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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10759 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 and dinner daily. Closed Thanksgiving and 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 177 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 999-4952

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • 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 the beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available).

  • Private party contact

    Emily Johnston: (888) 526-1152

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free street parking near the restaurant, and a free private lot on Doyle Carlton Drive (southern extension of Highland) across from Water Works Park.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been going to Ulele since it first opened but the last few times the food quality wasn’t the same . While our fresh oysters and cornbread muffins were great our main dishes were too salty. We had fish , seafood, steak & chicken that was all over seasoned for our taste.
  2. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service level was exceptional. The food was of low to medium quality for the price paid. My first steak was well done when inorder medium rare. Second was rare...I didn't bother to reorder at that point! But if you do go, ask for Brooke; she was exceptional.
  3. KP

    KarenP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice experience. The grounds are lovely. I thought the food was overpriced for the quality. I had the short ribs. They were a bit dry and I felt the green beans, while nice and fresh, were under cooked. The service was excellent.
  4. AR

    AleRami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Go for drinks and dessert. Loved the frose & ice cream. Skip the entrees. Just okay, would expect a more gourmet experience for the cost. Great location & overall ambiance.
  5. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ulele was a fun hip restaurant tucked into the downtown Tampa. Located at Armature Works, parking was easy and free. The ambience was great with a fun outdoor space as well as wide open inside dining. This is a brewery so the beer was unique. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The menu had some unique dishes with interesting sauces and combinations. The saphron risotto was yummy. The Gouda grouper was cooked perfectly and tasted fantastic. Only negative was that the food was just a tad too salty. But the dessert (candied maple bacon ice cream) was to die for! All in all, outstanding restaurant for an intimate or group dinner setting.
  6. SW

    SaundraW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service & the food was amazing. I will definitely be going back.
  7. N

    Norman

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and delicious food!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoNorman, Thank you for the great review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately at our reservation time. Service was quick and the waitress was friendly and helpful. Never a disappointing moment!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele and received excellent service. We hope to see you back again soon!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As expected- delicious!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review. We are so glad to hear that we met your expectations, and hopefully exceeded them. Please visit us again soon!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was awesome, as well as food!!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received at your recent visit to Ulele. We hope to see you back again soon!

  11. C

    Courtney

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional! Great service- ask for Jacob! Food was beyond expectations, which were set pretty high before we went. Would definitely recommend.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoCourtney, Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that we exceeded your expectations. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  12. CD

    ChrisD

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Not what I'm accustomed to at this restaurant. Slow to be waited upon. Even slower to get water at our table. In fact, we had almost finished our jalapeno corn muffins when our water finally arrived. Obviously, this is the backwards order of delivery and is entirely due to service awareness. Three of our party of four ordered the braised short ribs which were fantastic by everybody's assessment. The meat portion was quite generous. My Seafood risotto should have been piping hot but was warm, at best. One reason why I ordered the seafood risotto was the expectation that the seafood would be kept hot longer because of the risotto itself. Furthermore, the plate was lukewarm when it reached my table. We waited an unusually long time to receive our entrees but our corn muffin appetizer was delivered promptly. I would have asked for my Seafood risotto to be warmed up. However, based on the cumulative slow service, I expected I would be waiting an unreasonably long time for that accommodation to be made and I simply ate it as is. This shouldn't be the case for a $38 entree, but it was. I would say in the last 8 years, I've eaten at you lately at least 10 times. Unfortunately, I would have to rank this experience in the bottom two.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoChris, We are very sorry to hear of your poor experience during your recent visit, especially since you are a loyal guest. Did you happen to speak to a manager about the slow service while you were there? We always appreciate the opportunity to correct any errors on the spot, if we can. Can you please email us with a copy of this review so we can forward it to our management team? Thank you

  13. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality of food selections at Ulele is fabulous and service was excellent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is nothing like the Ulele experience. Delicious food, well presented In the most pleasant surroundings. I know in this era of short-staffed eateries, servers have to do a lot of hustling and bustling. I'm sure that was true for our server, but she was gracious and friendly and unflappable. I took an out of town guest with me this time and she's been raving about the venue and the food.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for your review and for bringing your out-of-town guest in to experience all that Ulele has to offer. We are glad to hear that it was a great experience for everyone. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Will be going back.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received during your recent visit. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this venue and the food. Our server, Red, was fantastic.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service. Please visit us again soon!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ulele never disappoints, best food in Tampa

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review. We are so glad that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to your next visit!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Old Fashion & Great Food!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review. We are glad to hear that you had a great meal at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  19. KK

    KrisK

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Anniversary

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry to hear that you had a poor experience while celebrating your anniversary. Is there any other feedback you would like to leave us so that we may make improvements?

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall an amazing experience. Matthew was fantastic and the food was all delicious.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience with wonderful service from Matthew. We hope to see you back again soon!

  21. J

    Jeremy

    Orlando

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing and our server, Brogan was super friendly and efficient. We had the charbroiled oysters for an app and they were delicious. My wife had the water works wedge and cornbread muffins and loved it. Brogan recommended the seafood risotto and it was out of this world and loaded with shrimp, scallops, crawfish and a lobster claw. We loved this place and will definitely go back

    UleleResponded 1 day agoJeremy, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed everything that Ulele ha to offer. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  22. k

    kimb

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was awesome. Food and service were great. Kind of noisy, but that means people are enjoying themselves, so…

    UleleResponded 1 day agoKim, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed everything during your visit. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next reservation, weather permitting? It is much quieter on our patio. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  23. JP

    JenniferP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good was amazing! Awesome vibe and atmosphere, great choices on menu and friendly service. Pricey, but worth EVERY penny!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoJennifer, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed everything that Ulele has to offer. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  24. JR

    JerryR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, a bit noisy in the upper level room, but nothing we couldn't handle ;P

    UleleResponded 1 day agoJerry, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great meal at Ulele. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next reservation, weather permitting? It is much quieter on the patio. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  25. CC

    ChristineC

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shanti took great care of us. Great atmosphere & food!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoChristine, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed everything during your visit to Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  26. SB

    SteveB

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was good. Hostess at front desk had a real attitude which got the evening started off badly. Reservations at 7. We arrived at 6:50. Understood it was early. Stood less than 5 feet from her. At 7:15 , i asked about status of our table. She advised I had been texted 14 minutes earlier. No one advised me to get notified by text. It was a shame she had such an attitude. The rest of the evening was great! Food...service...ambiance

    UleleResponded 2 days agoSteve, We are disappointed to hear that you were greeted with a poor attitude from our hostess staff. Please know that this is not the Ulele standard that we strive for. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you back again soon!

  27. SG

    SamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was superb and service outstanding. Little noisy, but loved the warehouse vibe and interesting in/outside decorations.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoSam, We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience at Ulele. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? Our patio is much quieter, and we get some amazing sunsets on the river. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matthew was a MOST excellent server. So impressed. I thought he was in management as he was so good at his job. Food was delicious.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience, especially the service you received from Matthew. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  29. AC

    AmyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this place to eat, for the food and the ambiance. Great location

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the 5-star review, Amy! We are glad to hear that you had another great experience at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service abcs the food is delicious! The view at sunset is amazing too!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received. We do get some of the best sunsets on the river and it's a real treat that you were able to experience one of them. Please visit us again soon!

  31. NR

    NatasiaR

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience at Ulele. Our server James was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and gave us fantastic recommendations, which made our visit extra special. We tried the Native Chili, Charbroiled Oysters, Alligator Tail, Seafood Risotto and Cheddar Jalapeño Corn Bread and everything was outstanding (especially the chili!). The cocktails are amazing and they have a great wine list. I definitely recommend going and asking for James!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoNatasia, Thank you for the great review and for recommending us. We are so glad to hear that you had a great meal with great service provided my James. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  32. KM

    KarenM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall we were very pleased with our experience. Dinner was delicious and our server, Adrian was excellent and fun! We were very disappointed by being completely ignored by the indoor bartenders when we first arrived. The bar was not busy and they saw us but never acknowledged us. It was uncomfortable. We went to the outside bar and we’re able to buy drinks.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the 5-star review, Karen! We are sorry to hear that your visit to the bar was poor but glad that Adrian made up for the lack of customer service you experienced. We hope to see you back again soon!

  33. CK

    CherylK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambience outstanding. A little difficult to find the first time, but well worth it.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoCheryl, We are so glad to hear that you had a great first visit to Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  34. SR

    SeanR

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been to Ulele a few times. Food is always great. Place is clean. Service is attentive. Last night a bit loud, but that happens. Portions are more that adequate. Ukele a place to see and be seen. Will be going back.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the 5-star review, Sean! We are glad to hear that you had another great experience at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    It was just too loud. No sense in trying to eat good food in an atmosphere that is so jazzed that you can’t hear your dinner companions. I thought it might be more quiet on a Monday.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that the noise level in the restaurant caused you to have an unpleasant experience. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? It is much quieter on our patio. We hope to see you back again soon!

  36. JR

    JesusR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top notch food was amazing service was excellent all was great

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review, Jesus! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received. We hope to see you back again soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, everything was great.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  38. N

    Notable

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was our first visit to Ulele, though we have walked by the restaurant numerous times. The meal was excellent, and we will return. I would have given the restaurant 5 stars, but the wine we ordered was not available, and nor was anything similar. So, being a nice restaurant, and having the wine on the menu, I felt that warranted a one star deduction.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We apologize for being out of certain wines. We try our best to keep all of the wines on our menu in stock as well as creating a list of wines that we know are readily available but there have been supply chain issues for certain wines as well as other products and supplies we use on a daily basis. We hope you can understand the times that we are in and the challenges we face. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  39. JZ

    JohnZ

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was good. Dining room was smoky and noice level was high.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great review. We are sorry to her that the noise level was unpleasant. May we suggest requesting an outdoor table for your next reservation. It is much quieter on our patio with fresh air. We hope to see you back again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience as always!

    UleleResponded 3 days agoWe are glad to hear that you had another great experience. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ulele offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 999-4952.

Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 10759 OpenTable diners.

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 177 times today
Google Map for Ulele

1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free street parking near the restaurant, and a free private lot on Doyle Carlton Drive (southern extension of Highland) across from Water Works Park.

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 999-4952

  • 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 the beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available).

  • Private party contact

    Emily Johnston: (888) 526-1152

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