness, the next it's a monsoon! We're glad you had a good time before your shower and we look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

No one said this is fine dining. It is pub food and is pretty good if you set your expectations correctly. This is a great place to sit out by the water, listen to the band, have a few beers and visit with friends. Bring...More

Thank Creekstone4505
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Creekstone4505! We love having reviews like yours! Spread the word and keep on coming back! We need those little guys and gals dancing and having fun at The ROO!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Grab a drink, listen to the band , and have a good time. Do not order any food or you will be disappointed. Everything I've had over the years has been average at best.More

Thank trainman72017
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello trainman72017, We thank you for your review on our little place, we are happy that you like to come and hang with us while listening to the bands. I would like to talk to you about the food. We are always looking for ways...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

as I sat, the hostess brought a water dish for my dog (yes, pet friendly!) and a treat for him. she hadn't arrived at her station than the waiter, Daniel arrived to take my drink order. within minutes of bringing me an adult beverage, my...More

Thank Dave W
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Dave for your great review on our team member Daniel! We will be sure to show Daniel and post up for all the team to see! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you, Corey Davis

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving to the Ellenton Outlet Mall, I looked over and saw the place I wanted to try for lunch, Woodys River Roo. What a cool place. Anytime I can sit on the river, listen to music sitting under a thatch roof table that is clean,...More

Thank juliemann2016
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Julie! We love hearing about our guests having a great time! We're always ready for you to sit back and enjoy the view at the Roo! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Don't wait too long, remember it's 5 o'clock somewhere!!! Thanks,...More

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Mary G
6 March 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
17 January 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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Acrystela
22 October 2016|
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Response from Woody R | Property representative |
Yes, we do have 5 televisions in our open air bar area, a big screen in our air conditioned dining room, 4 televisions at our tiki island and a big projection screen on our patio area that is available when our live music is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$19
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 23:00
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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