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Native-inspired foods & spirits. Intricately flavored, visually appealing dishes prepared on our round 10’ barbacoa grill. On-site brewery. On the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights, 400 yards from the Straz Center. Lunch & dinner served daily. Outdoor bar and outdoor seating with waterfront views. Beer and cocktails may be ordered to go and served in a special cup, which allows guests to drink legally along the 2.4-mile Tampa Riverwalk. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas. A second location is at Tampa International Airport, in Airside C, with Southwest Airlines. Please see our website for the most current menu.
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Playgrounds, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. Beautiful atmosphere. Worth the visit. Outdoor seating recommended by the pond. Professional, courteous service.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful birthday celebration! Loved the frose and tomahawk pork chop and chicken with risotto. Great table and service…and melt in your mouth truffles for my birthday! We love this place!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were 4 and all enjoy this lunch. We had different entrees, they were all very good. Good portions and fresh food. Prices at lunch are medium high, dinner is more expensive. You will miss the bread and the salad is extra. Good choice of...wines. Very nice decoration with very nice paintings and a variety of art objects. Outside is a bar al fresco and beautiful statues. The waiters are attentive but there is not rush.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Ulele, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Maria, for taking the time to write this kind review. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're interested in dining at Ulele, it's highly recommended to make a reservation. They offer indoor and outdoor seating. If the weather is nice, and it's not feeling like an oven set to broil, sit outside and watch the sunset while eating a phenomenal...meal. Don't forget the wine, locally brewed beer, and craft cocktails. The jalapeno corn beer muffins were probably the best cornbread I've ever eaten. Okra fries are not coated in batter. It's okra sliced lengthwise and fried. We ordered the Muenster Chicken, Shrimp and Grits, and Flank Steak. Unfortunately, no pictures were taken of the entrees. They were eagerly anticipated and voraciously devoured.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Ulele, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Kimberely! "Totally Tampa" is one of our favorite compliments. We're delighted that you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was excellent, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was rustic sheek. The alligator balls with dipping sauce were so flavorful. The char broiled oysters were also great. Our main courses were served quickly and the food was so fresh. The coconut ice...cream served in the coconut shell is a must have. We will be back again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Ulele, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit to Ulele.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was really looking forward to this dinner as I had made this reservation for the wife and I more than a month out. Unfortunately the kitchen overcooked my steak, and undercooked my wife…to the point it was rare. What was even more strange about hers...was that they actually cut the flank steak, so they had to see it wasn’t medium. The outer 2 slices were medium rare, but the thickest part of the steak was rare. So after waiting 10 mins or so for him to return to our table we tell the server, who was not to blame, and he goes to get the manager. Now mind you Ulele is not Bonefish Grill, but this guy said….after the steak had clearly been off the grill for 20mins or more….”I’ll just throw it back on the grill.” I sat in amazement that he’d suggest this and told the server it wouldn’t work. And it didn’t. All the flavor was cooked out. The exterior was now charred, but they gave us fresh sides….which the manager was so proud to point out. Just clueless. Another manager then came over at which time my wife explained the steak was not good. Normally I’d give 1 star for this kind of experience, but at least they removed it from the bill. However, this is supposed to be a premier dining location in Tampa, and we surely were not treated as such. The manager should’ve offered to replace it immediately. Nothing else was offered to make up for my wife’s ruined meal. Thoroughly disappointing. Next time we will go to Council Oak or Capital Grille.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Ulele, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so sorry to read about this, especially when you had such high expectations for your visit. The situation you described certainly doesn't sound like the Ulele experience we intend for our guests and we apologize for dropping the ball. We've shared your comments...More

Reviewed August 23, 2021 via mobile

I ate a lot of burgers in my life but the one from Ulele is by far the best one, amazing. They also have the own beers, they were really good. Parking is located less than a block away in Armature Works, free on weekdays...and I think they charge $10 on weekends. And can I add you can easily take a walk thru the Riverwalk? Yes, you can do that too.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Ulele, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Darel, we're so happy you were able to enjoy our delicious Ulele Burger, house-brewed beers from Ulele Spring Brewery and central location in beautiful Tampa Heights. Thank you for the five-star review. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 22, 2021 via mobile

Great experience. Super nice waitstaff. Food was wonderful. Our dinner experience was so great we went back for lunch 2 days later on our way out of town. We will certainly be back anytime we are in Tampa

Date of visit: August 2021
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Ulele, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Awesome! Thank you so much for this outstanding review. We look forward to your next Tampa visit!

Reviewed August 2, 2021 via mobile

Nice place, really good food…… but unfortunately really rude hostesses, we arrived and saw and empty place, waited for approximately 45 min, and after we were told that we have to wait for the employees to came in, it’s really sad so nice place so...good food with this kind of attention at the entrance. Best expresó ice cream ever.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021

We went to eat at the Armature Works and saw Ulele. We walked up and found immediate seating behind the bar, right in front of the open kitchen. Start to finish was awesome. The bartenders worked as a team to serve us and tend to...us. Each was fantastic. We got the chargrilled oysters and they were AMAZING!! Most places are short staffed and it shows. They had a full team and it was a treat to watch them work as a team. Watching the kitchen manager work with the cooks and with the runners and the runners working with each other, was impressive. Not one of the employees showed attitude or had issues jumping in and helping out wherever needed. We will definitely be back!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Mslisah72
September 17, 2020|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Yes. The restaurant overlooks the Hillsborough River and Tampa Riverwalk as well as Ulele Spring.
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Response from MangoLove | Reviewed this property |
credit cards, yes definitely. probably also a debit card
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Response from JilKey | Reviewed this property |
Doubtful...but plenty of wonderful appetizers, soups and salads that can be considered smaller portions for a senior meal. Or, order a regular entree and take home any leftovers in doggy bag. Just enjoy !!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ulele

Yes, Ulele offers takeout services.

Yes, Ulele is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Ulele is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5