Ulele

4.7
4795 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.





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
7th Avenue
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Parking details
Note: Complimentary valet at dinner only M-F., all day Sat.-Sun. Take 7th Ave. west toward the Hillsborough River to Highland and turn left. Lunch and dinner patrons may take advantage of convenient, free street parking and private lot parking. One lot is on Highland across from Water Works Park. Another is a lot at 7th & Highland. Watch for signs.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined a day ago

The best! Everything, thank you!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We were sat at a table directly in the sun with no umbrella, then we ordered the okra appetizer which was not good and also had a black hair on the plate. We sent the appetizer back after finding the hair and not eating any. We were still charged for the appetizer though. At least there were lots of dogs for us to watch. Definitely not the type of service one expects at a place like this.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great time! Great food, great service and a small added gift as we were celebrating our anniversary. They were very thoughtful and attentive to our experience.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was creative and very tasty.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved loved. In town for a 4 day weekend. Came for dinner on Thursday then came back for lunch Saturday because we loved it so much! Great food service and atmosphere! Must do when in the area!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was wonderful at Ulele and the service was outstanding! our waitperson, Tonya did a fantastic job, even though she also had a large party come in that took up a lot of time, she was still right there, making sure we had dessert, etc.!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I bring clients frequently. The atmosphere is always great. Love the outdoor areas. On my current visit we loved the Frose.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We went to Ulele's for our Anniversary. As usual, it was wonderful. The waiter was very knowledgeable, but not overbearing. The food was outstanding. Great raw oysters, very cold and with a shaved horseradish. Shrimp with a lobster stuffing and delicious cream sauce with capers. Great, reasonable wine list. Just a lovely evening. The free (to tip) valet parking is nice as well.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything at Ulele is fantastic! We had great service, and the food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great meal. Great service from Morgan. Enjoyed the Ulele beer. The swordfish with gator sausage hash was delicious! The beet and pear and goat cheese mousse salad was yummy- especially the dressing. Carrot ribbons are always good. The shrimp and scallops and grits cake was tasty as well - even wanted to sop up the sauce. Try to avoid sitting near the back bar due to the loud conversations. Have dined at Ulele several times and definitely would recommend.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My wife thinks the waiter was cute. He was also very knowledgeable. The food was excellent as always.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and service were excellent! The only potential knock on the place was that it was a little loud.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was perfection! Our waiter Saige gave great recommendations. We had the alligator hush puppies as an appetizer. Beer and an amazing monitor. Seafood risotto and a deconstructed seafood pot pie. To finished off the night we had the guava pie. Already planning a trip back! The service was excellent. We left full and happy!

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Sadly, we did not have the experience that many of my friends who highly recommended this restaurant did. Service was terribly slow, carrot fries were served and were no longer hot and my coleslaw was warm. The server never checked to see if we needed anything but I finally could snag her to tell her about the problem with the carrot fries. By the time they were remade and arrived at our table, we had nearly finished our meal. Fortunately, they were taken off of our bill. Needed a knife to cut my food but there was not one provided as part of our table service. Since our server went AWOL, I got up and took one off of another table along with an extra napkin that I needed too. I had such high hopes for Ulele because of the recommendations but was extremely disappointed.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

It was our anniversary, we had a reservation for INDOORS, and when we arrived we were told the only available tables were outside. Which would have been fine, except for the fact that it was beyond hot and humid, and they don’t even have fans.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I will say our server was good. However the bartender and bus person was not great. Also there were so many flies outside it was not comfortable. With this many flies people should be warned.

We went to bar to get a drink and get over our bad experience. Then had to wait and wait. And then departed.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Very loud, good food, good service, enjoyed our experience

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Very good food in a pleasant atmosphere. Noise level can be a bit high, but outside seating is available. An eclectic menu with someone to please everyone. The house-made ice cream is always delicious. Good seafood selections as well as great side items.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was my first visit and, even though I had heard so many terrific reviews from friends, was still stunned by how perfectly everything is pulled together. From the location, to the ambience, to the food, to just about the best service I've had anywhere (Michelle), kudos to the ownership and management.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful place to celebrate Father’s Day! The staff, especially Ricardo, was efficient and knowledgeable of the menu and specials! We enjoyed the ambiance and food!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful Father’s Day dinner. Our server Bill was amazing and our food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was blant, my fish was burnt, rice was cold.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Very satisfied with the ambience, food and service.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I went here for Father’s Day with my sister, brother in law and nephew. The ambiance was very nice inside, sort of like a warehouse feel with an open ceiling, outside seating had a nice view of a lake. We opted to sit inside because it was too hot. I ordered the Seafood Risotto which came with shrimp, lobster claw, blue crab, scallops and corn cream sauce. Everything was delicious and fresh. The shrimp was well seasoned, the lobster was juicy and the presentation matched the taste. My plate was left completely empty. This was my first time in Tampa and this restaurant will definitely be my go to when I come back.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was good but a little overpriced. The special that day of carrot cake was not good, dry and tasted very packaged and fake. Very disappointing. Service was good but took a long time to be waited on was there for like 2 hours. I would go back but somewhat disappointed this time.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Father’s Day.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great ambience, good food. Will go back again.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went for Father's Day. They were very busy but great service and food. It was the first time our friends were at Ulele , they were impressed. Our cocktails were superb. Espresso martinis, beer and wine. Appitisers were wonderful. We always love the oysters. All entrees were enjoyed, seafood pot pie, meatloaf and the swordfish special. Delicious !
After dinner we walked along the water. It was a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father day

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Took dad for Father's Day. It was very bsy, as expected. Service was on par. Dad loved the crackling pork. My daughter always loves the Native Saute. The crispy duck and Shrimp and Grits were a little disappointimg. The house made ice cream is always the best. Still our favorite place for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went to Ulele for Father's Day, and we certainly weren't disappointed! As always the food was delicious. On this occasion we had the best service we have ever had. We tried a couple of new dishes, and loved every bite. What a unique restaurant!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

High quality American fare, set in an amazing environment. Definitely on the pricy side, but the taste and presentation is worth it. Reservations are highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were looking forward to our anniversary date night dinner at Ulele and unfortunately left disappointed. For dinner, my wife ordered the seafood risotto which was underwhelming. The risotto was clumpy and tasted liked it had been sitting for a while prior to being served. I ordered the 10oz filet which was cooked perfectly except it was bland and had remnants of fat on it. The garlic mashed potatoes and green beans were good. I ordered a side a shrimp with my filet and I would have to compare it to something that Red Lobster would serve. The guava pie was probably the highlight of our dinner. In my opinion, the food was definitely lacking and this is something the atmosphere cannot make up for.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

EVERYTHING we ordered at Ulele's was FABULOUS! The seafood choices were truly our favorites,especially the Scallops Shrimp N' Grits and Juan's Snapper! The portions are huge and there was plenty to pass around and share! Do treat yourself to the most delicious, creamy, cheesy Crab Mac N' Cheese! Again, this delicious "side" dish was plentiful with plenty to share! We ordered the Charbroiled Oysters (6) as an appetizer along with a basket of the Jalepeno Corn Muffins and both were absolutely delicious and a fun start to a fabulous evening! Amy, our waitress, was excellent and very helpful with suggestions! She even helped with a wonderful cocktail suggestion that was not on the menu but was exactly what my sister wanted...Baybreeze! We had no room for desserts but I trust they would have been delicious! For a wonderful dining experience, don't miss Ulule's, BUT do make reservations if you don't want to wait outside (which is lovely and has a full bar) or if you have a show to catch! The atmosphere is upbeat, it's people enjoying the beautiful riverwalk, so come happy and hungry!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We celebrated Fathers Day on Saturday evening at Ulele. Everything was just wonderful. We were seated right at our reservation time in the upstairs dining room. We had a nice table right by the window. Our server, Floyd, was excellent. The house beer was delicious. We shared an order of the alligator hush puppies that were delicious. For dinner my husband and son both had the crispy duck and they both raved about it. Our son had the scallops on the side and he commented they were the best he has ever tasted. I had the meatloaf which was also delicious. For dessert, my husband and son had the candied maple bacon ice cream. Not only was it unbelievably good, but pretty to look at. I had the naviera espresso chocolate swirl and was delighted. There was a very loud table of women behind us that were rather obnoxious and a table with several small children who were running around, but otherwise it was fantastic. I would definitely return. It was worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was my 1st visit to Ulele, the food was excellent, our waiter made wonderful suggestions, we sat in the second level,where we could see food being prepared, was great!! I also enjoy the ambiance and my “made from Florida Mojito”, it was delicious! I will definitely be returning

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great experience. Third time we’ve been here and always great. Food is very good. Vegetarian/vegan options for me. Their homemade ice cream is delicious. Nice atmosphere, just a little loud. Beautiful location. Peter was our server this time and we were very impressed with his service. Best service yet.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Decided to celebrate Father's Day at Ulele. Aside from being loud in the dining room (Father-in-law wears hearing aids), it was a great experience. Food was pricey, but excellent, and our server Bill was very attentive. Couldn't have picked a better place.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It was very busy so our cocktails took a long time to come but that’s the only negative thing I have to say everything from the food to the service was excellent

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Overall it was simply fantastic

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