Ulele

4.7
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Ulele (pronounced you-lay-lee) celebrates the vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters and land once home to many Native Americans, including the legendary young princess Ulele. Located on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights, 400 yards from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Indoor and outdoor waterfront dining. Lunch & dinner daily. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas. Featuring intricately flavored, visually appealing dishes prepared on our 10' round barbacoa grill. Ulele operates in the lovingly re-imagined 1903 Tampa Heights Water Works building, which also includes its Ulele Spring Brewery to provide a number of craft beers on tap. Next door to Water Works Park.
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4.7
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Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I shared the calamari app, and the succotash. We each got an order of the shrimp and grit cake... Everything was divine!

ID
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, my wife and I very much enjoyed our dinner at Ulele. In particular, the “Crackled Pork Shank” was fantastic. My wife had the “Gouda Grouper” which was certainly above average, but lacked something that would have made it exceptional. Our biggest disappointment was with the Stone Crab appetizer. Although delicious, the amount of crab meat was minuscule compared to what we were expecting. The “Bacon Maple Ice Cream” was a great dessert, and more than enough for sharing.

Our waiter was courteous, and we liked that way he gave his personal recommendations and opinions on the menu. However, his overall demeanor was kind of downbeat, for lack of better words. He certainly wasn’t rude, but lacked the enthusiasm you might expect in a fine dining establishment.

AH
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday dinner for first time diners and everyone loved it.

W
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waiter was not Uele quality. Good but not great.

JB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere was awesome. A real treat in the downtown Tampa area.

R
Tucson
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great locally owned venue, right on the River walk in Downtown Tampa. Have a beer, brewery is on site. The grouper is the best.

TH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the restaurant was spectacular! From the beautiful grounds, views of the Tampa River, food, service. If you have not been here it needs to go on your bucket list. Loved this place and will be back for sure.

j
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service even for patio dining

j
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebrating

MB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I just wish are appetizers would have been hotter and the beer a little colder.

G
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service was excellent

AF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our visit was great overall! Everything from the drinks, to the appetizers to the meals were delicious. The only complaint that I have is that we had a reservation, got seated on time, but then a server didn't come to our table for at least 10 minutes, and another 5 minutes after we got the attention of the server at the table next to us. Once she did come over, she was great, but we were never approached by a manager, or supervisor, to tell us why we weren't greeted. I understand that things happen though, and we will definitely be back!

JM
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 9 celebrating my wife’s 65 th birthday. Mark the server was exceptional, the manager brought a mice card signed by staffalong with a gift to her. Ver pleased

LM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific restaurant with creative menu and great food! Love this place!

k
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We've been here before. It's a big hype of a place. Good pork chop. Very noisy. Won't be back for a while. It's not that great.

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Made reservation but still waited 10 minutes...with many empty tables. Food took 20 minutes...too long as it wasn't that busy. Waitress forgot about us for a 20 minute span...our drinks were empty. Good food, however.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad was visiting Tampa for the first time, he is also a former chef of 15+ years. We enjoyed every bite and the service was impeccable!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far exceeded our expectations. Service was excellent.

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the burger and fries and loved the home made Ketchup.
Wifey had the Tourandos JimmyChurros
And loved the flavored mashed potatoes.
Great ambiance.

GC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Ate only half a sandwich and cole slaw. Asked left over to be packed for later. Upon getting home, server had "dumped" slow in box with sandwich. Sandwich bun was soggy -- entire one half meal had to be thrown out. Surely this restaurant has cups/bowls for take out. Slaw should have been separated from sandwich. Very thoughtless.

BG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marie was amazing. The food always excellent.

MF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. If we are in Tampa we are eating at Ulele.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

April was amazing! My mother and I had a great time and will definitely be back.

AK
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always! It's where I take my guests for a fantastic dining experience and to show off the best place to watch the sun set in Tampa

UH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Pretty good value for the money. Large selection of drinks. Parking is a bit of a walk, but ok.

CO
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and food was excellent. I had a really good time with my family.

RK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just got married and had lunch with our college kids who were all in town. It was a perfect way to start our day! The waiter was outstanding and the food was impeccable as always!

EC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was just Ok. Service was impeccable and place is cool!

K
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele was fantastic! We enjoyed our experience so much so that we booked another dinner two nights later! Both of our servers, Amy and Milton, were friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. Our meals were fantastic. The atmosphere was fun and festive. We would definitely recommend!!!

Ulele
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thanks so much! We are very pleased you had such an enjoyable visit, both times!

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LF
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents 50th anniversary, mom requested ulele. They had an amazing time celebrating.

OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine food. Charbroiled oysters and steamed oysters both outstanding, as well as lobster sandwiches, grouper, and ahi tuna salads. The ambiance is special, light and airy, and of course 75° temps and FL sunshine are easy to take. Service was competent and friendly. Only downside was how long it took to get food. The restaurant was quite busy.

DG
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance is fabulous. The outdoor seating and indoor decor adds so much. It is not intimate, but the noise level is not intrusive either. The location....on the during the day or at sunset..... is amazing. We split the calamari and seafood risotto. Some of the sauces have a southwestern....I guess Native American....twist. The portion size of the risotto was quite large.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!

TB
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall very good but loud and difficult to hear conversations.

JU
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was great, beautiful sunsets and on the river. Great menu and the food was very good. We did have a mix-up with a friend gifting us a bottle of wine.

T
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside is fabulous. Had cocktails there before going. The restaurant itself is very open and energizing. Service great and food a ten. I had Florida pampamo, my son had sea bass and my husband the seafood risotto. Drinks outside afterwards. Breathtaking sunset.
Highly recommend.

I
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Interesting decor. Perfect at sunset.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family down for the holidays. Always enjoy bringing new people to ulele

TC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Customer service was horrible but food was great. First they were out of the wine someone wanted so they picked a back up, they were out of that as well. Dined with 2 vegan friends. The menu states ask about our vegetarian special of the day. Asked and they said they didn’t have one, it was steak. They ordered a salad with no cheese, came out with cheese on it, came back in less then 10 seconds. Asked if they just scraped the cheese off or if they were new salads, of course not going to tell us they scraped the cheese off. Manager could have cared less. My 2 vegan friends ordered the native saute which is supposed to have cranberry beans in it, both couldn’t find any beans, asked server and he said oh yeah they’re in there. Didn’t really care, apologize or offer to bring more beans. Food was great, but customer service is very lacking

EA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent evening to take advantage of Ulele's outdoor ambiance--a cool, clear night warmed by patio space heaters. Good food, very attentive service. Overall, a great place to take family in town for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ulele
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much, enjoy your family and Thanksgiving!

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