Ulele

4.7
5484 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.





Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11-10 p.m, Friday-Saturday: 11-11 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
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Phone number
(813) 999-4952
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Keith Williamson
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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 beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available). Catering menus are available. Email: groups@ulele.com
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Private party contact
Emily Minton: (813) 310-3701
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue
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Parking details
Use our complimentary valet for lunch and dinner. Take 7th Avenue or Henderson Avenue to Highland Avenue. Watch for signs. Patrons also may use free street parking and private lot parking. One lot is on Doyle Carlton Drive across from Water Works Park.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open New Year’s Eve.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 5484 People Are Saying
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dimitri is a great waiter

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

I love Ulele but they must have been having an off night. I think our waiter was new and barely trained. He should not have been on the floor alone. It took 15 min from the time we were seated until he came over and then he just struggled all night. We did not see him really at all. Didn’t ask the right questions, (we were planning on getting dessert but he never showed up and when he did he didn’t ask) didn’t refill drinks regularly. The one time he showed up, he asked my husband if he wanted another drink and turned and looked at me and said, you don’t want one right?!? What?!? I had two drinks with mint. The first one was fine- the second one had black all over the mint. I spoke to the manager who also seemed befuddled. He said, oh- I will get you a new drink- ha- we have been waiting 30 min to have our plates cleared and another server finally cleared for us. We told the manager no, we were ready to go. He just stood there staring at us. My husband asked to please just take the drink off the bill. The manager of course agreed, apologized and asked how the food was and walked away.

So- would I go back? Absolutely. Love the ambience and the food- just hoping it was an off night. Another night like that would be bad though. Good thing I was in good company!!

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

Great ambience and food. The server was friendly and engaging. The food was amazing and fresh. I had wine and my date had beer from their brewery. We both loved our selections. Great hip restaurant

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HG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

arrived earlier for my 1830 reservation
had to wait until 1900 to be seated
your booths need to redone, when I sat in the booth my neck was at the table level and I am 5'8
so I sat on the edge of the seat. very uncomfortable
The server should never seat 3 large people in a booth. we should of had a table
One of my guess had to have a chair at the end of the booth and missed most of the conversations
Server also need to pay a little more attention to how the dinner was flowing we waited 15 min. for the check
the excuse of this is a busy night is not a reason to come back and check on your guess.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I have been here on 4 other occasions; phenomenal service and wait staff. Food was still awesome, atmosphere was great and the service was so far below the standard that was set on prior occasions. This particular waitress seemed to lack the temperament to be in this industry. I don’t think we saw her but a few times out of necessity and she was short and cut people off. Was not clear on the offerings. On prior visits the wait staff has always been knowledge about food and the restaurant very personable. I suggested for a Christmas party for friends. Everyone loved the food and restaurant ... the other person in the group who had been before also commented ... “at least I know this isn’t typical” service quality.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were not expecting to be impressed. Many times restaurants with that kind of atmosphere are generally a let down. But this restaurant lived up to it’s reputation. The reservation was on time. The meal was excellent for everyone in our group. The service was outstanding. And…this was during peak dining at 7:30. Will definitely go back and recommend.

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful resturant. Atmosphere is excellent. The colors of rhe grounds at night is magical. Food and service is excelle.t. would highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious but I think the ice cream was my favorite!

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n
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were impressed with the grounds around the restaurant. There’s a nice pond (watch your out of control kids- parents) , a playground, nice scenery of the bay, once you get in (better make a reservation), it is loud, but very nicely decorated. I had the Juan’s Snapper which was very good, but the spinach served with it was soggy and not good. My husband had a grouper dish with smoked cheese sauce which he liked. We all liked our cocktails. I had a Mojito which was very good tasting but not much volume. The desserts were awesome. This is worth a try but I would go there earlier rather than later. I do not recommend using the valet- was totally screwed up. Waited forever for our car and one guy even brought a car that no one was waiting for. I don’t know how safe this neighborhood is. It felt like the city should have more patrols...cameras and lighting

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FG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful but the highlight of the meal was the Maple Bacon Ice Cream !!! It was fabulous !

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AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was entirely underwhelmed and surprisingly disappointed, given the available online feedback from previous visitors.

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

Amazing service, amazing food. My family enjoyed everything.

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

As always everything at Ulele was wonderful. Food was delicious service was superb. I'm not sure how it could have been much better.

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

This was our second visit while a guest to Tampa. One meal was dinner, this one, lunch. Both were amazing; food, service, ambiance. I will eat here every time I come to Tampa. I recommend Ūlëlē to every friend who visits Tampa and they are always equally impressed.

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

The atmosphere is amazing and so is the food. I highly recommend the okra fries

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SS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick was an attentive server. Food as always was superb!

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HB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I thought the restaurant was very noisy. The food was just OK. Pricey for what you get.

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KM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We invited friends from out of state and introduced them to one of our favorite spots. Fresh seafood, great steaks and an awesome wine selection.

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CP
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The old waterworks bldg. has been turned into an iconic local restaurant overlooking the Hillsborough River. Outside dining and bar - activities on the lawn. It can get noisy - hard, industrial surfaces, full house, and folks thoroughly enjoying themselves. Eclectic menu that emphasizes "southern".dishes and locally-sourced products. Nice wine list and full bar. Friendly and very competent service. I have dined there with my wife and with business associates (large and small groups) for lunch, dinner, and catered events and have thoroughly enjoyed myself every time. One of my favorite restaurants.

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MM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the space and the vibe. View of the river is wonderful! Food is eclectic and tasty and always presented well. Our server, Todd, was attentive, professional, and knowledgeable.

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MA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated right on time - place was packed on a Tuesday. Service a little slow but not a problem as we were group of 6 and had good conversation. Had a number of excellent appetizers and main courses were excellent.

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SM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for lunch and dinner but it's always so loud. They definitely should do something to mitigate the noise.

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N
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, great venue in an interesting, easy to get to location

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U
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a thing I could say negative about Ulele's. Quality food, drink, service and ambiance!

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F
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance

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R
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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MB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Ulele! The Columbia Restaurant Group has come up with another gem! Great food, great service, delicious food, yummy desserts, grandkids friendly, perfect!

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k
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been more impressed with Ulele! Wish there was a restaurant exactly like it in Dallas. Fun atmosphere, especially outside, and the design and style of the restaurant was fabulous... outstanding food! Loved it!

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with great service. Everything we ordered was amazing!!!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times and have yet to walk away with anything less than perfect reviews! We will continue to come back and recommend to all.

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p
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great evening with friends-food was excellent and our server did a great job, would recommend to friends
for dinner or special events.

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CW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second Trip to Ulele, and we LOVE it. This trip was made special by our Servicer who went above and beyond accommodating our request. Thank you all.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our anniversary celebration dinner. Everything was wonderful with exception of just passed/next to our outdoor table, there was a temporary tent put up and some kind of party going on which took away from the romance of the evening for my wife and I

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing fresh food

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G
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Tampa restaurant! This was my second visit. Dinner and hockey date night. We both had the pompano dish. It was amazing.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time to taste the alligator! The restaurant is close to the river walk, good place for relaxing on weekends with friends and family. The only problem is it's hard to park.

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T
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service from Josh and Leo. I love taking people to ulele because it gives a great FL feel with all the beautiful landscaping on the water.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele came highly recommended by our server at the Marriott Waterside and she was spot on in her recommendation. We took the Downtowner (a free version of Uber/Lyft) from our hotel and were dropped off right in front of Ulele. When we arrived there was a festive atmosphere both inside and out - we later found out that they were hosting three holiday parties. We had a reservation and were seated almost immediately - we had just enough time to order and take a couple of sips of our drinks from the outside bar before being escorted upstairs to our table with a view of the open air grill. What a treat it was to be able to watch the chefs grill the steaks and oysters that were soon to be served. Nick, our server, was not only attentive to our dining needs but he had a charming personality that added to our dining experience. Our Seafood Risotto and Ribeye were prepared to perfection - the fact that we took nothing home or left anything on our plate was a visible indicator as to how much we enjoyed our meal. Would I recommend Ulele to a friend? Yes. Will I go back to Ulele next time I am in Tampa - most definitely!

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Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been there twice. First time was outstanding, 2nd time was inconsistent. The place is probably too big to be consistently great.

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Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Prices for an upscale restaurant are very reasonable. The only issue I’ve ever had (and we’ve been there numerous times) is the noise level. It’s a 2 story brick structure so the sound reverberates making it difficult at time to hear conversation. But the food overcomes all.

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