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

Ulele

4.7
4.7
13423 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 257 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 13,423 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tampa

    American

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

13,423 Reviews
  1. Michella

    Minneapolis

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything we ate was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and personable. The only issue was that we had a concert at 6:30. We made our server aware and ordered everything (including dessert) promptly. Unfortunately the food wasn’t timed well. Our entree was cleared and 10-15 minutes later we didn’t have our dessert and the server hadn’t been by. My husband found him and explained we wouldn’t have time for dessert at that point and asked for the tab. He then brought out the dessert and my husband explained we didn’t have time to eat it. He finally brought the tab. He didn’t bring the itemized bill and I don’t think he took the dessert off., but we didn’t have time to ask. We got to the concert at 6:25 (and they don’t admit after the doors have closed). We love Ulele and will be back I am sure- just not when we are on a time schedule.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had some business partners in town and I wanted them to experience a great dining experience. Everyone had a blast, loved the food, atmosphere and service! Keep the great consistent environment! We will be back

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great came her for a birthday the waiter was able to walk through the menu and guide me to my heart content . I will be going back possible for my engagement party if they do events

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  4. LindaK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, great outside dining, and our service was great! Our waiter was attentive, o the ball, we did not have to ask for a thing! The birthday candy was unexpected and a very nice touch! Thank you! Th

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  5. ArielleD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was a little slow but food and environment were great!!

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  6. LGII

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, table settings are surprisingly cheap and flatware is diner style cheap. Noise level over the top, could hardly hear a friend 2 chairs down. I will be back for the food but maybe sit outside next time.

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  7. BobV

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It used to be a favorite restaurant but the salad was very plain and simple and not worth the price. It was just like a bowl of lettuce with heavy dressing and nothing else.

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  8. Summerchick1

    Tampa

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is the star of Tampa. Great for, service and location.

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  9. TomM

    E. Tennessee

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Location & service !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’nnnnnnn

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  10. RickB

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Full house. Noise level high. A little difficult to carry on a conversation among 4 people. But otherwise we liked the ambiance. Server was very polite and helpful. Food and drinks were quite good but pricey. We will come again, maybe not on such a busy night.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing time at Ulele. The food was amazing. The ambiance spectacular! The servers were very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu items. Thank you for hosting us!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and top notch service. Love that it’s pup friendly and a pretty setting.

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  13. michaelt

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Ulele's a number of times and have never been disappointed. the food and service are excellent.

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  14. DeborahG

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time at Ulele. Our wait was excellent. The food was delicious and filling

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  15. BennieW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and service were great! Not to mention the food was also.

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  16. Gaspers

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful menu choices, everything fresh and well prepared. Outstanding service and each dish prepared in a special way. Desserts are a must!!!

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  17. JudyC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, charbroiled oysters done to perfection. Generous portions for the money. Server was friendly and attentive. A great dining experience.

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  18. Freshie

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Worth paying a visit. The food and drinks was phenomenal! Tried the calamari with a strawberry lager. Only downside was a server pulling my plate when I wasn't finished.

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  19. Caza

    Tampa

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant ! We went on a Sunday for an early lunch before a concert and it was perfect. We were seated immediately at a table that perfectly matched the request in our reservation. Our server Skyler was wonderful - friendly, attentive and professional. We ordered their special chili, an Ulele Burger, a Prime Rib sandwich and of course two servings of their own brand of amazing ice cream. The food was served at the perfect pace, freshly prepared and every bite was delicious. I would work in the kitchen for free just to discover how they make their amazing crispy leeks ! And I must not forget the complimentary valet service that is a few steps away from the door to the restaurant. It was a very rainy day but the guys on the valet were still smiling. Great service

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  20. AirForce2couple

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is absolutely amazing. However, they didn’t have any of the fried okra available the night we went…nnnnnnoooooooo

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second time back will likely be our last. Again, the food was cold and the service was slow. We watched the kitchen from our table above and saw the sides pre-plated 8-10 mins before the protein was ready, so of course all the sides are cold. My steak, too, was cold as well as the grouper. We gave them another chance but it was again disappointing.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a few minutes late. We were seated right away and the food came out quickly and it was delicious. The atmosphere was nice and inviting. Dessert is incredible. I would eat here again.

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  23. Wonderful

    Tampa

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful birthday dinner. Enjoyed food, service and overall experience. Quite nice.

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  24. PhillipG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening. Great food. Great drinks. I recommend ordering a bottle of wine to share. Great selection. Also kids love this place and they love the Mac and cheese. Great date night or as I call it family date night.

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  25. Just2quirky

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate outside, which was a good atmosphere and the nearby park and waters was great for those that like to "people watch." The food was delicious! Very authentic - we had cold oysters, the native chili (with venison, wild boar, and alligator - so delicious!), smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese with crab (yum), the Florida Pompano “Pallardy”, which had AMAZING fried carrot ribbons and melt-in-your-mouth crawfish that tasted almost like lobster. I also had the Mr. Henry, a blackened mahi mahi, which was slightly dry, but the corn that it came with was incredible. We then had the key lime torte and vanilla bean ice cream - luscious and rich, while not being too sweet. Perfect ending to a great meal! Drinks were superb too. My only complaint was there was one small bone in the pallardy, but I'd happily risk a dozen more bones for that delicious crawfish sauce that was served on top! Excuse me while I now go try to recreate my own fried carrot ribbons.

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  26. JasonR

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The charbroil oysters came out super burnt and dried out. How can you taste the butter, garlic and cheese when it's dried out to the max? 2 dozens at $45 per dozen. I should have sent them back, but I usually don't complain. I just never return. My BBQ shrimp were dried out as well. I guess this is how they like to serve their food. Not good Ulele!!

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  27. JeanetteK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service excellent, but restaurant was EXTREMELY LOUD. Hard to hold a conversation.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There was barely any meat on the lobster roll. My friend and I asked for 2 teas to go and were told after she brought the check that you only get 1 refill free and then you’re charged for another tea. $7.90 for two iced teas is absolutely ridiculous. Will not be going back. Prices are too high for mediocre food.

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  29. KimS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, nice atmosphere a bit cold with the doors open. Would go again

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  30. MichaelB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ulele is a must when you are in Tampa. Everything is delicious, and the seafood risotto is the best meal in Tampa.

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  31. ANgie

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Xena took care of us, and did a great job. The food is always delicious and the view is great. We love coming here!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing, like every other time I’ve been here

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  33. CandaceR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was awesome from start to finish! The ambience and food were both amazing.

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  34. AngieS

    Naples

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating Valentine's Day and had a wonderful meal. Our server was Julia and she made the dinner experience even better. She was such a delight and always made sure we were happy with our dinner. I had the Short Rib and it was excellent!! Thank you Julia for great service!!!

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  35. JoseM

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. Early dinner reservation, no wait time and excellent service from the dynamic duo of Cameron and Anabelle. As always, the drinks and food were tasty and on time. The fried green tomato appetizer was delicious. We tried new dishes rather than our usual preferences; pork dishes with superb flavor and presentation. You’d think by now Ulele would have settled for just being a good place to enjoy the river but it keeps being a great Tampa dining experience. Keep up the amazing hospitality and food.

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  36. SusanP

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and creative and tasty food choices

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  37. SeanB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Josh, was outstanding! Our food met or exceeded expectations. My steak was cooked perfectly and my wife’s risotto was very flavorful. We will definitely be back.

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  38. Nyctrip

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique menu, great Tampa original restaurant on the river walk!

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  39. VanessaV

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service10/10 We had the gator tail and charbroiled oysters 10/10 Seafood risotto is beyond delicious 10/10

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming place, excellent food, great atmosphere, fantastic service. Will be back for sure.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 13423 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 257 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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