Ulele

4.8
8891 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
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 8891 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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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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BrianneD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! The ambiance was amazing and had the best service. Highly recommend the Seafood Risotto. Recommend for a date night.

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vipMeganW
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service. We sat upstairs so it was intimate and quiet. A wonderful place to celebrate.

MN
MarilynN
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My family agrees on a description of Ulele - it is magical. Whether my husband and I are dropping in for a drink at the outdoor bar, or we make reservations for an anniversary or birthday celebration, our experience here has always risen well above our (already high) expectations. I particularly love the chili, with interesting ingredients such as alligator and bison. We recently had the snapper and the seafood risotto as our other entrees, and everything was delicious. The servers are attentive and friendly, available but not pushy, and you can’t beat the ambience inside and out. This is our favorite restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area. Highly recommended.

MB
MichelleB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, would definitely be back for more!

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vipFoodie
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was terrible
Rude
Food was over salted
Nothing special
Not memorable
Manager was helpful and comped the meal without asking

Need to work on customer service overall and be more meticulous with food taste

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EdWard
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service from very professional personnel.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! It was a beautiful day and the whole experience was worth the drive! I will be back-

MB
MimiB
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Beautiful location

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Server was not as attentive and felt rushed. Have been here a lot of times and this was the least enjoyable.

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vipSurvivingWithDateNights
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is a very loud restaurant if you sit inside due to the high ceilings. It has a nice smart casual feel. Cool decor inside and out. Nice large umbrellas and outside bar if you want to eat outside. Nice view. Food was nothing special, in my opinion. I probably would not go back.

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TRichardP
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You can always count on the food being wonderful here and the service is very friendly. Hopefully we'll be back there soon!

MH
vipMelanieH
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere. Always love sitting outside. Unfortunately the table next to us had two dogs that never stopped barking and the owner let one wander around off its lease. We had two little ones wanting to pet the dog but felt uncomfortable with how the dog continuously barked at everything that passed. We cut our lunch short and moved along.

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Mike67
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the roasted oysters which were wonderful, as always. Two of us had fish and the other the shrimp and scallops with polenta cakes. Everything was great and the service top notch. One of our favorite places!

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janshawn
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was mediocre, crabmeat in the risotto was canned. Steak was definitely poor quality. For the price there are several restaurants at armature Works with better tasting food. However ambience and location 4 stars

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RobertaM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ulele is always the best choice for us on our own or when guests come into town. The hostess accommodated our reservation (2) hours earlier as a table did not show.

Andrian was "new on the job" and shows potential to be an amazing server!

Outside seating is best for us on the Spring!

Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

JF
JustinF
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing I’ve been waiting to go for a long time

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Becca
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food and great atmosphere since its right in the middle of the other places to eat on the Riverwalk.

Be careful if dining outside, once our food arrived, flies swarmed around us until we were done eating.

Otherwise it was a fantastic place

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Everything was excellent.

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vipFoodSnob
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was fantastic. Billy kept our drinks full & was very attentive to our table. Smoked oysters were delicious, grouper was some of the best we have had, & crab Mac-n-cheese was out of this world.

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Shelto
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had reservation for Mother’s Day, seated promptly and served by Darius. He was a great host and representative of the restaurant. He made great suggestions and was treated us very well. He made the wonderful food and atmosphere even better. We will definitely itely come again! The charbroiled oysters and the seafood risotto area must have!!

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Nicole2019
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Per our waiters recommendation we tried the oysters which were amazing!!! Service was fantastic, food was wonderful, location was great. I would highly recommend.

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vipluv2eat
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Mother’s Day!! Food was great, the service was great and beautiful restaurant on the Tampa Riverwalk. They even brew their own beers!!

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CBoogie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. The food was outstandingly fresh and prepared to perfection. I couldn’t have made a better decision for a Mother’s Day dinner. And that candied maple bacon ice cream is to die for 👌🏾!!

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vipNealL
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and the service were very good. Only complaint was it was Mother’s Day and we got sat outside and it was very very hot. So that wasn’t fun.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Neal, thank you for choosing to celebrate Mother's Day with us. We're truly honored to have been a part of your family's special day and we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience. We apologize for any inconvenience that your seating may have caused. We're grateful for your patience and brave endurance of Florida's bright sun. We hope that on your next visit, everyone leaves feeling both comfortable and satisfied.

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nocooking
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My husband and I both had the flank steak. The sauce was delicious but both servings were tough and difficult to chew. Will not order again. The chocolate ice cream was good but fell short of the menu description. Server was attentive and pleasant. Table was ready when we arrived which was great.

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JoyF
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele was awesome and the outdoor dining experience was wonderful.

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LaxMom14
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ulele and have been there several times! Always great ambiance, food and service!

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BabsD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ulele is more about the atmosphere than the food. Outside is enjoyable if the weather is nice. Inside is pretty loud. Food is eeh.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you!

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KristenG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with outside dining at ulele and it was just perfect 👌 Our server was great and the food and cocktails were not only delicious they were also different. I absolutely loved it.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Fantastic! Thank you, Kristen. We're so happy that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We love Ulele’s. It is our favorite Tampa restaurant. Our lunch service was not the best we’ve had. The appetizers were over cooked (calamari and baked oysters) compared to previous visits. The waitress seemed ignored and did not immediately greet us at the table when we arrived with drinks and an appetizer from the bar. Thankfully, the main courses, snapper and Ulelle’s salad ,were excellent. We will continue to keep Ulele’s a favorite in hopes that this was just an off day.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this review. We're happy that you enjoyed your entrees and overall experience at Ulele. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if something isn't right with your food. We're always happy to remake any dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was our server and was awesome. Food was excellent.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🎂

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us!

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Luvnyu
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Taylor our server was great, sweet and very helpful

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit.

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EdwardE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We drove 75 miles from Venice Florida because we love this place. Our favorite is the Alligator hush puppies. But they were very over cooked. Plus both beers I tried were awful. I liked the pale ale which they no longer brew. Just sad. We will not be customers of Ulele again. Ed

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Ed, we're so sorry to read this. This is certainly not the standard at which we aim and we're sorry to have disappointed you. Next time, please let a server or a manager know if your meal doesn't meet your expectations. We are always happy to replace any dish or help find something else on the menu that you might prefer.

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JulieUk
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous way to celebrate our son’s graduation. We pre booked on Open Table and were seated within 5 minutes. Great food and service! Will be back next time we are in Tampa!

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you, Julie. We're delighted and honored that you chose to celebrate with us. We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We had a reservation for 4:30 had to wait an additional 25 minutes it did not seem to be that busy were plenty of tables but we still had to wait! When our food did arrive to the table my server ended up spilling my dinner into my purse he apologized help me clean it up nothing was said about it the manager didn’t come out nothing my purse still stinks it’s ruined a $600 purse!!!!

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

We are so sorry to read this. We just sent you a private message to ask for your contact information. Our operations team would like to reach out for more details about your visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! We always aim for outstanding!

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LaurenD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele was as phenomenal as always

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much, Lauren.

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FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 8891 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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