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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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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222-2903
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visitor, stopped in for lunch on way home during short road trip. Ordered 1 Banana Banshee frozen drink and the ultimate nachos. The drink was very delicious; the nachos were just mediocre. “Ultimate” nachos weren’t that. The dollop of sour cream was actually...More

Thank solofishergal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove past for years promising myself I’ll stop 🛑 “next time”😎.. Mixed thoughts after finally stopping🙀1st off, initial impression/overall ambiance was 4.5-5! Service was 4 with attentive server. Food 3👀 had cheeseburger 🍔 and onion rings (burger was over cooked and coulda done better at...More

1  Thank redman852
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is almost always packed. They have some good live music many nights and on the weekends so check the schedule on their website if you want to see/hear a live band. Decent enough bar food that isn't overly expensive. Great location right on...More

Thank Michael C
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Michael for the review! Glad to hear you love our little piece of paradise just as much as we do!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Woody’s is a great venue to relax, enjoy, and celebrate. Wonderful wait staff; always friendly. It won’t win any awards or rave reviews, but it is good for pub food. So you have sun, on the water, good service, reasonable prices...what more do you want...More

Thank Deborah P
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Deborah! We are what we are and we like it that way! You hit it on the nail, we are true "Old Florida"!! Nothing fancy, but good home cooked meals, outstanding views, friendly service and a relaxing fun time! Live music 7 days a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last week we had a boat load of 10 friends taking a Friday off for fun! We docked and got a table right on the water. Charles took excellent care of us and never let our beer go dry. Everyone enjoyed various things from menu,...More

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

Thanks Laura! We'll be sure to tell Charlie of his "name in lights" as we call it! That tater bomb you speak of is one of our most popular starters! Come on back to the Roo soon and we'll be happy to show you a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on a Sunday Funday. This place was awesome. Boats on the dock and a band playing music. We sat out under The palapa tables, our server was great. He was running around making sure everyone was being taken care of....More

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

Thanks CaptainKC! We're happy you stopped in! Next time you're in the area come on back to the Roo! Till we see again friend! CHEERS!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have been here weekly and had no complaints, but the service today warranted this review. My ex-boss from Ohio came to town and I recommended Woody’s. I’ve never been so embarrassed. The server changed after the drink order, which seemed odd...More

1  Thank MichaelASmith2536
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Michael, As we spoke about at the table, I do sincerely apologize for the bad experience. I never made excuses nor did I try to spin the conversation. I admitted to our team's mistakes and apologized several times. I removed the incorrect items from...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Woody's River Roo is ALWAYS a good time. Great, friendly service every time. I enjoy "hanging" out and listening to great music. The bar is always full and I can always get a drink quick. The Roo is for all types of entertaining.. I can...More

1  Thank bonnieb86
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Bonnie! We love hearing when our guests have a great time! Keep on hanging out with us! We'll see you soon at the ROO!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice location, fun bar. We did order food one night we were there. We ordered numerous appetizers to share. The wings were overdone to the point of almost burnt the other stuff was just ok and small portions. I probably wouldn't go back to eat,...More

Thank TamalaH_13
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Tamala, We're always looking for feedback good or bad! We are so glad you had a great time. Sorry the food lacked, we will be addressing the issue. We'd love to speak to you regarding what apps you ordered and when exactly you came...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Won't be back. Regular customers for over 2 years. Food is always expensive & not always good. Usually go there after we eat. For the music. Tonight gave the bar mistress a 20 for 2 beers. Got 6 back. She insisted we gave her a...More

Thank chealy968
woody r, General Manager at Woody's River Roo Pub & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Chealy963, We are sorry to hear that you do not want to come back? As you've seen for the last two years we are a fun place and great spot to hang out. We would hope you do not let once incident ruin the...More

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31 March 2018|
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Response from Kurt K | Reviewed this property |
No they don’t.
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.
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$19
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
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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