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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10778 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 195 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 999-4952

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • Private party facilities

    Ulele has several areas for dining that may be used for business meetings, social affairs, wedding events, charity functions, etc. These include inside the restaurant or outside in the beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available).

  • Private party contact

    Emily Johnston: (888) 526-1152

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free street parking near the restaurant, and a free private lot on Doyle Carlton Drive (southern extension of Highland) across from Water Works Park.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Highly recommend the seafood risotto
  2. SS

    SteveS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food and energetic ambience but service took a little bit longer than it should have. Not terrible but not great either.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiting Staff was incredible. They made it so special for our anniversary dinner. Highly recommend the Seafood Risotto, greatest scallops I have ever had.
  4. L

    Lisal

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations since it was our first time. Food was awesome and we will be back.
  5. ZH

    ZoeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters and entree’s, excellent cocktails and wine. Service was amazing. Our server Bryan was knowledgeable and amicable Overall, great experience and made the dinner celebration that much better.
  6. EL

    EllenL

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The location of this restaurant is just perfect. We look forward to the weathering cooling down so we can enjoy eating outside. The staff is so friendly and very good. The food was the star of the show. Get the chargrilled oysters!! We will be back
  7. JB

    JohnnyB

    Jacksonville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt the server was great!
  8. TJ

    ThomasJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, wine, and craft beer were all great, as usual. Tried one of the plant-based meals on a whim (not usually my thing) and it was excellent. Native Chili also great. Ulele’s continues to be our favorite upscale hangout.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the dining experience at Ulele.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and great service! My whole family loved it and the food is great and cooked perfectly.
  11. J

    Jjpsunshine

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ulele never disappoints. Foods are all locally sourced and the freshness can be savored in every bite. And hands down the alligator hush puppies and the pompano are my go-tos. Don’t get me started on the fresh made onsite ice cream either. If you’re looking for a delicious meal on the waterfront in Tampa, this is definitely your place.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good as always. Ribeye is my all time favorite
  13. RB

    RayB

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Room was extremely noisy, so everyone was yelling to be heard. Redfish was delicious but the green beans weren't just "al dente" they were raw! Well seasoned and a few beans that were eatable were good. Would consider coming back but probably lunch outdoors.
  14. IS

    ISABELLEH

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little loud and smoky but real good food and location
  15. EK

    EdwardK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our psych practice just had a special event at Ulele and the entire experience was outstanding. Atmosphere, service and food were all superior and this was our 4th event there over the past 3 years. I can't recommend Ulele enough! It's one of the kind in the bay area.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been going to Ulele since it first opened but the last few times the food quality wasn’t the same . While our fresh oysters and cornbread muffins were great our main dishes were too salty. We had fish , seafood, steak & chicken that was all over seasoned for our taste.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and great location
  18. KD

    KennyD

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Charbroiled oysters were fantastic and cocktails were fantastic. Other apps and entrees were good, but either missed the mark on seasoning or preparation.
  19. JM

    JohnM

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service level was exceptional. The food was of low to medium quality for the price paid. My first steak was well done when inorder medium rare. Second was rare...I didn't bother to reorder at that point! But if you do go, ask for Brooke; she was exceptional.
  20. KP

    KarenP

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice experience. The grounds are lovely. I thought the food was overpriced for the quality. I had the short ribs. They were a bit dry and I felt the green beans, while nice and fresh, were under cooked. The service was excellent.
  21. AR

    AleRami

    Savannah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Go for drinks and dessert. Loved the frose & ice cream. Skip the entrees. Just okay, would expect a more gourmet experience for the cost. Great location & overall ambiance.
  22. AH

    AmyH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ulele was a fun hip restaurant tucked into the downtown Tampa. Located at Armature Works, parking was easy and free. The ambience was great with a fun outdoor space as well as wide open inside dining. This is a brewery so the beer was unique. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The menu had some unique dishes with interesting sauces and combinations. The saphron risotto was yummy. The Gouda grouper was cooked perfectly and tasted fantastic. Only negative was that the food was just a tad too salty. But the dessert (candied maple bacon ice cream) was to die for! All in all, outstanding restaurant for an intimate or group dinner setting.
  23. SW

    SaundraW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service & the food was amazing. I will definitely be going back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately at our reservation time. Service was quick and the waitress was friendly and helpful. Never a disappointing moment!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele and received excellent service. We hope to see you back again soon!

  25. N

    Norman

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and delicious food!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoNorman, Thank you for the great review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As expected- delicious!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review. We are so glad to hear that we met your expectations, and hopefully exceeded them. Please visit us again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was awesome, as well as food!!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received at your recent visit to Ulele. We hope to see you back again soon!

  28. C

    Courtney

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional! Great service- ask for Jacob! Food was beyond expectations, which were set pretty high before we went. Would definitely recommend.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoCourtney, Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that we exceeded your expectations. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  29. CD

    ChrisD

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Not what I'm accustomed to at this restaurant. Slow to be waited upon. Even slower to get water at our table. In fact, we had almost finished our jalapeno corn muffins when our water finally arrived. Obviously, this is the backwards order of delivery and is entirely due to service awareness. Three of our party of four ordered the braised short ribs which were fantastic by everybody's assessment. The meat portion was quite generous. My Seafood risotto should have been piping hot but was warm, at best. One reason why I ordered the seafood risotto was the expectation that the seafood would be kept hot longer because of the risotto itself. Furthermore, the plate was lukewarm when it reached my table. We waited an unusually long time to receive our entrees but our corn muffin appetizer was delivered promptly. I would have asked for my Seafood risotto to be warmed up. However, based on the cumulative slow service, I expected I would be waiting an unreasonably long time for that accommodation to be made and I simply ate it as is. This shouldn't be the case for a $38 entree, but it was. I would say in the last 8 years, I've eaten at you lately at least 10 times. Unfortunately, I would have to rank this experience in the bottom two.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoChris, We are very sorry to hear of your poor experience during your recent visit, especially since you are a loyal guest. Did you happen to speak to a manager about the slow service while you were there? We always appreciate the opportunity to correct any errors on the spot, if we can. Can you please email us with a copy of this review so we can forward it to our management team? Thank you

  30. RM

    RobertM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality of food selections at Ulele is fabulous and service was excellent.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is nothing like the Ulele experience. Delicious food, well presented In the most pleasant surroundings. I know in this era of short-staffed eateries, servers have to do a lot of hustling and bustling. I'm sure that was true for our server, but she was gracious and friendly and unflappable. I took an out of town guest with me this time and she's been raving about the venue and the food.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for your review and for bringing your out-of-town guest in to experience all that Ulele has to offer. We are glad to hear that it was a great experience for everyone. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fantastic service, they went above and beyond to make our birthday lunch extra special.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Will be going back.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received during your recent visit. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this venue and the food. Our server, Red, was fantastic.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service. Please visit us again soon!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ulele never disappoints, best food in Tampa

    UleleResponded 5 days agoThank you for the 5-star review. We are so glad that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to your next visit!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Old Fashion & Great Food!

    UleleResponded 5 days agoThank you for the great review. We are glad to hear that you had a great meal at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  37. KK

    KrisK

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Anniversary

    UleleResponded 4 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you had a poor experience while celebrating your anniversary. Is there any other feedback you would like to leave us so that we may make improvements?

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall an amazing experience. Matthew was fantastic and the food was all delicious.

    UleleResponded 5 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience with wonderful service from Matthew. We hope to see you back again soon!

  39. J

    Jeremy

    Orlando

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing and our server, Brogan was super friendly and efficient. We had the charbroiled oysters for an app and they were delicious. My wife had the water works wedge and cornbread muffins and loved it. Brogan recommended the seafood risotto and it was out of this world and loaded with shrimp, scallops, crawfish and a lobster claw. We loved this place and will definitely go back

    UleleResponded 5 days agoJeremy, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed everything that Ulele ha to offer. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  40. k

    kimb

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was awesome. Food and service were great. Kind of noisy, but that means people are enjoying themselves, so…

    UleleResponded 5 days agoKim, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed everything during your visit. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next reservation, weather permitting? It is much quieter on our patio. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 10778 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 195 times today
Google Map for Ulele

1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free street parking near the restaurant, and a free private lot on Doyle Carlton Drive (southern extension of Highland) across from Water Works Park.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 999-4952

  • Private party facilities

    Ulele has several areas for dining that may be used for business meetings, social affairs, wedding events, charity functions, etc. These include inside the restaurant or outside in the beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available).

  • Private party contact

    Emily Johnston: (888) 526-1152

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