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Ulele offers native-inspired riverfront dining. - Ulele, Tampa, FL
Award-winning

Ulele

4.8
4.8
13728 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.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men in the indoor dining rooms.




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 243 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (813) 513-2661
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Cross street
    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue
  • Parking details
    Ulele offers complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). There also is 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

What 13,728 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    American

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tampa

    American

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

13,728 Reviews
  1. RayD

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best restaurants in Tampa. Part of the Columbia Restaurant group, they have a beautiful location, fantastic menu and great service! This is our go-to place when hosting people from out of town. It has been a huge hit with everyone!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, service and atmosphere. We ate outside which was divine. The weather was perfect for it. I had the filet mignon and my dining partner had the pompano. Both were superb. We will be back. Go in the evening if you get a chance. It’s a special place with all the lighting. Simply beautiful.

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  3. RussJ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent. Both were fast considering the volume of people being served on a Sunday afternoon. Service was always fast and attentive. The quality of the food was also excellent.

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  4. DerekT

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great! Very long wait times for food. Waiter was very nice. Overall good dining experience. Nothing too extraordinary.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Besides the noise, everything was awesome! Will highly recommend.

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  6. Boodles4Ever

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent- top marks. But bones in my $35 Gouda Grouper was not acceptable.

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  7. nickatnight

    Toronto

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food like always was delicious and the service by Austin was great! Austin was very knowledgeable and very attentive. Love the vibe and the ambiance. Can’t wait to go back again. Thank you! 👍👏🙏

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  8. Gailbelle

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak had to be sent back, gristly and tough. Crab had to be sent back. Diner did not like the shell still attached. Reordered other items, did not comp these 2 meals. Despite we ordered 3 appetizers, Dessert and multiple adult beverages. The manager did come back to the table and apologize, delivered 2 new entrees. A small box of candy was gifted for my birthday. The service was good. The grounds are beautiful.

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  9. Bderiggi

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. The wine was incredible. The service was incredible!! This is my new favorite spot in Tampa.

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  10. DavidFromBrandon

    Atlanta Metro

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was, as usual, DELICIOUS! Our server, Nin, was great. She was very friendly, hospitable, and checked on us often to see if we needed anything.

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  11. KGB1

    Detroit

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious-crab cakes appetizer( shared), blackened redfish and seafood risotto were all perfectly cooked. Butter rum cake with vanilla bean ice cream ( made on site) was a great way to close out the meal.

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  12. TheWards

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited prior to a concert at Raymond James. Food, atmosphere and service (Noora!!!) were all outstanding! One of our favorite spots in Tampa!

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  13. NellJ

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time around and loved it the same as the first time….

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  14. MitchO

    Miami

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome restaurant! Food, service, prices, and ambiance all awesome. Cannot wait to return when we come back to Tampa!

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  15. SueH

    Tampa

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch at Ulele before a show at the Straz—Great food and outstanding service!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ulele is a culinary gem that offers an unforgettable dining experience. From the moment you step in, you're greeted with warmth and hospitality. The menu is a masterpiece, blending traditional flavors with innovative twists. Starting with the salad, each bite bursts with freshness, setting the perfect tone for the meal. The barbacoa shrimp appetizer is a flavor explosion, with succulent shrimp perfectly complemented by a rich sauce and asparagus. And don't even get me started on the seafood risotto – it's a symphony of flavors and textures, with tender scallops stealing the show. To top it off, the orange mojito is a refreshing delight that perfectly balances citrusy notes with a hint of sweetness. Each sip is like a vacation in a glass, transporting you to a tropical paradise. Overall, Ulele exceeds expectations in every aspect, from food quality to ambiance to service. It's a culinary journey you won't soon forget, and one that will leave you planning your next visit before you've even left the table.

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  17. JudyA

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing!! Loved the Seafood Rotini!! Others in party had the meatloaf and snow crab claws, which were also amaing and so very tasty. Our server was so attentive, sweet, quick, and on top of everything. We had a wonderful evening at Ulele's.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress raven was the best. Would recommend the food and her

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding as always. Our server Josh was fantastic!

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  20. TONYA

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was overcooked, flavorless and overpriced. The service was decent but our waitress had too many tables to give great service. I don’t recommend this restaurant and will not be returning.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience! Always my Favorite restaurant to celebrate Birthdays and out of town guests. Service, wait staff was great and Tim was very personable to our guests!

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  22. NickyG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and wonderful food. It did seem very noisy inside the restaurant, but we had a beautiful table outside.

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  23. Helene

    New York City

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We requested to sit outside to watch the sunset which was exceptional. The service Patrick gave us was great! As far as the App. I had the Mac and cheese appetizer which was tasty but a bit on the dry side. My husband had a salad. Our mains were a pork chop that was excellent. The mash was good, the string beans were so underdone they were inedible. My husband had the mahi which he enjoyed. A bit on the smallish portion size. Overall, a nice experience. Have never really had a bad meal but I think they are overwhelmed due to the popularity and could use attention to details.

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  24. RyanB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was outstanding! Plus our server Auston was great.

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  25. JanA

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It is so loud inside that you can barely hear each other. The food is delicious though. Reserve a table outside where the noise level is not offensive.

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  26. Theresa

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful evening celebrating my son’s birthday, food was delicious. The location is fantastic, a great spot for dinner if you have out-of-state visitors. Can’t wait to go back!

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  27. ACJR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was my first time to Ulele. We got in early at 5pm. Our waitress was attentive and informative, so she gets a 5. 2 of 3 appetizers was good. The calamari didn't meet my expectations. The serving was over cooked and dark; a reason I couldn't give it a 5 overall. The entree's ordered seemed well prepared. I only wish the fish (red) wasn't cooked as long. It was thin and almost completely dry. I'll come back again and hope my experience was an anomaly.

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  28. BonnieC

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our son was visiting from up north and wanted a grouper sandwich. He was very happy with his choice. The service was great! We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful Tampa April weather. Our experience more than met our expectations. We will definitely be back.

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  29. CoupleOfEmptyNesters

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never ending stellar food & service. That’s why it remains a favorite of ours.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our reservation and were seated upon walking up to the hostess at our reservation time of 8pm. April was our waitress and she was really awesome. The best part besides the quality of food, which is the main reason we come here, is that incredibly quick service. I love that our appetizers came out shortly after ordering, and then following our main course order, we didn’t wait that long, and the place was busy! Incredible service. And Personal recommendations? Get the filet mignon medium well. WOW!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Extremely loud, overpriced, the grouper was inedible. Food took FOREVER to come out.

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  32. DianaN

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great. All 4 people in our party enjoyed their dinners. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The location on the Hillsborough river is beautiful with lots of outdoor seating. We sat inside because it was a warm day. The only thing is that inside the restaurant it was a bit noisy for 2 members of our party that are hard of hearing to hear and understand the conversation.

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  33. MikeE

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Uleles never disappoints, always order the charbroiled oysters and they were fantastic again this time!!

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  34. ChrisR

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a party of six and due to traffic we were about twenty minutes late. We called ahead and talked to Cindy - I believe - and she took care of holding the table due to the delay. April was our fabulous server who understood we were trying get to the 730 play at the Straz. She provided exceptional service, not rushed perfectly timed, we had appetizers, main meal, desserts and coffees and had plenty of time to make the show! Great job all around!

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  35. PaulK

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    All seafood appetizer and entree were excellent except for the entree vegetable. The green beans were pst their prime and tasted like it.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Large portions, beautiful venue

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  37. Mike

    Omaha

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    30 minutes late seating us for reservation. Watching the flow it seemed better management needed. Very nice outdoor seating area, but be aware chairs are not comfortable. Waiter pleasant and professional. Food was mixed. Some dishes well prepared and delicious, others overcooked or dry and oddly seasoned. Might return at less busy time. Note the indoor area is very loud, so I recommend outside if you want to converse.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing!!! The waiter was very attentive. He remembered I had a to go order even while serving other guest.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing!!💯 Service, atmosphere and food is always perfect!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very slow and the food was less than stellar. Drinks were watered down. I don’t think I would return by my own volition. Atmosphere on the patio was nice although busy with passersby

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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 13728 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 243 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ulele

1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Brewery
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Ulele offers complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). There also is 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: (813) 513-2661
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