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

Ulele

4.8
4.8
13681 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 254 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 13,681 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

    American

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tampa

    American

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

13,681 Reviews
  1. Alex

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. We will definitely go back again.

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  2. PabloG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best experiences will continue going. Beautiful and peaceful food is great family oriented

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our “waitress” was amazing, the bar tender “Simon” was not welcoming nor engaging. We felt we were in his way. The lady tending bar with him made up for his lack of care.

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  4. LoveGreatFood

    Tampa

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for lunch and parked for free at their manned lot on Doyle Carlton. With reservations, we were seated promptly and were able to discourage them seating us upstairs so we could enjoy the downstairs view and open windows. The food was great and the waiter informative. It’s always a go-to for out of town guests.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of six and every part of our dining experience was perfect. The noise level made it difficult to hear our waiter and some parts of the cross table conversation but the food was fantastic. Definitely would go back .

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food, service, experience, everything was great.

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  7. StephenB

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good, with original old Florida flavors. Great lively vibe. Service good but could be a little more attentive.

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  8. DinaT

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon outside, so we enjoyed sitting outside. The seats were hard wrought iron, so a little uncomfortable. Free parking is available about a block away or valet at the door. It is about six blocks from the Straz and near the park, the river and other bars and restaurants. Our server was attentive and friendly. We ordered two diet cokes, two entrées and an order of corn muffins. The bill was $75 before the gratuity. My husband loved his meatloaf dish. My grouper was OK, although a little dry. Our green beans were a bit undercooked for our preference. Walking inside, I noticed that it was very noisy. While the food was not the best I’ve ever eaten, the experience is delightful enough to go back again. It is children and dog friendly which is a plus.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great night! A little noisy for conversation, but the atmosphere, food and service make it worth speaking up a bit. Great place for a fun time.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Service was perfect. Always a favorite when we are attending events downtown! :)

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  11. garyb

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu, loved the chili and roasted oysters .

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waiter and host were perfect. We had appetizers and drinks that were amazing. Great experience

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, good food, and wonderful drinks!

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  14. JoeGar

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and atmosphere Waiter was wonderful and attentive

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  15. Rich

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was disappointed that we had to duck from bullets on the way home. There were bullets fired at Tampa Armature Works and four people were injured .

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Everything was absolutely delicious. The fried okra was so tasty.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place...vibe, food A+ Don't forget the maple bourbon bacon ice cream!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the Tampa Area!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent server!!! Great location and valet service included for parking.

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  20. Charles

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Very noisy. The worst thing is everyone comes out smelling like the kitchen because the kitchen is open, and all the grease and odors from the cooking waft through the restaurant and get on your clothing. So, the food is great, but you smell like Waffle House when you leave.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was recommended to us being its our first time in Tampa and it didn’t disappoint. Only this their alcoholic beverages are strong but i got a Long Island. Our waiter ivan very nice. Would go back once we are in Tampa again

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Food is fantastic and great service!

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  23. Cody

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at this restaurant! Also, you cannot beat the location - there is so much to do in that area! Perfect for date night!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance of dining on such amazing dishes and drinks while watching an amazing sunset is an experience you shouldn’t miss at Ulele. Courtney was an awesome server whom made us feel so relaxed.

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  25. EduardoJ

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was great. Red the server who had round glasses was very attentive, did not rush the meals and would check on us occasionally to see how we were doing and never let us run out of water from our cups. The only down side of our experience there was the food it was a little mediocre and the veggies for my pork shank was over cooked and soggy. The drinks were great though

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  26. SherylS

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and good beer. We had the okra fries and alligator tail appetizers. Not something we can get where we’re from! Try the candied bacon maple ice cream. Yum!

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  27. JohnL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I met a friend for lunch on April 6th. The food, ambiance and service were excellent. It’s always a treat to eat there.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, and the service was great! We really enjoyed our dining experience!

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  29. AllisonW

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been here a lot lately as there have been several back to back performances at the Straz that we go to afterwards. This time I tried the classic burger and ordered it medium and unfortunately it was very well done so was extremely dry even with the condiments. Will go back to my favorites next time.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the vibes of the restaurant were so relaxing. I enjoyed myself very much.

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  31. Albert

    Fort Lauderdale

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was flavor for service was excellent and prompt not a lot of fabric in the space so you can get loud but we had a great time and would go again.

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  32. ClaireF

    Orlando

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely family dinner. Their salad special topped with shrimp was a favorite of the table. The mahi, grouper, and redfish entrees did not disappoint. Allison was our attentive server.

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  33. Timothy

    Palm Springs

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great experience! Had waitress second day on job and she did Amazing!!! The staff, the food and atmosphere is always a 10/10.

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  34. LINDAW

    Tampa

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the best in every way. Could be the best meal I’ve had this year. We were seated at a great table upstairs. The waiter was awesome too

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  35. Erich

    Tampa

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Cheesesteak was fantastic. Could have been more French fries.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience, food and service were all of the highest quality! Our server Ivan was attentive and very personable. Ulele deserves its great reputation!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The grouper was amazing and will was an excellent server.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress she’s outstanding very attentive and suggests great options to the menu

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  39. ClaireF

    Orlando

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my pleasure to host a colleague to experience Ulele for the first time yesterday at lunch. The Mahi was outstanding ding and my friend ordered the lobster roll. Our server Liz picked up in his interest in different sauces, bringing him a buffet of four options. Mike and team always make dining at Ulele a positive and delicious experience. Can’t wait to return tomorrow night for dinner with out of town family .

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Tampa!!!!!

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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 13681 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 254 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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