Ulele

4.7
9021 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
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 9021 people are saying
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4.7
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TTDP
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was FANTASTIC!!!! The charboiled oysters were perfect and the rib eye steak was phenomenal. Highly recommend.

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TomC
Orlando
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, very good service, but a little noisy for us. The surrounding area is a great place for an after dinner walk.

LC
LeighC
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Seafood was bad and flies everywhere near our table inside. This place came highly recommended. Made reservations and was disappointed. Others may have a better experience but not a place to go if you’re looking for anything special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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JodiL
Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints. Chargrilled oysters ALWAYS a must. Hannah was an amazing server. Service was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as usual. Brought friends from out of town, they were really impressed.

MK
vipMichaelK
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere as always!

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Dinewithhubs
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! We will get back and quite possibly get the exact same meals

MB
MichaelB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great find, service, and atmosphere. Only negative was that it was a bit dirty, especially the restroom.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

DB
DavidB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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Schmargle130
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Uleli. We live locally and go there frequently ourselves, but always take our out-of-town guests for the experience . All the menu items are delicious, cocktails are well-prepared and the service has always been excellent…also true for our meal today.

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vipCarlosR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience

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TimL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the ambience of dining alfresco, my only complaint is the outdoor cushions on the couches were filthy/stained.

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vipKenwood
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service where great. Enjoy the looks and feel of the whole place.

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Gail
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Though the service was outstanding, I was not blown away by the food. I had been looking forward to eating here for well over a year and as Ulele makes so many 'best of' lists, but I was disappointed. It wasn't bad to be clear, but I didn't find it exceptional. Nothing to send back or complain about; food was hot, presented beautifully, the portion was quite large...but for all of the hubub it just wasn't amazing. The meatloaf was a little rubbery, the scallops were a little gritty; these things happen for sure, and I wouldn't discourage anyone from going for drinks or a casual dinner, but for an occasion, the entrees were disappointing. Our service and dessert however were exceptional, and that alone will bring me back.

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vipLauraS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect girls' night out. The food was wonderful, and Devon did a superb job taking care of us. Can't wait to go back!

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ROSHELLD
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great, even though waitress was training a new personnel this was an opportunity to demonstrate how to close out a customer in a timely fashion. We waited a pretty long time to receive the check to end our night. But we had a great time and will definitely visit again; in addition the charbroil oysters was okay, not what I was used too. No dipping butter for the bread. That was weird.

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JenniT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food here is outstanding! Extremely fresh and delicious. Ambiance is cool too- very open, casual and fun.

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vipCraigR
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this reservation two weeks early to make sure my date/time was available. It was a birthday reservation for someone special. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Ulele and everyone at the table tried a dish that I had never tried before. I ordered the shrimp/scallop grits and I misread the menu as I didn’t see any grits. Then I realized it was with gritCAKES. What a wonderful surprise and absolutely delicious! It was 10/10.
From the jalapeño muffins to the calamari with spicy sauce, every dish was perfect. All of us were pleasantly surprised by all of it. The service was excellent and we got lucky that someone was in training with a member of the regular waitstaff. All drinks were topped up without request and the finale for the birthday boy was a maple bacon ice cream that was at least a pint (or more). We all shared that and left with a box of candy as the official “birthday thanks”. We had a table near the staircase which dampened the noise level very well. Great Job Ulele!!

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RolandB
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alumni get together

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vipFood1
Tampa
88 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Ulele a number of times and will continue to go. We had a new server under the eye of someone more experienced. They did an excellent job. Drinks were good, Belle Glos is always a favorite. Food was very good as usual.

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vipJBH55
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting, service and food. I am looking forward to going back.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Such a simple but perfect review. Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to serving you on your next visit!

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vipErikaH
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the charbroiled oysters with a glass of the Baby Blue red blend by Blue Rock.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Erika, what a fabulous suggestion. We're so happy you enjoyed your meal at Ulele. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was good.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you!

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Robo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing time at Ulele yesterday! Our server was Samantha and she was absolutely amazing and took great care of us. Thanks Samantha for making our first visit to Ulele a memorable one!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much! We're delighted that you enjoyed your first visit to Ulele and that Samantha was able to help create a memorable experience. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great! Zach was just starting and he did phenomenal.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much! We're happy that Zach was able to help make your experience memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience with open table. I left a comment that we were celebrating our anniversary and they saved a table for us with a view and multiple waiters congratulated us on our anniversary so they definitely read the notes on open table. Amazing food and drinks, everything we ordered was delicious.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

What an awesome review. We're so honored that you chose to spend your anniversary at Ulele. We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave notes on OpenTable so we could help to celebrate your special night. We hope to see you both again soon!

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turnerkat
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have given five stars on previous visits, but this visit presented a few stumbles. Not big deals, just not the polished, smooth experience I have been used to at Ulele. Still a great place to have a terrific meal!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Oh no! We apologize for any stumbles on your last visit. Thank you for your patience. We feel confident that your next visit will exceed your expectations.

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Ryan
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience! Not only was the food fantastic, but the ambiance and service was perfect. We are happy we decided to come here for my wife's birthday. It made it a perfect night!

Thanks!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Ryan, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review for us. We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us. We hope to see both you again soon.

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TyFh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Darius was our waiter and he was very cool and engaging. This place is our anniversary spot for a reason.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Ty! We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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RobJ
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was tasty and well prepared. Pleasant wait staff.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Rob, thank you for this kind review! We hope to see you again soon.

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BaileyF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love it here. Amazing food and our service was outstanding, as always.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Bailey. What an awesome review to read! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Got stomach sick from food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, beautiful view of the river. Only complaint, very noisy inside. Was very hard to hear.

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and so was the service. We greatly enjoyed the outside seating and the wonderful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmaZing food and service !! Top notch

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dmr53
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, our group was for 6. Flank steak, Lobster roll, pompano entree and grouper sandwich had the most positive comments.

We sat outside and enjoyed the weather and ambiance.

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Morena
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is very good with a different approach (chili with alligator and boar meat, excellent!), the okra gluten free was a great selection and the seafood risotto was delicious but the lobster pawn on top of the risotto tasted very, very frozen, not as expected at all. Our waiter was very nice but service was not good in general. Our waiter brought the appetizer and at the same time the chef rushed with the chili so we really did not have time to savor one dish and then the other. But overall it was a good experience.The place is charming and the outdoors is very peaceful and inviting. We plan to come back with more experience now.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Morena, thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We're so happy you enjoyed Ulele. We apologize for your disappointment with the Seafood Risotto, but can assure you that our seafood is the freshest quality available. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if something isn't right with your meal, or service quality. We are always happy to remake any dish. We apologize for the timing of your food's delivery and appreciate your feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites. I love the food, they make good cocktails too. I usually get the seafood.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! There's nothing quite like locally sourced seafood. We're so happy you enjoy our native-inspired recipes and we hope to see you again soon!

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FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 9021 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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