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Ulele

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7764 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.





Support Ulele during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 7764 people are saying
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vipNell
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely luncheon at Uleles. Service was very good , food was excellent, and the safety precautions put into place was as good as it gets.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elite restaurant. I will absolutely be back. I recommend everyone go enjoy this delightful restaurant.

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BlakeD
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great meal! Ulele also did a great job with social distancing.

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CiciT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our Server "Natalie". Was vin outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Customer Service!

Tim Shackton the brewmaster is AWESOME 👏

Ulele ice cream is Yummy 😋

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

My date and I had an AMAZING time at Ulele. I will definitely be back here soon!!!

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HaleyG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacklyn was incredible! Me and my boyfriend sat outside, what a perfect area that is ! She was super informative, suggestive and truly loves what she does. It shows through her service! We had cocktails and bought a bottle of wine which they have a great selection at a great cost! Started with apps and locks the snapper dish and seafood risotto ! Thanks again Jackie for a great time and your lovely personality! Good luck to you ! And thanks Ulele for a wonderful atmosphere, will totally return ! -Haley and zac!

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Jeff
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable unique experience. Beautifully done inside and out.

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PamS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very enjoyable lunch with my daughter & friends. Good food & service. Can’t ask for more!

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DianaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff was nice enough to give my puppy water and even took a picture with us!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! Went here for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner and it was above and beyond our expectations. Our waiter was the best, very attentive and helped me even decorate the surprise cake a brought. The food was out of this world. Everyone picked something different and we just couldn’t stop talking about how great everything tastes. I highly recommend going here for any occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible. Everything is so fresh! Atmosphere is fun and location is beautiful. Overall a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and we were able to get a specific table we asked for. Food and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great date afternoon. Drinks and food was outstanding. Our server was awesome!!

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GeorgeB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. We always come to Ulele when we want a good meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat at Ulele's often. Always a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine always impecable.

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OliviaD
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele was great all around at our visit! We had a party of 8 and requested outdoor seating celebrating two birthdays. All the food was accurate, warm, and delicious! The seafood risotto, steak chimmachurri, calamari, and espresso ice cream were our favorites. Service was friendly and quick and food prices were very reasonable. Can’t wait to return and highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, great food and amazing scenery

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Good service. Thoughtful COVID procedures. The oysters are massive! Very good cocktails too!

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DonnaV
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet atmosphere at 4:00 PM on a Thursday. Food was delicious as always.

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HerbM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and relax. No rush. Food was outstanding. The pompano is my favorite dish and the red snapper is great also. Lives up to The Columbia's reputation. Covid-19 safe. Everything sanitized, all employees wear masks.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly couldn’t expect anything better. The food was so good, but the service managed to stand out ahead of it. I think our server was Laura and she was so kind. Can’t wait to come back.

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TonyC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly enjoyed the food, the service and the ambiance was AMAZING. Our waiter Alex was very helpful and knowledgeable of the food on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Waitress was very good. Prices were a bit high. The restaurant was almost completely empty, when they decided to sit a party next to us. That was disappointing, since places so be trying to promote social distancing as much as possible. There were at least ten other tables open, just in my line of vision. Otherwise, can’t complain! They made a plate of just veggies taste delicious . Not easy to do!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

1st time out since COVID. Craved a Ulele burger was excited about getting out since the pandemic and all I can is my experience was simply OK! The host was nice, notice the manager walking around...came to a table next to mi e to speak with guest. He wasn’t cheerful not sure what was going on, but he said NOTHING to us after passing several times. Everyone simply seemed like they did not want to be there. My suggestion..all of your staff should take a personality or interest test especially before being hired. If they are NOT SOCIAL don’t hire them. Simple...

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The waiter wasn’t very attentive. He suggested adding protein to one of the vegan dishes I ordered, and I agreed to add shrimp. My meal came out with no protein on it. It took him 10 minutes after the food was delivered to our table before he even came over to check on us. I pointed out I was missing my protein, in hopes it was ready and someone just forgot to put it on the plate. Nope! I waited and waited trying to eat slowly even though I was starving. My shrimp didn’t come out for another 15 minutes!! That means he forgot to put it in. He NEVER gave an apology and I didn’t even bother bringing it up. What was the point?! He didn’t seem to care anyways. It took forever to get drinks we ordered, to the point we stopped ordering them and decided to go elsewhere when we were done with dinner. Then as if his poor service wasn’t enough, he had the audacity to ask us if we were ready to checkout when we took a moment to capture a few photos with friends we haven’t seen in years! I looked at him in his eyes and said no we aren’t ready, in fact we would like to order desert. This man treated us like we didn’t belong. The irony in all of it, is all 7 of the girls in my party were all servers, myself included. We take pride in taking care of people who serve us, because we know how it feels. Very disappointed and it was our first time there. I was embarrassed I recommended going here.

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DavidL
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday. Every person that worked there thanked us for coming and made us feel welcome. Food was perfect. We had a great time and will come again. Thank you!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot outside. Great service and ambiance!

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DanielF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, and the outside seating was set up great.

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ScottY
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele is special. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is unique and great taste.

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lisaP
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great cocktail here... can't remember the name but it had blueberries, lemons, and honey and it was amazing. The gulf grouper was fresh and cooked to perfection. The waitress was attentive and helpful with suggestions.

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LEW1001
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dining outside. James, our server, was very informative and polite. We enjoyed their delicious lobster rolls. This is one of our favorite places, so we'll be back for more!!

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TeriE
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except the béchamel sauce on the Grouper. Not sure what happened there as they are usually spot on. The fish itself was cooked perfectly and the veg was so fresh! My wife had the Pompano and it was hands down the best fish dish I’ve had there yet. Our service could not have been better. Love this place and will be back again soon.

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paulas
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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KayK
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place...wonderful food and service. Felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, the atmosphere is amazing, set in an old church building with specs like large windows and stained glass. Second the food was amazing, we had the scallops and split the wet aged ribeye with popcorn Mac and cheese. Eat each bite of steak with a little but of the potatoes. Last and certainly not least, service! Our server was AMAZING, he was always offering suggestions and even left me with a couple of good wines to try when we make our way back home to Ft. Lauderdale. I cannot stress enough, atmosphere and food can be superb but the whole experience is complete with impeccable service; and that is just what we received. PLEASE go visit this place, PLEASE.

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Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 7764 OpenTable diners.

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

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