Ulele

4.7
5376 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.





Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11-10 p.m, Friday-Saturday: 11-11 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
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Phone number
(813) 999-4952
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Keith Williamson
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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
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Private party contact
Emily Minton: (813) 310-3701
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Henderson Boulevard or 7th Avenue
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Parking details
Use our complimentary valet for lunch and dinner. Take 7th Avenue or Henderson Boulevard to Highland Avenue. Watch for signs. Patrons also may use free street parking and private lot parking. One lot is on Doyle Carlton Drive across from Water Works Park.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open New Year’s Eve.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 5376 People Are Saying
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JP
Mississippi
9 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I want to like Ulele. I really do. The food is ok- it’s good but nothing special. Overpriced, under plated and underwhelming. The service has been marginally adequate the three times I’ve been there. Adequate but not what you’d expect for fine dining. It gets an A++ for atmosphere- the building and grounds are a Tampa Treasure. This is the best review I can give them. We probably won’t take out of town guests there again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The seafood risotto is amazing. Highly recommend this dish!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great at Ulele. We had to wait longer for our seat but nothing restaurant could do about it lots of people enjoying eating outside

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JC
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time.

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YS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my first time and it was AMAZING. Our server was super nice, sweet, professional. The food was so good.
We will definitely go back for lunch or casual dinner. We're already planning for February to celebrate another birthday.
Hope all of our future experiences there are as awesome as our first.
Thank you.

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AH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and everything was amazing. The food came out very quickly even though it was a busy Saturday night and both our entrees were delicious

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TM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our foods; lots of savory flavors. The service was quick and exact.

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating birthdays with friends. It was the perfect place for this special occasion. Fun atmosphere and incredible service. We all had delicious food and drinks.

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DQ
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Our favorite stop in Tampa. Great service and the menu is perfect.

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SG
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food, the waiters, the ambiance, the location.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and the food and drinks were great! Will definitely be back.

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s
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch experience last weekend at Ulele. Took advantage of the great weather with their outdoor seating, and enjoyed the view of the river. Our daughter was visiting from Orlando, and the 3 of us enjoyed their home brewed seasonal beers, crab mac & cheese (lots of crab and very creamy), fried okra (eh, ok), carrot ribbons (table favorite-huge helping and so delicious!), spicy native chili (fun trying to identify the different meats and the perfect chili seasoning so satisfying with the cooler weather), meatloaf and popcorn mashed potatoes (my husband enjoyed this and only shared a bite before it disappeared) and lastly we shared a maple bacon ice cream for dessert. The server was helpful guiding us to beers and food we'd like, and was very attentive. I'd recommend this place for special occasions, casual lunches and for taking people from out of town to show off Tampa. Make sure to make a reservation, and ENJOY!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Miami, and my partner lives in Tampa we had a reservation at 8:30, I was driving from Miami, and I was going to be running a few minutes late they were able to work with it. The service was great are waiter was Elias, make sure to ask for him, he goes above and beyond to make sure everything is fine. And his personality is just great!!!

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LR
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nick our server was EXCELLENT!! The seafood risotto was fantastic. Oysters Excellent.

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BM
New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for another wonderful evening. Food & service always excellent! It was s little chilly tonight, nice that they turned on the heaters.

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LD
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Server was great but service was a little slow. We had a great appetizer and our sandwiches were good but nothing over the top. Best part was the ambiance. We sat outside and loved the views.

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t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

went to celebrate a birthday- made a reservation and arrived 5 minutes prior but still had to wait 15 for our table. cocktails here always seem to take a long time to be served to the table. food was great, but appetizers were lukewarm. server seemed new and kept commenting on how much we were eating. ?ha!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible! I had read reviews but despite that I chose to give it a shot. It was a Birthday dinner, we Originally were served water and drink orders, there after we had to chase our waiter down for a decline round of drinks. The food wait time was ridiculous, in addition too our waiter not returning to the table to give us our checks, it took approximately 45 minutes and our party walking downstairs and asking for a manager. When the manager came to us, she apologized and took a drink, yes one of the two off our bill. It seemed like she did not care and rushed us out of the restaurant. It was an unpleasant time and poor management.

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s
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to ulele I bring ale friends here

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CD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best night celebrating a birthday with my love. The food was amazing, the drinks were delicious, and the atmosphere is the best!! They even brought out a beautiful box of chocolates and a birthday card at the end of our dinner. First class all the way!!!!!!

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l
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A creative and always delicious menu. Our table had the pompano, ahi tuna, shrimp and grits and steak- each one was beautifully presented, hot and delicious.

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c
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at Uleles. Their was four of us and each of our entrees were delicious. The drinks were well made and our service was impeccable. We had an ice cream desert that was the best thing I had ever eaten. Thanks for a great evening.

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ML
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food; interesting and fresh although a bit slow in coming
Ambiance; hip and vibrant
Decor: weird; mixes industrial chic with odd sports memorabilia
Service; fine but not necessarily engaging or warm

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great time at Ulele. Good service, food on point. Love the atmosphere inside out out.

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DR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything at Ulele was great. From the cocktails to the apps and dinner, everything was excellent. Would recommend to all!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service, cool industrial building made into a casual and relaxing environment. Highly recommend it!

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JH
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful outdoor dining patio on the river walk. The food was amazing and our server Saige was perfect

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F
Jacksonville
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ulele is the latest jewel in the Tampa crown as far as eating places with a unique venue, eclectic surroundings and exceptional food. The service is among the best you will find in the south. I've taken clients and friends there. All have a great time in the relaxed environment which spurs excellent conversation around the table. I make is a plan to make a reservation each time I visit Tampa.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. Too loud.

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was excellent. The food was good but a little pricey for my taste. The Cafe con leche was delicious.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Poor service. Waited forever and the fried okra was the only decent dish. Only had a single round of drinks due to being so weak. Portobello dish was an abomination to chefs everywhere. My cousin referred to it as a poor vegetable casserole. Scallop shrimp and grits dish, terribly overcooked shrimp, some scallops were good others were overcooked. Beet salad was a light smattering of beets on a plate and the added protein(chicken) was rubbery and dry. This place fell of the map for what it used to be.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service! They even had a cute present for the birthday girl.

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G
Orlando
40 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food but the noise level is quite loud!
We’ll be back!!

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SW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Luis made this experience. He was friendly, knowledgeable, engaging with a great sense of humor. Luis overheard us talking about our impromptu dinner turning into a new job celebration for my daughter. At the end of our dinner Luis surprised her with a card and a box of chocolates, she was delighted.
I patronize Ulele often, this was by far my best experience.

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TG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, ambience, and sunset view!!

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GC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely fantastic. I've wanted to go here for a long time and fb finally went a few days ago. The service, food, atmosphere, everything was top notch. I csn't wait to go back

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KS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch at a window-side table. The atmosphere is well worth the visit, and the food is very good as well. Service was outstanding.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Slow service, kitchen lost order ticket and the waiter had to come back to retake the order

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AD
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Ulele to celebrate my daughters birthday. The food was excellent especially the oysters! The ice cream was our favorite part of the meal and a great way to celebrate. The expresso, coconut and vanilla were the best we ever tasted. They also presented the birthday girl with a sweet treat and signed card, very nice touch

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BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. It’s always my go to spot if I’m going to be in downtown Tampa. Great food, wonderful & friendly servers and a great menu. Can’t go wrong for an afternoon or evening outing at Ulele.

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