Ulele

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

Amazing food but it took a little bit longer to get it then I wanted to. But an amazing place.

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

this was our first time here. We sat upstairs after they tried to seat us right in a major walkway. The upstairs seating was much quieter than downstairs and we were able to see the chefs int eh kitchen which was neat.

We ordered drinks which were wonderful. I asked about their house wine and the waitress was nice enough to give me a taste before ordering it. My husband had a Manhattan and loved it.

We ordered the stuffed oysters and OH MY GOSH... they were seriously amazing. Next time, I will order a dozen. They were delicious. For my main course, I had the stuffed shrimp and it was very good. The shrimp were grilled and a little on the well side, but I liked it anyway.

I'd go back for sure. :)

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

The food and service where excellent. Restaurant was bit noisy but with an open concept it was within reason.

KJ
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a lovely, fun place with great food and excellent service.

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

Even though the food wasn't the best this time, I still vote for Ulele when you have out of town guests. You can't beat the location or atmosphere. Still a little noisy inside to have a conversation. Food this time was just Ok. The gator hush puppies were over cooked I thought. Same with my burger, and the bun was pretty hard. I'm assuming that's just the type of bread they use. The scallops were delicious though. My friends loved the shrimp and grits.

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

The food is absolutely amazing! We had seafood last time and this time both had a different steak. All was super delicious. Service was great as well. We were able to sample a few different wines before making a decision. Definitely look forward to going back.

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

Had our 10 year anniversary dinner there and the food was amazing. Great location and atmosphere.

G
Orlando
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food.
This time we were there for lunch so we ate outside where its quieter. Inside was noisy and busy as always.

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

Excellent food and atmosphere. Great way to enjoy the sunset if you dine outside.

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

Loved it and will be back!!

MT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a birthday. They gave birthday gift in a box with a card. Amazing detail that I have never seen. Food was spectacular, as were the drinks and desserts.

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

My only criticism is the high noise level. Makes it very hard to enjoy conversation!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a historic building setting. Delightful and relaxed throughout the evening. Scallops were especially enjoyable.

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

The service was exceptional. Never an empty glass, server was attentive, and very friendly.

My steak was cooked perfectly but didn’t care for the rice that was served with it. More a personal taste more than anything. The Alligator hush puppies were delicious!

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

Our server was amazing! The whole place is awesome!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience as always.

SR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't remember our waitress name.. it was M Mary Ellen or something similar.. I think started with M and it was two names.. She was fantastic! Great service.

OA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Since, you guys, dosen't have a frozen facility,
for food ...keep the eye on your vendors, who you buying products from. Some time, they have a possibility to skew your reputation. And this is very
dangerous for business. Also, food checking must be outstanding, before is tendering to the kitchen. The rest is grate!
Good luck!!!

L
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE Ulele !!! The food and servers are great! Great price on wine and alcohol! Somewhat noisy because of the open gym type building, but you won't care because the meal you will have will be worth the noise. Great place to chill with friends & family!!!!

F
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele is an excellent restaurant for vegetarians or seafood lovers. My husband loved the Pompano, and my friend really enjoyed the crabcake. My mom and I are both vegetarians and we ordered sides only - avocado soup (delicious - it's served cold and tastes like really good guacamole), mac and cheese, squash, and the twice baked potato. The wine list was also very impressive.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a no lobster roll. Basically there was no lobster in the lobster roll. Delicious fries and descent wine.

e
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great blackened grouper sandwich and we loved the cole slaw! Service was great...I like when the servers help each other ie. bringing drink refills.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food service and ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Cool atmosphere but we did not like the food at all. Food was cold and was on the same level as a chain restaurant which we are NOT fans of. I would not recommend it if you are looking for quality food and a special meal.

TC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun but loud

AB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing restaurant. Katie was so informative about not only the menu but the history!! Sang happy birthday to my husband and even gave him a box of chocolate and personalized card. Food and drink were fabulous. cant wait to return on our next trip to Tampa!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was mouthwatering and will make this one of my regular spots.

L
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the restaurant and it was amazing. Great food and atmosphere, will definitely go again.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at Ulele and its my new favorite restaurant! We had three appetizers that were delicious especially the delicious scallops. My main entree was the Risotto which was outstanding! It was my Birthday & a wonderful choice. We will be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 25th birthday with a couple friends. Atmosphere was great. Our server Taylor was amazing. So friendly and knowledgeable.

DM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food was delicious.

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Beautiful setting. Food was not good and I would not go back.

PB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been enjoying Ulele for about 5 years now, my favorite place to go with anyone. Food is outstanding, staff fabulous!

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall very good
Chargrilled oysters a little over cooked and too much cheese. Could definitely have used some lemon wedges. There was also shells left in the shell
Tomahawk pork chop very good, should have ordered a little rarer. Seafood risotto was good as was the lobster Mac and cheese, scallops appetizer and chili!
The place is very nice and outside is decorated beautifully! Will definitely return!

KK
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious and unique food. Would definitely recommend.

k
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night! Amy made my birthday bash special. Great service, delicious food and best ambience and company. Highly recommended.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Has it all. Great location, great atmosphere , fun and creative food and really look wait staff. Shout out to Sean

EE
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother-in-law has been in town for two days and we walked from his hotel to Ulele. After dinner he commented that if he had known about Ulele he would have eaten their everyday. Our waiter Hal was quick with a joke and service. The food was reasonably priced and very good.
The River walk is a great location and there was lots going on with a big show at the convention center.
I have already recommended Ulele to friends and we will go again.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful October moonlit night. The host suggested an outside table and that made all the difference. Our server was what you expect in a flawless date night, superb. She had a warm smile and exceptional etiquettes, she was classy and professional, and her talent as a server is the bar that every server should reach for. We ordered both chicken dishes which were phenomenal, the one in the mushroom broth is a must try, again, and again. The cocktails from the bar was the cherry on top. This is our go to spot now.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, love the location, food, etc.

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