Ulele

4.8
8144 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 8144 people are saying
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4.8
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Young
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, friendly staff, outstanding service/food

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great people watching. Covid precautions. Sat outside and enjoyed the evening with a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an awesome Server. He was so very attentive as well as personable.

The only opportunity to improve upon was at the time of being seated we asked the hostess for a table ( just a few steps away) out of the direct sun ( we were seated outside). She advised upon checking with the lead hostess it was reserved. We too had reservations and I asked how we can reserve a specific location.... she advised “ it was for a VIP” and could not share how they get a specific location.

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Michelle
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! I ordered the filet special with crab meat and Gorgonzola sauce 😋 Can’t wait to go back!

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Jane
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was awesome. The dessert? Oh wow! Amazing! The ambience was so pleasing. And after eating walking by the park, great experience. First time going, but it won’t be the last!

PS. Wade was an amazing server! Top notch!

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MariaN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience1

The outside seating was way too close together so we got the food to go .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was nice to see they have added bottles of French wine to the menu and the pricing on the stone crabs was very good. A pleasant experience.

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LYNNB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant right on the Riverwalk. They also have lawn furniture if you have kids or just want to sit and watch the sunset. Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating. The only draw back we got there 10 minutes early and they would not seat us until our reservation time even though there were plenty of tables available.

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vipLJ3318
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Ulele for the second time in two weeks to celebrate a birthday. Everything was outstanding. Service was attentive but not overbearing, ambiance was solid, and my steak was actually one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Recommend.

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KenR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality during every visit I make!

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RichardA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night for outdoor dining. The dog loved it too.great service, food and ambiance.

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vipFsu1jester
Tampa
56 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch at Ulele

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DebraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great menu and environment to sit outside on a beautiful evening for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Billy was amazing!

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Mark
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were good, decent value. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was excellent.

JP
vipJennyP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was a little disappointing this time... But overall all was OK.

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KristoferW
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele is always a great time. Delicious fresh food, good service, and a nice view.

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HeatherK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! Top notch service, delicious food and beautiful atmosphere!

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GloriaF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place was perfect!

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KATHERINEF
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I had this reservation for one month for a birthday. we arrived early because we wanted to sit outside and have a glass of wine. three different times as we sat and tried to enjoy our wine we were ran off by waiters and waitresses because they informed us the area was reserved they never stipulating that in my reservations. get more outdoor seating in this series time is COVID-19.

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DarnellW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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OsmaniP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice place, food ok but not great, keeping in mind the price I’d expect something better and nicer, the portions are small

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AdamS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have made and cancelled multiple reservations here in the past but never made it for a variety of reasons. My wife and I finally arrived and it was worth the wait. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Tampa and we will be returning very soon.

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ShaneM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Atmosphere was nice, enjoyed the food but it came out barely warm.

HP
vipHydeParkLinda
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love Ulele, and go there regularly for lunch and usually order raw oysters. Sometimes they are very good, but this was one of those times when they were very so-so. No other complaints, except that the wines by the glass prices are awfully high.

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ATMason
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment Ulele's opened, they have delivered exceptional dining experience on every level (food, service, atmosphere). Ulele's is one of a kind. Thank you for making each and every dining experience memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as was our server Shelby. She was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. It was a perfect afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I absolutely love this place. The service and food is impeccable. While still busy on a Friday night, our server was very attentive and made us feel welcomed. 15/10 would absolutely recommend.

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TerriH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top amazing! Service was fabulous from the second we walked in the door. Food was outstanding. Charbroiled oysters are a must!

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vip1234
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Restaurant was very busy on a Friday night and we had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation to be seated. We sat outside in the back and A/C from inside the restaurant was blowing on our table. Food temperature was not hot for all four of our meals.
Menu has not changed for years. Overall a disappointing experience.

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Alex
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dinner was to celebrate my birthday, and it was the first time we had eaten at a restaurant since early March. We got a table outside as requested. There were lots of Covid precautions taken that made us feel safe. The stone crab appetizer was delicious! The meatloaf has always been my favorite, and it was just as tasty as always. We got the chocolate torte with a scoop of coconut ice cream and a scoop of chocolate espresso ice cream - exceptional. We also enjoyed the wedding beer very much. The service was fantastic, and so was the view. We will definitely be back!

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GeorgeN
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an incredible spot with good food, great drinks and amazing service. This is a must visit when I’m in Tampa.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience3

9:15pm reservation, sat down with menus by 9:20+ish. wrong check attachment to reservation. We conservatively booked this time because the last reservation was at 9:45 available, so you would think maybe last call is ~10:15. Restaurant closes at 11pm according to their hours. It is covid time, say something. We'd be understanding. We were packed up with our food and ditched our wine, in an Uber by 10:18pm. We ordered a bottle of wine, oysters, muffins as appetizers, haven't even finished them yet, and main course came out. Considering that cooking time, serving time, ordering time etc....? They started rushing us but did not proactively say anything. I had to ask if they were closing, proceeded to order dessert to go, while server let us know, don't worry, you will be fine. 5 mins later with our barely touch main courses, someone else came with boxes. Why did no one say anything? Completely ruined this experience. I'm not sure how everyone is expected to go through a meal with not just one course and packed up all to go in their Ubers less than 60 mins of sitting down, ordering food, receiving food, and eating. Really was looking forward to coming here, and wanted to make this our regular place. Not again. Would have been understandable if someone were to say something. Nope. Simply rushed, didn't get to eat dinner and now it's going to trash because we were looking to sit down, enjoy good food, not to sit down and order take out. Sadly we would have tipped way more, but 20% is all, and hard to come back to try with this experience. I guess my experience with uelele will stay with the airport one.

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Cahrens
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional! I will definitely be returning and recommending Ulele!

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vipEstesq
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Have been here several times and loved the food. However, this time the food was not up to par. The pork chop my friend ordered as medium was vastly over cooked. The manager agreed. As we were sitting upstairs we watched the kitchen mess up the meal, change the order to medium well and let it sit on the warming area. My pompano was also overdone but not as bad as the pork chop.
The kitchen is not functioning the way it did previously. Perhaps some retraining is required. The manager was very sympathetic and comped the meal. We were not asking for that. We only wanted the food we ordered to be prepared properly.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great dinner experience !!

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ryan
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Aioli does not typically have cheese, but theirs does! As someone who is lactose intolerant my body did not respond kindly to the meal. Server was so phenomenal though that I didn't say anything to spare his feelings and powered through the pain.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing on good environment! Thumps up I’ll be back!

FAQs

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 8144 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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