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Ulele

4.7
4.7
11589 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 231 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

    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

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What 11,589 people are saying

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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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Great for scenic views

  • Tampa

    American

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

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  1. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Great Vibes & ambiance! Great selection on the menu! Music too loud…. Could barely hear each other talk—other than that-we had an awesome experience! Great recommendation by Google!
  2. g

    gfdfchick

    Tampa

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katie was our bartender and Jordan our server. Both were amazing! Food, ambiance and wine list are excellent. We sat outdoors.
  3. JJ

    JolyneJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was wonderful. Our waiter was Red and he was fantastic. The food was impeccable. Everything tasted fresh and delicious. Thank you for a wonderful birthday lunch!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was great!! Server was great and provided solid recommendations. bartender at the outside bar was nice too, making us off the menu cocktails after we shared preferences. Only gripe was showing up on time for the dinner reservation only to be told they were running 20 mins behind. I would have preferred a phone call telling me to show up later. Aside from that it was a fabulous evening with great food and drinks!
  5. SK

    StevenK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were great. Raven was our server and she was super!
  6. P

    Pghfood

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    An enjoyable experience.. Our server, Jake, did a fine job. The restaurant is a great place with lots to see and a comfortable vibe.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for the feedback for Jake. We hope to see you again soon!

  7. BM

    BillM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent waiter - helpful and knowledgeable. Timely service and excellent food with a nice view of the water from inside.
  8. DW

    DennyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A favorite of ours. Service exceptional, drinks were great, food was excellent except the fried carrot seemed to be a little overcooked. Overall, great place for dining.
  9. S

    Standard

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Wanted to try since so highly recommend. I think people go here for the good views and vibe of location and overlook the food. We got calamari which took over 20 minutes came out room temperature after waiting. Everything was overly salted and not balanced. Another person got the mahi it tasted freezer burned, like plastic, not fresh and we found a hair cooked into the fish. Seems like there is no standard in tasting the food before it goes out. Very dissatisfied
  10. MT

    MikeT

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took 13 friends to dinner. Everyone loved their meal. I had the portobello entree, which was delicious. Their service was over the top. We were outside under the big umbrella when it stated pouring rain. Their team didn’t miss a beat.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that your group had a great dinner! It's great to know that the weather did not affect your experience. We have learned the ways to continue providing great hospitality, even in the sometimes unpredictable Florida weather.

  11. AH

    AshlyH

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating my sisters birthday. The server was great and the manager made a little mishap an even better experience. We all enjoyed our meal and evening. We will be back.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that it was a great celebration, Ashly! We look forward to your return!

  12. LE

    LorenaE

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El mejor servicio de meseros en Tampa. Conocedores del menu completo para recomendar opciones y siempre con la mejor sonrisa y disposicion. Toda la velada estuvimos muy bien atendidos en una atmosfera agradable.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoEstamos muy contentos de saber que disfrutó de la hospitalidad que recibió durante su reciente visita, Lorena. ¡Esperamos que te unas a nosotros pronto!

  13. BG

    BrianG

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic dining experience at Ulele. The service was spot on and the food was incredible. We got to meet and talk to Tim Shackton, the brewmaster at Ulele. As people who enjoy really good beer, it was so great to meet Tim and get to discus the latest and greatest brews being offered. All in all Ulele is an A+ venue, great location, fantastic food, terrific staff, and the beer is second to none.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you continue to have fantastic experiences with us at Ulele. It is always a treat when you get to talk with Tim, he truly has a passion for his craft. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    This was the second time I’ve been here and honestly, it’s nothing special. I wish they had more fresh sides instead of mainly fried/rich menu items. My husband and I shared the charbroiled oysters and they were way too charred for my taste and needed some kind of sauce or butter on top. We also got a side of the fire roasted corn and it wasn’t edible that’s how charred it was. My husband ordered the Redfish for his main and he enjoyed it but nothing special. I had the chicken and it was dry and the side of spinach wasn’t cooked well nor did it look appetizing. Safe to say we won’t be coming back.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal. Were you able to speak to your server or a manager about your displeasures? We would have been glad to remake or replace any items that you were not enjoying. We never want to see you leave unsatisfied.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Outdoor seats are REALLY hard and uncomfortable! My only complaint!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the feedback. We use metal chairs outdoors because they are the best material the withstand the elements of the Florida sun, rain and heat. Wood, cloth or vinyl options would not be a smart choice. We hope you understand and will decide to join us again in the future.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great vibe.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoGreat compliments. Thank you!

  17. WA

    WarrenA

    Birmingham

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and our server, Alyson was awesome!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that, Warren! Please visit us again soon!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food. An enjoy evening

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review and compliments!

  19. DJ

    DavidJ

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We made our reservation (recommended) for 7:15 pm and upon our arrival we were sat almost immediately. Our server Mark was great and explained the menu and gave some options that were not on the menu. The charbroiled oysters were good (not as good as the ones you get in New Orleans, but good). I had the blackened redfish which was excellent. All in all we spent $112 on a half dozen Oysters, a special craft beer, and our two meals plus tip. It was a nice place for a date night.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review, David! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service provided by Mark. We hope to see you for another lunch or dinner date again soon!

  20. C

    Cookie

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time experience was great…beautiful indoor/outdoor setting. Service was friendly & competent with the right amount of attention. Everything from appetizer, main course and appetizer was delicious and beautifully presented.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you had a great first experience at Ulele, Cookie. We hope to see you again soon!

  21. CF

    ClaireF

    Orlando

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday. Great food and service.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you, Claire! We are so glad to hear that the birthday celebration was great and we look forward to making more memories with you in the future.

  22. b

    booboo

    Tampa

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster/crab bisque was delicious. Oysters were fresh and juicy. Beet salad was a good portion and quite colorful. Server was excellent. Wine list great.
  23. S

    Sofia

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Noise level inside was a bit high.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review and feedback, Sofia. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? Out patio provides a quieter dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The ambience was really cool the food it was amazing. My dad and I ordered some drinks and my drink was served in a broken glass for the money that you’re paying. I think they should be able to be more careful.
  25. DA

    DaleA

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Very noisy inside, moved outside. Service was slow and the food was pretty tasteless. Price is very high.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry that you were disappointed with your experience, Dale. Were you able to speak to a manager about some of your concerns during your visit? We always appreciate the feedback and the opportunity to make corrections to your dining experience.

  26. A

    Angela

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal and had excellent service from Cameron. As vegetarians, we're a bit limited most places in what we can order, but between the two vegetarian entrees and quite a few side options, we had a lovely meal.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review and feedback, Angela! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Ulele. We always try something new. However, we tend to get the native chili as an appetizer. My only complaint this time was the music was SO LOUD.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad that you love us and our native chili. Were you able to speak to your server or a manager about the music volume? We always appreciate the opportunity to make corrections to your dining experience.

  28. LK

    LindaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious. I had the seafood risotto, my husband had the ribeye steak. The best steak I have ever tasted. We also had the shrimp panko appetizer which was awesome! My husband loved it, and he was skeptical to try it because he hates butter. He went back for more! For dessert I had the key lime stack, and my husband had a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of chocolate icecream. The only thing that I could complain about, and it isn't really a complaint, is that when I made the reservation, I stated that it was his birthday. There was nothing special for him. And maybe it's because you don't offer anything. But that's OK. The dinner was amazing. It's too bad that the parents don't watch after their children on the lawn. And I didn't see staff addressing this either.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review and feedback, Linda. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We apologize for missing the note about your husband's birthday, we wish you would have let your server know so she could have brought out something special for him. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experience better.

  29. MM

    MarieM

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always a nice place to visit. Service was good and food excellent

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the compliments, Marie!

  30. GG

    GusGeezer

    Tampa

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Seated quickly for an afternoon reservation. Some entrees and food very good. Slightly disappointed with some. Not that they were bad. Had high expectations given the reviews and rep. Would eat there again.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review, Gus. We hope to see you again to try some more of our menu items.

  31. MA

    MiltonAmarante

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Ambiance was awesome. Great different choices on where to sit & eat. Food surprisingly was not great but good with the exception to the pineapple bread pudding. Shrimp app was too charred, calamari was pretty good, my wife said her flank steak was ok & not hot, my pork chop was good but a bit over done. The food runner did say well done pork chop before dropping it off, I was like no…he then said my mistake medium pork chop, I asked if he was sure. We had our 4 month old so we were not sending food back, it was good enough. Our service Nin was terrific! Tempo, pace, communication, & service was on point.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that there were certain aspects of your meal that you did not enjoy. We hope that you will give us another chance to impress you in the future.

  32. AS

    AdeleneS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Corn bread jalapeño muffins were so good! Great wait staff!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you, Adelene!

  33. TV

    TVgal

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The ambiance and service were great, but I was disappointed in the food. I had the calamari and the grouper and both were too salty for my taste. The calamari also seemed overcooked. My husband had the mahi-mahi and while he liked the flavors, he said the fish was dry. He did love the Pineapple Upside-Down Bread Pudding. He wanted to bottle the rum sauce and take it home!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. Were you able to let you server know that some items were not prepared to your liking? We would have been glad to remake or replace any of the items for you. We hope that you will enjoy a better experience the next time you visit.

  34. CB

    CaseyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and ambience . Price is on par for what this restaurant offers. Highly recommend this place to anyone.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review and for recommending us, Casey!

  35. MA

    MelissaA

    Key West

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious as always! Bring back your growlers so we can bring home that delicious honeymoon lager!!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review, Melissa! We can fill growlers that you bring in if you have any of your own.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    Had to send my daughters steak that we ordered medium well back 3 times because it was raw. The food was mediocre at best. Probably would not return again.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that we couldn't get the temperature right on your daughter's steak after multiple attempts. We understand your frustration. We do hope that you will decide to give us another try in the future.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was loud and busy as usual. Food and service excellent.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review and feedback. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, we suggest trying our patio dining. You can make the request when you make your next reservation. We look forward to serving you again.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Great location.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the wonderful compliments!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food…Service amazing as always. Perfect location.

    UleleResponded 5 days agoWe are so glad that you had another great experience and we hope to see you again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Our waiter Cameron went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of. Highly recommended.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review and feedback! We are so glad to hear that Cameron provided 5-star hospitality. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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 11589 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 231 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

    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: (888) 526-1152

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