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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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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“grouper bites” (35 reviews)
“shrimp basket” (14 reviews)
Closes in 24 min
All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2903
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

On our way home to Naples looking for lunch. Read some other good reviews so we stopped in. Sat on the water - always nice - and had quick service from Raven. Ordered drinks while we read the menu. Joel had the Jungle Sliders (elk,...More

Thank cinjoel
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Even on a rainy night we enjoyed ourselves! The tater bomb appetizer was delicious and we ate it quickly!! The BBQ was sweet. The AHI tuna was fresh and AMAZING!! Could have made a meal on it by itself. We enjoyed grouper sandwiches & grilled...More

Thank Melanie L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We all had the Haddock with cole slaw and chips or fries. Very good, lots of haddock, lightly very thin breading, awesome. Great prices. Meet my parents half way and picked this place from seeing it along the way. Great band and nice water front...More

Thank zipzapzany
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with friends and sat outside after returning from a cruise. We wanted a quick lunch and nothing fancy. It fit the bill just fine. Fun atmosphere with a live band; good service, and overall, good food.

Thank bearbunch1
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review!! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

2nd visit. Ate here in June 2015 also. Good experience both times. Food good, service good, atmosphere good.

Thank Christina W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our server was excellent the mahi sandwich was delicious, the fish and chips could've been better (batter was poor, maybe under cooked or not enough) but the burger and fries for children was a good size. I felt the prices were a little bit high...More

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

Hello James, I want to thank you for the recent review! We are constantly finding ways to improve ourselves. Regarding the service, we obviously met our high demands. The fish and chips, is a concern. I would like some details about your meal so I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to enjoy Florida.Good food, music and environment! Had the grouper sandwich and loved it. A must visit.

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

Thank you Chris for your review! We love hearing positive experiences and want to thank you for taking the time! Next time you come in please see me and I'd love to get you an appetizer on us! Thank you, Corey Davis

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beyond where it is with the river access for pleasure cruises and the live music this place isn't special. Food is average at best. Drinks could be a little cheaper. Very limited parking for the crowds they pull.More

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

Thanks Jason for your review! We want to take the time to thank you for writing a bit about us! We are always looking for ways to improve and we'd love to hear more. Please ask for me the next time your in and let...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1 hour wait for appetizer. Another hour for entre. Undercooked grouper . Meals returned so some of the party were done when the other 2 got their meals . Unhelpful Manager. Server was sympathetic and friendly. $$$ will never visit this establishment again.More

Thank Shelley D
Woody R, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Shelley, Thank you for responding to our TripAdvisor Page. Regarding the long waits, I would like to talk to you to find out some details of your experience so we can properly address the issues you experienced. If you could provide us with the...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is a ok place if you don't mind sitting out in the heat. Not enough fans or air moving, and they allowed smoking. I ended up having an asthma attack due to the cigarette smoke. The food was ok for what I had....More

1  Thank Connie P
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Mary G
Coming by from airport and wondering how long wait is around 6-6:30? Is this the really busy time? Have older aunt and uncle.
7 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.
Cyndi D
My friend has celiac disease and we'd like to come for lunch. Are there GF options?
18 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
Is there a tv to watch football?
23 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
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 19
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
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11:00 - 23:00
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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
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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