Ulele

4.8
8515 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 8515 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mercury
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites when we’re in the area. Don’t overlook a bowl of the Native Chili or the Okra fries!

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vipJohn
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and not too expensive.

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MattE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was grwat

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JeffreyP
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!
Our server Taylor was a doll

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Stephen
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Big place. Lots of rushing around but seemed to have a good vibe unless you don’t like loud noises. Pork chop was excellent. Seafood dishes just ok. Had oysters for app those were very good. Nice location. Will return someday but not right away.

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PaolaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food, wine and ambiance. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing! So much flavor in every dish. Recommend oysters Rockefeller and the okra fries! All drinks are good as well.

Ulele
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much! We are very proud of our native-inspired menu — the charbroiled Gulf Coast oysters and the okra fries with house-made ketchup both pay homage to the native ingredients our land and waters provide. We're so glad that you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you again soon!

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ChristyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal! Service was awesome and atmosphere is fun!

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you, Christy!

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vipKHuggins
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’m not from Tampa, but make it my business to get to Ulele when I’m there on business....this was the case. I just love about everything about this place....especially the charbroiled oysters.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

What an awesome review! Thank you so much. We're so grateful for your support and endorsement.

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ToddH
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent will definitely return An outstandingexperience

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much, Todd. We look forward to your next visit.

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MichaelT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charbroiled oysters cannot be beat!

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks, Michael!

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viprichard
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always. First Class experience at Ulele.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much, Richard. We appreciate your support.

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vipRobertH
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. The seafood is fresh and amazing. The scallops sliced like butter. The pork chop was the star of the night and the Ribeye was well enjoyed as well. Service was top notch, James went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect. 10/10 would recommend.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much, Robert! We're so glad you enjoyed your Ulele experience. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Ulele, we made reservations for outside but at the time it was raining. We still wanted outside, when asked if we can preferably seat under an umbrella, it was no problem. Usually restaurants hate change of seats because messes up server seating rotation. So thank you. What really made our experience was our server, Ilies, hopefully I didn’t murder his name spelling. His ecstatic attitude made us smile, he was very informative of the menu and the even tho it was 6th day doing a double, and we were his last table, the service didn’t change at all. It was my birthday and when checking out, I received the most delicious, rich chocolates ever!! It was such a cute gift that was given by restaurant/Ilies! The food by the way.... incredible! From the charbroiled oysters to the scallops, shrimp and grits (grits made me over eat, I couldn’t stop eating them), seafood risotto, to the pork chop! Portions were more than enough! Such a great time at Ulele, thank you to our server, Ilies, who made my birthday vacay end amazing! Definitely would recommend and for sure head back! Thank you ❤️

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Wow — thank you so much for taking the time to leave this detailed and kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your first visit to Ulele. We take a lot of pride in our service, food and beverage quality, and atmosphere and we're so grateful that you noticed. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special night with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! We went for our mini moon and we had an AMAZING time! We were so taken care of, fabulous food and drinks, and yummy dessert! We will definitely be back! Thanks Mark!

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you, Michelle! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience. Congratulations on your mini moon! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Everyone was right and I am sure glad I finally got there on this trip to Tampa. Perfect night and amazing meal.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

What a nice review to read. Thank you so much! We hope to see you again on your next trip to Tampa.

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vipDMSNYC
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was excellent. Service was very professional and food was delicious. Margaritas were top notch.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much. We're so grateful for your support and endorsement.

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carolyna
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my very favorite restaurant. Outstanding menu, service, ambience. Location on the Riverwalk provides exceptional waterview. Plenty of indoor and outdoor dining with distancing. Everyone working wears a mask. Just love everything about Ulele.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much, Carolyna! We take a lot of pride in our service, food and beverage quality, safety and atmosphere and we're so grateful that you noticed. We feel honored by your endorsement and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipDrewS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance like always. The service was anemic this time but otherwise on par with any fine resturant.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you, Drew. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

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vipRiverviewMom
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was Casey, fantastic service and food.

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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RickyT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday party food was great and on time.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks, Ricky. We hope to see you again soon!

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Deborahd
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and terrific service! Loved the Bloody Mary's and amazing service by Kenny. Terrific place to go to eat and spend the afternoon. Private parking was a plus!

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you, Deborah! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at Ulele. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipJaJlmfl
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele never disappoints. When we come to Tampa downtown, we try to head there....but make sure to grab a reservation early or you will be eating at 10 pm!

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much. We are so grateful for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again. And yes, reservations are never a bad idea!

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scottrey
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. Fran did a great job. Will be back.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! We look forward to your next visit.

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EricW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always. Sage was our waiter and was excellent. I could not have been happier.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this kind review. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipMarcoL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Ulele did not disappoint. Delicious food, awesome drinks, beautiful atmosphere!

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you, Marco! We're so happy you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day, to be outside. Food was great service was awsome.

Ulele
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you. We are so happy that our guests can take advantage of Tampa's natural beauty and gorgeous weather when dining at Ulele. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipLakelandFoodie
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite outdoor dining spots. They always treat my dog like a welcomed guest.

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Our four-legged friends are some of our favorite guests! Thank you so much for bringing your pup to Ulele. We hope to see you again soon. We're grateful for your support and endorsement.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Everything is cooked perfectly and with such amazing flavor. I know I can order anything on the menu and it won’t just be perfect but beyond any expectations. The staff is very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable.

Don’t forget to check out the beautiful art.

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. We are truly grateful for your support.

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vipBella
New England
43 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server was amazing the food was something to be desired we did not enjoy the food but the ambience was nice and the service was great

Ulele
Responded on February 19, 2021

Sorry to read this, Bella. Next time, if your food is less than satisfactory, please let a server or a manager know. We are always happy to remake the dish to your liking or make you another dish.

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AdamR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable! Service was outstanding. Table was ready on time. Food was very good.
Will be back!

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much, Adam! We look forward to your next visit.

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vipDonnaL
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Celebrating a birthday, the service was very good and good was OK.

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Donna, we're sorry to hear that you left Ulele feeling less than satisfied. Food quality and guest happiness are both very important to us, especially when a celebration is involved. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if your meal isn't right. We are always happy to remake a dish or help find something on the menu you might like more. We're glad that you enjoyed your experience overall, thank you for choosing to celebrate with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colleague’s Birthday. Perfect experience! Espresso ice cream was a perfect ending to a decadent meal. And he received a complimentary box of chocolates as a birthday gift.

Ulele
Responded on February 19, 2021

We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. It's always an honor when guests choose Ulele for birthday celebrations and special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
90 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute you walk in the door, you are treated exceptionally. They recognize familiar faces, know your preferences, and always provide exceptional service. The charbroiled oysters are my favorite not to mention an extensive and reasonably priced wine selection. One of our favorite restaurants!

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much! Our staff takes great pride in being fully familiar with the food, it's sourcing and helping our guests appreciate the food and beverage they're enjoying. We hope to see you again soon!

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CiCi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food is phenomenal. The views are great! Must have charbroiled oysters!

Ulele
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you, CiCi! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon!

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JillF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always. We had a bottle of Caymus, which is about the same price at the restaurant as in the stores. Can't beat that!

Ulele
Responded on February 19, 2021

Jill, we are very proud of our diversified wine list at Ulele and it's a mission of ours to make that list accessible. You'll find that all of our wines are priced very fairly, usually matching retail prices. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing

Ulele
Responded on February 19, 2021

Your comment is music to our ears! Thank you. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

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Jettjon15
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance was all top
Notch.

Ulele
Responded on February 19, 2021

Thank you! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was daughter’s birthday and they gave her a beautiful box of truffles. The food was great as always !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of outdoor seating with a very nice ambience

Ulele
Responded on February 19, 2021

Thank you so much!

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FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 8515 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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