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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10985 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 5 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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What 10,985 people are saying

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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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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    American

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

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  1. M

    Mimi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food! Loved the look of the restaurant too!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ulele, Mimi!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots! Save room for the Pineapple upside down dessert!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review! We are honored to be one of your favorite restaurants. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I have ever been to, servers were wonderful (Daniel ) and quick to get us seated. The food was on another level, it tasted so good. As we celebrated a family’s birthday, Ulele gifted us one of the best tasting chocolates house made, with the most cute and thoughtful card signed by all the employees. I loved it and any time i stop by tampa i will definitely go again.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the wonderful review and compliments! We look forward to your return!

  4. CC

    ChrisC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The service was amazing!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5 stars, Chris! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was amazing as always! Staff was great as well!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you had another great experience at Ulele. We hope to see you back again soon!

  6. KS

    KimberlyS

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love the Ulele vibe! Food was great, waiter was fantastic! There was a long gap between appetizer and dinner and then again between dinner and dessert...a little too long in my opinion but otherwise, another great experience at Ulele! We will be back!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you had another great experience. We apologize for not getting the timing right for your meal and appreciate you giving us the chance to serve you again in the future.

  7. RC

    RaeganC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I chose Ulele for our anniversary and I am SO glad that we did. Everything about our experience was wonderful. We were greeted warmly upon arrival, and while we waited for our server, another serve named Matt (Matthew) brought us water and let us know that our server would be with us soon, we felt so taken care of. My partner has a complicated list of allergies, and our all-star server Nick asked us questions, took notes, and worked with the chef to make sure she had a safe and delicious meal. It can be frustrating and sometimes scary for us to go out to eat if people don't take allergies seriously, so we were so grateful that we were treated with so much care and respect. Every single thing we ate was DELICIOUS, and looked gorgeous. I cannot rave enough about how awesome Nick was, I'm so grateful for how attentive and detail oriented he was. Hands down some of the best customer service I've ever had in a restaurant. We had a wonderful time, thank you for making our anniversary so special!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the wonderful review and for letting us know what a great job Nick and Matt did taking care of you. We do take allergies and dietary restrictions very seriously and we are so glad to know you feel comfortable in continuing to dine with us in the future.

  8. FL

    FlaviaL

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review, Flavia!

  9. W

    Will

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ulele is always an excellent dining experience, the fresh unique menu choices are inspired. We celebrated a birthday lunch and everyone in our party enjoyed their meals - steak, roast chicken, and stuffed portobellos, and the veggies and sides are yummy. Fabulous cocktails and excellent service too!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review, Will! We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service!

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that the service you received was great!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Nice place and good service. Came here for an anniversary dinner and unfortunately about everything we ordered was cold by the time it got to the table.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoWe are sorry to hear that your experience was not great, especially it being a special occasion. Were you able to let your server know that your food was cold? We would have been glad to take it back to the kitchen for replating.

  12. CR

    CaboRojo2018

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great! The best of the best of our beautiful Tampa Bay. Thanks to the Gonzmart family. You have proved to have the best restaurants in the Bay. - JC

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review and the compliments! We are honored that you think we are the best!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    This is a fun eclectic venue in a beautiful location. We had reservations for months and when we arrived there were many free standing tables that could accommodate our party of 4. The gentleman seating us escorted us to a bench/ chair table where the bench was extended and multiple parties could be seated. We asked him if he would seat us in a free standing table or private booth. He said they were all reserved. …. We had reservations for months. He subsequently seated us at a table for six without dropping the leaves down to make it a table for 4 or taking away extra service. The welcome was a bit “off,” but the waitress was excellent. High ceilings and hard floors make for a loud room but it is full of fun appointments and beautiful views of the river. The food was great and dessert unbelievable.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoWe are sorry that your first interactions were not great but glad your server was able to turn it around and that we were able to provide a great meal. We hope you will return again soon.

  14. EM

    EMidwife

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening at the restaurant there was a lovely breeze with the nice outdoor seating. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Tampa. I highly recommend this restaurant especially if you want outdoor seating.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review and for recommending us! We look forward to serving you again the next time you are in Tampa.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great at Ulele. Consistently delicious. Our favorite restaurant in Tampa.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoWe are so honored to be your favorite restaurant! We look forward to seeing you again soon for another great experience.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Pretty gnarly grouper sandwich , overcooked burger and sysco soggy fries- nothing special at all - I’m sure dinner entrees are a bit better but not a good spot for lunch at all

    UleleResponded 4 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal during your recent visit. Were you able to let your server or a manager know that you were not enjoying your lunch? We would have been happy to recook or replace it with something different. We never want to see you leave unsatisfied. We hope to see you back for dinner next time.

  17. JY

    JordanY

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, service and ambience, but a very noisy restaurant.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for your review, Jordan. We are sorry that the noise put a damper on your experience. We do try our best to minimize the noise in the dining room with hidden sound absorbing materials places throughout the restaurant. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? Our patio provides a quieter dining experience.

  18. TS

    TbearSF

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Another amazing meal and I just love sitting outside and looking out over the Hillsborough river. One of my most favorite spots in the city.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele and we are honored to be one of your favorites!

  19. PT

    PakmanTX

    Memphis/West TN

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The inside and the outside had a great vibe, open concept with a nice breeze on the riverwalk. The menu was very elevated and creative. I think any foodie would have fun trying a diverse cuisine with a consistent smoke flavored theme.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for your review and for recommending us! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience.

  20. ER

    ErnstoR

    Miami

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    First the good: the place is beautiful and the service was good. Bad: Food (main motive to go to a restaurant) was below average. Just to resume, my filet mignon of supposed 8oz had a lot of tendons. I eat mignon often and this is one of the worsts in my life. Appetizers were below average as well: Alligator Hush (extremely dry and little sauce), Crab Mac (dry and flavorless) and Captain Shrimp (oily but is with butter).

    UleleResponded 6 days agoWe are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal. We source our beef from a reputable and reliable source, and we are very proud of our steak program at Ulele. Perhaps you received a less than ideal cut of filet mignon and for that, we apologize. Did you speak to your server about your meal? We would have been glad to prepare a new steak for you to enjoy.

  21. I

    Isaac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, a great experience and perfect place to take colleagues, friends, and family.

    UleleResponded 6 days agoThank you for the 5-star review and for recommending us, Isaac! We are so glad to hear that your experience was great!

  22. M

    Missy

    Atlanta

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend the shrimp appetizer, seafood risotto, and the jalapeño muffins! The homemade ice cream was also amazing! Our server Zach was fantastic. What a great meal!

    UleleResponded 6 days agoThank you for the 5-stars and for recommending the items you enjoyed! We are so glad to hear that you had a great visit.

  23. RH

    RexH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    The wait for service was long. Waited 20 minutes to be seated. Server was not attentive. Silver ware was removed after the appetizer and had to request another set after the entree was served. A bottle of wine was order and wast later informed that it was not available after the entree was served.

    UleleResponded 6 days agoWe are very sorry to hear of your poor experience. Please know that this is not the Ulele standard and that we always strive for 5-star service. Were you able to speak to a manager during your visit? We always appreciate the opportunity to make corrections on the spot.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Barcelona

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place

    UleleResponded 6 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad you love Ulele!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food Good atmosphere

    UleleResponded 6 days agoThank you for the great review!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family quality time!!! At one of our favorite places in Tampa!

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you and your family had a great time at Ulele. We are honored to be one of your favorite restaurants.

  28. CR

    CR335

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal but my grilled grouper sandwich came blackened instead and on a cold bun.

    UleleResponded 6 days agoWe are sorry to hear that we got your order wrong. Did you happen to mention the error to your server? We would have been happy to remake the sandwich for you.

  29. L

    Local

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The maple bacon ice cream is the best that I have ever had. Great food. Everything is great

    UleleResponded 6 days agoThank you for the 5-stars. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience!

  30. RB

    RyanB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to celebrate a birthday. They let us bring in our own cake and served it for us. All the food was really delicious and the servers were very good.

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the 5-stars, Ryan! We are so glad to hear that you had a great celebration at Ulele. We hope to see you back again soon!

  31. NM

    NadineM

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was ok -drink selection and service excellent. Very noisy/ could not hear guests across the table. Food value fair.

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for your review and your feedback, Nadine. We do try our best to control the noise inside with hidden sound absorbing materials placed throughout the restaurant. Perhaps an outdoor table would be a better experience for your next visit.

  32. LK

    LisaK

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun, eclectic Florida decor with a gorgeous view. Delicious food, great cocktails, reliable service.

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you, Lisa! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience at Ulele.

  33. SF

    SteveF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever we visit my son Ulele is a must Great all the way around

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to your next visit!

  34. p

    poopybutt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    it was good. kids meal was only 10$ with tip. so yeah

    UleleResponded 6 days agoThank you for the 5-stars! We hope to see you back again soon!

  35. KD

    KimD

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our host, (I think it was Mark) was outstanding going to the kitchen to see if the short ribs would be available before the 4:00 pm dinner menu was available and it was! I love this new item. Our waitress also outstanding and very attentive. We love all of your restaurants and visit often.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review and for being a loyal guest of ours, Kim! We are so glad to hear that you love our new short rib entree. We look forward to your next visit.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were great!

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  37. LG

    LindseyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, price was fair, service was attentive, location is beautiful, and parking is manageable.

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you, Lindsey! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Please visit us again soon!

  38. JC

    JessicaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was absolutely delicious. My only issue was that it was really loud in there but it was a Friday night. Definitely would go again

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for your review and your feedback. We do our best to control the noise with hidden sound absorbing materials placed throughout the restaurant. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? Our patio provides a quieter dining experience.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food (have to try the Seafood risotto)! Server was very attentive and for a Friday, busy night she was always checking on us making sure we had everything we needed and the food was meeting our expectations. Only reason I gave it four stars overall was the noise level. Guess I am getting old. It was so loud I had trouble hearing the person talking across the table from me I just don’t understand why that became an acceptable trend in restaurants.

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for your review and your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the noise level put a damper on your experience. We do our best to control the noise in the brick building with hidden sound absorbing materials placed throughout the restaurant. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? Our patio provides a quieter dining experience.

  40. C

    Chen

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu. Great ambiance and history- love the location

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you, Chen! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit!

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 10985 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 5 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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