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Ulele

4.7
4.7
10612 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

21:30


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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

    Contactless Payment

  • 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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What 10,612 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    American

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

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  1. PL

    PamelaL

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service! Nice selection of wine too! A favorite for us!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a salad with seared tuna, okra fries and an amazing cocktail. I was seated quickly and my server was amazing. Always a good time at Ulele.
  3. SL

    SherryL

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!! Great food! Healthy and delicious!
  4. DK

    DavidK

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The quality of the food and the place as a whole has gone way down hill since we started going there when it first opened.
  5. J

    Janelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from out of town, and decided to check out Ulele for a late dinner. Even though our reservation was right before closing the staff was kind and didn’t rush us at all. Both meals and our drinks were absolutely delicious! I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice vibe and quality food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Table wasn’t ready we had to wait 30 min. Very Smokey air and they dimmed the lights couldn’t see our food. The prices went up. $6 increase on the oysters. Our waiter forgot to get the rest of the food. He forgot 1 persons meal and didn’t come 20 min later after everyone got their food. Not going back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All our friends rave about this place. We went for the first time and it was beautiful - we sat outside for a 7pm rez and enjoyed every minute.
  8. g

    george

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had drinks and a bottle of wine with our dinner and both were delicious. Oysters were great. Steak was cooked perfectly. We will continue to visit.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service food was even better!
  10. ML

    MichaelL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Nice staff. I world recommend this place over and over
  11. TM

    TedM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love ulele’s. Love love their baked oysters.
  12. B

    Believe

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The charbroiled oysters were delicious! Overall great experience on 7/2/22 we ordered the Captain shrimp,Calamari, Lobster Mac , Gouda grouper, Meatloaf, Seafood risotto, grilled chicken the entrees tasted great . Definitely plan on returning!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5-star review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Ulele. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  13. AB

    ABBTX

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The entire riverwalk area where the restaurant is located is very nice. The food and service were very good on this first visit. I will definitely add it to my restaurant rotation to try more selections on the menu.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the review. We are glad to hear you had a great first visit to Ulele. Are there any additional comments you would like to leave that would have made your experience a 5-star one? We always appreciate the feedback.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food was great, but we did not have the best experience. We ordered a bottle of wine and the cornbread muffins, as well as our meals. The meals came out within 10 minutes, which made us feel like we were being rushed. The wine did not come for another 5 minutes and we had to remind our waiter for the muffins. They finally arrived and were incredibly dry.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry to hear of the poor service that you received. This is not the Ulele standard and we hope that you will decide to give us another chance and return again in the future.

  15. DP

    DerrickP

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice atmosphere, very goid service. Prices moderate. When go again when back in tampa area

    UleleResponded 1 day agoDerrick, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ulele. We look forward to serving you when you are back in town!

  16. M

    Melmar1122

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of gluten free options and had a safe dining experience for celiac! Service was amazing and the food was to notch!
  17. m

    mercy

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Ulele which had been recommended by friends and family. Grateful to find a reservation within within 45 minutes for lunch on a Saturday. Service and food were excellent, love the building history and restoration as well. We had the chili, crab mac and cheese, gouda grouper and roasted chicken. We also tried the seasonal berry beer and it was all delicious, served promptly and a very good temperature. We were trapped by a downpour which thankfully "forced" us to have dessert. We had the flourless chocolate torte with a scoop of ice cream, and it was divine!!! Can't wait to go back and try more of their delicious cuisine.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you were able to get a last minute reservation and that you enjoyed your lunch. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  18. LM

    LisaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the hot food was hot..the drinks stayed cold. the burger tasted amazing..beautiful grounds
  19. SL

    ScottL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from Billy. We enjoyed our dinner outside.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the 5-star review, Scott! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal on our patio and the service provided by Billy. We hope to see you back again soon!

  20. G

    Gr8expectations

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Triple birthday celebration lunch. We had the lobster rolls and the redfish also the alligator fritters which were the only let down, all cornmeal and little trace of the alligator bacon and other ingredients said to be in the batter. One of the most delicious fish I have ever eaten, the red fish was perfectly prepared tender tasty just yummy. Our server Bryan was excellent, served at a perfect pace – – ours!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoHappy birthday! Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us. We are so glad you all had a great time. Next time, if you want to taste some alligator try the gator tail appetizer which is lightly breaded and flash fried. Very tender and delicious! We hope to see you back again soon!

  21. ND

    NDW1

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ulele is my favorite restaurant for casual dining, HANDS DOWN! We’re not fans of chain restaurants AT ALL. Therefore, Ulele is our go-to place when we don’t want to cook. My cousin and his wife came in town for their wedding anniversary and wanted to go out to eat. My cousin requested a place that isn’t a chain (again, we don’t do chain restaurants…it’s a family thing, obviously. Lol!) restaurant. I immediately thought of Ulele. The food is always fresh and delicious and service is always on point! They have an amazing wine list as well 🍷They never disappoint!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review and for bringing your out of town family in to experience Ulele. We are glad to hear that everyone enjoyed their visit. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  22. PG

    PatriciaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, great staff, delicious food and drinks!

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review, Patricia! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything that Ulele has to offer. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  23. M

    Michaelj

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere. Very nice place to meet and have a casual meal with friends or co workers.
  24. CD

    ConnieD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Great service, food was excellent. A little expensive. Manager was very friendly. Great experience.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoConnie, We are glad to hear that you had a great experience at Ulele and enjoyed your food and the service. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  25. D

    Doc8

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Something in the kitchen broke and was making this ungodly sound while we were there, but the food was fantastic. I'd go there again.
  26. FF

    FabulousFoodie

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server was amazing!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Table had a lot of bugs settled on it when we arrived. Drink service was pretty slow. Also .. pretty loud if you’re trying to carry conversation. I do really enjoy this restaurant but maybe it was just where we were seated (top back left corner) that threw off the experience.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry to hear of your disappointing experience and appreciate your feedback. The flies on your table are unacceptable and should not have happened, we apologize for our lack of attention to that detail. We do utilize a top-rated service to control pests, use bug repellant fans at our doorways and pay close attention to sanitation. We will continue to do what we can to improve. We hope that you decide to visit us again in the future.

  28. S

    Southloop82

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place blew us away! We were introduced to Ulele at the Tampa airport and finally decided to try the REAL thing! We were not disappointed! The atmosphere is really unique and a added bonus for any art lovers! Food was spectacular - you have to get the chargrilled oysters! Service was impeccable- Deja was one of the best servers we’ve had (and my husband and I have been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years). Next time we’re in Tampa, this is on our must list
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Came in for a first time visit and had Esteban. Thank you, Esteban! He is great- attentive, helpful, personable and quick to smile. I have an allergy and he made the dining experience seamless. Everything we ordered was good- the bread pudding and the crab mac were highlights.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Ulele, especially the service provided by Esteban. We take allergies very seriously and we are glad to have made you feel comfortable dining with us with your allergy. We hope to see you back soon!

  30. SC

    SusanC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Will def be back!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoSusan, Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything the Ulele has to offer. We look forward to your return!

  31. JA

    JacqulineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a place was a plus in my book. The server made even more special. Nice little young lad who made some very good recommendations. A must try

    UleleResponded 4 days agoJacquline, Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the service you received. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Vegetarian dish lacked flavor. Portion of wild rice was disproportionate to rest of dish. My husband got the flank steak which wasn’t cooked medium well. Mac and cheese was good. Sweet potato chips in my dish was good. Overall we were underwhelmed.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal. Did you happen to let your server know of your displeasure? We would have been happy to recook your husband's steak to his desired temperature and/or help you find something different on the menu to enjoy.

  33. BS

    BelS

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Check in was quick and we were accommodated with a great table outside. The service was less than stellar though. The drinks took forever and the server told us the bartender was very backed up apparently she was backed up all night because we ordered 2 more drinks which we never got. 3 out of 5 of us ordered steak and when we asked for steak knives he brought 1; we asked for 2 more. Service was slow and at the end the server said he wasn’t taking the hit for the drinks but the rest he said he was sorry , he has only been there 1 week.

    UleleResponded on 27 June 2022We are sorry to hear that your last visit was disappointing. The service that you experienced is not the Ulele standard and we apologize for the lack of experience in the server that was assigned to your table. Will you please contact us so that we may further discuss your experience? Thank you.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall our first experience was great. The food and service was amazing! Gator apps were a first for me and delicious. Steaks and seafood risotto for dinner were big portions and very filling. Desserts on the table were the flourless torte and the bacon ice cream. Can’t say I’d order them again. The ice cream was good but it’s $10 for vanilla ice cream rolled in corn flakes. My only loss of one star was we were placed upstairs by the kitchen and would’ve preferred to be on the other side for the water view, which I requested. We appreciated the free valet parking, but the attendant lost our ticket after being handed it along with someone who gave him 7 tickets. So it took us about 20min to get our car after my husband had to dig thru their keys and pick his out when we were the only ones left standing there waiting.

    UleleResponded on 27 June 2022We are so glad to hear that you had a great first visit to Ulele. Did you happen to mention or remind the greeters that you wanted to sit in a specific area of the restaurant? Even if it was a few extra minutes before we could seat you, we always try our best to honor those types of requests. Our apologies on your experience with our valet service, they normally do a great job staying organized, so we are sorry that you experienced a lapse in that.

  35. KG

    KathleenG

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food all songs and a diverse menu! Definitely want to go back to try more dishes.

    UleleResponded 4 days agoThank you for the review, Kathleen. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to your return!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was exceptional- most importantly. But we sat outside and the fly situation was so extreme that it almost eclipsed the food experience entirely. The waitress also seemed to forget about us so we only ordered one drink when we would have preferred to have had two or even three. Overall I was disappointed with the experience especially considering we had brought a friend from out of state for her only dinner in Tampa. I love the food but the overall experience could be improved upon. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE FLIES!!!

    UleleResponded on 27 June 2022We are sorry to hear of your disappointing experience and appreciate your feedback. Although our outdoor patio can be a beautiful place to enjoy a meal, being surrounded by water in the summertime makes us an attraction for a lot more natural Florida wildlife. We utilize a top-rated service to control pests, use bug repellant fans at our doorways and pay close attention to sanitation. We will continue to do what we can to improve.

  37. CC

    CCCC

    Indiana

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd anniversary

    UleleResponded on 27 June 2022Happy anniversary! Thank you for the great review!

  38. a

    ashleyu

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good as usual

    UleleResponded on 27 June 2022Thank you, Ashley! Are there any additional comments you would like to leave that would have made your experience a 5-star one? We always appreciate the feedback.

  39. VV

    ViniciusV

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place and foods

    UleleResponded on 27 June 2022Thank you for the 5-star review! We are glad to hear that you had a great experience. Please visit us again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great server, quick on the turn around. Somewhat loud not as date friendly as I would’ve hoped

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 10612 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

21:30


Google Map for Ulele

1810 N Highland Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Henderson Avenue or 7th Avenue

  • Area

    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

    Contactless Payment

  • Executive Chef

    Patrick Quakenbush

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • 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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