Ulele

4.8
8833 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 8833 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service atmosphere and food!

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SamanthaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hannah, Curtis and Darius were amazing! This is always our first stop when in town. We may or may not travel to Tampa special just for the oysters.

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VanessaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were looking for a place to eat while we are in Tampa. We went for a little staycation from Orlando. We are very happy we came across Ulele! The food is amazing, the dessert is amazing, the ambiance everything!! Just have to make a reservation because it is very busy and we went on a Tuesday night. Highly recommend!

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Laura
Naples
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was nice, and our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.

The downside of our experience unfortunately had to do with management. To begin, as we were entering the restaurant, servers were running in and out of the front doors swinging doors open abruptly. My fiance opened the door for me, as I go to walk in, a Server runs out with food forcing me to jump out of the way to the side where another Server swings that door open, forcing me to jump and dodge that door from hitting me. As we finally enter and approach the host stand, we did not recieve a warm greeting from either host/ess, nor the manager that was standing up there. As we left the restaurant it was as expected. There was no customer service opening the door for departing guests, or a thank you for coming in to dine. We just received the glaring faces of two hosts and a manager. Although we did enjoy our meals, we will not be returning.

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vipBariC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delish! Svc drinks and food!

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FLAroadie
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have been here several times. Only downside is popularity, getting a prime time reservation takes some effort. This visit was to entertain out of state guests. They were very impressed. Even though there is assigned restaurant parking, it does not seem to be well monitored so be prepared to find alternative parking and wear shoes to allow a comfortable walk. Menu is heavy on seafood, but all cuisines are covered and I've never heard anyone say they were disappointed.

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely amazing. Will definitely continue to go back.

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BryanH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food! They were happy to accommodate our many food allergies. Orange mojito was the best drink I’ve ever had!

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Ebony
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside area at Ulele is wonderful and always so well kept. I love that there is an outside option with such a beautiful view and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, especially the espresso ice cream! Service was top notch and attentive!

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SeanP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my 30th birthday party, food and service were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance was excellent.

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EmilyD
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed our meal from start to finish. Would recommend and come back 100/10 😍

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EatGoodFood
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent as usual. The only issue was that we were sitting upstairs and the large metal cooking funnel in the kitchen area wasn't catching all of the grill smoke. So, it was smoky/foggy upstairs. Never had this issue before, but it will definitely make me think twice about sitting upstairs again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele consistently aims to please and hits the mark for me everytime. The food was tasty and great portions. It was my brother's birthday and they gave him a beautiful box of chocolate truffles.

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JennyD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Never disappoints! Food is good and menu offers adequate variety. Make sure to make reservation as the place is usually crowded. Good wine selection but sorry to see Hydration beer no longer offered. Hope it comes back.

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OndaWire
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place

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VeronicaA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the seafood risotto, great taste.
For appetizer, the cooked oysters are amazing. Calamari is also a great option.

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vipJessica
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jorge was an awesome server! We came to Ulele to celebrate a graduation and he surprised us with house-made truffles with a lovely note on the box. He was very knowledgeable about different beers, drinks, and food items. Every recommendation he made was perfect. We will absolutely be requesting him as a server again in the future.

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StephanieW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Had the grouper and oysters and they were great. Can't wait to go back!

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KayK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. James was our server and he was very attentive.

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ronnieg
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our daughter. Visiting from out of state
Sat outside. Server Casey was great .

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

As a family-owned restaurant, we especially love when families visit, enjoy and make memories at Ulele. Thank you for this kind review. We hope to see you again on your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delish and the place is wonderfully open and inviting inside.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! We appreciate your warm compliments and hope to see you again soon.

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GailB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive waiter. Excellent service and food was delicious. Definitely a great recommendation.

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vipBethM
New England
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone loved our dinner last night. Our party grew from 6 guests to 11. The staff was so accommodating!
We will be back as Ulele is a family favorite.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you, Beth. We look forward to your next visit.

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NicoleS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had family in from out of town, great food and drinks.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this kind review, Nicole. As a family-owned restaurant, we especially love when families visit, enjoy and make memories at Ulele. We hope to see you again soon!

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ChristineC
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele never disappoints! Great food, atmosphere and service!

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much, Christine! We appreciate your support and endorsement.

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JuanS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing we did not care for was the Aligator Tater Tots, thare was no meat in them and they were to big for appetizers. But overall it was an excelent experience and food.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you, Juan. We hope to see you again soon.

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viptomandjoseph
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

both food and company were excellent. our waiter had an extensive knowledge of the wine list and had great recommendations when we were unsure. I will definitely go back on my next visit.

Ulele
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave this kind review. We're so happy you enjoyed your visit to Ulele. Our wine list is a great source of pride for us. As a family-owned establishment, the majority of our list comes from family-owned, domestic wineries. We believe in accessible pricing and impeccable service and many of our team members are certified sommeliers. We love when guests ask us for guidance in matching flavors to their tastes.

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AnnTampa
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele never disappoints. They have done an excellent job with their outdoor seating during the pandemic. The food & service are always consistent.

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you, Ann! We appreciate your kind words and support. It makes us proud to read that you enjoyed your experience and felt safe with us.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you!

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VictoriaW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and great service. We loved the frose drink and Uleles own seltzer cucumber and mint very refreshing. Both had Mac and cheese which was delicious

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you, Victoria! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again.

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vipRobin725
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great family dinner. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list.

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you so much, Robin. We're proud of the team we have at Ulele and we take great pride in being fully familiar with the food, it's sourcing and helping our guests appreciate the food and beverage they're enjoying. We look forward to your next visit.

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1bta1
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food, service and fairly pricing.

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Risotto was slightly undercooked but everything else was perfect

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you for the five star review! We're happy that you enjoyed your visit. Next time, please let a server or manager know if something isn't right. We're always happy to replace any dish.

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KathrynB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very fun place to go in Tampa. Lots of energy, interesting building, lovely setting on the river, delicious food. It is very loud and crowded, but the tables are still spaced well inside the building. Saturday night is an extremely busy time to go, so the servers had quite a challenge keeping up. The bar was slow, and we received a drink with flat tonic water. They were happy to replace it, though. This is a "special night out" kind of a place -- great spot to take out of town guests and then walk along the Riverwalk.

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you, Kathryn. We're happy you enjoyed your visit with us. We apologize for any wait. Our team works very hard to avoid that situation for our guests. We're grateful for your patience and hope that in the future we can exceed your expectations.

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KATHERINEF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful we had a seafood combination fantastic!👌

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you, Katherine! We're so happy you enjoyed your meal.

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vipGwenW
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

They have the best oysters but unfortunately the rest of the food options are mediocre. Service was ok but the overall ambiance was nice.

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vipDebanieG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service!

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you, Debanie! Our team appreciates your feedback.

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BarbL
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As usual, Ulele was very spot on for dining. Food, service and ambiance were very good. Did I mention that they make their own ice cream in house?? We even remembered our cooler to bring home a couple pints. 😋😋

Ulele
Responded on April 29, 2021

Barb, we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your most recent visit to Ulele and have experienced our house-made ice cream! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you.

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FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.8 stars by 8833 OpenTable diners.

Ulele does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/ulele.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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