Ulele

4.7
6230 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy a Mother’s Day meal at Ulele with indoor and outdoor waterfront dining.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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

Food was great service was good value for the price we got some amazing truffles for an anniversary gift no singing thank goodness my only complaint was the noise even screaming we couldn’t talk.

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

Fantastic food, service and setting! Surprisingly reasonable prices.

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue. Fantastic food, courteous staff.

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MO
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The setting at Ulele is unmatched in Tampa. The restaurant on the River is simply beautiful. The food is ok but not great in my opinion. The menu is varied with a lot of local fish entrees. I had the tuna which was very good. One friend had a steak and the other had grilled pompano. They were happy with their orders. We had a fried okra appetizer and some salads which were ok. Ulele is pricey but the experience is worth it. It is a wonderful place to bring a visitor or friend. Reservations are recommended.

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

Fantastic service, great food! Highly recommend this place. Enjoyed my evening there.

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

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.

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

Ulele is a first class operation with consistency in service and menu. They have the bar high! Must try the jalapeno corn cakes!

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

We came to Tampa for vacation and were recommneded to check out Ulele. We made a reservation online and were seated outside once we arrived. It took nearly 40 minutes for us to get beverages to start. The server checked in and then said she would be back soon. She took nearly 20 minutes to come back to us to take our drink order. Once we got our drinks the service sped up a little but the food was just ok. The ambiance was great and the setting was superb but the service and the food left alot to be desired.

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YS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everytime I visit Ulele has been outstanding. This last time the waitress was not as attentive as other times.

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

It was beautiful. We were outdoors on a Easter Day first time and can’t wait to go back

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

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

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

They aren’t as top notch as before, we had a sprite and soda and both were flat when delivered, server brought us another set but still not great. Food was OK, seems like they are not at top as they were when they first opened. We’ve frequented this place 25+ times, still our favorite but we find they are slipping a bit, considering the price and where they were.

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S
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambience and food as always

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

Amazing!!Loveeeee it!!

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

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.

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SZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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MA
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Our server was excellent. A little noisy in the restaurant. We definitely be back!

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Poconos
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Entrees!!!!

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r
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the scallop appetizer and it was fantastic. Followed by the seafood risoto and vegetarian portobello mushroom. All fantastic.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was awful

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! Service was spotty but by the end of the night the restaurant was so smokey from the open kitchen that my eyes were burning. Would go back but maybe outside is better?

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VP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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 .

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DD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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ED
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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JW
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Panamanian Sea Bass!!! Another Great experience at Ulele’s!

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M
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was extremely slow but very good food and ambience

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ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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SC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had friends in from out of town and selected outdoor seating, so the noise level was not a factor. Actually when we d come, we always request outdoor because of the indoor noise level. It was a beautiful day . Our waiter was wonderful and when he heard it was also our anniversary, he brought us a box of truffles as a gift . So thank you for that too.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must ORDER the Pompano, wow! just Wow! Also, I would order the Broiled Oysters for an appetizer!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

25th anniversary

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R
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MI
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is beautiful and the service is always the best! This is my favorite restaurant

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CC
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service- beautiful surroundings - we ate outside. Food was very good- a little on expensive side .

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

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b
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

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