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Ulele

4.7
4.7
11249 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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7:00 PM


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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 11,249 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

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  • Tampa

    Outdoor Dining

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  • Tampa

    American

  • Tampa

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the first time for a bday dinner. We had a salad, the calamari, seafood risotto, and snapper. We had a gamey cut of fish and they replaced it with another risotto super fast. It was all delicious and it’s so nice to find a place with good customer service. They brought out truffles and a candle for the birthday girl. Really nice touch. Our waitress Sam B was great and friendly and we’ll definitely be back!
  2. MA

    MAnne

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Char cooked oysters are fantastic
  3. R

    Rich

    West Palm Beach

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner outside a Ulele! Service was excellent (thanks Zack!), and the food was superb. Charbroiled oysters and barabcoa shrimp for appetizers were delicious. And the seafood risotto and pompano for entrees were even better. This remains one of our favorite restaurants - period! We can't wait to come back.
  4. RM

    RMTampa

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, beautiful day to eat outside. All of our meals were prepared well.
  5. N

    Nupe4

    Nashville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I’ve eaten at domestically
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Originally was going to sit inside. The whole restaurant had a burnt smell and was saturated in smoke like they burned something and couldn’t air out the place. The server put our spoons (not in a napkin) directly on the table we sat at outside instead of placing the spoons on our plates. That’s disgusting isn’t it? The tables outside are metal and several are propped up by weird random objects like mulch and napkins and other junk, just to keep the table from wobbling. Gave the place an honest try. Sadly disappointed. Even the food was cold when it was served to us. Will never go back. Don’t waste your money.
  7. T

    Tara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely time for my husbands birthday! Delicious food and great atmosphere.
  8. a

    alanl

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent servive. Food was terrific. Great scene. First class place to enjoy a meal with friends and family.
  9. RL

    RickL

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Rarely do we visit Ulele and come away disappointed. Last night was no exception. Beautiful Tampa evening. Had a drink at the outside bar, and then inside for dinner. Server and service outstanding. The barbecue oysters with the shrimp appetizers were awesome. Each member of our party had a different entree and each was prepared splendidly. You need to take the time and visit this Tampa gem.
  10. KW

    KristyW

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside. The weather was perfect. Tables were Set far enough apart so we couldn’t hear people talking around us. Grouper was delicious!
  11. JJ

    JuliaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food I’ve eaten. We ran into some friends and I left forgetting my leftovers( I was very disappointed)
  12. DB

    DawnB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    post thanksgiving brunch with family❤️
  13. S

    Samantha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Pompano was cold green beans mushy, service was great location and surrounding atmosphere was nice
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Food was delicious. Oysters were excellent! Ribeye, Filet and seafood risotto were also done to perfection. Michael our waiter was solid! Two problems. Bartender at outside bar had a bad attitude and they also allow dogs to be present at dinner. We were the unfortunate patrons that had a party of 3 people sit next to us midway through dinner that were accompanied by 4 large dogs. Ruined the night. Who wants to pay $400 for dinner and dine with dogs??? Not me! Won’t be back because if it. Change the dog policy!!
  15. CC

    CalebC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Great food Expensive food Totally worth it Very noisy
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    I anticipated coming here for quite some time, and tonight was a disappointment. I was brought the Loaded Native Chili, to only have it delivered without a spoon by a manager. He realized that no spoon was present and promised to retrieve one for me, he forgot. When my filet arrived for dinner, ordered medium, it was rare, the steak looked seared. Not having a steak knife, did not make the situation any better. I ordered another sazerac to help aid my pain, tipped 20%, and left. I’ll come again and sit at the bar, see if y’all do any better.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really good

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review!

  18. MS

    MatthewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food during out Tampa trip, will be making this a regular stop during future trips.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you, Matthew! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Tampa.

  19. BR

    BarryR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just incredible. Everything was great- food and service

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you, Barry! We are so glad to hear that your experience was incredible. We hope to see you back again soon!

  20. RR

    RogieR

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2 of my dear friends had birthdays. Always a great experience. Love this place

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5 stars, Rogie! We are so glad to hear that it was a great experience celebrating two birthdays. We hope to see you all back again soon.

  21. CR

    ChrisR

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in an incredible location. Ulele is always an excellent choice for all occasions.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and ambience exceeded my expectation. I will be back. The fish was scrumptious.
  23. MM

    MichaelM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and outstanding food. Found it a bit quieter upstairs.
  24. DK

    DrKLR

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great location and concept. The service is always wonderful.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for your review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere and service during your recent visit. We hope to see you again soon!

  25. DD

    DonaldD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my wife's birthday and we could not have selected a nicer place. Great food, great service and everything else was just perfect.
  26. L

    Lauralonie

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Tampa restaurant! Perfect place for something special.
  27. J

    Jojo

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration

    UleleResponded 5 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great time celebrating with us at Ulele. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moms birthday

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience celebrating your mom's birthday. We hope to see you both back again soon!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was phenomenal and as always, great food and love this place!

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022We are so glad to hear that you had another great experience at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  30. B

    Bamdmb

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Our server had zero personality but was attentive enough. The highlight was the alligator hush puppy appetizer. Flank steak was dry and “jimmychurri” sauce lacked flavor. Grouper dish was good.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the flank steak. Did you let your server know that your steak was dry? We would have been glad to replace it with something different for you. We never want to see you leave disappointed. We hope that you will decide to join us again in the future to try some more of our menu.

  31. LA

    LATrip924

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the staff! Tim Brian Daniel Heather They make every dining experience the BEST!

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022It sounds like you are a big fan of our bar staff! We are so glad to hear it!

  32. MH

    MariaH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The place is wonderful but noisy. The food super good! I enjoyed our visit there.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you, Maria! May we recommend an outdoor table for your next visit? Our patio provides a quieter dining experience and we will have heaters outdoors in the winter months. We hope to see you back again soon.

  33. AK

    AdrienneK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was great! Our server was amazing. We were seated at the time of our reservation and hostess stand was very friendly and nice, while managing a crowd of patrons. I wish they had better by the glass wines. A rose from Provence and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. The food was delicious, but everything had just a little too much salt. Sports memorabilia was amazing and displayed beautifully. Valet parking was great and they were very busy. A lovely evening.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for your review, Adrienne. We appreciate your feedback. We focus on wines from the United States and Spain with a purpose. Our concept is based on the Native American Tocobaga tribe and it's princess Ulele as well as the Spanish influence that intermingled with the tribe in the early 1500's. We hope that you can appreciate our authenticity and dedication to designing a menu and wine list that reflect our concept.

  34. j

    josiers

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, even better atmosphere. Tried the calamari, shrimp po’boy and the crab mac and cheese and they were all amazing.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your lunch at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  35. NB

    NB212

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I was really underwhelmed with my whole experience at Ulele. Food was subpar, service was slow.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022We are sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience. Are there any other details that you would like to share about your meal and service that we can pass on to our operations team? Please email us if you would like to leave feedback. Thank you.

  36. GS

    GerardS

    Tampa

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    “Ricky” was our server and he was terrific. As usual the food is always delicious. They make the best meatloaf and I always ask for extra of their delicious gravy!

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for the great review, Gerard! We are so glad to hear that your experience was great and that you received terrific service from Ricky. We look forward to your return.

  37. A

    Andrea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes, but very loud inside. Thankfully was able to get a table outside after realizing. Food was phenomenal! Definitely a new date night staple

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for the great review, Andrea! We do suggest outdoor dining for those looking for a quieter atmosphere, especially on the nights that we are very busy. We are glad that there was a table available for you. We look forward to seeing you again for another great date night!

  38. F

    Food

    West Palm Beach

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I travel to Tampa for business and have dined at Ulele for client lunches. This past weekend, my wife and I attended a wedding in Tampa and we wanted to make sure we had the opportunity to squeeze in a meal at Ulele. Food was great, service outstanding, and love the strong wine list as reasonable pricing! Ulele never disappoints.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022We are so glad that you were able to make it in for a visit while you were in town! Glad to hear that it was another great experience. We look forward to your return!

  39. LL

    LiseL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Kudos to Michael who took care of us!

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for the great review, Lise! We appreciate the feedback for your server Michael as well. We hope to see you back again soon!

  40. MR

    MarileeR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Overall, the food was fantastic. Meat loaf entree- not so much - was salty, mushy and tasted more like a meat pate than meatloaf. Ambiance was lovely & seafood entrees delicious. Our server was AWOL for most of the meal - never stopped to see how dinner was or to refill our water, even after over an hour at the table. Still, besides these two issues, we all enjoyed ourselves, and would come back. Sans meatloaf.

    UleleResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you for your review and your feedback, Marilee. We are sorry to hear that there were some aspects of your experience that were not great. We understand that our meatloaf is not for everyone and respect your opinion. Please know that the service you experienced is not the Ulele standard. We always strive for 5-star hospitality, and we apologize for not delivering that to you. We appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to serve you again 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 11249 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 282 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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