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About Ulele

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 & dinner daily. Closed Thanksgiving & 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.





1810 N Highland Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Brewery

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11-10 p.m, Friday-Saturday: 11-11 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Cross Street:
7th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 999-4952

Website:
http://www.ulele.com/

Parking Details:
Note: Complimentary valet at dinner only. Take 7th Ave. west toward the Hillsborough River to Highland and turn left. Lunch and dinner patrons may take advantage of convenient, free street parking and private lot parking. One lot is on Highland across from Water Works Park. Another is a fenced lot at 7th & Highland. Before 5:30 p.m., guests are allowed to park in the gravel portion of that second lot. After 5:30 p.m., the entire lot is available. There are Ulele signs at both lots.

Executive Chef:
Eric Lackey

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 beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available). Catering menus are available. Email: groups@ulele.com

Private Party Contact:
Emily Minton: (813) 310-3701

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Take your Valentine to Ulele for indoor and outdoor waterfront dining. Take a stroll along Tampa’s Riverwalk before or after your Valentine’s meal.

Ulele Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (241)
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Good for a Date (198)
Creative Cuisine (183)
Good for Birthdays (174)
Worth the Drive (168)
Great for Outdoor Dining (166)
Fun (160)
Neighborhood Gem (153)
Good for Anniversaries (150)
Fit for Foodies (149)
Hot Spot (144)
Local Ingredients (143)
Good for Groups (134)
Great for Lunch (130)
Casual (122)
Authentic (113)
People Watching (100)
Vibrant Bar Scene (99)
Bar Seating (95)
Pre/post Theatre (95)
Business Meals (94)
Handcrafted Cocktails (93)
Romantic (90)
Sunday Lunch (90)
Notable Wine List (86)
Great Beer (77)
Comfort Food (63)
Happy Hour (55)
Great for Brunch (50)
Kid-friendly (43)
Cozy (42)
Healthy (42)
Good Vegetarian Options (40)
Tasting Menu (37)
Gluten Free Options (35)
Late-night Find (29)
Seasonal (26)
Disabled Access (23)
Organic (18)
Paleo Friendly (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Tapas (14)
Vegan (14)
Quick Bite (12)
Spicy (12)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
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Live Music (6)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

Excellent! I recommend this place to everyone who visits Tampa.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

The server was fantastic. The food was delicious and well prepared. I would choose this restaurant again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

Dinner and restaurant were incredible!
Fun place to take wife for a date or out of town guest

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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We both loved the place. It was loud, but the food and drinks were great. We wanted to sit outside, but it was too cold. We will definitely come back again. Our waitress was great as well. Made this an enjoyable evening.

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·Dined 3 days ago

EXCELLENT! I can hardly wait for the opportunity to return

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding Tampa Restaurant. Excellent service, amazing food with very professional service. Overall a wonderful experience. It’s a little energetic noise wise because of the overwhelming success. The wine list is the best in Tampa for selection at really low prices! Make reservations early as it’s not easy to get in.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

We got there a little early and were immediately seated.
Waited on by Anthony and the service was excellent as was the food.

Tags: People Watching, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Service started out fine and then the waiter disappeared before taking our order. It took a very long time for him to return and serve us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Neat place and upward trending area. Lobster rolls were good. We had lunch, but it looks like it would be fun just to hang out at happy hour too.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

This was my second time at Ulele and I am already planning a third visit. The food is consistent and the prices are competitive. The restaurant gets that perfect end of day light and takes on a magical quality for a few moments as the sun sets.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

I'm never disappointed with the food or service. Impeccable attention and very accomodating. Ulele has always delivered when I've made reservations through Open Table with my special requests. I am a returning customer of at least 6 times and the experience is always outstanding. I have come with a small group as small as two and as large as 15. I've never had any issues with service or attention to detail the food is always fantastic.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

We had a business meeting so it was a little loud but overall we loved the outstanding food and service. Ambiance is always a plus at Ulele. One of my favs!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined 5 days ago

I heard great things from friends about Ulele. My boyfriend and I came here for a date night and our expectations were surpassed. The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful and it’s in a great part of downtown. The food was absolutely phenomenal. The cornbread was actually life-changing. The service up to par with fine dining but it was definitely a more relaxed/casual dining experience. We will definitely be back for future date nights.

Tags: Organic, Disabled Access, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

My friends, my wife and I had a great experience from beginning to end. Heather provided us with awesome service!

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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·Dined 5 days ago

Service is always extraordinary. The third time I have visited and it has never disappointed. Would highly recommend to everyone.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

It was an awesome experience we had out-of-town guests and less than 2 hours to make a downtown concert we enjoyed all selections. I think the dining experience was just as much fun as the concert a definite return!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Healthy, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

After going to the Tampa Bay History Center, we brought “out of town” guests to Ulele to enjoy the food and location for another taste of the uniqueness of Tampa! Using the Pirate Water Taxi to get there added to the fun!

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Be aware of the noise level - if you are getting together to talk, it was noisier than I personally like. Upstairs is a bit more quiet than the downstairs (TVs and bar and table seating). They do have flights of beer and their own crafted beer which is nice. Also outside seating with lovely water view when warmer.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

I went here for my birthday with my family, and we were awestruck from the moment we laid eyes on the place. From the sculptures in the garden and view of the river, to the rustic interior, this place screams ambiance. Thankfully, the food was just as delicious as I had hoped, and the service was fast and attentive. I would recommend it to anyone who's visiting Tampa and wishes to check out a local hotspot.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Cozy, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined 6 days ago

The atmosphere was amazing. My Mom loved the snapper. I got the lobster roll.and it had very little lobster and lots of bread and lettuce. Service was amazing!
I would recommend this place for sure just ordered the wrong thing I think!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A little over priced for the quality. However the food was great. Loved the atmosphere

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a very nice birthday celebration. Good cocktails, some reasonably priced wine, and interesting menu selections. Service was perfect.Only complaint was overly salted food, we were thirsty all night.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food and experience was great! We live out of town but we try to stop in Ulele whenever visiting Tampa!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fun menu but incredibly salty. I literally couldn't eat the spinach that came with my snapper and started shaving off the outside of the fish to get at something that was caked in salt. We had to ask a hostess to get our server for us since she disappeared in the middle of our meal. The appetizers and desserts were quite good, but tread carefully with the main courses.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Ulele has a good vibe & lovely artistic presentation in their main foyer. Food was very good & would like to come back to try more things. It was very busy at lunch so service sometimes was a little slow. Overall, nice place!!! Tampa needs more restaurants like this one.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent experience

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food, lived up to our expectations. Definitely not for intimate dining, tables are very close and environment is loud. But it was full, so you know it’s good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

As usual. One of the best places to eat. Great atmosphere to dine in. And the food is unbelievable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This restaurant was one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa! Gorgeous, fun, artsy and best service! 5 star rating!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Ulele is unique! I live in an area north of Tampa where we have lots of restaurants up here but they’re mostly franchise commercial ones; they’re good but predictable! Besides I like to support independent restaurants! First off the parking is very easy. Then I take that short walk down to the restaurant stopping to see people renting bikes to ride down the Riverwalk, children splashing at the Water Works area, and the bumbling natural spring in front of the restaurant on the east side! The grounds are just beautifully landscaped all around it! There’s even an outdoor seating area with a bar! Then I see the attractive sculptures of the Indian Princess “Ulele” out in the lawn there in front of the gorgeous river! It is fun to sit and peoplewatch! Once inside you experience the well lit dining area full of natural light and raw materials decorated in a very contemporary fashion - yet knowing it’s historical presence makes it all the more special! The waiters are always are friendly and welcoming! It was a little too cool the day I went but my favorite part of this experience is when they open those large glass doors out towards the river and replace the loud chatter sound out w cool breezes comes flowing in! The most recent day I went was Jan. 11th, 2018. I reserved a lunch hour to celebrate our daughter’s 23rd birthday! She loves Ulele’s too! We always start out with their most interesting fried okra app! It’s not prepared all battered up and cut in small pieces like you get at most places! It’s cut vertically fried perfectly and served with a maranara type sauce! So fun! My daughter had the club sandwich which was wonderful and huge! Her husband had their thin steak which he enjoyed w mashed potatoes and green beans! I was delighted w my Gouda Grouper on wild rice w green beans! I usually order their special guava pie as it’s light and mild but that day we celebrated my daughter’s b’day with their coffee swirl ice cream instead! Delish! 😃

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, People Watching, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Really good food. They treat you well.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Bryan is excellent and his recommendations were great. Good food, martinis and wine. What more do you need for a perfect birthday celebration 🎉

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best restaurant in Tampa, fantastic food great views.
Happening place

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We LOVE Ulele. I’m not impressed with the oysters. They don’t traditionally shuck so the shell gets into the bed of the oyster and in your mouth when trying to enjoy. Otherwise Ulele is amazing!

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We always enjoy Ulele and introducing our friends to this fine restaurant. Exceptional Menu, fairly priced. We celebrated a birthday. Enjoyed the Meatloaf and Grouper, and, of course, the fabulous ice cream. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Amazing first experience. Food and drinks were on point. Our server Bill made our birthday celebration very special and one to remember! 😊

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Very nice experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Char grilled oysters were outstanding & service was excellent. Pompano was perfectly moist but very salty. Need real martini glasses and blue cheese olives at bar though.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Unbelievable! Great place Very impressive!
Our server was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great vibe! Lots of fun! Love the surroundings! Food was outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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