Ulele

4.8
8312 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 8312 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS! Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fast service.

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TimS
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take out of town guests. Great ambiance and terrific location.

DL
DeanL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time to experience Ulele. Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Brie was a fantastic server.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ilias was a great server and made the experience even better!

JH
JudithH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and friendly. Casey was very knowledgeable about the menu. Our food came out quickly and the drinks were refilled without asking. A beautiful spot on the Tampa Riverwalk with lots of outside tables.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my birthday, service, food, and atmosphere was great.

JM
JordanM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have gone many times and will continue to go back.

MG
MichaelG
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience every visit . Food is always outstanding .

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WojciechZ
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I'd give 5* but lady assigning table and having us sit has a lot of space for improvement:

- she shouts at clients across the reception to communicate instead of approaching them
- she throws menus at the table that they fly and slide instead of putting them at the front of the client.

I believe for the restaurant like this one those types of behaviors are not acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The ladies in the host area weren’t so friendly. The ambiance and food was great. Chris was a good waiter. Although they mention Caymus on their wine list they are usually out of it. (Very good wine) I’m from Miami and always dine at Ulele when in Tampa

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING nothing else to say. Everything was wonderful from drinks to food to staff. Our waitress Sarah was awesome, and made great recommendations!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much! We appreciate the support.

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JoGo
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our anniversary and it was amazing, the service was perfect and the manager even came to our table with a small gift and to congratulate us. Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the location and menu! Our favorites are the corn & jalapeño muffins and okra fries. Very close to the river walk. Service is great, a little noisy during peak times.

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YohanR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and impeccable service from our waiter. If you’re looking for a quality dining experience and good time, this is the place!

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BrittanyH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambiance! Will definitely go back.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much, Brittany. We look forward to your next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Heather our waitress , was fabulous! Very attentive!
Calamari was not fresh, very tough. The sea food in the seafood risotto also didn’t seem fresh, very fishy tasting, just are mainly the risotto. But the steak my son had and the beer was excellent!
I didn’t complain because I know times are tough, but probably won’t go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go very often and it’s always amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m From Miami and the food is excellent

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Mamagoss
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit to Ulele. Our server Jamie was excellent. The food was delicious and it was such a pleasant day with the large doors open to beautiful weather. They are very good with COVID protocols as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love the golden pearl rice and the grouper. The whole outdoor seating is great for the weather and the view. However, we’re a little surprised that we didn’t have clean silverware and we asked for change. And the water jar is not clean also, that will be better if that’s crystal clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Based on the reviews, Ulele was a disappointing experience. The food was mediocre at best. I would have returned my red snapper dish bc the fish was bone dry and tasteless, but since the server didn’t invite my feedback, I didn’t want to rise an issue. We simply won’t return which is a shame bc the venue is beautiful and has an urban and hip feel to it.

Ulele
Responded on January 7, 2021

Hi there - We're very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal with us. Next time, please let your server know. We are always happy to help guests find something they prefer.

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OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food. We got the crab Mac n cheese. Charbroiled oysters. Steak with mash and greens & topped it off with the candied bacon dessert

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ShannonG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ambiance was great! Food was just okay, but entrée(s) not worth $30 price. Okra appetizer was so over done. Server was extremely slow, but very nice guy. I expected so much more from all the talk about the food. We are not very picky eaters, so this was disappointing.

Ulele
Responded on January 7, 2021

Shannon, we're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal with us. Next time, please let your server know if you're not enjoying your meal. We are always happy to help guests find items on the menu that they'd prefer.

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EdinaR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did it again. The food is great, service excellent. They always find a way to make you feel special. This is second birthday celebration my daughter had there (per her request) and they did it again! Thanks Ulele team. You’re the best.

Ulele
Responded on January 7, 2021

Thank you for choosing us to celebrate with, Edina! We appreciate your support.

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AlanS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone in our family enjoyed their dinner. The children’s meal was priced well. We will go again. Love the atmosphere.

Ulele
Responded on January 7, 2021

Thank you so much, Alan! We hope to see you again soon.

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DMS19
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was terrific. The social distancing and masks were obvious and appreciated. Amazing food. Try the popcorn mashed potatoes!

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vipLATrip924
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Service was outstanding!

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JavonC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food, atmosphere, and experience were all outstanding. I strongly recommend visiting this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Saturday night. WAY too many people inside. Crowded was an understatement. Waited 20 minutes at the bar for a bartender to finally acknowledge us. There were lots of cleaners and hostesses but limited wait staff. Had reservations but after waiting 30 minutes, I asked about our table. They verified my phone number and said they texted me. I have Verizon so doubt it was my issue.

Food was good. Large portions. Waitress was attentive but seemed very rushed and inconvenienced.

Won’t come back on a weekend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First day of the year we went to have dinner here. The seafood risotto is out of this world. You absolutely have to try it. I also suggest getting the mushroom entrée as a appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice evening. Only complaint would be that we were seated outside by a large open area that had become a playground that evening. Many children riding scooters and running around. They were having a great time but it was difficult for our trio to hear each other.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele was such an amazing experience. The service is amazing and the restaurant/location is beautiful. It was a great time & I’ll absolutely be coming back! Drinks were very good and worth every penny.

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MLA4
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, our waitress was incredibly nice and the food was delicious!!

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vipAnna
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and great drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Calamari was super salty , florida pompano fish was not good , I left pretty much everything, only the charbroiled oysters were good

DH
DebiH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and fabulous food and service!

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KaraS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here! Great food, drink and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance with the view of the outdoor area facing armature works. The menu feature an all local fare which I appreciated. Can’t wait to go back and try more of this menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is the best the place is beautiful love it

FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 8312 OpenTable diners.

Ulele does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/ulele.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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