Ulele

4.7
6067 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.





Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy an Easter meal at Ulele with indoor and outdoor waterfront dining.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Indiana
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was relatively average and our waiter was not very attentive. I would certainly come back to sit outside for cocktails. Beautiful property and interesting interior.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. The view was perfect. Night time dining is the best! Pricing was a little high, but you are in the river and it is a very popular spot. Worth the money

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible horrible service. Waited 20 minutes
For service. Waiter Finally appeared - worst waiter ever. The food was not even decent. We sent
The crudo back, it was awful. Very very fishy, not fresh. Our meals were awful. A very lovely venue, it horrible dining experience !

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

Food was amazing. Howeve

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

It was lovely! The service was awesome and it was such a beautiful day out for lunch with my girls! I also received a box of truffles and a birthday card from them which was very sweet:) I would come back again!

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

Great meal! A very nice touch with the complimentary truffles for my birthday! Jimmy hurry steak was amazing!

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

This was a exceptional experience for me. I’m quite selective with rating food choices and the seafood rissotto was amazing! I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner and I was so happy I came here.

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

The location of Ulele is fantastic. We chose to sit outside on a beautiful evening. When the seafood came we were attacked by so many flies, it was disgusting. We wanted to go inside but the restaurant was filled with smoke from the grill. We really didn't get to eat much and Ulele comped our meal which was nice. The food was delicious and service was outstanding. They need fans and fly traps outside. Wonderful area - I recommend it. Just eat inside...

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

Outstanding experience! Wife and I really enjoyed our first visit. Looking forward to returning again soon and trying more of the delicious items on their menu. Highly recommend!

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

Food and service were good, but the noise level I this restaurant makes it impossible to have a conversation with those at your own table. Something has to be done about the noise for me to return.

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LW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was nice but service overall was slow. It took too long to get out drinks. The restaurant needs to accommodate for the setting sun and the heat it produces.

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

Love the food, exceptional service and the history and architecture of the restaurant! Thank you again, Bridgette! ❤️

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

Best oysters charbroiled in the area! Must try! Ambient very nice and staff very gently.

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

The ambiance, location and service are very good. But the food is not great, I've been disappointed 3 times already. All the other features are very good and I still recommend this place, "it depends on what you order".

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

The service was amazing, the view was incredible and it was pretty impossible to even come close to the view I had with my date. So, touché. I thought it was pretty amazing how the servers, ours specifically, handled themselves amongst all the plates falling and trays flopping down the stairs. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard and had such a great time in a while so thank you Ulele and Shaylah. Hopefully I’ll be back again for date number 7.

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W
Detroit
248 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great celebration with our sister visiting from out of state. Food was perfect as was the service by Ricardo. What a great destination spot.

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

Wonderful service and the found was outstanding! The atmosphere was eclectic, aesthetically pleasing, and warm. The outdoor setting is really cool. Noise level is moderately high, but I still highly recommend.

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

Hostesses were rude. We had reservation for party of four and they made us wait until the other couple arrived from another city. We couldn’t even get a drink. Then, when the other couple arrived, they made us wait again until it was convenient for them to seat us.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Ulele. It was my birthday and family was visiting from out of state. This was my/our first time at this restaurant. The menu is inventive and had many interesting and unique dishes. Happily they were all delicious. Since there were 7 of us we had the opportunity to try many things — from fabulous grilled oysters, to great cast iron sea bass and southern standards like shrimp and grits and meatloaf. Everything was beautifully presented and everyone was happy with their choices. The service was terrific ( it’s not easy to handle big tables but our guy did great) and the reception warm and welcoming. We will go back again

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

Excellent food and ambience. Great view of the Hillsborough River. Noisy when busy. Great for special occasions.

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dining! Fantastic service, food and drinks. Highly recommend.

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BG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. My only slight concern is the ventilation. The open grill tends to make the room just a little smoky.

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BK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I go to Ulele just about every time we travel to Tampa. Love the food, atmosphere, and wonderful service!

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LB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably good food! I especially liked the chargrilled oysters and seafood risotto. Highly recommend and I'll be back!

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drink and service 5 plus stars. Great location too!

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

yes, wait staff was awesome. we were at the table longer than I planned and our waiter continued to make sure we were ok and didn't need anything extra, even after the bill was paid.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa. Can never go wrong with the seafood risotto.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A unique dining experience and a great place to take out-of-town guests.

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KN
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. Food was delicious. Will come back again.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, service was excellent, but the noise level is a bit much.

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PN
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, Good cocktails & wine list. Excellent service. loads of space outside with recreational facilities. Will come here again. Very convenient for Amelie Arena!

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KC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Long wait for an outside table - over 1 hour- and we were early for our reservation. Great beer and ambiance but slow service on a Monday afternoon. It was a 3 hour experience probably due to Spring Break.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always very good. Prices are a bit high .The service is always on point.The staff here does a very good job and are always patient and friendly. I will keep coming back ☺

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele environment and food were fantastic with extra service. Highly recommend for any dining occasion.

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KK
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My third time here. Pretty good but my food wasn’t prepared how I ordered it. The server wrote the wrong information down. They did correct the issue but then it seemed over cooked. It was good, the service is always great.

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J
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Smoked oysters are phenomenal. Steak was average. Cocktails are still great but over the years they are getting weaker.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. The Valet needs work however as we waited 10 minutes in the rain for my vehicles

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T
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch the sunset

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DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed everything except the noise level, so at my age I had trouble understanding conversation at the table. The service, food, and our treatment by the staff was quiet good.

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L
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Ulele several times before, but we always look forward to going back again. This was Sunday brunch. After a round of bloody marys and mimosas, we shared the crab and avocado cocktail. My friend had the pompano entrée and I had the Seabass entrée. As usual, both dishes and the appetizer were beautifully presented and tasted wonderfully. Our server was Mark and he did an excellent job which has been our experience whenever we have been to Ulele.

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