Ulele

4.8
8766 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.





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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 8766 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JodieR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Our server Jorge was exceptional!! He was attentive, polite, professional and had a sense of humor, ask for him!

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EdGoldberg
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience every time we have come in.

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nlong7
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large menu with great options for all! Great ambience outside too! Love it!

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Devldave
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This place is a scene. It felt like prom night and party night all rolled into one. The inside is loud and boisterous. We were lucky enough to get a pretty chill table by the fountain outside, and the person who waited on us was fantastic. The food was great, and we ended up having a really nice time. Recommended with the caveat to be aware of the kind of atmosphere before you go.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The charbroiled oysters are a must!! Sat upstairs for the first time; great view of the kitchen. This time we tried the Florida Pompano and the Juan’s Snapper. Both were excellent and a good value. Finished off with the espresso chocolate swirl ice cream. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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vipHermanF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience over the years at Ulele has always been exceptional and it is amazing that with Covid 19 still in our presents that they continue to over deliver an incredible dinning experience. The value has also maintained a consistent level for families as well to enjoy. it continues to be our favorite restaurant experience in the Tampa Bay area.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the compliments, Herman. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, beautiful, friendly place to try new food items.

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GeorgiaA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Beautiful place and hostess told us Ulele story- background! Amazing experience.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much, Georgia! We're very pleased that you enjoyed the flavors and hospitality at our restaurant. We're proud to honor the spirit of Princess Ulele, and we're happy that you enjoyed learning some of our stories, too! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipLATrip924
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bar staff!!!!

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SueE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready earlier than expected- food was delicious! Will definitely be back!

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Karen
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Ordered lobster roll. Worst I ever had.
My friend had flank steak. Looked like she didn’t care for it as she didn’t eat it. Service was the best though.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave this review, Karen. We're glad you had a great time with us and we really appreciate your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you left Ulele feeling less than satisfied with your entrees. Food quality and guest happiness are both very important to us. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if your meal isn't right. We are always happy to remake a dish or help find something on the menu you might like more.

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vipBobbyjc
Tampa
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday. Lunch for 3 was bit pricy. But it was enjoyable regardless. Server very busy so not as attentive.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

We're sorry we didn't exceed your expectations, Bobby. Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us!

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FrankC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in tampa hands down no matter the category

Ulele
Responded a day ago

What an honor. Thank you so much, Frank! We are so grateful for your support.

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AlishaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. My husband really enjoyed his birthday dinner - he said I knocked it out of the park.

He just about lost his mind over the broiled oysters. We started with a half dozen and had to order a 2nd round.

Muenster chicken was incredibly delicious. Pineapple cocktail and orange mojito were also great.

We had a great table near the window, overlooking the water and sunset.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the flavors, views and hospitality, Alisha. Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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JBIII
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant! We ate outside under an umbrella from the Flroida sunshine. Waitress was extremely attentive and polire! Food was great! I had the house hamburger, probably the best burger I've ever had! Would definitely go back again!

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Glad you enjoyed. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo, our server, was excellent and the food was very tasty. Charbroiled oysters were excellent and tender. A must appetizer. Lunch entrees were reasonable and delicious. Would definitely go back.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Thanks for your review! Our staff takes great pride in being fully familiar with the food, it's sourcing and helping our guests appreciate the food and beverage they're enjoying. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipBill
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Grouper I thought should have been done better. But will still try restaurant again.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave this review, Bill. We're glad you had a nice time with us and we really appreciate your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you left Ulele feeling less than satisfied with your entree. Food quality and guest happiness are both very important to us. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if your meal isn't right. We are always happy to remake any dish or help find something on the menu you might like more.

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CherylS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to have a delicious lunch outside within a lovely ambiance.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

So kind of you to say so. Thank you, Cheryl.

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BijouxH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ulele for an anniversary lunch. Food was delicious. We both had the pompano and it was excellent. Our waiter Jorge was top notch and offered thoughtful suggestions. We dined outside and the weather and beautiful grounds made it extra special. Highly recommend.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the flavors, views and hospitality. Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Thog
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it! It is so beautiful with its surroundings & statues. The waiter, Jorge, was awesome & I loved the back story provided about the history. I highly recommend everyone to experience this restaurant!

Ulele
Responded a day ago

We appreciate the kind words and the endorsement! Thank you.

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RandallW
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Crab Mac and cheese as a starter is a must! Grilled chicken was excellent and the portion was huge!

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DonaldV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was ok, not like when we went last year. Food took longer to get, still good.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

Sorry we fell short of delivering on your expectations, Donald. We thank you for your patience.

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JessiJ
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Super disappointing. I usually love this restaurant! Our waitress was rude from the start and service was slow. Our food came out cold (every single plate) and when we asked for the food to be re-made, my mother’s steak was so tough she couldn’t chew it. We had to ask the manager twice what was going to be done about our meals due to our inconvenience. When you go out to dinner, especially at a beautiful place like this, an experience that we had ruins the evening. Sad to say I won’t be dining here again in the near future.

Ulele
Responded a day ago

We should have done a better job to manage your visit, Jessi. Thank you for your patience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and outdoor ambiance is always outstanding. I love that your wine list prices are similar to those in the store. We will continue to be regulars!!

Ulele
Responded a day ago

We appreciate your continued patronage. Thank you so much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 33rd anniversary dinner! We loved our drinks, meal, dessert, table and server! I loved the portobello entree, and the Key lime pie was phenomenal. We sat at our favorite table next to the horse sculpture right by the bid window. We have enjoyed Ulele since it opened a few years back, and there is no restaurant in Tampa at which we would rather celebrate our special occasions than Ulele.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the compliments! We're so happy you enjoyed your special night and feel honored that you chose to celebrate with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a beautiful day for lunch, as always food and service was outstanding.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Always an honor to receive a five-star rating. Many thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining experience. Thank you.

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you!

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Floridatraveler
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The venue, the atmosphere, & the service were nice. BUT, the cuisine, in general, is boring, tasteless, & unimaginative. The grouper was very nice. BUT, the gator fritters were way over cooked and all cornmeal. The fire roasted chicken was presented well. BUT, was tasteless. The coconut ice cream was very sweet & lacked a real coconut flavor.
This is a great location to have drinks with friends but forget dining there.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

We're sorry to hear that you left Ulele feeling less than satisfied. We would have been glad to remake any dish for you. Please let a server or manager know anytime a dish falls short.

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AriasP
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I ordered a filet mignon and my friend ordered a different type of steak—no seasoning whatsoever. Also, the mash potatoes were not good! I’m extremely disappointed because I was looking to confirm the hype. The slushy drink they offer was delightful, however. If I do return, it won’t be on my dime.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Sorry we fell short of delivering on your expectations, Arias. Next time, if something isn't right please let a server or a manager know.

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albertoo
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating our anniversary!!! Our waiter Evan was the bomb!!

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again!

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Brian
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. That’s why I keep coming back!

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much, Brian! We look forward to your next visit!

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vipRonG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Entire meal was rushed - salads came out before we finished our Apps. Main course came out before we finished salads and before the App plates were cleared. Bottle of wine arrived very very late. Overall it sucked big time. I will never ever go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Too many people inside-Very loud. People waiting to be seated looking at menus right next to us while we were eating

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback for us. We'll be sure to send your comments along to our corporate team. At this time, Ulele is still seating at lower capacity than state guidelines. It's always our intention for guests and staff to feel safe and comfortable dining with us. In addition, when the kitchen is busy, there tends to be a bit more banging from our open kitchen area. Next time, if the noise bothers you, we recommend you try our outdoor seating or upstairs mezzanine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Casey, was amazing. Halfway through our meal a storm came through that left us running inside for cover. Casey found us and our meal was uninterrupted. The food was incredible, the service was wonderful and we always enjoy the atmosphere.

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much! We're so happy that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele.

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LisaM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Heather, our server, was very knowledgeable, extremely efficient and super friendly! The food is always amazing!

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much, Lisa!

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DanR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just about everything was excellent. Service was a little slow and the main room was very noisy..

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vipMichelle
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal at Ulele!!

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much, Michelle!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the view beverages and charbroiled oysters.❤️

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a great experience. We ate outside and it was warm but that had nothing to do with Ulele. Wonderful server and the food was delish.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular. Food, service, atmosphere. We absolutely loved it.

Ulele
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much!

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FAQs

Ulele offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 999-4952.

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 8766 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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