Ulele

4.7
6213 reviews
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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.





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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy a Mother’s Day meal at Ulele with indoor and outdoor waterfront dining.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Tampa
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambience and food as always

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RH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was very overpriced. We started with the Crab Mac n' Cheese and the Crab Cocktail. While the Mac was very good, the Cocktail was a nightmare. The avocado was largely flavorless, like the crab. And while the corn salsa was very good, it was all wildly overpowered by the cocktail sauce. I honestly don't know who would've thought that this was a good idea but it was disgusting. My wife got the Seafood risotto, which was somewhere between flavorless and barely competent. And I bought the Tuna, and while the glaze was ok (I liked the use of grapefruit) I couldn't taste the soy or ginger. Besides that, the tuna was competently cooked but very cold by the time it got to our table. Overall this restaurant was extremely disappointing. To put it shortly, I've had better seafood at Joe's Crab Shack for half the price.

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SZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time eating here. A bit disappointed that we were seated upstairs. (didn't know there were two levels). I felt like we missed out on the atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant. If you want to be out of the mainstream, request the 2nd level.

My husband thought the pork chop was the best he ever had. I had a steak. It was a little tough but tasty.

Service is excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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MA
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Our server was excellent. A little noisy in the restaurant. We definitely be back!

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Poconos
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this evening was top notch! From the knowledgeable staff and the meal recommendations he made to the beautiful and eclectic artwork surrounding us, this was total satisfaction!
And i haven’t even spoke about The amazingly delicious
Entrees!!!!

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r
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the scallop appetizer and it was fantastic. Followed by the seafood risoto and vegetarian portobello mushroom. All fantastic.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was awful

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DD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

While we enjoyed our meal, the noise level will keep us away from this restaurant. It's a shame that one can not even talk to a person next to him/her and have problems hearing.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Biggest complaint is that it was smokey inside the restaurant to the extent that when you left your clothes still smelled like smoke. The food was delicious.

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ED
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had not driven over from the Clearwater area in a couple years - traffic is just too painful. However, we were meeting friends and suffered through the 1 hour 15 minute ride in terrible traffic. It was worth it - food, friends, fun and we really appreciate the easy parking!

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JW
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Panamanian Sea Bass!!! Another Great experience at Ulele’s!

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Naples
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Wasn’t my preferred seating - it wasn’t available. The table & chairs they have are very uncomfortable. I’ve been here several times & food quality was definitely lower this time. Server was sweet & food came out fairly quickly. It did take too long for the adult beverages to be served. The food is usually very good here, but, this night, not so much. The food tasted either too done or need just a couple minutes longer. I’ll be back because it is a good restaurant in a very picturesque area.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was extremely slow but very good food and ambience

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ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ulele has yet to disappount us. Amazing food, great service. This time around we had Tanya who was a joy to have as our server. Will be back!

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SC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Ulele many times and have NEVER been disappointed. The service and food have always exceeded my expectations. You will be seeing me over and over again. Thank you for providing a place like this for all to experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must ORDER the Pompano, wow! just Wow! Also, I would order the Broiled Oysters for an appetizer!

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R
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joined a group of friends for an extended dinner engagement, to catch up on each other and enjoy a nice meal. Completely accomplished all! Food was delicious and a nice variety on the menu. Service was prompt and efficient but not overbearing. It was a little noisy, but not so much so we couldn't have a pleasant conversation. Highly recommend Ulele!

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MI
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location is beautiful and the service is always the best! This is my favorite restaurant

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CC
Miami
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service- beautiful surroundings - we ate outside. Food was very good- a little on expensive side .

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I purchased the shrimp po' boy and the breading was SUPER salty, so I was not impressed with it. However, I did enjoy the jalapeno muffins with whipped butter. The restaurant is beautiful, and the setting is gorgeous. Our server was amazing and the attention to our table SUPERB. The food was lacking. My fries were delicious and the scratch made ketchup (I think it was scratch made - It didn't taste like Heinz) was really good too. I would go again to check out some other dishes.

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b
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business trip to Tampa - didn't expect to find such a gem within walking distance of our hotel! We sat outside - great fire pit and landscaping. Riverwalk views! Awesome atmosphere. Service was phenomenal - our waiter was so knowledgeable about the wine and beer selections. Definitely be back on our next trip!

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Food took a very long time and was Luke warm when it arrived. Filet mignon had a lot of fat running throughout it. We still enjoy ulele and will try again.

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ND
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere inside and out, the structure is the old water works building from early 1900's
The renovation has an urban feel and the grounds stretch to the river and adjacent waterworks park.
menu is varied, lots of seafood, beers are made locally and ice cream too!

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A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress, Michele, was excellent, informative, and well versed with the menu. Her suggestions for
menu choices were excellent. She was pleasant and we all agreed that she gave us excellent service. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a pleasant dining experience and exceptionally good food.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

You know when you go to see a movie that has been so well touted as being great, and it's not ? That's Ulele, as we experienced. Oysters were very tender (Yea!), almost tasteless(Boo). Entrees were every bit of average. Service, there seemed to be a disconnect waitress and waitstaff(forgot to bring salad course,
brought wrong deserts) and felt heard and ignored by waitress.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before a show at the Straz

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food presention and quality was exceptional. The service was amazing as the waiter answered all of our questions to perfection. The restaurant outside area is dog friendly and we will definitely be back to try more dishes

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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love Ulele! Perfect setting, great menu, unique dishes. Service was slacking this time, which is unusual. No energy or greeting from the server, and took at least 10 minutes to even acknowledge we were there. I always loved the "story" the server gave to first-time visitors. I asked him to give a quick overview of it to my guest, but fell very short. I am not sure the guy ever smiled once. He needs to work somewhere else.

I will always go back to Ulele for the experience, but hope the service is excellent next time.

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service ! Server was very knowledgeable and courteous !!

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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and in

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h
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation with birthday notes on my reservation where most restaurants don’t even read those notes. Ulele did and brought exactly what I ordered. Thanks for making her day special.

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W
Tampa
90 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting food choices which are extremely good. Reasonably priced food and wine. The service is excellent and the outdoor seating is a fun time.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

After many recommendations to try Ulele from various people we have met since moving to the Tampa area from NY a few months ago, we finally had the opportunity. We have tried a TON of area restaurants since we got settled and this has to be one of our favorites! The atmosphere was fun, the staff was friendly and the food was delicious and generously portioned. We had a drink outside before our reservation and the bar staff was friendly, made excellent recommendations on cocktails. We will go back for sure!

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m
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place and awesome food and service . The Gouda Grouper was off the charts and the jalapeño cornbread was great

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RM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful food. Conversation was difficult because of noise level. We know that it is not a place for important conversation. It was very busy, so we were understanding of service level being somewhat slow. Of course we will return, but sit outside when the weather is a little cooler.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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SH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeri was our server and she was outstanding, made the evening memorable and the food and atmosphere were perfect. The manager, Andre, came over and greeted our table toward the end of the evening knowing we were celebrating and thanked us for coming to the restaurant and gave us a little gift of chocolates to help us celebrate. I would highly recommend Ulele great food and atmosphere.

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c
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were so disappointed ! The food took so long and the appetizers got burned, so we gor complimentary oysters,which only some of us enjoyed. The booth seat was too low in relation to the height of the table. Service was very slow,took almost 45 min to get the food. Needs a good cleaning too, cobwebs on the lamp on the wall, as well on the lights above. None in our group will go back,too loud, too slow, and too dirty.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. We sat outside on a very nice day and it was a beautiful setting. I loved my food and my husband thought his was average.

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