Ulele

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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.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are amazing

FP
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Priced well for amount and quality.

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

I’ve been three times. My first time I went I ordered three sister Portobello and it was very good service was great. I bragged to my friends about it and recommended so many people to try them out. 2nd time I went I ordered the same thing but this time the food was good but the beans in the dish had the Consistency of a peanut which bothered me but the customer service was still great. I went yesterday for my third visit and I ran into the same thing with the beans but this time I literally had a fork size Portobello which I was surprised about being that the other two times it was much bigger. I still go again just wouldn’t order that dish

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ilene was amazing as always!

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

Interesting & Creative Menu Great food and Cocktails

TD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Birthday celebration, which I told them about beforehand, and not even an acknowledgement while there.

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

Upstairs was hot. Servers was great. I mentioned when made a reservation that for Birthday but received nothing special from the restaurant.

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

Another wonderful meal, thank you Keith, Andre and Chris!

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

We use every excuse to have lunch here when in Tampa. Fun, lively and creative menu. The roasted oysters are fun and delicious.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good experience, kids enjoyed food was yummy except kids menu grilled chicken was too dry and hard for little one to eat.Nice ambience

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

We love Ulele...this trip it was a birthday celebration! The service and food were wonderful. I would recommend it for a casual lunch/dinner, or for a family celebration.

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

We have wanted to come here for a while and got the chance to this weekend to meet my daughter and son in law.
Beautiful location, a lot went into making this place nice, great views.
Unfortunately the food experience didnt match the ambience. Had to ask mgmt to turn off the fan above us...everyone was cold.
The kids menu items were ok...and the grouper sandwiches were good.
However everyone's fries were cold and soggy, the burgers were overcooked (bright side...the zucchini pickles on the burgers were delicious!) and the street corn came out cold as well. Mgmt comped our unsatisfactory food....so half us left hungry.
Very unfortunate.

RQ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Over cooked stuffed shrimp and under cooked grouper, super crowded, too noisy, and expensive compared with other top restaurants that offer better food and value. Another restaurant owned by Columbia, Ulele missed the mark on so many levels from food, atmosphere, ambiance, value, and it’s expensive menu lacks real finesse. Our crab with guacamole & cocktail sauce was soupy lackluster creative and “lump” crab that looked more chopped crab. Very disappointed with all the food we ordered. Andre did offer other options...I’m not willing to try this again despite the over rated ratings!

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous! Great food & drinks!

W
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall nice dinner and good service. My grouper was just ok. But my two dining companions really had tasty meals!

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

Food was not good, I got sick afterwards.

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

Great food. Great atmosphere. Even better service and drinks.

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

Eddie was great. The food is always fantastic and love the price point on the very good wines. Only suggestion would be to see if any sound absorbing materials can be placed in the ceiling of the loft area. It's often times so noisy that you can't hear each other speak.

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

Our meal was wonderful. I had a half dozen oysters to start and they were delicious. My partner had scallops and there were enough for an entree and so good. I loved their wine lists and the server was spot on with her recommendations after hearing what we liked. We ended with homemade ice cream. All in all one of the best meals that I have had in Tampa

K
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place to dine before or after a walk along the river

T
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Every visit has been a wonderful experience!

MG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 4th year that my wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Ulele and they continue to outdo themselves each time. You will not find another restaurant in the area that can compete. Ulele is the total package from the unique and delicious meals, to the world class service, to the incredible atmosphere.
We are always made to feel like VIPs whenever we visit.

SL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good atmosphere. Will definitely return.

MS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Improved menu. Less noisy than previous time. Broiled oysters delicious as always, flank steak very tasty, great selection of fresh fish.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Ulele and they all proved to be true. The food was fantastic! It truly is a great atmosphere. We had an exceptional waiter who was very knowledgeable and professional with his service.

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time I have been to ulele and every time has been amazing. Just a great place for the food, service and atmosphere.

r
Naples
63 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Devon did a great job and thank you to the host staff for fixing my mistake with our reservation. Food was also really good.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. I highly recommend

B
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was extremely loud for dinner. Food was good but there was quite a delay between appetizers and entrees. Service was marginal. Probably will not go back anytime soon.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good , server very attentive . and key lime stack rocks !

JG
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner at Ulele and it was wonderful as usual. One request -please please bring back the lobster claw cocktail. The crab version doesn’t hold a candle to the lobster version.

j
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was hot and tasty. Server was attentive. No wait on reservation time.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my wife has a amazing experience, we were celebrating her birthday and she really enjoyed it!

MP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele never disappoints! Fantastic food, great service and an awesome view - what more can you ask for?

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat in Tampa

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, personalized service at the bar. Food was impeccable. Drinks were savory. All in all, a fantastic date night escape from Orlando.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, server was great

OT
Toledo
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my wife’s birthday. It was a nice evening.

c
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome night!! This place never disappoints.. the service and the good was perfect. I had a mojito and it was one of the best I have ever had. Each entree was done to perfection and loved the ice cream bacon desert. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

LA
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service was great! One of my favorite restaurants!

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