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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10801 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 185 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

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free 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 10,801 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. FR

    FrankR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Service was pretty good considering the crowd. Food was excellent and well presented. Noise level was bad. Couldn't hear each other across the table. I'm sure that was due to the crowd. Very busy for a Tuesday night.
  2. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, the food was excellent, the staff very pleasant and helpful
  3. FF

    FloridaFoodie

    Miami

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both excellent. Nothing disappointed. The decor is warm with lots of art to enjoy. Noise level is a bit loud for quiet conversation but not overbearing. I would definitely return!
  4. GA

    GiovanniA

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, amazing location
  5. D

    Ducks

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a good place to bring someone from out of town if they want a unique Florida experience. I recommend sitting outside if you want to hear the person sitting next to you. Server was wonderful, service was quick and portions were a very good size.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Great location. Quieter outside. Inside is very energetic.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to Ulele, which is my favorite restaurant in Tampa!
  8. TJ

    TroyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice spot to take a pretty girl. Seafood risotto was 10/10!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Inside the restaurant was loud so we sat outside, which was much better
  10. M

    Mark

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    This was my second time at Ulele. I was very impressed with my first visit, which is why I brought my girl friend there for a romantic dinner. I was able to make same day reservations. We were greeted promptly and warmly at the hostess station and ushered to our table immediately. The waiter took a bit longer to greet us than I would have preferred, but he was cordial, attentive, and quite likable. My date ordered a Chardonnay. I ordered a whiskey sour. The wine was quite good. The cocktail was overly bitter, and essentially undrinkable. We started with half a dozen broiled oysters. In general, the oysters were good, however a few of them had very little “meat” in them and one of the oyster shells was actually empty. For entrees, I ordered the short rib, my date the Mahi. She says that she enjoyed her Mahi. Unfortunately, my meat was very fatty all the way through. This was a date night, and I wanted to show my date a pleasant evening, so I did not make an issue while there. Two drinks, a shared appetizer, and two entrees. I could not (and did not) finish my drink. The appetizer was disappointing at best and my dinner was 4 once’s of charred fat atop a dollop of mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Again, my date says she enjoyed her Mahi. I’m not sure she isn’t being polite. I wish I could write a more flattering review. I will certainly have to think twice before returning.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    More suited for family birthday dinner than romantic anniversary date. Food was ok but not exceptional. Servers and other staff were great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grouper sandwich was fresh and outstanding
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great to noisy had a hard time hearing our party
  14. s

    shannon

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Boyfriend and I had a wonderful birthday dinner. Our waitress was attentive and sweet. We ordered the grouper and redfish meals and they were outstanding. I've never had a bad bite the three or four times I've visited. It is noisy in there, but a great location. We will be back!
  15. DZ

    DennisZ

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance great!
  16. DK

    DianeK

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    This was my 4th visit to Ulele. We sat outside. Which was okay, people bring their dogs to dinner and passer byers were frequent. Food was cold, since it probably took so long to bring it out from the kitchen to the outside sitting area.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoDiane, We are so sorry to hear that you had a poor experience at your recent visit to Ulele. Did you let your server or a manager know that your meal was cold and allow us to correct our error? We never want you to leave disappointed and appreciate any opportunities to make things right on the spot.

  17. PD

    PamelaDBJ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! We highly recommend the seafood risotto!! It’s fabulous!!
  18. p

    pamw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so delicious and can’t wait to go back again
  19. SS

    ShaneS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great meal. My favorite place I'm Tampa to dine out at. Great beer and food! Best value out there.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    The valet took my personal keys. Now I have to drive 45 min to go retrieve them, I spoke to the manager and they offered me nothing just told me to come back and get them. It was 100% their fault. They took my key fob off my lanyard and kept the lanyard.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoWe are sorry to hear of this experience you had with our valet company. We use an outside contracted valet service to provide parking for our guests. We do apologize for the inconvenience they caused you.

  21. KT

    KatyT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every chance we have to get to Ulele we take it. Always delicious. Always a great vibe. Always great service.
  22. GB

    GaryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place, the location is great and parking is almost never an issue. The food, service, and atmosphere are always top notch. If you like oysters you should try the charbroiled oysters as an appetizer are the best!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Highly recommend the seafood risotto

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great review!

  24. SS

    SteveS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food and energetic ambience but service took a little bit longer than it should have. Not terrible but not great either.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoSteve, Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback and hope that you decide to visit us again soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiting Staff was incredible. They made it so special for our anniversary dinner. Highly recommend the Seafood Risotto, greatest scallops I have ever had.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoHappy anniversary! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience while celebrating with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  26. L

    Lisal

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations since it was our first time. Food was awesome and we will be back.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoLisa, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  27. ZH

    ZoeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters and entree’s, excellent cocktails and wine. Service was amazing. Our server Bryan was knowledgeable and amicable Overall, great experience and made the dinner celebration that much better.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoZoe, Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service you received from Bryan. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  28. EL

    EllenL

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The location of this restaurant is just perfect. We look forward to the weathering cooling down so we can enjoy eating outside. The staff is so friendly and very good. The food was the star of the show. Get the chargrilled oysters!! We will be back

    UleleResponded 3 days agoEllen, Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoy the food and service at Ulele. We look forward to your return!

  29. JB

    JohnnyB

    Jacksonville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt the server was great!

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great review, Johnny!

  30. TJ

    ThomasJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, wine, and craft beer were all great, as usual. Tried one of the plant-based meals on a whim (not usually my thing) and it was excellent. Native Chili also great. Ulele’s continues to be our favorite upscale hangout.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThomas, Thank you for the great review and for being a loyal guest at Ulele. We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the dining experience at Ulele.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience. Please visit us again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and great service! My whole family loved it and the food is great and cooked perfectly.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your meal and the service you received. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  33. J

    Jjpsunshine

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ulele never disappoints. Foods are all locally sourced and the freshness can be savored in every bite. And hands down the alligator hush puppies and the pompano are my go-tos. Don’t get me started on the fresh made onsite ice cream either. If you’re looking for a delicious meal on the waterfront in Tampa, this is definitely your place.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for your great review! We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good as always. Ribeye is my all time favorite
  35. RB

    RayB

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Room was extremely noisy, so everyone was yelling to be heard. Redfish was delicious but the green beans weren't just "al dente" they were raw! Well seasoned and a few beans that were eatable were good. Would consider coming back but probably lunch outdoors.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoRay, Thank you for your review and your feedback. We always appreciate the opportunity to make Ulele better. We do suggest outdoor dining for a quieter experience. We look forward to your return.

  36. IS

    ISABELLEH

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little loud and smoky but real good food and location

    UleleResponded 4 days agoIsabelle, Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal. May we suggest dining on out patio for your next visit? It is a quieter experience and away from our open grill. We also get some beautiful sunsets on the river. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  37. EK

    EdwardK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our psych practice just had a special event at Ulele and the entire experience was outstanding. Atmosphere, service and food were all superior and this was our 4th event there over the past 3 years. I can't recommend Ulele enough! It's one of the kind in the bay area.

    UleleResponded 3 days agoEdward, Thank you for the 5-star review and for recommending us! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your event at Ulele. We hope to have many more celebrations with you in the future.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been going to Ulele since it first opened but the last few times the food quality wasn’t the same . While our fresh oysters and cornbread muffins were great our main dishes were too salty. We had fish , seafood, steak & chicken that was all over seasoned for our taste.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoWe are sorry to hear that we have recently disappointed you. Did you happen to speak to a manger during your visit so that we could have made adjustments? We always appreciate the opportunity to correct our errors on the spot. We hope to see you back again in the future.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and great location

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great meal at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  40. KD

    KennyD

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Charbroiled oysters were fantastic and cocktails were fantastic. Other apps and entrees were good, but either missed the mark on seasoning or preparation.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoKenny, Thank you for the review. We appreciate your feedback and apologize for disappointing you with some of your food selections. We hope you decide to return in the future.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • 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 10801 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 185 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

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free 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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