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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10993 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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2 people

8:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Brewery

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 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 10,993 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    American

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

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    Healthy

  • Tampa

    Scenic View

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    American

  • Tampa

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  1. SR

    SR77

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Not what it once was. Portions a lot smaller. Price still $$$.
  2. JL

    JonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The riverside ambiance is amazing. The food was delicious and portion sizes were excellent. It's a great date night, but the noise level is a little high.
  3. BB

    BarbeeB

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Overall, unsatisfied. Too loud, no one at our table of four was particularly pleased with their meal. Speaking for myself, the redfish was crusty and dry as a bone. Have had great meals previously but this time, a bust. Embarrassed because we brought friends for their first experience. I'd rate Ulele hit-or-miss at this point.
  4. CH

    CamieH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks are always good here. They are always busy so I recommend a reservation but it’s worth it. Plus it’s on river walk so you can easily stroll around around before/ after eating.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review and for recommending us, Camie. We are so glad that you continue to have great experiences with us and we look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  5. r

    rrdine

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Lunch was not best. Food was just ok. But there was a hair in my salad. So server took it away. Didn't ask anything. Next thing I knew the manager (I assume cause he did not intro himself) dropped another of the same salad to me. Said something about would you like something else like a dessert. But did not say if he would comp that. And the salad was still on my bill!!! Jeez. To top it off, there was a hair in the next salad that I took home. Wow. Told server manager should have taken it off --he said oh. Also, food came 45 minutes after we sat down. With a toddler.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that your visit was disappointing. We would like to share your experience with our operations team. If you could please email us with a copy of this review and your contact information, someone will reach out to you.

  6. K

    Kristina

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food was blah. Calamari was disgusting. so overly fried, couldnt even eat it. Short rib was dry and red fish was dry. Didn’t think anything was worth ever coming back for. Really looked forward to the dinner but left very disappointed. Ambience was cool.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal. Did you mention to your server that some of your items were overcooked? We would have been happy to remake or replace any items that you were not enjoying.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cameron did great

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad that you had a great experience with Cameron as your server.

  8. M

    Mimi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food! Loved the look of the restaurant too!

    UleleResponded 7 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ulele, Mimi!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots! Save room for the Pineapple upside down dessert!

    UleleResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are honored to be one of your favorite restaurants. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I have ever been to, servers were wonderful (Daniel ) and quick to get us seated. The food was on another level, it tasted so good. As we celebrated a family’s birthday, Ulele gifted us one of the best tasting chocolates house made, with the most cute and thoughtful card signed by all the employees. I loved it and any time i stop by tampa i will definitely go again.

    UleleResponded 7 days agoThank you for the wonderful review and compliments! We look forward to your return!

  11. JM

    JustMyOpinion

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place to take visitors from out of town. Love the ambiance.

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review. We hope that your next experience is a 5-star one.

  12. CC

    ChrisC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The service was amazing!

    UleleResponded 7 days agoThank you for the 5 stars, Chris! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was amazing as always! Staff was great as well!

    UleleResponded on September 26, 2022We are so glad to hear that you had another great experience at Ulele. We hope to see you back again soon!

  14. KS

    KimberlyS

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love the Ulele vibe! Food was great, waiter was fantastic! There was a long gap between appetizer and dinner and then again between dinner and dessert...a little too long in my opinion but otherwise, another great experience at Ulele! We will be back!

    UleleResponded on September 26, 2022We are so glad to hear that you had another great experience. We apologize for not getting the timing right for your meal and appreciate you giving us the chance to serve you again in the future.

  15. RC

    RaeganC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I chose Ulele for our anniversary and I am SO glad that we did. Everything about our experience was wonderful. We were greeted warmly upon arrival, and while we waited for our server, another serve named Matt (Matthew) brought us water and let us know that our server would be with us soon, we felt so taken care of. My partner has a complicated list of allergies, and our all-star server Nick asked us questions, took notes, and worked with the chef to make sure she had a safe and delicious meal. It can be frustrating and sometimes scary for us to go out to eat if people don't take allergies seriously, so we were so grateful that we were treated with so much care and respect. Every single thing we ate was DELICIOUS, and looked gorgeous. I cannot rave enough about how awesome Nick was, I'm so grateful for how attentive and detail oriented he was. Hands down some of the best customer service I've ever had in a restaurant. We had a wonderful time, thank you for making our anniversary so special!

    UleleResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review and for letting us know what a great job Nick and Matt did taking care of you. We do take allergies and dietary restrictions very seriously and we are so glad to know you feel comfortable in continuing to dine with us in the future.

  16. FL

    FlaviaL

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place!

    UleleResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for the great review, Flavia!

  17. W

    Will

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ulele is always an excellent dining experience, the fresh unique menu choices are inspired. We celebrated a birthday lunch and everyone in our party enjoyed their meals - steak, roast chicken, and stuffed portobellos, and the veggies and sides are yummy. Fabulous cocktails and excellent service too!

    UleleResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you for the great review, Will! We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service!

    UleleResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that the service you received was great!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Nice place and good service. Came here for an anniversary dinner and unfortunately about everything we ordered was cold by the time it got to the table.

    UleleResponded on September 25, 2022We are sorry to hear that your experience was not great, especially it being a special occasion. Were you able to let your server know that your food was cold? We would have been glad to take it back to the kitchen for replating.

  20. LB

    LaurenB

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome atmosphere and crazy good food! We were in town this past weekend for some NFL fun with family and we came here for dinner based on Tampa restaurant research. So glad we did!! We had the best time chatting, eating, and learning about the different artsy aspects of the restaurant. 10/10!

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for your review, Lauren. We are so glad that you decided to try Ulele and that it was a great evening with your family. We hope to see you all back again in the future!

  21. CR

    CaboRojo2018

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great! The best of the best of our beautiful Tampa Bay. Thanks to the Gonzmart family. You have proved to have the best restaurants in the Bay. - JC

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022Thank you for the great review and the compliments! We are honored that you think we are the best!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    This is a fun eclectic venue in a beautiful location. We had reservations for months and when we arrived there were many free standing tables that could accommodate our party of 4. The gentleman seating us escorted us to a bench/ chair table where the bench was extended and multiple parties could be seated. We asked him if he would seat us in a free standing table or private booth. He said they were all reserved. …. We had reservations for months. He subsequently seated us at a table for six without dropping the leaves down to make it a table for 4 or taking away extra service. The welcome was a bit “off,” but the waitress was excellent. High ceilings and hard floors make for a loud room but it is full of fun appointments and beautiful views of the river. The food was great and dessert unbelievable.

    UleleResponded on September 25, 2022We are sorry that your first interactions were not great but glad your server was able to turn it around and that we were able to provide a great meal. We hope you will return again soon.

  23. EM

    EMidwife

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening at the restaurant there was a lovely breeze with the nice outdoor seating. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Tampa. I highly recommend this restaurant especially if you want outdoor seating.

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022Thank you for the great review and for recommending us! We look forward to serving you again the next time you are in Tampa.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great at Ulele. Consistently delicious. Our favorite restaurant in Tampa.

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022We are so honored to be your favorite restaurant! We look forward to seeing you again soon for another great experience.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Pretty gnarly grouper sandwich , overcooked burger and sysco soggy fries- nothing special at all - I’m sure dinner entrees are a bit better but not a good spot for lunch at all

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal during your recent visit. Were you able to let your server or a manager know that you were not enjoying your lunch? We would have been happy to recook or replace it with something different. We never want to see you leave unsatisfied. We hope to see you back for dinner next time.

  26. JY

    JordanY

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, service and ambience, but a very noisy restaurant.

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022Thank you for your review, Jordan. We are sorry that the noise put a damper on your experience. We do try our best to minimize the noise in the dining room with hidden sound absorbing materials places throughout the restaurant. May we suggest an outdoor table for your next visit? Our patio provides a quieter dining experience.

  27. TS

    TbearSF

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Another amazing meal and I just love sitting outside and looking out over the Hillsborough river. One of my most favorite spots in the city.

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences at Ulele and we are honored to be one of your favorites!

  28. PT

    PakmanTX

    Memphis/West TN

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The inside and the outside had a great vibe, open concept with a nice breeze on the riverwalk. The menu was very elevated and creative. I think any foodie would have fun trying a diverse cuisine with a consistent smoke flavored theme.

    UleleResponded on September 24, 2022Thank you for your review and for recommending us! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience.

  29. ER

    ErnstoR

    Miami

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    First the good: the place is beautiful and the service was good. Bad: Food (main motive to go to a restaurant) was below average. Just to resume, my filet mignon of supposed 8oz had a lot of tendons. I eat mignon often and this is one of the worsts in my life. Appetizers were below average as well: Alligator Hush (extremely dry and little sauce), Crab Mac (dry and flavorless) and Captain Shrimp (oily but is with butter).

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022We are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal. We source our beef from a reputable and reliable source, and we are very proud of our steak program at Ulele. Perhaps you received a less than ideal cut of filet mignon and for that, we apologize. Did you speak to your server about your meal? We would have been glad to prepare a new steak for you to enjoy.

  30. I

    Isaac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, a great experience and perfect place to take colleagues, friends, and family.

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the 5-star review and for recommending us, Isaac! We are so glad to hear that your experience was great!

  31. M

    Missy

    Atlanta

    110 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend the shrimp appetizer, seafood risotto, and the jalapeño muffins! The homemade ice cream was also amazing! Our server Zach was fantastic. What a great meal!

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the 5-stars and for recommending the items you enjoyed! We are so glad to hear that you had a great visit.

  32. RH

    RexH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    The wait for service was long. Waited 20 minutes to be seated. Server was not attentive. Silver ware was removed after the appetizer and had to request another set after the entree was served. A bottle of wine was order and wast later informed that it was not available after the entree was served.

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022We are very sorry to hear of your poor experience. Please know that this is not the Ulele standard and that we always strive for 5-star service. Were you able to speak to a manager during your visit? We always appreciate the opportunity to make corrections on the spot.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Family from out of state getting together

    UleleResponded 2 days agoThank you for the great review! We are glad to hear that you had a great experience at Ulele for your family get together. We look forward to serving you again!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Barcelona

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so glad you love Ulele!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food Good atmosphere

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family quality time!!! At one of our favorite places in Tampa!

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you and your family had a great time at Ulele. We are honored to be one of your favorite restaurants.

  38. CR

    CR335

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal but my grilled grouper sandwich came blackened instead and on a cold bun.

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022We are sorry to hear that we got your order wrong. Did you happen to mention the error to your server? We would have been happy to remake the sandwich for you.

  39. L

    Local

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The maple bacon ice cream is the best that I have ever had. Great food. Everything is great

    UleleResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you for the 5-stars. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience!

  40. RB

    RyanB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to celebrate a birthday. They let us bring in our own cake and served it for us. All the food was really delicious and the servers were very good.

    UleleResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for the 5-stars, Ryan! We are so glad to hear that you had a great celebration at Ulele. We hope to see you back again soon!

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 10993 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 220 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

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 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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