Ulele

4.8
9457 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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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9457 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish. Evan was a great server. Food was wonderful. Great experience.

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carolyna
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele is an unforgettable experience. Great food, impeccable service, beautiful setting on the river, friendly and fun. I love the FL Pompano (no one in the area serves this mild fish), it is cooked to perfection. The carrot ribbons are very unique and delicious. Top it off with homemade vanilla ice cream which is enough to split with a friend.

Ilias was the perfect server, fun, knowledgable and attentive if we needed anything.

I will always choose Ulele for a great meal and fun time with friends.

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fantastic restaurant with fantastic character. All three of us got something different and everything we tried was excellent. I am looking forward to going back and trying more of their diverse menu.

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SusieW
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is terrific. Atmosphere is nice. Food very good. I love it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Will not go again. The food was bland and the service was horrendous. They brought us two separate dishes that were not ours and put it on our table. Then we were ignored for most of the night.

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vipRolandoC
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and good services and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Courtney was amazing! She was so thoughtful and made sure we had the best experience with our friend visits from out of town. She also was amazing with our four year old who was with us. Definitely will be coming back for the experience and the amazing food.

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EllenW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for a birthday lunch! Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend getaway in Tampa isn’t complete without dinner here! Sat outside - weather was perfect and food was delicious.

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BrettB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service was fantastic and the charbroiled oysters alone are worth a visit

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vipHelenH
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server, Courtney was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and guided us on drinks and food choices. Everything tasted so goo but the shocker was the okra fries. Holy moly….so good. Thank you Courtney for the gin/vodka lesson. All of the cocktails were great but try the Native Summer. Wow. Can’t wait to return.

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vipFionaaaaaaaaaaa
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food and a lovely setting. I ordered the pompano which was delicious, but portion was huge for lunch. Half of this would have been totally acceptable. There is a dedicated parking lot just around the corner, about a 2 min walk, which was really convenient. Server was friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the Ambiance is nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to!

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a wonderful place to eat. The food and ambiance are both first rate. You’ll pay a little more, but for a special occasion it’s worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jorge was wonderful! His suggestions and service were on point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
96 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brogan was attentive and very friendly. The charbroiled oysters are our favorite, not to mention the pork chop and meatloaf. Thanks for providing such a consistent experience. My only recommendation would be to have valet during the week as parking is a challenge. It still doesn't deter us though. Thanks.

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AnnH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Alex did an exceptional job. The food was great as usual. Noise level is always a challenge unless you eat outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food

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TazN
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great

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CRR62
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good overall menu. Quality food and drinks. Great friendly service. Nice ambience. Good appetizer. Overall enjoyable dining experience. On the down side, it’s a little expensive for the food.

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Icaa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything from the food, to the environment, the service. One thing i could comment on is that the table height at the booths are too high. Or am i just a really short person..? Lol.

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Jpatelmama
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding! Efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Food met every expectation and the oysters spectacular. Great bottle of Domaine Serene capped off the meal.

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vipTerry
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere with outdoor seating on the river.

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FarrahE
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars. Excellent! My favorite restaurant in Tampa.

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DoolinD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived a few minutes early for my reservation and as seated right away. Our server was on point very friendly. We had everything we needed at all times. The food was excellent-- one of the best steaks I've had in a long time. Loved the atmosphere. A bit more noisy than I'd have liked, but what can you do? All in all, a great experience with a top notch staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely go back. Our waiter Jack was good and so were the hostess!

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STEVENM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Zach, was great! Very attentive (but not annoyingly so) and helpful to us first-timers. Excellent food. We all commented on how delicious everything was.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food and service was pretty good. Most entrees come with similar sides.

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Summerchick1
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Great table, great service and delicious food. Best homemade ice cream you will ever have.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day and the food was wonderful

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Olive
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Awesome place, service was spot on, drinks were great but the food fell a bit short.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were outstanding

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DavidB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Had the pompano & was very good. Coconut ice cream for dessert was great as well. Service a little slow but the food made up for it.

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McLa
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and they ended with complimentary truffles for my birthday. Food was a little slow because the kitchen was behind, but well worth it when it arrived!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Although I knew I had reserved outdoor seating I didn’t know I would be sitting in the blazing sun with no shade It was especially disappointing because when we left we saw numerous tables available on the other side with shade So not sure why they chose to make us as uncomfortable as possible. The food was just okay, too salty for my taste.

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Fonemanbob
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of many more visits to come. Food was excellent as was the service. The manager even came to our table to apologize for the delay in our food coming out. We appreciated that even though we never made a complaint to anyone. A very nice touch on Ulele`s part. Our server Melonie was awesome. The wife had flank steak and I had pompano fish. Both were well prepared and absolutely delicious. The wife and I were also impressed at how well our server and the hostess handled themselves dealing with the rude 6 people at the table next to us who complained about the sun. Yes we were eating outside and enjoyed it immensely. If you are eating outside its called the sun. DUH

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vipStephen
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Fantastic food with an awesome ambiance. You can dine inside or outside in this retrofitted building that’s easily over 100 years old. The snapper was amazing, the filet mignon was so succulent & the flank was good too. They serve the best alligator I’ve ever had too. It’s not chewy but tender. Highly recommend this place. Our server Ricky was great too.

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Jeffrey
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor, food, and staff were outstanding. We were seated promptly and graciously. Our food was served in a timely manner with great attention to detail and quality. Our servers were friendly and attentive. This is a definite must try.

FAQs

Ulele offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 999-4952.

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 9457 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.

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