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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.
Tampa, FL 33602
American, Contemporary American, Brewery
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11-10 p.m, Friday-Saturday: 11-11 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Party Contact:
Emily Minton: (813) 310-3701
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.
Ulele Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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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