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About Ulele

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.





1810 N Highland Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Brewery

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11-10 p.m, Friday-Saturday: 11-11 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Cross Street:
7th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 999-4952

Website:
http://www.ulele.com/

Parking Details:
Note: Complimentary valet at dinner only. Take 7th Ave. west toward the Hillsborough River to Highland and turn left. Lunch and dinner patrons may take advantage of convenient, free street parking and private lot parking. One lot is on Highland across from Water Works Park. Another is a fenced lot at 7th & Highland. Before 5:30 p.m., guests are allowed to park in the gravel portion of that second lot. After 5:30 p.m., the entire lot is available. There are Ulele signs at both lots.

Executive Chef:
Eric Lackey

Private Party Facilities:
Ulele has several areas for dining that may be used for business meetings, social affairs, wedding events, charity functions, etc. These include inside the restaurant or outside in beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available). Catering menus are available. Email: groups@ulele.com

Private Party Contact:
Emily Minton: (813) 310-3701

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve, serving from our regular menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open New Year’s Eve.

Ulele Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (181)
Scenic View (169)
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Good for a Date (157)
Creative Cuisine (156)
Great for Outdoor Dining (139)
Fun (132)
Fit for Foodies (128)
Worth the Drive (126)
Good for Birthdays (125)
Hot Spot (122)
Good for Groups (114)
Good for Anniversaries (112)
Neighborhood Gem (110)
Great for Lunch (106)
Authentic (106)
Local Ingredients (105)
Casual (102)
Vibrant Bar Scene (81)
Business Meals (80)
People Watching (80)
Bar Seating (79)
Sunday Lunch (74)
Pre/post Theatre (71)
Romantic (68)
Great Beer (65)
Handcrafted Cocktails (61)
Notable Wine List (59)
Comfort Food (49)
Happy Hour (46)
Healthy (42)
Great for Brunch (37)
Good Vegetarian Options (37)
Tasting Menu (36)
Kid-friendly (35)
Gluten Free Options (30)
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Cozy (25)
Vegan (21)
Disabled Access (20)
Tapas (16)
Organic (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (13)
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·Dined 2 days ago

My husband and I just moved to Tampa and had to try Ulele as our first date night. The restaurant is beautiful including the grounds and different patio areas. At 10:15pm on a Friday night it was packed and lively... which was unexpected but we were happy about that. We ordered 2 cocktails, an appetizer, 2 sides, & 2 entrees and our bill came out to $90... great value!! The food and drinks were delish! They have a completely different menu for lunch with a lobster roll that I can’t wait to try. We will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

We were about 15 mins late for our reservation, and they still seated us on an extremely busy Friday night. Our servers were excellent, I say servers because one was in training. The food is always great and we were seated exactly where we were seated for my boyfriend's birthday dinner last year! I requested a table overlooking the kitchen because we are always amazed at how the kitchen staff functions SO Well! We will definitely be back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

I took my boyfriend here fore birthday dinner. We have a nice table my the Paul so had a great view. We have stone crab claws as starter and each chose a nightly special for dinner. Everything was delicious. They gave my date a box of truffles as birthday treat

Tags: Fun, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved it! My second visit, my husband’s first. He wants to go back. Food was simply awesome!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined 2 days ago

The setting was beautiful. Loved the outside lighting and statue fountain. The food was wonderful . . . well worth the drive. The service was exceptional!! Will definitely dine again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 2 days ago

One of a kind. Using locally obtained products and authentic drinks. Delicious and attractive preparation. Have been there for our anniversary and took another couple there for an anniversary celebration. Special touch with gift of homemade truffles and signed card was appreciated. This visit my husband and I took two widows out for dinning as an early Thanksgiving/Christmas gift. They were very impressed and had a wonderful time. Only complaint is the noise level.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food. Our waitress Tonya was excellent as well. We can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Ulele never disappoints!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Whether it is a late lunch with spouse or special get together with friends, Ulele is perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

Crab Mac and cheese is amazing!!! Friend had the Munster chicken and loved it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very pleasant experience. Out server, Peter, was top notch.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

We selected the restaurant for my wife's birthday celebration and could not have been more impressed! The service was phenomenal and the food was absolutely amazing. My wife avoids gluten and then specially prepared a shrimp dish that was awesome along with "roasted" oysters on the half shell.
This is one of the best restaurants we have been to in a long time. We live in Naples and that says a lot! Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, People Watching, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined 6 days ago

This place Never lets down , always a great time. Love the food and drinks

Tags: Vegan, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Live Sports, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The hostess stand (4 people) seemed a bit snooty and dismissive to a patron that had made a reservation the week before. The waiter was very polite but seemed a bit overworked ( didn't seem attentive enough to be charging these prices). It is a beautiful restaurant and the food was above average.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was my husband and I first time and it was great, I went with my husband for his birthday and our anniversary and it was just splendid the food was great. I give it 5 stars!! Will definitely go again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Foods was great as always. Very loud and difficult to carry in conversations, but we knew that from previous visits. It did take us a while to get our drinks, again. Overall, a great night though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service and food was slow to come out.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a wonderful meal for my sons 24th birthday. We all ordered something different and multiple sides to share and taste all the food. The corn in the cob and the twice baked potatoes were outstanding! We made reservations for 1:00 and we were seated as soon as we walked in the door. They also gave my son a nice gift at the end of the meal. Harrison (our waiter) was great as well. Thank you Ū•lë•lē!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Both the food and the service was excellent. Took our parents there to celebrate both of our Anniversaries. Had a good time. Only thing is that it is very noisy and it’s hard to Carry on a conversation. But that just goes with the style of the building.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food! Fun atmosphere

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was fantastic as always. The grilled meatloaf was excellent as well as the snapper my wife ordered. They were very accommodating to insure we got a table outside as we had brought our dog.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nice portions but food quality is sub-par.
Lovely outside atmosphere along the riverwalk plus nice ambiance inside the restaurant.
Food quality needs improving. This was our second visit to Ulele.
Just as in first visit, food was so-so at best. My wife's steak was overcooked...nothing like how medium was described by our server. My meatloaf was dried out and lacked flavor.
Shrimp appetizer was very good. However, the jalapeno corn muffins were dried out and tasteless -- bordering on stale.
Our guests' pompano was good -- a little overcooked for their taste so didn't finish it.
The key lime stack for dessert was excellent as was the homemade ice cream.
Their on-site brewed beers (IPA, Red) were very good.
Might be better at lunch than dinner.....staff seems overwhelmed by being so busy. Perhaps it's too big for kitchen to properly manage food.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, People Watching
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter Brooks was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Our food took awhile to get to us, so the floor manager had promised us free ice cream. We ordered ice cream and we had to pay for it. It was our first time there and we will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ulele is wonderful!! I have never had anything here I didn’t love. From the meatloaf to the char grilled oysters to the stuffed shrimp, everything was wonderful. Great service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We really enjoy it, great service, really good time. We shall return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We booked a couple of days ahead and got seated on time on the second floor. Service was very good and the waitress made sure that we were done in time in order to attend a concert that evening. Menu selection and food quality was very good. The restaurant is on the noisy side but not unbearable. We would like to come back and try Uhele for lunch sometime. Lots of free parking in the area during the evening.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Beautiful location in park along the Hillsborough River, adjoining the Tampa Riverwalk. Upscale menu with a wide range of creative and unique food selections, featuring local ingredients with a native Floridian fare. Our luncheon dishes were phenomenal, including a vegan selection. Perfect setting to take my out of town guest for her birthday. The finishing touch was an elegant box of truffles after our meal. Restaurant is popular and reservations are strongly recommended.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a very Good time and the service was exceptional!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dropped in for the first time after a show downtown. Atmosphere seemed like a good one overall to join friends for a drink or meal. Service was pretty good even though he was training a person who definitely didn't seem interested in her job that evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

OUTSTANDING JOB, RICHARD AND CASEY. WONDERFUL. MY SON'S BIRTHDAY DINNER.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Peaceful and fun. This is a must for Tampa dinning

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

This place was amazing, the service, menu and food was perfect. The area is definitely an experience in it self. The most easiest dinner check in ever.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our waiter Seth was great. Right combination of professional and friendly. We had our family from out of town and they were impressed by the whole package, food, location and service.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was great but two of us were seated upstairs with only a large party, service was slow, including food getting to us. Sorry, not one of my usual experiences with Ulele. Especially after I had asked for a window table, should not have agreed to sit upstairs and won’t do it again.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We arrived early and sat outside in the garden to have a drink. It was a beautiful nite and very friendly people. We loved that it was pet friendly also. People just sat chilling having a drink with their dogs.We sat inside on the first floor and had an awesome waiter. Happy and knowledgeable . Food was outstanding and would definitely return .

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food very good, service was slow.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Coming to your restaurant very often I was pretty disappointed being there for a birthday dinner with my family (whom had never been) and the server was gone the entire time. She had too many tables maybe just in a closer section? She just seemed incredibly busy but the difference would have been just being genuine and sincere .. even apologizing for waiting for everything.. she hardly even spoke to us. Maybe just in the weeds. But regardless there is genuine hospitality she completely lacked that. Amazing food great atmosphere but yeah pretty embarrassed to bring family that had never been there before. Slow slow slow service. Especially looking around and waiting constantly for everything ....... and other servers were all just doing their side work to leave.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. The atmosphere has history and the outdoor seating is fabulous. You must try the broiled oysters!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server, Danielle was amazing - top notch experience, as always

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great 👍 place. First time there was very pleased. Good, service, atmosphere all outstanding

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Waterfront
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