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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Barbacoa-grilled, with garlic butter, grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses
Candied Duck Bacon Maple Fried Ice Cream
Cinnamon corn flake candied duck bacon crust, Knob Creek crème anglaise, caramel, sweet potato waffle crisp
Pan-seared pompano fillet, sundried tomato shallot cream, fried carrot ribbons
Great food and atmosphere as always!
Delicious! We will get back and quite possibly get the exact same meals
Always great food and service!
Everything was great!
We always enjoy Uleli. We live locally and go there frequently ourselves, but always take our out-of-town guests for the experience . All the menu items are delicious, cocktails are well-prepared and the service has always been excellent…also true for our meal today.
Great food and ambience
Love the ambience of dining alfresco, my only complaint is the outdoor cushions on the couches were filthy/stained.
Food and service where great. Enjoy the looks and feel of the whole place.
Though the service was outstanding, I was not blown away by the food. I had been looking forward to eating here for well over a year and as Ulele makes so many 'best of' lists, but I was disappointed. It wasn't bad to be clear, but I didn't find it exceptional. Nothing to send back or complain about; food was hot, presented beautifully, the portion was quite large...but for all of the hubub it just wasn't amazing. The meatloaf was a little rubbery, the scallops were a little gritty; these things happen for sure, and I wouldn't discourage anyone from going for drinks or a casual dinner, but for an occasion, the entrees were disappointing. Our service and dessert however were exceptional, and that alone will bring me back.
Perfect girls' night out. The food was wonderful, and Devon did a superb job taking care of us. Can't wait to go back!
Food and atmosphere was great, even though waitress was training a new personnel this was an opportunity to demonstrate how to close out a customer in a timely fashion. We waited a pretty long time to receive the check to end our night. But we had a great time and will definitely visit again; in addition the charbroil oysters was okay, not what I was used too. No dipping butter for the bread. That was weird.
the food here is outstanding! Extremely fresh and delicious. Ambiance is cool too- very open, casual and fun.
I booked this reservation two weeks early to make sure my date/time was available. It was a birthday reservation for someone special. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Ulele and everyone at the table tried a dish that I had never tried before. I ordered the shrimp/scallop grits and I misread the menu as I didn’t see any grits. Then I realized it was with gritCAKES. What a wonderful surprise and absolutely delicious! It was 10/10.
From the jalapeño muffins to the calamari with spicy sauce, every dish was perfect. All of us were pleasantly surprised by all of it. The service was excellent and we got lucky that someone was in training with a member of the regular waitstaff. All drinks were topped up without request and the finale for the birthday boy was a maple bacon ice cream that was at least a pint (or more). We all shared that and left with a box of candy as the official “birthday thanks”. We had a table near the staircase which dampened the noise level very well. Great Job Ulele!!
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We have been to Ulele a number of times and will continue to go. We had a new server under the eye of someone more experienced. They did an excellent job. Drinks were good, Belle Glos is always a favorite. Food was very good as usual.
Great setting, service and food. I am looking forward to going back.
Such a simple but perfect review. Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to serving you on your next visit!
I highly recommend the charbroiled oysters with a glass of the Baby Blue red blend by Blue Rock.
Erika, what a fabulous suggestion. We're so happy you enjoyed your meal at Ulele. We hope to see you again soon!
Overall it was good.
My girlfriend and I had an amazing time at Ulele yesterday! Our server was Samantha and she was absolutely amazing and took great care of us. Thanks Samantha for making our first visit to Ulele a memorable one!
Thank you so much! We're delighted that you enjoyed your first visit to Ulele and that Samantha was able to help create a memorable experience. We look forward to serving you again in the future.
The food and atmosphere were great! Zach was just starting and he did phenomenal.
Thank you so much! We're happy that Zach was able to help make your experience memorable.
Great experience with open table. I left a comment that we were celebrating our anniversary and they saved a table for us with a view and multiple waiters congratulated us on our anniversary so they definitely read the notes on open table. Amazing food and drinks, everything we ordered was delicious.
What an awesome review. We're so honored that you chose to spend your anniversary at Ulele. We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave notes on OpenTable so we could help to celebrate your special night. We hope to see you both again soon!
Have given five stars on previous visits, but this visit presented a few stumbles. Not big deals, just not the polished, smooth experience I have been used to at Ulele. Still a great place to have a terrific meal!
Oh no! We apologize for any stumbles on your last visit. Thank you for your patience. We feel confident that your next visit will exceed your expectations.
We had an amazing experience! Not only was the food fantastic, but the ambiance and service was perfect. We are happy we decided to come here for my wife's birthday. It made it a perfect night!
Ryan, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review for us. We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us. We hope to see both you again soon.
Everything was great! Darius was our waiter and he was very cool and engaging. This place is our anniversary spot for a reason.
Thank you, Ty! We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us. We hope to see you again soon.
Food was tasty and well prepared. Pleasant wait staff.
Rob, thank you for this kind review! We hope to see you again soon.
Absolutely love it here. Amazing food and our service was outstanding, as always.
Thank you, Bailey. What an awesome review to read! We hope to see you again soon.
Got stomach sick from food.
Great food, great service, beautiful view of the river. Only complaint, very noisy inside. Was very hard to hear.
The food was great and so was the service. We greatly enjoyed the outside seating and the wonderful atmosphere.
AmaZing food and service !! Top notch
Food was good, our group was for 6. Flank steak, Lobster roll, pompano entree and grouper sandwich had the most positive comments.
We sat outside and enjoyed the weather and ambiance.
The food is very good with a different approach (chili with alligator and boar meat, excellent!), the okra gluten free was a great selection and the seafood risotto was delicious but the lobster pawn on top of the risotto tasted very, very frozen, not as expected at all. Our waiter was very nice but service was not good in general. Our waiter brought the appetizer and at the same time the chef rushed with the chili so we really did not have time to savor one dish and then the other. But overall it was a good experience.The place is charming and the outdoors is very peaceful and inviting. We plan to come back with more experience now.
Morena, thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We're so happy you enjoyed Ulele. We apologize for your disappointment with the Seafood Risotto, but can assure you that our seafood is the freshest quality available. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if something isn't right with your meal, or service quality. We are always happy to remake any dish. We apologize for the timing of your food's delivery and appreciate your feedback. We look forward to your next visit.
One of my favorites. I love the food, they make good cocktails too. I usually get the seafood.
Thank you! There's nothing quite like locally sourced seafood. We're so happy you enjoy our native-inspired recipes and we hope to see you again soon!
Great food. Loud acoustics. Service is friendly but a little slow.
Rudi, thanks for taking the time to leave this review. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your most recent visit to Ulele – especially the food. There are certainly pros and cons to having an open kitchen. When the kitchen is busy, there tends to be a bit more banging. Next time, if the noise bothers you, we recommend you try our outdoor seating or upstairs mezzanine. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Matthew was an amazing and patient server.
Thank you! We're so happy Matthew was able to help create a memorable experience for you. We hope to see you again soon.
Graduation for daughter. Been there many times and my experience seems to diminish lately.
Thank you for leaving this feedback for us. We will be sure to forward your comments to our corporate operations team.
I had the scallops, shrimp ‘n’ grits and it was phenomenal. The timing was perfect where the entire dish was hot all around to perfection. Instead of traditional grits you get a bread made out of grits which is awesome. I cut up my bread into pieces, laid it out on the plate, and then slid the scallops, shrimp, and oils all over the bread and it was incredible. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. We sat outside and it was beautiful. The inside seemed fairly loud but the outside was very calm.
I always have a great experience here.
Great food and service!!
Ulele offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 999-4952.
Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 9014 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.