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Whiskey Joe's Manatee River, Ellenton, FL

Whiskey Joe's Manatee River

4.2
4.2
626 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Join us for Island Hour Monday - Friday from 3pm - 6pm! Our special event office is booking events! To start planning your Private Events, call 941.263.3151 or email us at wjmrcatering@srcmail.com

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 263-3111
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We can cater your events. Please visit our website for our catering menus.
  • Private party facilities
    Our special event office is booking events! To start planning your Private Events, call 941.263.3151 or email us at wjmanateeriver@srcmail.com
  • Neighborhood
    Ellenton
  • Parking details
    Onsite parking and complimentary valet parking available.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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  • Join us for Island Hour!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Kick back and relax at Whiskey Joe's for our NEW Island Hour! Enjoy drink specials starting at $2, half off select appetizers, and $1 Oyster specials! Enjoy Island Hour Monday - Friday from 3pm - 6pm.

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What 626 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Kid-friendly

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for scenic views

626 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and food were great. Live music great ambience drinks were tasty. It looked overly crowded but we had a reservation for 715 and we’re seated at 7:05. Amanda was a great server very attentive and very funny and sweet I highly recommend.

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  2. JoyJ

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was so nice and made mine and my boyfriend’s experience even better. Definitely will be returning soon!

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  3. Lola1

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Just took forever for service. Ordered drinks 20 minutes later had to ask where they were Same with ordering food

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  4. RoseanneC

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress was good. Kitchen messed up and made 2 of our 4 orders about 15 minutes before the other 2. Queso dip was very thin almost water thin.

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  5. JimK

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was poor, grouper sandwich I had was very large, but strong and the batter was soggy and falling off the grouper filet. Service was subpar and the restroom was downright disgusting.

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  6. AnthonyC

    Pittsburgh

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quinn was a super nice server. Great food. Had an enjoyable time with our friends.

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  7. LisaR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at whiskey Joe’s. Our waitress recommended the nachos with pulled pork on top excellent. Sitting by the fire. Looking at the river was wonderful. Thank you for a great time.

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  8. Jenni

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Chandler, may have been new, but he was awesome. He took great care of us. We always enjoy Whiskey Joe’s.

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  9. ClaytonM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Drink order wrong and food order not correct. Two separate checks requested but the no rhyme or reason to how it was divided.

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  10. Batman1966

    Tampa

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Luckily, we made a reservation as the wait time was over an hour when we checked in. We were seated right away. The staff was extremely busy, and it took about 15 minutes before our waiter was able to get to us. He was extremely apologetic about the wait time and quickly got our drinks/food order. The food came out fast and was delicious, and the service was great. Highly recommend but ensure you make a reservation.

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  11. KellyS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice early dinner on Sunday. We sat outside and it was very nice. We all ordered fish. My only complaint was that it was a little soggy. It could have been fried a little longer to make it nice and crispy.

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  12. Alexandra

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Something on the menu for everyone.

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  13. ChristopherG

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Parking is awful!!! Unless you get there at 11:00am as we did, you will not eat lunch here. Food was typical "Bar Fair", nothing to rave about. It is definitely a tourist spot. For sure, NOT, NOT, NOT for locals. We met our daughter and her husband for lunch and we were unable to keep our conversation private as we had to raise our voices to be heard, even after the waitress turned the volume lower. We traveled from St. Petersburg, Florida and it was not worth the trip and we won't be back.

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  14. Grandpa

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very small parking lot so a resident next door was charging $10 to park in his yard. Got inside and doors were all open so it was very cold, outside temp was 58 so being cold doesn’t make for a nice dining experience. Fish tacos were decent, mahi was tough. Also ordered the grouper dinner and filet was tiny, about the size of a bluegill even though it was $26. Server was nice. I would not return.

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  15. TerryS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Order was wrong. No attempt to fix it for us. Pretty poor service.

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  16. RobinC

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    When busy, go on line and make a reservation. Very important! They told us 2 hour wait, went outside, made a reservation on line was at our table within 10 minutes. Happy hour prices awesome! Our waitress was very good!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress did a great job, but was slammed with trying to keep up. It’s pretty loud inside. Food was very good 😁

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  18. dLw16

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 1st time there enjoying it with some friends. Food, service and ambiance were great! Parking was a bit confusing.

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  19. CarolS

    Cancun

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We were disappointed in the service for our table. Waiter was rude when handling a changed drink order. Good was good.

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  20. NancyS

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu is mostly sandwiches, tacos etc and all were good. There are lots of tables outside along the river and sufficient seating indoors. All of the staff were attentive and polite. Great place to have a casual meal with friends and family

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  21. KellyL

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we dine at Whiskey Joe’s, the staff is so accommodating and friendly. Food is always great and the atmosphere is hard to beat!

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  22. CarolineB

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was ok. They were really busy and our waiter had a huge group he was waiting on as well. It was slow service but I don’t blame it on the waiter. It was quite cool eating inside because they had all the doors open.

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  23. sharons

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sat for 30 minutes with no service. After 3 requests for a server we finally left. Also it was freezing-50 degreees all doors and windows open

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  24. Cathy

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fast, friendly service, especially by Quinn. Food was good. Love the water view. Will go back.

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  25. Debbi

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Waited 1/2 hr after being seated- finally asked hostess for waitress. Appetizers (cheese dip and nacho) took too long and finally came with food. Brought 6 hamburgers with no condiments available- waited 20 min, then finally went inside and got them off a vacant table. 2 didn’t eat hamburger because they were cold. Mac/cheese cold and fries cold. No waitress checking back after dropping off food! Cheese dip was so runny like broth- dripped all over!!! Specials not written down and were rattled off so fast we couldn’t remember them to even order them. Will not Recommend them!!

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  26. Beth

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow, food was overcooked and cold Wont go back

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  27. AnnO

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice setting for small group dinner. Quinn was excellent server. Food good and nice variety. Great to have a reservation!

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  28. RogerM

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great and our service was great until it came time to pay. The server said the bill was $149 but that was without seeing it. She was obviously not happy when I asked for a paper copy and when it came , it was $132. An item was taken off because of a problem but it makes me wonder if I had paid without checking, would I have paid $149?

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  29. AmandaB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great dining experience. Enjoyed the live music

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  30. LoriA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will be going back. Loved everything about it.

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  31. BryanR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Cass, was incredible. The food was delicious, The atmosphere was fabulous. I highly recommend dining out here.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Music was a bit loud, making it a little difficult to hear table conversations. I had the normal fish and chips dinner, the fish was slightly over fried for my liking. All other dinners were very good.

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  33. matanda

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on a Friday night just in time for happy hour. Food was great and service was good. We sat on the beach and there was some live music. It was very busy but we had a reservation and they have free valet parking. Would definitely go back again and would love to bring people visiting for their happy hour.

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  34. FoodieFavorite

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and excellent service ..................

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  35. MarieC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful. Good was great. Service was as well very good. Manager was present and checking on tables, bringing our heaters after sunset, etc. A well-ran establishment with good food and an awesome view!

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  36. SteveB

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here for the first time for my birthday the other night. We got there at 5:45 and were seated right away. After 15 minutes we finally had a waiter ask us what we wanted for drinks and we gave him our order 2 waters and a soda. After 10 minutes he stopped by again to ready what we wanted. He finally brought 1 water and 1 soda I asked again for a water. He then stopped back by for our food order and still no water. Service was pretty much this way all night I never got my water the entire night I quit asking. Food was good restaurant very nice but service was horrible. I think I would recommend this place to others but I will definitely let them know about the service.

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  37. SherryN

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We were sat at our table for 35 minutes before even being greeted and food was just ok. They did give us free Queso and chips for the wait.

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  38. lauras

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great outdoor experience! Great sunset and music was on point!

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  39. BarbD

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a birthday dinner for my sister & I & our husbands. Atmosphere is great. Who doesn't like sitting on a beachfront with good food. The host let me pick my table. Atmosphere was great. View was totally relaxing. Drinks took quite a while to get there. Food arrived not long after our drinks. The 4 of us enjoyed our food. Chicken with pineapple/mango sauce was delicious. The seafood platter was a good variety and tasty. Gumbo soup was perfect. Will definitely be back again soon. Service is a little slow but you could see that that everyone was working hard. It was a Saturday night after all. Looking forward to next time

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  40. BernadetteR

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was very good. It is full sun on most of the patio. I asked for some shade and there were table but they seem to have not acknowledged the request.

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You can order delivery directly from Whiskey Joe's Manatee River using the Order Online button. Whiskey Joe's Manatee River also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 263-3111.

Whiskey Joe's Manatee River is rated 4.2 stars by 626 OpenTable diners.

Whiskey Joe's Manatee River does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Whiskey Joe's Manatee River

5313 19th St, Ellenton, FL 34222

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Ellenton
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Onsite parking and complimentary valet parking available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (941) 263-3111
  • Catering
    We can cater your events. Please visit our website for our catering menus.
  • Private party facilities
    Our special event office is booking events! To start planning your Private Events, call 941.263.3151 or email us at wjmanateeriver@srcmail.com
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