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

Ulele

4.8
4.8
13474 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 233 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 13,474 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 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

13,474 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is excellent. However, the addition of sports memorabilia makes the place look like a sports bar which detracts from the rustic Florida historical ambience that the restaurant was built upon. The place is crowded with loud partygoers that wander in from the nearby riverwalk. I recommend building a separate party bar area for the more raucous patrons and a quieter separate dining room for a more formal dining experience.

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  2. fsu74cn80

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Surprised with wine list prices. Excelling values.

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  3. Margaret

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent service. Good food. Unfortunately the beautiful river view from the restaurant was blocked by a huge black grill and a black tent for a special vodka event. We were entertaining guests from out of town and took them to this restaurant specifically for the view and ambience of the River walk and surrounding area- which was totally blocked. We should have been informed of this prior to our reservation. Very irritating and definitely impacted our enjoyment of the evening.

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  4. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is really nice. The food is just OK, there’s nothing compelling about the food. The service was good.

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  5. 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
    Wonderful lunch with walk on riverwalk after Great food

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  6. AliceT

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and ambience are wonderful. Food delicious!!!

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  7. Vicki

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Great service. Incredible beautiful atmosphere!

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  8. LisaS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful setting, amazing food, but very loud inside and difficult to hear other people in your party. Otherwise it’s one of my favorite places.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great from start to finish. The succotash was amazing as was the chicken dish and the key lime stack for dessert. Very attentive servers.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful evening at Ulele with a friend. First time for her. She ordered the filet minon and I had the flank steak - both had green beans with our meals. She felt the beans were too salty but I loved them. We both requested medium rare for the meats but mine was cooked a bit more towards medium to well. Still, it was tender and delicious. I love coming here on a warm evening and taking in the whole ambiance. Always good service, food and atmosphere. If I could offer - I wish they had more chef specials. As one who has eaten here several times I’m ready to try dishes other than the usual menu options.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire atmosphere was a very nice experience. Outdoor dining is beautiful. Food was fabulous. And service by Julie was excellent.

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  12. Darstcoach

    Palm Springs

    161 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    161 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place to eat outside for lunch! It was a bit loud for us inside, so we stayed out. Austin, our waiter, was very good, and had wonderful recommendations. Food was excellent. The Barbacoa Shrimp appy and Water Works Wedge salad were just the ticket. Flavorful and unique!

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  13. MonorailMan

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate outside, so it was quiet. It was very noisy inside. Our server was fantastic as was the food.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great just took a super long time to come out. Noise level was horrendous. Basically left asap because we were tired of yelling

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  15. Maag

    Toledo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend going here. Great service good food and wait staff is exceptional.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated early, excellent service by Julie, and the food was delicious. What a great way to spend time with my former soldiers some I hadn’t seen in 19 years.

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  17. Wolfgang

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Especially the native chili, charbroiled oysters, MahiMahi and short ribs dishes were very tasty. Bourbon cake delicious. Excellent cocktails. Noise level outdoors great - indoors very loud.

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  18. Lovetodine

    Orlando

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved Ulele - food & service were great, valet parking a nice option and art was lovely. We will definitely be back when we visit Tampa again!

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  19. CoolJules

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful outdoor seating. Food was delicious. Beautiful evening.

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  20. TerriB

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Ulele's for dinner last night with our neighbors and it was wonderful!! It was their first time visiting the restaurant which shocked me since their son has lived her for a long time. Anyway, the men got the seafood risotto, I got the short rib and my friend got the pompano fish. The table got really quiet once the meals came. Needless to say, we all loved our meals! I had leftovers for lunch today.....loved it again.

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  21. JohnnyB

    Jacksonville

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for a wonderful dinner and great service. Sean, the manager is always nice to speak with and very helpful.

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  22. KaytlynnP

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing night here as always! We had a great table overlooking the kitchen and our server was amazing as well

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, excellent service and a beautiful sunset!

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  24. JeriA

    Charleston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food! Had the Short Ribs which were delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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  25. PattyW

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambience, great food and desserts and our server was outstanding!! It’s a little pricey but absolutely worth it!

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  26. TriciaM

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I ate at Ulele on a Sunday night. We did make reservations if we didn’t have reservations I heard it was a 1 hour wait. We ordered char broiled oysters jalapeño corn bread for appetizers both were excellent. Our main entrees were seafood risotto and meatloaf . We both enjoyed our meal . We will definitely Return while in the area

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  27. PhilW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was marvelous. We were glad to have outside seating, because while the inside seating was a really cool vibe, the acoustics of the space are kinda overwhelming. Elvin, our server, was a hoot! Thanks for taking great care of us.

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  28. SteveP

    New York City

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic setting along the water and with fanciful decorations. The food was excellent and our server was very accommodating. They were out of some dishes and wines and that was our only negative, but that's never happened before.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Tampa! I adore the outside venue 😍. Beautiful views, great service and fun atmosphere. The inside is very loud, however I just eat outside.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy this place and sitting outside on a Sunday afternoon. Full of families and food is great. Craved a burger, but came too late. Settled for a pork shank which was super good. Just would have liked it to not be as sweet, but overall very good.

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  31. KellyG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked one month before because we had family in town from Italy. We checked in on time at host stand we were told no tables available outside. Then we were taken upstairs to a table in a far corner at the back of the restaurant. We asked for a better table downstairs close to outside. (we should have been offered a better table since we asked for outside). Our waitress Zena was the best , she knew her stuff and gave great service. We order apps for six and a round of drinks. Drinks had no alcohol , only juices. We went to order 2 bottles of wine , no luck, all of the types of wine we wanted were sold out. Zena brought us samples of other wine , nothing to our liking. Quality of food is down , apps were just ok. Bathroom was a mess, no toilet paper and garbage over flowing. Had to use hand napkins. Will not return .

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything wonderful but noise levels…. Next time need to book outdoors. Excellent service and food as always. Toooo busy on Sundays

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  33. Yeti

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it—get the seafood risotto! Perfect for a date night.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience having dinner for my daughter’s 22nd birthday. Food was excellent and our waitress was amazing! Best service ever!

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  35. JohnR

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome!!!!!!! Great experience would come again for sure

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  36. MaureenB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whenever we are visiting from out-of-state, we make sure to get a reservation so we can enjoy Ulele. One of our favorite restaurants in the US!

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  37. Foodlover

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful location, service & lunch. Long waits on Sat even with a reservation but worth it. The fries are amazing!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited an hour to be seated with a reservation. No compensation or make good was offered.

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  39. JessicaB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, gorgeous restaurant, nice atmosphere. Took a while to get the food but it was well worth the wait. Delicious and will definitely be back. Our favorite place to sit outside on a nice day.

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  40. KevinS

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in from out of town and this spot online. Great experience all around. The food was excellent and the service was spot on! Will definitely recommend it to anyone in the Tampa area.

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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 4.8 stars by 13474 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 233 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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