Ulele

4.7
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7548 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 & 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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What 7548 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KRMR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great evening... server was Exceptional

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TRichardP
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to have them open again. The ulele burger was tremendous and the pompano was delicious. It's lovely to eat near the water in such interesting surroundings.

JP
vipJP123
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Jalapeño biscuits were good as usual. The Native Chili was PHENOMENAL! If it had stopped there all would be well. The 2 orders of lobster rolls were not good at all. Actually seemed like “K”rab meat. The “buttered roll” was a hotdog bun that was grilled. For $20 dollars you’d think it would be half decent. We let our server (who spent as little time checking on us as possible) and watched him take our concern to the manager. Manager looked at the bill and did nothing. Didn’t even approach the table to apologize. When we left he walked by us and didn’t acknowledge us. He knew who we were because we watched the server point to us with the concern and we were only 1 of 3 or 4 tables that were actually being used. Lastly was their subject pricing... a BOWL of native chili is $6. To add only a CUP of it is $6 to your sandwich. Way to take advantage of your customers. This was our second time and will 100% be our last.

LA
LisaA
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fabulous and our waiter was awesome!

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Miguelr
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, service was great and great environment. I do recommend it.

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gvr1960
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

fun place....Amy was a great waitress.....she described the food with such excitement....lol
The food was good....but the service was better

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ShaneS
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is my favorite restaurant. Ambiance is like no other and the food is great.

PR
PattyR
Savannah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great service!

JM
JessM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always! We were also very well spaced out!

JC
JodieC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. Highly recommended. Service was excellent.

SV
SarahV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love the feel of Ulele, the unique food, and the friendly service. It’s a true Tampa gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the Staff for a great job. My meal and experience was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience1

We love Ulele. The outdoor seating area is extremely uncomfortable. It’s directly in the sun on hot AstroTurf with no fans. Certainly not ideal. Thankfully the staff was superb and was able to accommodate a move indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitresses all wearing masks, disposable menus, designed person to clear the table separate from assigned waitress. No issues with outdoor seating and indoor seating available about 50% from usual. Very nice experience

KL
KristinaL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Taylor our dining experience was nothing short of amazing.

We had a 3 year old with us and Taylor made sure she was having a great time. He was attentive, and paid attention to detail.

The food was delicious and the Froze was refreshing on that sunny Saturday.

Thanks for everything Taylor! We will definitely be back when I visit next.

MJ
vipMichelleJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and here they practiced social distancing. Very good experience!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect...enjoyed completely!

DC
DaveC
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Bryan was excellent! They did a great job with social distancing between tables and staff was very professional. They hit all of their high standards for food quality and service! So glad they are open!

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Sherry
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat with friends and family. The food is delicious and they have the best blueberry ice tea! The restaurant is by the water and has a great view of the outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to lunch after we pick up my Wedding dress! Server was great. Food was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved the lawn seating! Our reservation was at sunset. So GOD added to the wonderful ambiance. The oysters are my all time FAV. This time, not what I was use to at all. But with this the second day since the reopening, I will give them another try!!!

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RickT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy the atmosphere, food and drinks provided. The outside seating could have had an umbrella but overall a good time!

DL
DiannaL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele is a favorite haunt. Happy it is open again. Service and food quality was still spot on.

PD
vipPeterD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Great time

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to re-visit Ulele (our favorite spot in Tampa) for lunch on the second day of re-opening. We brought our son and daughter-in-law from Austin, Texas and they were very impressed. Can't wait to return very soon for dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t happen in a better time. The food and service was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

First day back , the Food was NOT good . Have eaten there many times , food has Always been good , but .... not on Wednesday at 500 pm!!

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vipheather5
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first lunch back with my best friends after restaurants started opening post pandemic. Ulele is sparkling clean, the servers obviously had a plan in place to minimize any type of germs spreading. The food and frozen I was absolutely delicious. I can't wait to go back

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jessyj
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful anniversary Tuesday night. Our server was attentive. Food was delicious and we had a lovely table outside with few of Sunset over Hillsborough River. It was a perfect evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thos place is always excellent. Great food and drinks. We decided to make this our last supper before the corona lockdown.

DH
DelzoraH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great, servers were excellent atmosphere was excellent I will go back and bring more friend to enjoy this wonderful place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food and service. Highly recommend!

MJ
vipMelodyJ
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We go mainly for the char grilled oysters. They are the best out there. It is quite loud inside and sometimes hard to carry on a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable

BH
BethH
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and superb service!!

AH
AnnH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with family!

YG
YvettesGirl
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite "special" places to eat. Food is consistently very good, everyone is friendly, and the atmosphere has a "bon vivant" vibe. I grew up in the area and have fond memories of the "Fairyland" display of fairy tale figures at Lowry Park Zoo in the late 1950s, early to mid 1960s. The restoration and displays at Ulele's just make me smile. Get a token or two from the staff and feed the fish and birds.

KD
KathyD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT DINNER - GREAT SERVICE - FLOYD WAS AWESOME!

CS
vipCraigS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every. Dish. Perfect.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Excellent place for a Saturday night.

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