Ulele

4.7
9212 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
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9212 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Whitney
Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff was very nice and the food was good, but if your looking for a nice romantic night out then I wouldn't recommend because it's so loud it's hard to hear even the person next to you.

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Mari
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flank steak with mash potatoes is delicious! The view is also amazing !

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PattyF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

It was way too noisy for conversation. The next time we will eat outside. Good and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. I bring all my clients here!

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mvs73
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite!

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bolas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food atmosphere and drinks, with outside dining and a view of sunset. What more could you ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samantha was the best waitress ever and made our night fun and special after a long date drought due to COVID, Ulele could not have been a better experience. 10/10 recommend - food, drinks and dessert were all top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ulele has the BEST burger EVER, but it's only on the lunch menu. This is JUST a single burger, but it's large. There are THREE ground meats & it's VERY flavorful.

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RickL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit in 5 days. What is great about Ulele is the consistency of service and the quality of the food. If you're expecting a quiet less energetic venue, Ulele is not for you. However, it's a fantastic venue to enjoy with family, friends, colleagues, etc. The wait staff is some of the best in Tampa Bay. It feels like each and every time you're there, you are treated like you are the waiter or watress's only customer.

You will not be disappointed.

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d1980
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience of course we recommend to make reservations this place get super crowded, food was delicious and staff amazing

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RayS
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great Service. Manager checked on us twice. A surprise gift for my Birthday. Best place on the Riverwalk.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Ulele was the best I've had in Florida! The local offerings were bountiful and delicious! I started with the Fresh Florida Mojito, which I would drink every day, if I could! We particularly enjoyed the charbroiled oysters app, the pompano entrée, the snapper entrée, and the seafood risotto. Dessert was equally delicious! I highly recommend the homemade ice cream. Our server, Dan, was attentive and saw that our needs (due to food allergies) were met. He made excellent suggestions and was knowledgeable about the menu, the restaurant, and the area in general.

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JaniceF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Our server, Brogan B. was fantastic - very attentive. Can't wait to go back!

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BeckyA
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food was great. The ambience is great. They kind of forgot our order but once we told the manager they brought our food to us promptly and it was delicious. We will be back. This was our second visit. Fun to walk around afterwards too.

It's unfortunate they don't run any happy hour specials though. I was ready to try a fun cocktail and small plate for happy hour. But alas.....no happy hour anything.

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JackM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently better than average dining. Lunch menu is very limited compared to alcohol menu....strange.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Jack. We appreciate your kind review and we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele. We still are working to bring back our pre-pandemic menu. Stay tuned.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ulele and all associated restaurants NEVER disappoint!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

We love reading comments like this. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic experience. The atmosphere, food, and service were spot on. Highly recommend this place!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, thank you! We appreciate your kind words and great rating.

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Lorraine
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed food and service and beautiful room. However noise level was so loud, we really had trouble hearing our guest.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Lorraine, we're pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele. There are certainly pros and cons to having an open kitchen. When the kitchen is busy, there tends to be a bit more banging. If the noise bothers you, we recommend you try our outdoor seating or upstairs mezzanine next time. In the meantime, we'll be sure to pass your message along to our team. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my friends birthday. Tabitha was a great waitress.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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vip2Sassey
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to my visits to Ulele. Wonderful location, excellent food and great staff!

Ulele never disappoints, oh and don't leave without trying their homemade maple bacon ice cream! YUMMY!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

What a great review to read! Thank you for taking the time to write this. We hope to see you again soon.

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canina
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

My boyfriend ordered the steak and it was over cooked for a “medium well” and the seafood risotto was gross.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Canina, we're sorry that we fell short of delivering on your expectations. Food quality and guest happiness are both very important to us. Next time, please let your server or a manager know if your meal isn't right. We are always happy to remake a dish or help find something on the menu you might like more. In the meantime, we'll be sure to pass your message along to our team. Thank you.

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NicoleD
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The outdoor patio has rats crawling around since it’s right by the water. My chicken came out tasting like ash and it was sour from them not properly cleaning the grills. Waiter was kind and changed my entree for a steak dish and while my steak had a great cook on it, it taste like the burnt on ash from the grill. Overall I will not be returning and it was a waste of $100 plus.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Nicole, this review is extremely concerning. This certainly isn't the Ulele experience we intend for our guests. Please send us a private note with your contact information so that someone from our corporate operations team can reach out.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say anything wrong. It’s was absolutely wonderful.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much. We appreciate your kind words.

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Misty
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal and our server, Matthew, was great!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

We're so glad! Thank you, Misty.

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RickL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food was great as always. Our server, Samantha, was outstanding and awesome with us. However, the amount of flies in the restaurant by the back rear (over by the horse), were disturbingly bad. Finally, after another table complained, did the staff attempt to quietly kill them.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback for us. We're so sorry that this impacted your experience, Rick. We utilize a top-rated service to control pests, use bug repellant fans at our doorways and pay close attention to sanitation. Unfortunately, in the summertime, our waterfront location draws natural Florida wildlife. We will continue to do what we can to improve. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My parents had a good time, food was excellent, service and staff are polite and friendly. We’ll definitely be coming back!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

As a family-owned establishment, we're honored that you brought your family to dine with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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RoGood
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food (Charbroiled Oyster, Crabmeat Mac n Cheese, & Gouda Grouper) were out of this world delicious. The ambiance and service were impeccable. April was our server and was very attentive to us. I ended my meal with my FAVORITE dessert (see pic). See you guys soon.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the flavors and hospitality. Thank you! It's always a true honor to receive a five-star rating.

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Benjamin
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food! Perfect setting!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! We appreciate your compliments.

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vipLisaA
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and a great vibe!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks, Lisa! We hope to see you again soon.

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RyanG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, we sat outside with a view of the Tampa Riverwalk. Their beer is amazing, the Cannonball might be the best IPA I've ever had.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Great to hear, Ryan. Thank you for sharing. Every one of our beer offerings – from ales, lagers and barrel-aged beers – is made on-site in our 2,100-square-foot Ulele Spring Brewery, according to strict 500-year-old German purity standards. We hope you'll join us again soon for another glass! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Something has changed for the worse since COVID. Our first time, just before the pandemic, my wife and I knew we had found our new favorite date restaurant. We waited so long for things to be safe so we could go back again. Last night was very disappointing. There were no special dishes from the chef. All the desserts are basically ice cream in different forms. What we ordered came out just ok. I don't know if they lost their head chef or what, but they need to improve quickly! This was such a great concept. I would hate to see it go!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

We're sorry that you left feeling disappointed after your last visit. Next time, please let a server or manager know if something isn't right. We are always happy to remake a dish or help find something on the menu that you might prefer.

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SonyaM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fish was excellent, service was good… nice for date night or girls night out… will be back

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

We can't wait to have you back, Sonya. Thank you!

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DeborahK
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambiance was beautiful, staff EXCEPTIONAL! Seafood Risotto was great, Shrimp/Scallop Grits was okay, way over salted and grit cakes were pretty flavorless. Appetizer scallops were good, alligator hush puppies were fairly tasteless. Beer was great. Overall beautiful place, GREAT SERVICE, but over priced and could use more menu options.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

It sounds like you had a great time, Deborah. Many thanks for leaving a review!

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Forschd
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan was a great server.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! We love our Ulele team!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Server was very nice, made great drink and food suggestions. Enjoyed dining experience

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the compliments! We hope to see you again soon.

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Heather
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Wasn’t too busy on a weekday for lunch.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Heather! We appreciate your support.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic service, great food. Outdoor seating has a fly problem, would recommend indoor.

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the five-star rating! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit to Ulele. Especially in the summertime, our waterfront location draws plenty of natural Florida wildlife. We will continue to do what we can to improve the situation for our guests, by using bug repellant fans at our doorways and paying close attention to sanitation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack was an incredible waiter!!! He was knowledgeable, kind, patient and went over the top!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

What an awesome review to read! We're so happy that Jack was able to help create a memorable experience for you. We hope to see you again soon.

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NicoleS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Amazing Location! Views! Creative menu! Don't miss dessert!

Ulele
Responded 4 days ago

Your kind words are really appreciated, Nicole! Thanks.

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FAQs

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

Ulele is rated 4.7 stars by 9212 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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