Ulele

4.7
6193 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.





Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy an Easter meal at Ulele with indoor and outdoor waterfront dining.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 6193 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 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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MI
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 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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MC
1 review
Dined 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before a show at the Straz

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AC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

My husband and in

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h
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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SH
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and just as impressed... Eating outside is amazing and is surreal... Inside is nice just noisier... great food and beers..... ice cream tops it off!!!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with mom

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Oh my! Ulele needs to re-evaluate their dinner entrees and side dishes! Their Gouda Grouper Gulf of Mexico fresh grouper fillet wasn't fresh, seasoning was bland and I am really doubting that it was even grouper! It had no taste and was mushy. Everything on the plate was pretty horrible. I did send it back and ordered the Yellow fin Tuna which, in itself was good, but the sides were terrible. When you have a small bowl of pureed beans and have to ask, "What's this," that's not a good sign. The scallops, shrimp and grits were mediocre and seasoned poorly. What a disappointment! A total revamping of their menu items and preparation of them certainly is in order.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite good restaurant for special events.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! In town for concert and found this great spot! I’d likely call the restaurant directly for reservations next time as we were seated in the least desirable area of restaurant.

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W
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch at 1PM. It was busy, but we were seated quickly. The noise level was quite high. Thankfully, my friend and I were seated in a corner where it was a little quieter so we could have a good conversation. The food was delicious. I had the Gouda Grouper and my friend had the shrimp and grits. Both dishes were excellent and filling. The red sangria was good enough to have two glasses.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele was amazing! It was beautiful on the walk up and it just got better inside. My boyfriend and I split a chili a salad and the seafood risotto and all of it was absolutely perfect. The chili was nice and spicy, the salad has the perfect amount of dressing and my boyfriend doesn't even like most seafood but we cleaned the plate. The server even offered to go cups for our beer so we could walk around their beautiful property. We had the best time!

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TP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner as a group of nine before going to the theater and everything was fabulous! They got us in and out in time to make the opening of the show without feeling rushed and everything was delicious.

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MG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting.....great service.....great food. Enjoyed the fact they had a number of unique beers to choose from.

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R
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We will be back. It would be nice if you had a few traditional dinners like a steak or a hamburger. The closest I found was the meat loaf which was pretty good though served warm but not hot.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was great! In a good location with convenient free valet parking. The oysters are absolutely amazing, best in my travels. Staff was beyond helpful and resourceful. Thank you for such a great evening.

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K
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Next time we will come early and enjoy a drink on the lovely grounds before dinner.

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MA
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Waiter was exceptional!!!

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CM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food. Superb atmosphere. Servers with just right attentiveness. Overall, a very pleasant experience

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D
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Server seemed to be busy. Took a while for him to check on us after drinks so we could order food. We didn’t order food, just ended up asking for our tab. We always have a great experience there. Just this time wasn’t the greatest

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This establishment is consistently great! I especially love the Gouda Grouper.

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LG
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent 6 days in Tampa and Ulele had the best food by far. Evan was our server and he provided excellent service; he was very attentive to our party’s needs and took special care to accommodate the food allergy for one member of our party. If you’re in Tampa, don’t miss Ulele!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a “fun” restaurant with a great indoor and outdoor atmosphere. The service was excellent and the menu was very creative. I had the Pompeo fish with spinach and it was delicious . Would recommend this restaurant!

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