Ulele

4.7
5845 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.





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KK
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Our server made sure our drinks were full for our entire meal. Food was cooked perfectly.

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TK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very pleasant surprise. We drove about 30 miles and I thought it would not be worth it. But the entire experience was fantastic and I certainly changed my mind. I will take my loved ones snd friends for sure. I highly recommend.

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MH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the oysters (fantastic) and fried okra (amazing) to start -- could have stopped there and left happy! My husband had a filet mignon (to die for) and I had a Ulele salad. It was all great. We sat outside and that helped with the noise. All in all, a perfect dining experience.

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AV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited almost 45 minutes to get our appetizer while tables they had been sat way after us started getting their entrees. After an hour of waiting and our entrees nowhere in sight, we left. The one server told us that the kitchen often loses tickets and not to take it out in the server. Worst experience ever!!!

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BC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Ulele is exceptional. Highly recommend the chargrilled oysters - delicious and amazing! The okra fries and steak chimichurri were done to perfection, and the portion sizes were perfect. Too many times I have ordered menu items that were too large and that is unappetizing. These portion sizes were just right, and encouraged us to order additional items because we weren't too full. The setting on the Hillsborough River is picturesque and beautiful. The only constructive comment I have is that it was very warm, due to the open windows and open air vibe they have. As a Floridian, I'm not big on opening windows when it's 90 degrees. However, the food surpassed the heat and I absolutely enjoyed the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Wonderful outdoor seating. Indoor seating can be loud. Beautiful river and springs setting.

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MC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Seafood Risotto looked like long grain rice with saffron but other then that everyrhing was excellent

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CD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ulele was very busy and the noose level was high. We over heard servers talking about the nightly special availability. When we asked our server he said there were no specials. After we asked him to check he came back and offered the nightly specials. The restaurant was out of various menu items, which is dissapointing after making a reservation ahead of time. There was a very loud festival next to the restaurant making our wait outside very unpleasant. Other than that, everything else was good.

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D
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow and restaurant wasn’t that busy. Food was good but we waited over 45 minutes for our appetizers. I would try again to see if the experience would be different. Prices are steep.

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MD
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The reason I rated the ambiance low is only because we were there during a very loud festival.

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OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and our server was very nice but it was slooooowwww. We were seated promptly at our reservation time but it took more than 30 minutes to get my drink (a beer); my husband was served his mixed drink much quicker

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, a fantastic experience. The service was fantastic (Evan and Amy were both welcoming, knowledgeable, and a joy to be around). The food was outstanding, one of the best meals I’ve had in quite some time. Prices were reasonable for the portions and quality of food that we received. Would recommend highly to anyone in the area.

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LC
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I dined here prior to seeing Hamilton at the Straz Center. This was our second time there and we absolutely loved it! The food and service was outstanding! We love the whole vibe of the area, and will definitely be back.

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

Wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go again.

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T
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere

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t
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ulele must address the noise from the weddings and such in the adjacent field. It ruins the outdoor bar area.

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T
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the place but it was quite noisy. We will still go back.

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AM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Entree's and appetizers were excellent. The espresso/chocolate ice cream was Fabulous. It was a 2nd choice but perhaps should have been the 1st!

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

Place was packed on a Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed everything about it and would highly recommend. Make reservations or you’ll be out of luck!

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JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to play at Straz

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

We had a reservation and still had to wait at least 15 minutes to be seated. Once seated it was at least 10 minutes before anybody waited on us. Food was as delicious as always. They have the best espresso martini in town! And the oysters are on point! Unfortunately, they were out of the Maple Bacon Ice Cream and the Key Lime Pie. We tried the Guava pie as an alternative and it tasted like baby food. Such a disappointment because this has been our go to for one of our favorite dining experiences until now.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Had reservations and they were running really behind. We ordered an appetizer and our meal got to use before the appetizer. I mentioned at that point we didn’t need it. My steak was unevenly cooked. Half medium well the other medium. Ordered desert only to find out they had run out of half there items. It’s a shame I have had 2 other good experiences at Ulele, I wonder what happened last night

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SS
Boise
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside so we could enjoy the view overlooking the water. The indoor ambiance was nice as far as décor & lighting but was a bit noisy. I don't think I would have been able to have a conversation and him hear me if he were across the table from me, that's how loud it was in there. Our server was very helpful to us in telling a little about everything on the menu and that the fish were caught locally and that the meat was organic & grass fed (YES!!). He said the popular dishes were the charbroiled oysters so we got a half a dozen for an appetizer. My husband and I both enjoyed it very much! I ordered the Shrimp Risotto which was so delicious that I think I inhaled it! I don't remember what my husband ordered but he was very happy with his meal too. Overall we had a fabulous 1st time dining experience there and will be returning soon for lunch.

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

Everything was amazing. From checking in to leaving. The staff was amazing. Manny was my favorite.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Took my husband for his Valentine’s Day dinner

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

Awesome server, tasty beers and delicious food.

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LD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The restaurant itself was very nice, the ambiance was great. The food was okay. The waiter was very rude, and had a bad attitude.

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

Great place to go. A bit noisy but it was a Friday night. If you are looking a quiet romantic place....maybe not on a Friday or Saturday night. Wife really enjoyed the stuffed shrimp. Being a meatloaf fan, that's what I got. Nope, a little dry and the gravy tasted like it was out of a jar. Won't order again. If it wasn't for the noise and the meatloaf, I'd have given it 5 stars. Service was great.

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TL
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I picked Ulele's to celebrate Valentines Day with my wife of almost 30 years. We had reservations and were seated within 5 minutes of arrival. The waitress did a fantastic job. She was nice, made helpful suggestions, and made sure we had everything we needed. The appetizer was excellent as was the main course. The restaurant itself was very clean, the atmosphere was modern and inviting, and the view of the river was beautiful with the sunset. We will definitely be back to celebrate our anniversary or a birthday in the very near future. Looking forward to trying the bone in pork chop next time with the twice baked potato.

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food creatively cooked and presented.

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

Mark was a great waiter guiding us through the menu with wonderful recommendations. I would request Mark again as my server

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

Drinks were good. Seafood risotto was excellent. Seared tuna was just okay. Servers changed mid shift and they forgot my friends birthday when she drove up from Miami. Overall, overpriced.

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C
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute outdoor and indoor. Food was incredible

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OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food and very nice ambience

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

Great place with a nice environment. The food is very creative; still; great taste.

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

Loved it! Food and atmosphere was awesome can’t wait to go back!

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

2nd time celebrating at ulele and was one of the best nights ever. Everything was perfect.

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

The food tasted great and they had it out very fast. We will definitely be back.

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GA
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow !!!!!! Fantastic restaurant with generous portions at a reasonable price. Everything was delicious. Had Sea Bass and Seafood Paella, both amazing. Will definitely be here on my next visit to Tampa

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GA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The grilled oysters and the pompano was excellent!

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