Ulele

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place and the vibes

PS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always love when we have a night out at Ulele! The staff is extremely polite and the food and ambiance are never disappointing. We’d highly recommend visiting this establishment if you’re down in the Riverwalk area.

KH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great can’t wait to go
Again. The corn was like nothing we had ever
Had before it was so sweet. My shrimp and grits we really big and I could not believe the
Amount of shrimp

NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Ulele, particularly the service we receive from Milton. Superb

MB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of our favorite places. A little noisy, but other than that a wonderful dining experience.

TN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is awesome. Great food, atmosphere, service.

C
New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food- fish dishes that were delicious and appetizers that made everyone happy!

s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent experience. Great Food - Would love to go back again and again!

LD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ulele!

LT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter named jordan who was excellent at customer service
The food was wonderful!

CS
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!

DL
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always phenomenal food and atmosphere. I’ve been many times and am never disappointed.

JG
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved our server! Was very friendly and attentive. Overall it was a great dinner!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience and great outside view!

AB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the restaurant was beautiful! Definitely will be coming back very soon.

JF
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Tampa celebrating my birthday and a friend recommended Ulele. I was very pleased. The atmosphere and surroundings are fantastic and my Seafood Risotto was delicious! I will definitely go again and recommend it.

RW
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is really nice, loved the outdoor area and the pet friendly/kid/fun atmosphere. Food was unique and delicious. Alligator hush puppies, wonderful, Ulele salad good and grouper entree was amazing! Def. would go back, waiter Evan have great suggestions and split our shared dishes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my son’s birthday. The food was delicious, the staff were professional and friendly. The extra little touches to help celebrate the day were unexpected but greatly appreciated. A wonderful evening for everyone in our party.

KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great first experience at Ulele. Staff was attentive and helpful through our entire meal. Lots of energy and creative scenery to keep the experience lively. Definitely recommend and will be back.

P
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends to Ulele’s who had never been. Everyone enjoyed their meals & the ambience. We ate outside because we love to do that and it was a gorgeous day, however if we had to eat inside we might not have been as happy due to the high noise level. Otherwise it was perfect. Definitely 5 Stars.

R
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing location and views with delicious food. Never got a refill on my Diet Coke however everything else was great.

BI
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

U'lele is a great place to get away from it all.

The surrounding waterfront bay-walk is relaxing and the food at the restaurant is delicious and culture is young and inviting.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous place for any occasion! I always bring guests that are in town, and they are always happy. It’s also my go to for dinner with family!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish. The service was excellent and food absolutely delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love this restaurant!! brought a guest from out of town here, experience started off well but declined durning lunch, had to wait for drinks, had to wait for someone to bring ketchup for ourfries which had gotten cold by the time server finally came to check on us, putting the blame on the young man that delivered our mealSaying he should have brought it when my husband said we all needed drinks he asked if we needed another “round” and then forgot my husbands beer, then someone else brought it but wasn’t sure it was for our table until I pointed it out that it was.

NH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Food was fabulous! Would definitely go there again if I was in the area. Highly recommend! We went for lunch. All food was fresh and sooo good. Had dessert too, which was wonderful.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing customer service that I didn’t care about the price. I would go again.

SD
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular

JP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Noise level unbearable.food over cooked and much to salty. Service though was very good and cordial .

EC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our team of 5 from work, including our manager, chose Ulele for a team dinner and for the social atmosphere. My manager and colleague are from out of town and for the rest of our group this was their first visit to Ulele. I made the venue recommendations and Ulele delivered on an excellent experience! The food was amazing even for our resident food critic. We were seated on the second floor with a view to the back windows of the restaurant and river walk area. All enjoyed the service, food, and atmosphere making for a successful team/work outing. Many thanks to the restaurant staff for the positive experience!

BA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place everytime we visit. Staff is over the top with great customer service with smiles!

L
Las Vegas
70 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Have eaten here a few times when visiting & always enjoy the meal. Free valet parking saved us after driving around. We were seated upstairs & it was busy, noisy & hard to hear across the table (5 of us). Salad's came out pretty quick, but entrees were a bit slow tonite. Server was friendly.
The Crackling Pork Shank was juicy, tender & fell off the bone & the Firecracker Chutney was sweet with a tiny kick-- nicely paired😊

EA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and so was our service . I think his name was a Erik very attentive. The fish is always fresh Oysters , scallops and pompano . Group of 6 we sat outside really nice . Only issue we had was the wine we were served was corked was Benziger Chard and we were still charged for it , shouldn’t have . Next time I’ll bring it up

CB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was such a pleasant setting.

SD
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Wonderful food, atmosphere, and service! I would love to go there again.

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ulele is my favorite restaurant in Tampa. Great local seafood with interesting preparation and sauces as well as delicious side dishes. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly and we had a wonderful meal. I highly recommend Ulele!

MG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious!! Very fast service with a knowledgeable server. I will be dining in again!!

o
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The website pictures are very nice, however, it is much more impressive in person.
Definitely we will be back and bring more friends. Loved it!

O
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Al, our server was absolutely amazing! We have been to Ulele multiple times, but he made this experience an absolutely special and memorable one for us. I would definitely come back, and I come back and spend double if he was my server!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! By all means, when you come back please ask if Al is working and request one of his tables.

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n
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about it! The food is fantastic, the location is lovely and the upscale yet casual atmosphere is exactly what we were looking for!!

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