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.
Mother's Day Menus & Specials
Enjoy a Mother’s Day meal at Ulele with indoor and outdoor waterfront dining.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Great venue. Fantastic food, courteous staff.
Our order was screwed up and the waiter apologized for the long wait. Otherwise very good. Would have been nice if they had comped us for a dessert or something because of the long wait but they didn't for some reason.
It was beautiful. We were outdoors on a Easter Day first time and can’t wait to go back
Fabulous food. Little disappointed in the Coconut ice cream, not as described. Advised our waitress and she not only took my dessert off the bill bit all 4 of our desserts. That is great Servuce Recovery, Great Customer Service. I will definitely be back
Excellent service, ambience and food as always
The food was very overpriced. We started with the Crab Mac n' Cheese and the Crab Cocktail. While the Mac was very good, the Cocktail was a nightmare. The avocado was largely flavorless, like the crab. And while the corn salsa was very good, it was all wildly overpowered by the cocktail sauce. I honestly don't know who would've thought that this was a good idea but it was disgusting. My wife got the Seafood risotto, which was somewhere between flavorless and barely competent. And I bought the Tuna, and while the glaze was ok (I liked the use of grapefruit) I couldn't taste the soy or ginger. Besides that, the tuna was competently cooked but very cold by the time it got to our table. Overall this restaurant was extremely disappointing. To put it shortly, I've had better seafood at Joe's Crab Shack for half the price.
First time eating here. A bit disappointed that we were seated upstairs. (didn't know there were two levels). I felt like we missed out on the atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant. If you want to be out of the mainstream, request the 2nd level.
My husband thought the pork chop was the best he ever had. I had a steak. It was a little tough but tasty.
Service is excellent.
Everything was great! Our server was excellent. A little noisy in the restaurant. We definitely be back!
Everything about this evening was top notch! From the knowledgeable staff and the meal recommendations he made to the beautiful and eclectic artwork surrounding us, this was total satisfaction!
And i haven’t even spoke about The amazingly delicious
We had the scallop appetizer and it was fantastic. Followed by the seafood risoto and vegetarian portobello mushroom. All fantastic.
Server was awful
I generally enjoy eating at Ulele but the last couple of times my food was not exceptional. Potatoes not hot this time my stuffed shrimp was tough. But usually delicious .
While we enjoyed our meal, the noise level will keep us away from this restaurant. It's a shame that one can not even talk to a person next to him/her and have problems hearing.
Biggest complaint is that it was smokey inside the restaurant to the extent that when you left your clothes still smelled like smoke. The food was delicious.
We had not driven over from the Clearwater area in a couple years - traffic is just too painful. However, we were meeting friends and suffered through the 1 hour 15 minute ride in terrible traffic. It was worth it - food, friends, fun and we really appreciate the easy parking!
Loved the Panamanian Sea Bass!!! Another Great experience at Ulele’s!
Wasn’t my preferred seating - it wasn’t available. The table & chairs they have are very uncomfortable. I’ve been here several times & food quality was definitely lower this time. Server was sweet & food came out fairly quickly. It did take too long for the adult beverages to be served. The food is usually very good here, but, this night, not so much. The food tasted either too done or need just a couple minutes longer. I’ll be back because it is a good restaurant in a very picturesque area.
Service was extremely slow but very good food and ambience
Ulele has yet to disappount us. Amazing food, great service. This time around we had Tanya who was a joy to have as our server. Will be back!
Have been to Ulele many times and have NEVER been disappointed. The service and food have always exceeded my expectations. You will be seeing me over and over again. Thank you for providing a place like this for all to experience.
You must ORDER the Pompano, wow! just Wow! Also, I would order the Broiled Oysters for an appetizer!
Joined a group of friends for an extended dinner engagement, to catch up on each other and enjoy a nice meal. Completely accomplished all! Food was delicious and a nice variety on the menu. Service was prompt and efficient but not overbearing. It was a little noisy, but not so much so we couldn't have a pleasant conversation. Highly recommend Ulele!
Location is beautiful and the service is always the best! This is my favorite restaurant
Excellent service- beautiful surroundings - we ate outside. Food was very good- a little on expensive side .
I purchased the shrimp po' boy and the breading was SUPER salty, so I was not impressed with it. However, I did enjoy the jalapeno muffins with whipped butter. The restaurant is beautiful, and the setting is gorgeous. Our server was amazing and the attention to our table SUPERB. The food was lacking. My fries were delicious and the scratch made ketchup (I think it was scratch made - It didn't taste like Heinz) was really good too. I would go again to check out some other dishes.
Business trip to Tampa - didn't expect to find such a gem within walking distance of our hotel! We sat outside - great fire pit and landscaping. Riverwalk views! Awesome atmosphere. Service was phenomenal - our waiter was so knowledgeable about the wine and beer selections. Definitely be back on our next trip!
Food took a very long time and was Luke warm when it arrived. Filet mignon had a lot of fat running throughout it. We still enjoy ulele and will try again.
Great atmosphere inside and out, the structure is the old water works building from early 1900's
The renovation has an urban feel and the grounds stretch to the river and adjacent waterworks park.
menu is varied, lots of seafood, beers are made locally and ice cream too!
Our waitress, Michele, was excellent, informative, and well versed with the menu. Her suggestions for
menu choices were excellent. She was pleasant and we all agreed that she gave us excellent service. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a pleasant dining experience and exceptionally good food.
You know when you go to see a movie that has been so well touted as being great, and it's not ? That's Ulele, as we experienced. Oysters were very tender (Yea!), almost tasteless(Boo). Entrees were every bit of average. Service, there seemed to be a disconnect waitress and waitstaff(forgot to bring salad course,
brought wrong deserts) and felt heard and ignored by waitress.
Dinner before a show at the Straz
The food presention and quality was exceptional. The service was amazing as the waiter answered all of our questions to perfection. The restaurant outside area is dog friendly and we will definitely be back to try more dishes
Love Ulele! Perfect setting, great menu, unique dishes. Service was slacking this time, which is unusual. No energy or greeting from the server, and took at least 10 minutes to even acknowledge we were there. I always loved the "story" the server gave to first-time visitors. I asked him to give a quick overview of it to my guest, but fell very short. I am not sure the guy ever smiled once. He needs to work somewhere else.
I will always go back to Ulele for the experience, but hope the service is excellent next time.
Awesome food and service ! Server was very knowledgeable and courteous !!
My husband and in
Made a reservation with birthday notes on my reservation where most restaurants don’t even read those notes. Ulele did and brought exactly what I ordered. Thanks for making her day special.
Interesting food choices which are extremely good. Reasonably priced food and wine. The service is excellent and the outdoor seating is a fun time.
After many recommendations to try Ulele from various people we have met since moving to the Tampa area from NY a few months ago, we finally had the opportunity. We have tried a TON of area restaurants since we got settled and this has to be one of our favorites! The atmosphere was fun, the staff was friendly and the food was delicious and generously portioned. We had a drink outside before our reservation and the bar staff was friendly, made excellent recommendations on cocktails. We will go back for sure!
Awesome place and awesome food and service . The Gouda Grouper was off the charts and the jalapeño cornbread was great