Ulele

4.7
5642 reviews
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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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Take your Valentine to Ulele for indoor and outdoor waterfront dining. Enjoy a stroll along Tampa’s Riverwalk before or after your Valentine’s meal.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our guests had a nice time!

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SH
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great lunch with friends. Good food and excellent service.

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

The food and service were both amazing, will definately be back

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TB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was amazing. Our waiter forgot a few things and our cold beer was too slow, but the food was phenomenal. The risotto was outstanding.

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

The prices and noise level are the main concerns. Very expensive and very noisy

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L
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service and food were good, except my Ulele burger was ordered medium rare and came out medium well.

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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 1

I felt as though the service was not up to standard. The hostesses seemed more interested in their own personal conversations than in helping a customer. The food wasn’t great and the waiter was not knowledgeable of the menu.

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TC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only our second visit to Ulele. On the first visit, it was freezing cold outside, and it was raining cats and dogs. There was no one outside, and it was dark outside. Once inside, we enjoyed it, but......

Now, with this more recent visit, there were people in the park, bicyclists, kids, dogs, and all sorts of people outside. We got there early, and wandered along the little bridges outside, sipping a cocktail. When our reservation time neared, the restaurant was bustling with activity and energy everywhere. Our waiter, Mark, was a joy. The appetizer we shared (fried okra, of all things!) was wonderful, and the entrees we each had were superb. And then desert....WOW!

Can't wait to come back. It was a joy!

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

This is my fifth time at the restaurant. Can’t say enough good things. Drinks and food are awesome. Have dinner take a walk then go back and sit outside by the pond and water. Great time.

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

Food was phenomenal as were the drinks! Service was super friendly and staff gave great advice on what to order. Just a great overall place and was perfect to finish the night with a walk along the river. Great location with good parking options as well. Maple candied bacon ice cream was the perfect finish to an amazing meal! And I highly recommend the crab mac and cheese.

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, excellent attention from the management but a little pricey...

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MB
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always awesome with great service, terrific food, and beautiful views!

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

Food was mediocre at best. Great service. Great atmosphere.

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

Food was good. Service was super. Chili was better than good. Love the look of the place. The bartender was excellent.

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LL
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome date night location!!

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G
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the ahi tune salad and beer corn muffins. My son had and meatloaf and my wife the Seabass. All entrees were delicious.
Honey lager beer and nice and refreshing.
Service was very good until he forgot to split the check, and then disappeared for 15 minutes, not to be found. We finally tracked down the manager so we could pay.

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

Good food, great ambiance

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

Fantastic experience--delicious food, wonderful vibe. Great location, high energy place. Very noisy in the dining room. They make their own beer, very good unique menu items. We had appetizers: scallops, mac & cheese w/crab and calamari. Ask for th calamari without the tentacles. All very good. Entrees: Sea bass, seafood risotto, stuffed shrimp with lobster. All excellent. They handled special food requests very well. Service was a bit harried, it was a busy Saturday night--we weren't in a hurry, but the waiter was a little frenetic. Definitely recommend, will go back soon.

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

This last experience was what I have come to expect from establishment. Food and service was phenomenal.

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NB
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This review is from Nick’s wife.
Ulele exceeded our expectations. The restaurant is hip, modern, clean and cool. I love the big windows and all of the natural light that comes in and that you’re able to see the outside action if you’d like. The service is great! Our waitress was very pleasant, polite and knowledgeable of the menu.
We sat inside although the outdoor area had available tables and the weather was really nice but there were a lot of kids outside playing on the grass and around tables (great place for kids, beautiful and really nice out) and we were on a date night without our kids so we preferred the inside where we could easily have a nice conversation even though the place was busy but it wasn’t loud.
The food is outstanding! We loved our appetizers, entrees, dessert and drinks! We ordered the crab avocado cocktail and some shrimp with melted cheese appetizer, both delicious! My husband had the filet mignon with green beans and I had the seafood risotto. Both outstanding! The dessert we ordered was a homemade espresso ice cream and it was really good!
My only little complaint is about the bathrooms. My husband said one of the man’s bathroom was overflowing and he told the manager who guaranteed he’d get someone promptly. I used one of the family bathrooms and although not dirty, it wasn’t spotless either.(Maybe I pay too much attention to this stuff...) The toilet was wet around the seat but it seemed as if it had just happened. The toilet paper roll was leaning on handicap bars instead of a dispenser. The sink and floors were clean. It was getting very busy when we left (6:40pm) so maybe they just didn’t have enough time to check on the bathrooms but a restaurant that big and busy should have a person just watching/cleaning the bathrooms, in my opinion. They only need to improve on that part.
Overall, we had an outstanding experience and we’ll be back!

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

Excellent n cozy for dinner n drinks, great atmosphere, food. Definitely going again!



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

My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday and had a great time! The food was great and the service was excellent and we highly recommended the made in house ice cream, it’s some of the best ice cream we’ve ever had!

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

Nick our server was outstanding

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

No need for a lengthy review, as a local Tampanian I can highly recommend Ulele. Lunch or dinner you can’t go wrong, food is excellent, waitstaff knowledgeable and friendly. Been coming here for a long time and have never had a bad meal. Outdoor seating is perfect on a beautiful day or warm evening. Great restaurant !!!!!

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

Great place to take friends, especially those not from the area.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ulele is a happening place. It's simply a great hang, both indoors and out with lots of activity on the lawn. The best item on the menu is the charbroiled oysters.

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AS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit, and really enjoyed it. The experience was very memorable.

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

A wide variety of amazing food at reasonable prices. Something for everyone in a relaxed atmosphere. Fresh local food prepared spectacularly. One of our favorite places for a good meal on any occasion!

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

Everything was absolutely fantastic. Food, service, atmosphere was amazing. The Manager even delivered a box of their craft truffles and a card signed by the entire serving staff to us wishing us their best on our anniversary.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is divine with exciting flavors. Loved it

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JM
Montreal
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service in an imaginatively used building

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GG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

Very noisy, not really ideal for conversation. A server dropped a plate off of a tray, it landed beside my husband and splashed someone's leftover food all over his shirt, food was even on his glasses and birthday card! No one came to check on us afterward, we cleaned him up with our sparkling water (other customers saw this and commented on how frightened they were when it happened) we finally had to ask our server to clean the food from the floor so we wouldn't slip when we got up to leave. Our server also forgot our charbroiled oysters that we'd ordered as an appetizer. Our bill with a 20% tip was $91... and we didn't order alcoholic drinks! 2 entries with salad and sparkling water... this was out first visit, for his birthday on a Thursday night.

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GB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the Pampano. . .Our server was very patient and efficient.

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Z
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele was a fantastic energetic location. I was recommended by a friend to go hear and will definitely go back.

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p
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Will definitely return next time I am in town.

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy this restaurant. I always recommend it because the food and drinks are good. It is along Tampa's beautiful Riverwalk. There is a water taxi stop nearby which can be a lot of fun to plan that into the dining fun (Pirate Water Taxi). There is a lot of green space with some outdoor seating. If you have kids, you can let them play outside while you relax. The spring is right beside the restaurant as well. It is not uncommon to occasionally see a manatee swimming around. If you get there when the sun is going down and you are facing west, the view is beautiful.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! All four of us finish every single last bite on our plates it was so good!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Ulele. Loved the food and ambiance. The location was great along the riverwalk. The food selections were unique and delicious. Prices were reasonable. Loved the fact that they were preserving some Tampa history by using the story book characters in the outdoor decor. Definitely worth the drive to Tampa from Clearwater.

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AN
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love it - the food is delicious. My one criticism is that the twice baked potato is served back in the potato skin. Two members of our party are vegetarian and we would have enjoyed a baked potato with our meal. Their ice cream is out of this world, shame they don’t sell “to go” pints to take home. Beautiful location, ambience and service. I highly recommend

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JB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch. Party of four had lobster rolls, po' boy shrimp sandwich, and grilled fish. Ate outside. Service was excellent and we were able to sit and relax over a lengthy meal catching up with our friends

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