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Ulele

4.7
4.7
11638 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

8:30 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

    Ulele offers complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). There also is 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 11,638 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Tampa

    American

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

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  1. CS

    CierraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved our server Red! Food was good. Will definitely go back and try something else. Seafood risotto was very tasty.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. I would recommend to anyone, any time of day.
  3. RR

    RockinRobyn2015

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I’m in Tampa, I always try to meet friends here! It’s just beautiful outside when the weather’s nice this time of year. The oysters are yummy!! Just sorry there was no grouper for our lunch.
  4. TS

    TamaraS

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place!
  5. EL

    EniseL

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Always loved this place - great vibes and food. Except one thing bothered me all night. I was particularly upset that although I made 6-person reservation and called twice to ask to add one more person to the reservation - I was told that it wasn’t possible. The first time I called, the woman was not friendly. She didn’t offer to find another time, a solution, or anything. She made me feel like my small ask was an absurd question. I called back later, maybe I’d have luck with someone else - a different woman answered and at least she was nice and apologized. So I ended up not being able to bring my grandpa to my dad’s birthday dinner because they insisted that a 7th person could not be accommodated. I show up to the restaurant and low and behold - a 7th chair was there, so I don’t understand why two people told me it could not be done and basically insulted me by having an extra chair that could perfectly fit at the table. Again, loved our server and food but could not get over that experience.
  6. RS

    RickS

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before a show at Straz. We ate outside. The atmosphere, service and food were outstanding. We were able to walk from/to Straz Center on the River Walk. Overall a great night out.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh Mahi Mahi. Great cocktail menu! Great raw oysters. Great roasted oysters.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short wait. Good service, good food, fun atmosphere, nice restaurant
  9. H

    Hank

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server made the experience. Service was prompt, courteous and professional
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A day out with my son and a friend. Phenomenal service and phenomenal food
  12. D

    Dining2

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Though place is very active and social, talking to the people at your own table was easy and pleasant You need to try the chili and pineapple upside down bread pudding and coconut ice cream
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with some friends - we love the whole atmosphere
  14. m

    midan

    Jacksonville

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    Fun atmosphere, great menu and service. Had a Lobster roll which was just OK. Everyone enjoyed their meals but I don't feel the need to go back.
  15. KD

    KathyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and delicious, great service even though it was very busy. We sat in a beautiful outdoor setting.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great,
  17. BB

    BonnieBoo

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I must say this is one of my favorite restaurants but I must make note as to why they believe they can charge $20 for 1/2 dozen roasted oysters, which makes it $40 if you want a full dozen? I cannot fathom why they would charge their customers that much for a dozen oysters that used to be a lot less than that in the past. I could see $20 for a dozen as they were in the past, but $40? That is crazy, shame, shame!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was phenomenal
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wanted to try something new for our 8 year anniversary. Cristian, our server was incredibly attentive, friendly, and helpful. We started with 2 appetizers, the Barbacoa Shrimp and Native Chili, and a bottle of Hess Sauvignon Blanc. All paired very well and was delicious. Entrées were the Seafood Risotto and Mr. Henry with the Ulele side salad. Once again, paired well with the Hess and was delicious. We finished with splitting the Pineapple Upside-Down Bread Pudding. By then we were stuffed. But it was so good we had to try and finish it. The staff then surprisingly gifted us with a signed card congratulating us on our anniversary and a small box of chocolates to take home. All in all. It was a great experience and would recommend Ulele to everyone seeking a great diner, atmosphere, and staff.
  20. M

    Marge

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Noise level was was very uncomfortable and downgraded the experience
  21. JE

    JoanE

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was our first visit to Ulele, but won’t be our last. The food and service were great and it is very close to a 5-star rating - but not quite. Mainly because it was a little noisy, our table was a little scrunched up to the edge of the wall and the chairs were not comfortable. Our server provided just the right amount of attentiveness and was very knowledgeable about the menu. My husband enjoyed the Gouda grouper and I loved my native sauté. We ended the evening sharing the key lime stack and left very satisfied.
  22. JJ

    JoJo

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charcoal broiled oysters are a must try! Great wine list with reasonable markups - exceptional service. Food was well prepared - exciting ambiance with great views!
  23. CB

    ChristinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food and our waitress was so helpful and friendly. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a mouth watering dinner with a great ambiance.
  24. PG

    PaulG

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had heard and read good things so we’re a bit disappointed. Nothing special. Wife and I both had local fish dishes and both were kind of bland and needed some heat to make them interesting. Sides were meh. All in all felt more like a chain restaurant and I didn’t see any real Native American dishes on the menu as I expected to. Service was good and outdoor ambiance by water nice.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for your feedback, Paul. We are sorry to hear that we let you down. We hope that you will decide to give us another chance to impress you in the future.

  25. BB

    BrianB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Setting is spectacular, food great, service strong
  26. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting! We were very pleased with the service, the food and the atmosphere. We were a party of four, and all of us thoroughl y enjoyed our meal and are looking forward to our next visit in the near future!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your first visit, Dan! We look forward to your return.

  27. ML

    MaggieL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our food was Luke warm but still delicious! My companion thought her drink was low on alcohol! But overall still one of my favorite places to eat. Thanks.
  28. JM

    JaimeM

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We have been wanting to try Ulele when visiting family in Tampa.. but last night was first time we could get a reservation that worked for our schedule. Ulele has a very cool outdoor vibe & we were lucky it was a perfect temperature and the sun was going down while we were dining. Food was prepared well and tasted delicious. Recommend Ulele for a lovely atmosphere and tasty dishes.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for recommending us, Jaime. We are glad that you were all able to make it in and that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again the next time you are visiting.

  29. KI

    KelleyI

    Nashville

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Our server was amazing. She went out of her way to make sure that everyone was happy.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are so glad to hear that your server ensured a great experience. We hope that you will join us again soon!

  30. M

    Mary

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with wonderful food & drink options. Our table tried numerous dishes and drinks and were pleased with all of them. Our server, Cristian, was professional, friendly and terrific at his job. Cannot wait to come back. And, highly recommend.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoMary, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and will be returning again. We look forward to it!

  31. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    .......Melissa, our waitress was great !!! We each had seafood; gudda Grouper, and blackend Red Fish ..... both delicious .... THE FRIED CARROTS...outstanding...WOW... A MUST HAVE ! The ice cream .....so good we bought some to take home ... Chocalate and Coconut .... REALLY GOOD ..... I look forward to our next visit to your great restaurant ....... (the sangria was very good)

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review and compliments, John! We are so glad to hear that Melissa provided 5-star hospitality and we look forward to serving you again soon.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Server wasn’t the best
  33. OB

    OttoB

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful location, located directly at the Tampa river walking, restaurants has its own parking lots, very convenient, outstanding food, very good service, we had a great time and we will be back!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review, Otto! We look forward to serving you again.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! We had Mahi mahi and comes with yummy slaw, roasted corn, and spinach! We ate everything on our plates. We shared the key lime pie which was delish. We had Patrick as our waiter he was attentive and made the experience lovely. The manager was very nice he came up To ask how everything was going. We enjoyed the view On the water and the building is very cool feel. A+ experience today for lunch. I rarely write reviews but felt this restaurant deserved it!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience. We appreciate the feedback. Please join us again soon!

  35. KE

    KeiaynaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Birthday Yet. Amazing steak mouth watering. Fire stars

    UleleResponded 1 day agoHappy Birthday, Keiayna! Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed your steak.

  36. n

    nonna

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved the menu. Unique and delicious. The noise level inside was very loud and hard to have a conversation. Would recommend eating outside if the weather permits.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for your review, Nonna. We agree with your recommendation, our patio proves a quieter dining experience and we do get some of the best sunsets on the river.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great and food fantastic as always.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great compliments!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! My client and I ordered a few things and ate “tapas” style. Billy is a great server!! He made the best recommendation on the maple bacon ice cream!!

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are so glad that you and your client enjoyed your meal! We hope to see you both back again soon.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The wait times were insane despite not being crowded and once seated the food was awful. I heard such great things - but the fried okra was burned and so were the gator hush puppies- the pork chop was raw and had to be returned- the short rib was dry and flavorless

    UleleResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry that you had to wait for a table to become available for you. Table availability is not the only factor that goes into wait times. Our hostesses manage the flow of the restaurant to ensure timely service and flow of orders entering the kitchen. If you would like to share your feedback with our operations team, please email us and include the best contact information where you can be reached. Thank you.

  40. KJ

    KodakJack

    Memphis/West TN

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seafood risotto is incredible! They also have an awesome Old Fashioned.

    UleleResponded 1 day agoThank you for the wonderful compliments, Jack!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 11638 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 301 times today
Google Map for Ulele

1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Dining areas

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

    Ulele offers complimentary valet after 5 p.m. Fridays, lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays (with Ulele validation). There also is 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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