Ulele

4.7
9253 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Extra space between tables
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9253 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from service, drinks, dinner and especially dessert.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday. Great outdoor experience prior to dinner, food & service were outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All around great

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Kind of a long wait even for a reservation.

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Rosie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect! Our waiter was knowledgeable about everything on the menu. We were all impressed with the food, everything was delicious from our charbroiled oysters, fire roasted chicken, steak and the seafood risotto (definitely a must try menu item). Also the drinks were great. Recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a delicious meal!

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JamesD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food and watching the chef grill the oysters was almost as good as eating them.

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vipmo34
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent as always! Charbroiled oysters and the ulele burger were as good as I remembered! It’s crazy to me, Eddie v’s and flemings can’t cook a steak medium rare but we are 12 for 12 here.

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Peighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique food options and incredible coconut ice cream!!

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vipbossmomrn
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with a friend who has never been to ulele. We shared the most delicious oysters and the always amazing okra fries. Then we had the grouper and seafood risotto. Wow! The grouper was cooked to perfection with this delicious sauce made with Gouda. Then for dessert. A chocolate torte with coconut ice cream. The finest meal I’ve had here I think! Christos was our server and could not have been better! He recommended dishes. And was on point! I’ll ask for him again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Very nicely decorated perfect location. Food was amazing! The inside is a little loud but very nice.

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ShawnaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always such an amazing experience at Ulele. The staff are wonderful the food is always perfect. A must if you are ever in the area!

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Gr8ness00
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was quite good. However, the price compared to the portion size wasn’t good.

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Diana
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Noise is a bit too much!
Appetizer came after the main???
Service was good.
Love the view and always good fish!

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vipAYLEEND
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service!! Our server Ricky was great. Food and drinks delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I think it might be better for lunch than dinner. Lunch menu looks great. Dinner was just meh. Good things: Seafood tasted very fresh and crab Mac and cheese appetizer was an A+ Bad things: meat loaf was lousy. Looked like cafeteria food and tasted like it looked. It's pretty pricy for dinner also. We won't do dinner there again but will try it for lunch. Great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect girl’s night out spot. Always love Ulele. Great food, great wine, great view. Love it every time!

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cayuga
Miami
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ulele is one of the hardest names to spell but one of the best restaurants in Tampa. It is wonderfully spread out in a large building. They have a varied menu from fish to steak to chicken with many items. The food is very good and the service is too.

There were four of us and we had a good sampling of the menu. My friend and I both had the snapper, which was fresh and expertly prepared. It is listed with two sides and I wanted something other than one of the sides and they had no trouble with substitutions. All of their sides are good and all of their mains are very good.

I had fries with my dinner and they came with a dish of ketchup. I was glad not to have to request it. We drank a lot of water, and they refilled often. The wine list was ample and good, although I would like to see several choices of Rieslings.

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PeteP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Ulele. My bone-in ribeye was grilled to perfection as was my wife's grouper. You must try the Aligator Hush Puppies. Be sure to ask for extra dipping sauce. My wife liked the Sea Scallops. Our waiter, Devon, was very knowledgeable and attentive. Thanks to Richard Gonzmart and staff at Ulele.

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Maryv
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love going here. You are never disappointed. Will be having lunch with 4 others next week, and I know they will enjoy.

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vipNot2Bad
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

My experience this time around wasn't as great as my last time, but I still would recommend this place. My wife and I ordered the 14oz tomahawk pork chop- outstanding. My fries were cold! I had to have them do another batch of fresh fries. The calamari was great, seasoned differently and deliciously. My son had the Munster Panko crusted chicken, he loved it for 2 reasons. It was seasoned so good and a great nice portion!

My biggest con was our waitress, seem to have gotten distracted or was too busy but I had to get up twice to ask another waiter for help concerning our order and another time I had to go to a hostess for just some simple ketchup.

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SheranieD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom birthday dinner was a successful. Everyone was great!

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GreatFirstTime
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This outing was amazing! The decor, the outside area, the food.. Everything exceeded my expectations!

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CorinneE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The staff was very nice and made wonderful recommendations. We loved the whole experience.

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IBAlex
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third or fourth time having dinner there the food is always great, drinks are strong and the service outstanding!

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DDEM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We all enjoyed our meal very much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary- it was so special. Great choice for a special occasion

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raqueln
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting on the River, the whole dining experience was lovely. Only hiccup that was corrected was they originally had 7 large adults at a booth-we got it switched to a table that was much more comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful! The food and service was 10 out of 10! Made my birthday feel special! Drinks kept coming and it’s in a great spot! When you’re finished walk over to armature works and catch the sunset on the roof.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had amazing time, the food and services were outstanding! Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.
The pompano was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience with a large group! Great service and outstanding food

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vipJaniceM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, staff, venue are outstanding. I would recommend highly to others.

Opportunity for Improvement: Valet parking instructions were non-existent. Had to turn around twice to learn where the line started. Valet service was slow. We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and entered the restaurant 10 minutes late due to valet parking issues. Would recommend arriving 20 - 30 minutes early just to park.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was our server and was so fantastic, really the cherry on top of a great experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood I've had. Really well done. Pompano, not something you see often. Seafood risotto was as good as you think it would be. 👏 Very friendly service

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ClaudioV
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Everything was excellent, and I was enjoying the food when a big black fly landed on the sauce. Aside from that everything else was great!

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LBert
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to! Always great, no complaints. Love the food, service and ambiance. Need to book reservations early though!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for your server to be Christos. He’s super attentive and gives great, informative advice on food and drink options.

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Whitney
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff was very nice and the food was good, but if your looking for a nice romantic night out then I wouldn't recommend because it's so loud it's hard to hear even the person next to you.

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SharonL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love coming here, wish it wasn’t as loud as it is.
The food is amazing and our service was fantastic.

FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 9253 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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