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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10398 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 999-4952

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • 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 the beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available).

  • Private party contact

    Emily Johnston: (888) 526-1152

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free street parking near the restaurant, and a free private lot on Doyle Carlton Drive (southern extension of Highland) across from Water Works Park.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 10,398 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Me and my fiance enjoyed a great night out here. The food was awesome the waitress was super nice overall it was an amazing dinner in my opinion. I would also recommend the Candied Bacon ice cream! 🤌🤌

  2. DR

    DanR

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, April, was great. Efficient, friendly, knowledgeable.

  3. BB

    BethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and very friendly staff. No rushing us throughout our dining experience.

  4. P

    Paul

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal and great service.

  5. JB

    JamesB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friends we hadn’t seen in years, came from out of state for a visit. We wanted to show them a wonderful example of what Tampa is all about: Ulele IS just that! Great food, excellent service, beautiful place.

    UleleResponded today

    Thank you for brining your friends in to experience Ulele. We are so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time. Please come back and visit us again soon!

  6. JB

    JamieB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing as always. Highly recommend!

    UleleResponded today

    Jamie, Thank you for the great review and for recommending us! We are glad to hear that you have always had a great time at Ulele. We look forward to your return!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food & service. Gator hush puppies 10/10

    UleleResponded today

    Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The server was very kind and the food was delicious. We were also able to get a last minute reservation using the app and our table was ready when we arrived. Will definitely be coming back

    UleleResponded today

    We are so glad to hear that you were able to reserve a table and that your experience was great! We look forward to your return!

  9. MW

    MichaelW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was outstanding. That makes a big difference in how enjoyable a restaurant is. The food was great as well.

    UleleResponded 3 days ago

    Michael, We are so glad to hear that you had a great experience at Ulele. Let us know who your server was, if you remember so we can give him the compliment. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  10. MD

    MarcdalaD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place… great photo opportunities and the service and food are fantastic

    UleleResponded 3 days ago

    Marcdala, Thank you for the review. We are so glad to hear that you love Ulele. The best photo opportunities are on the nights when the sunset lights up the sky. Please join us again soon!

  11. KT

    KenT

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food, attentive service. A bit noisy for my taste, but lively.

    UleleResponded 3 days ago

    Ken, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service. Next time, if the weather permits, request a table outdoors. It is quieter on our patio. We hope to see you back soon!

  12. p

    pblevins10

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I'm not sure about the hype about this place. Had BURNT chargrilled oysters that tasted like charcoal. The scallops were OK, not alot of flavor. Our waitress was amd service was good.

    UleleResponded 3 days ago

    We are sorry to hear that we did not live up to your expectations. Did you mention to your server that you were not enjoying your appetizers? We would have helped you find a replacement on the menu to enjoy.

  13. WM

    WillM

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such an incredible spot to enjoy an evening down on the river walk. The tomahawk pork chop is to die for.

    UleleResponded 4 days ago

    Will, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  14. DL

    DonnaL

    Louisville

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We always enjoy dining at Ulele’s and everything was pretty good except for the rubbery Calamari that was sent back twice and my over cooked steak. It was the first time having a steak there and my last; other than that everything was good. Ulele’s has gotten very busy because the experience is usually so exceptional. It remains one of my favorite places to take friends and family.

    UleleResponded 4 days ago

    Donna, We're sorry to have disappointed you at your last visit. Our calamari is usually very tender, we wonder what went wrong. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We look forward to your next visit.

  15. M

    Marti

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food is exquisitely prepared and very fresh. Love the vegetarian vegan and gluten-free options. Sitting outside is quieter than inside, and the canopy provides shade. We’ll definitely return.

    UleleResponded 4 days ago

    Marti, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Our patio is very popular. Don't forget to request an outdoor table with your next reservation if you would like to enjoy the patio again. We look forward to your return.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have wanted to go for so long and finally enjoyed a wonderful late lunch yesterday. Our waiter Adrian was friendly and professional! Really enjoyed it! Going to go back again and again!

    UleleResponded 4 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad to have finally been able to serve you and glad that we lived up to your expectations. We look forward to your return!

  17. JL

    JoyceL

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and our waiter was the best one that we have had yet!

    UleleResponded 5 days ago

    Joyce, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience! We hope to see you back soon!

  18. MF

    MonicaF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful atmosphere and creative menu options. Okra fries were a great light starter, the blackened grouper was one of the best I ever had.

    UleleResponded 5 days ago

    Monica, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. Please visit us again soon!

  19. LN

    LeonardoN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great birthday dinner. The food and service were both what we had hoped.

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Leonardo, Happy birthday! We are so glad to hear that we lived up to your expectations. Please visit us again soon!

  20. MH

    MichaelH

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The freshest and most delicious oysters you’ll find at Ulele. Also try them charbroiled. Always outstanding.

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Michael, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoy our oysters. They are definitely a top selling item. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  21. J

    Jerry

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1

    Biggest attraction is the area around it more than the restaurant itself. A fun place to go but not the best location for the romantic dinner or a place to advance one’s business agenda.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ulele is fantastic. Beautiful view, great food, amazing location. We will definitely be back!

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to your return!

  23. B

    Bobbyjc

    Tampa

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Had mentioned when reserving it was 40th anniversary but received no recognition. Food outstanding as always. Grilled Oysters were HUGE and succulent. Delish!!

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Bobby, Thank you for your review and happy anniversary! We're sorry to hear that it was overlooked. This is not the standard as we celebrate all birthdays and anniversaries at Ulele. We hope you can forgive us and allow us to serve you again soon!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Experience.. as usual

    UleleResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

  25. KK

    KellyK

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been here a handful of times and nothing has been disappointing. They also have a brewery on-site and the drinks are great.

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Kelly, Thank you for your review and for recommending us! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

  26. B

    Birthday

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    My wife & I dined here on May 9 for my birthday. We sat outdoors & enjoyed the beautiful grounds. Cannot fault the restaurant for the noisy children at the next table as their parents had no control over them. We did enjoy our cocktails, calamari, entrees & the most delicious dessert, Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding with coconut ice cream! Our server Tasha was excellent & very attentive.

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Happy birthday! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear that you and your wife both enjoyed your meals and the service provided by Tasha. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Graduation

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Thank you for the great review. We notice that the service did not meet your expectations. Would you like to elaborate so that we may make improvements?

  28. A

    Abby

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Brandon made our dinner such a special one! From the knowledge of food and drinks to treating us like friends rather than just another table. He was awesome! And the whole experience was amazing and the food was outstanding. We can’t wait to come back here!

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Abby, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you had a great experience. We look forward to your return!

  29. A

    Argenti

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was great. Food was good. Except Calamari very tuff

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for the review, Argenti! Were sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the calamari. Did you let your server know so that we could replace it with something different for you?

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    My mom had the pork shank which was absolutely amazing. I got the grouper sandwich and unfortunately the bun was stale and the fries were cold. The waiter was great and gave me a second set of fries but those were cold as well. He then gave me a dessert on the house so I really appreciate the effort but it would be good for the kitchen staff to check the fried products and buns before they left.

    UleleResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and leave your feedback for the kitchen staff. We are sorry to hear there was more than one error on our end with your grouper sandwich. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. We hope you decide to return again.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding Food, Beer and service😊

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Thank you for the great review!

  32. L

    Libby

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kayla was a very proficient waitress - took great care of us - great ambassador for the restaurant.

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for the great review, Libby! Were so glad to hear that you experienced great service with Kayla. Please come back and visit us again soon!

  33. S

    Scottl

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic meals and service. This place never disappoints. Our waiter went above and beyond!! Thank you!!

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Scott, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad to hear that you had a fantastic experience. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved the mahi mahi and the three sisters salad! Beautiful place with great energy and elegant atmosphere!

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Ulele. Please join us again soon!

  35. JP

    JenniferP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    This was not my first time dining at Ulele. I took my mom and family for Mothers Day . We were seated downstairs, which is not as nice as upstairs in my opinion. Our steaks seemed extra charred, and less juicy than my last experience. Our server was short with us, and forgot to add a side item . We were still charged for it. Yesterdays experience was ok, but not worth the high price. I will probably not return.

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Jennifer, We are sorry to hear that your last experience at Ulele failed to meet your expectations. Next time, if you would like an upstairs table, you may request one with your reservation. We always try our best to honor those types of requests. We apologize on behalf of the server for the errors, and we hope the item that was missing was ultimately removed from your bill. Please allow us the chance to serve you again in the future.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Charbroiled oysters are a specialty! Such a fun area!

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our charbroiled oysters. Please visit us again soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was awesome!! All of the food was delicious and cooked to perfection. We had the Mother’s Day special appetizer- shrimp ceviche, Calamari, two serving of the Mother’s Day special Salmon, Beef Rib and Pork chop - all were incredible! We shared a chocolate tort and key lime stack. WOW.. we will be back again and again. Ulele is one of our favorite Tampa restaurants.

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Thank you for choosing to celebrate Mother's Day with us! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meals and the service. We look forward to your return!

  38. K

    Kalena

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our reservation was for May 7th the day before Mother's Day. I was expecting the service and food to be delayed because of the holiday and hearing how many reservations they had for the night. It was outstanding!! Food came out on time for our dining experience. The server was very attentive. I had not dined here for a few years, but was pleasantly surprised for the holiday weekend. Loved it! Will be back.

    UleleResponded 6 days ago

    Kalena, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear that your experience was exceptional. Being as busy as we are, we have learned to thrive under those pressures. We look forward to serving you again!

  39. AK

    AndrewK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The menu had plenty to choose from and everything tasted phenomenal. Guy named Ricko was hands down the best conductor for this experience. Recommend.

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Andrew, Thank you for recommending us! We are so glad that Ricky provided exceptional service and that you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  40. FM

    FerdiMac

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Bergen was a super waiter. The food has not been quite as great the last two times. Though it wouldn’t keep us from returning. The veggies did not seem fresh. The mint in my mojito was partially black. Seltzer was flat… just little things were off. When we were there last May we had a stellar experience. Food was amazing. So hopefully they will kick it back up again. We love the environment and it’s a great place to gather when I fly in from NY to Tampa to be with my family. The river is a gorgeous backdrop. Parking is easy.

    UleleResponded on May 11, 2022

    Ferdi, We are sorry to hear that there were a few things that did not meet your expectations. We understand that the little details matter just as much as the big ones, so we appreciate your feedback. Did you happen to bring these details to Bergen's attention so that he could share them with a manager? We hope you choose to return next time you are visiting Tampa.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 10398 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 156 times today
Google Map for Ulele

1810 N Highland Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). Free street parking near the restaurant, and a free private lot on Doyle Carlton Drive (southern extension of Highland) across from Water Works Park.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 999-4952

  • 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 the beer garden, on the upper patio deck and on the riverside lawn (tents available).

  • Private party contact

    Emily Johnston: (888) 526-1152

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