Ulele

4.7 based on 1689 reviews
Cuisine Type American
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Tampa Heights

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About Ulele

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 & dinner daily. Closed Thanksgiving & 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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  • Waterfront
Cuisines American, Brewery, Contemporary American
Dining Style Casual Elegant
Phone Number +1 813 999 4952
Website www.ulele.com
Dress Code Business Casual
Payment Options AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef Keith Williamson
Location 1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
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  1. Lunch
  2. Dinner

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4.7
Excellent
Based on 1,689 reviews
Noise Level
Moderate
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There were five of us for a business lunch with an out-of-town guest, so of course this was the perfect place. Varied menu, good food and service and a lovely view of the river.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best steak we have ever tasted and we have tasted nation wide!\n The chili is a meal by itself and a must try. Diverse menu. \nHomemade ice cream was a remarkable delicious surprise!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was fun, and if you are not pinching pennies, it makes up for the food which was so so and the service which was the same.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Megan provided us with stellar, warm service and acknowledged our anniversary in a lovely way. The food was outstanding and the wine list was spansive. The ambience is very hip and the outdoor space is really nice to walk around, both before and after dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was excellent as was our food. But I found the drinks to be unimpressive. Noise level was extremely high and the upstairs was too warm. Someone is our party was feeling ill and we asked for some bread but we're told you do not serve it in the restaurant. It was a little disappointed in the ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good service was a little on the slow side. Took too long for waiter to return to table when he left average wait on this was ten minutes

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was a celebration dinner on an out of town bachelotette party. We were able to get a later reservation at 8:15pm. Upon arrival we were promptly seated. Service was on point, food was delicious. \n\nHaving eaten light appetizers earlier in the evening we opted for just entrees. We all enjoyed our meals and were too full for dessert. Our server gave the Bride to Be a little box of complimentary chocolate truffles. Overall a wonderful dining experience. Thank you for making this a meal we will never forget!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our food at Ulele was exceptional, despite taking an hour and a half to arrive. We (party of 3) went on a Saturday night, so the place was packed. Our table wasn't anything to write home about, located directly by the entrance. I have a feeling they were severely understaffed, which would explain the scarcity of our waiter. \n\nI'd be interested to return on a weekday to see how things operate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a fun place to go! Great food! Great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for lunch. The ambience was wonderful. Have told many people about the restaurant. Will return soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really cool atmosphere but the food is not worth the price. I was honestly disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great location with style on the river walk area. It was nicely decorated loved the warehouse feel. Excellent wait staff and we were made to feel quite welcome. Food was superior with lots of unusual options. The entire experience was well worth it. We will recommend it and can't wait to come back again. Thanks

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food and top notch service. This was our second time back and we just think it's great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First visit, definately will be back. Adriana, our server, wonderful! Grilled oysters, portobello mushroom on brioche bun very tasty, as was the Florida mojito. Enough vanilla bean ice cream to share. Loved the atmosphere! Having guests visiting from up north and have already made plans to show Ulele off.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although loud when indoors, I still love this place. If you can get a table outdoors, you will be pleased, as it is a beautiful setting on the river. The food is excellent, and the key lime pie is superb. The historic building is a further plus.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was excellent. Menu interesting. House made beer exceptional. Only downside was noise level. Interesting surroundings and worth the drive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great food and good service. One of our favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The menu items were very broad, the wine list reasonably priced and the outside ambience excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food, everything on the menu is fresh, perfectly prepared and very tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a special occasion when you dine at Ulele! Great food and caring service in a beautiful outdoor setting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and great service. Rick made sure we were well taken care of.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele was excellent and my 3 other guests were first timers. They are bringing back there friends and family. From Appetizers to Dessert, everything was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere and food at Ulele are both terrific. You can even sit outside at the bar, dining tables or chairs on the lawn. You won't be disappointed by the wonderful drinks or delicious food, but be sure to make reservations as it is quite busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First visit and I am truly impressed!! \nService was outstanding- our guy knew that menu thoroughly!! Food was delicious and plentiful. Decor was truly modern and inspiring. Loved everything about my visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb service and food. We ordered the Ulele salad with chicken which arrived within minutes of our order. We had a seat by the open doors which allowed a lovely breeze right from the water. The sun was shining and it was a stunning Tampa day which we enjoyed while we dined. We asked for a received a tour of the brewery from Brewmaster, Tim Shackton, and sampled the Ulele beers. A great day at Ulele.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good. Place is hopping. Unique atmosphere.\n The only downside was the waiter didn't refill water-had to ask twice and then seemed arrogant about it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seated immediately with reservations. Great food, service and beautiful location!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was a fabulous lunch spot and the atmosphere was just perfect. It was bright, fun, and the food was outstanding. I know the 'drop in' wait was an hour and a half, but luckily I'd made a reservation a few days prior. Definitely worth it to plan out a meal here with friends and/or loved ones. I plan on going back for my birthday!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great meal and great time at Ulele's! Came here before the show 'Wicked' with my parents for part of their Christmas Present. They had never been and Loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a no brainer! Menu was outstanding. Food tasted awesome! Great place for a weekend dinner with friends or a special occasion. Only complaint was it took a very long time for drinks to be delivered from the bar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sunday lunch was delightful event at Ulele. The half lobster with salad was cooked perfectly. The best part of the meal was the homemade coconut ice cream. This was rich and creamy and well done

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thank goodness we had reservations as we heard the quoted seating time to be over 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon. Our server was slow, distracted and never once checked on us after we received our meals. Nearby tables remained empty for 15+ minutes, which knowing they had a seating time of over 2 hours was concerning. This restaurant has small portions and not very vegetarian friendly. The menu listed two vegetarian main course options (Portobello burger and Native Saute) and also a 'vegetarian special of the day'. When I asked what that was I was told by our server that they don't have one. Why put this on the menu if you don't have it? This restaurant has a great location, right on the riverwalk, and on a beautiful day it was nice to have the restaurant open and breezy, though it did allow bugs to fly in. The parking is a bit of a walk, but it did aid in post lunch digestion. I can't say we would return nor would I recommend anyone to visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I were entertaining her cousin and her husband. They were blown away by the scenery and the ambiance. We all had different seafood dishes and they were great. The sunset was beautiful. All in all, a very impressive and satisfying night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best part of the meal was the maple bacon icecream covered in cornflakes and drizzled with a Carmel bourbon sauce!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our 2nd time dining at Ulele. Just loved it! Staff is always attentive and the food is outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great meal and vibe at Ulele! This particular trip however, must have been a staff pool going on for up-selling. Literally each and every menu selection our party of 4 ordered (total bill 295$) was interjected by the waitress. To the point of her handing me back the menu to show me another item... I don't need to be shown another item, I can read and I want the item I ordered. Even as she handed the bill she pointed out a picture of Plant City Strawberries and suggested we might reconsider wanting dessert after viewing this photo. I honestly have never had the experience at any restaurant and it affected our usual pleasurable time. I will of course be back as the charbroiled oysters are my favorite dish in Tampa Bay, although I will make it clear that we don't need 'help' with menu reading and selection unless we ask.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was one of the most pleasurable dining experiences that my family and I have had in recent memory. From our server, Shelby, the food to my mom receiving a small box of truffles from the manager because we were celebrating her birthday, our experience was almost stellar. I use the word almost because the restaurant itself was not very handicapped friendly. The view from the second level is incredible and should not be missed but having to go up the flight of stairs to get there can be tough. We have family coming from out of town soon and are looking forward to sharing the unique experience that is Ulele.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love it but it's so noisy it's difficult to carry on a conversation even at a small table for four. \nAlso, our server seemed like she was a bit short on experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service, we will be back and highly recommend

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really love the restaurant it was my first time and I am definitely going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! Excellent wine list and delicious food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, but too noisy to carry on a conversation. I would recommend with that caveat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved the food, the building, the art and the surroundings. It was a great time. Homemade ice cream, just saying....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A very noisy experience. I could hardly hear what my friends were saying.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything at Ulele is always exceptional. I love bringing people there and then hopping on the Pirate water taxi for a tour!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wasn't impressed with the food and the dirty martini i ordered was not good. I love the ambience and service was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great dinner at Ulele's and the best waiter in Tampa, Brooks B. He started by introducing himself and then explained the history of Ulele's. He never rushed us but was always nearby to offer great service. I had the loaded native chili and my wife had the mac and cheese with crab as appetizers. Both were wonderful. Then I had a single bone pork chop which was over an inch thick and I cut it with my fork. Just a warning here: make sure you are hungry because this chop is huge. My wife had the muenster chicken and it was also a large portion with great taste. This is a great restaurant with great service and food. Try it you will not be disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

So lound I could not hear what the server said that was on speacial.\nWay Too LOUD!!\nHard to talk with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this venue for a fun night out. Food is terrific, although service can be a bit slow when it's busy (which is always). Love the fried okra and the jalepeno cheddar grit cakes. Don't miss dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food, beer, ambiance and service.. just a tad loud:)))

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really enjoyed the quality of food... everything was delicious!! The service was excellent! Loved the homemade ice cream and the carrot curls!!! We will be back soon. The setting on the river is perfect... unfortunately it rained the day we were there... so we didn't walk the riverfront!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was looking for a restaurant to thank my Tampa host...Ulele was perfect. Excellent staff and service, great appetizers...we had the calamari.. and main courses that included local fish...we had the grouper and tuna, seafood and meat, interesting cocktails..we had a MOJITO, daiquiri and and a well priced wine list. Casual outdoor bar and seating indoors..can accommodate small and large groups including children.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Ulele several times and the entrees always disappoint. Appetizers are pretty good but I've never had a good entree. The fish never tastes super fresh and is always drowned in some sort of sauce.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding service and very attractive decor. Smells like great food when you walk in the door, but downhill from there. The oysters were a bit gritty although the flavor was great. Mostly disappointed in the burger (under-seasoned) and the salads (boring-fast food type). If only the food matched the setting...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic experience. Ulele will be a new favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was great, food was tasty and presentation attractive, portions large and reasonably priced. Very enjoyable dinner and looking forward to next visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were visiting from out of town to celebrate my birthday. The food was amazing and the service was excellent - we had an exceptional experience & will definitely return to Ulele if we come back to Tampa :-)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were exemplary. It really needs no further explanation, the staff are all incredibly professional and expedient in their roles.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my first visit and I was impressed. The location, restaraunt itself, service, food, and scenery were all excellent. I will definitely be returning in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been to Ulele several times and we live in Apollo Beach so it is definitely worth the drive! Love the new boat slips that they put in so we can ride over on our boat. We love our servers Amy and Sam and are never disappointed in the specials and the Charbroiled oysters are THE BEST! Try it - you will love it!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Valentine's day

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great views and open air dining that is awesome almost year 'round.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing Experience for the family everything that we ordered was delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I absolutely love this place. It never disappoints. The menu is varied and interesting, something for everyone. The only thing that can be an issue is the noise level makes it difficult to carry on a conversation with others at your table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made a reservation of 6:45. When we checked in at 6:30 they said that we were early and that there may be a little wait as they had a large event going on. Went up at 6:45, table still not ready. Went up at 7:00, table still not ready. Went up at 7:15, table still not ready. Personally I feel this is unacceptable. People make reservations so that they can be seated shortly after arriving. People also make reservations, because they have an event to attend after dinner. We missed our after dinner show because of this.\n\nOn a lighter note......the atmosphere, food and cocktails were unbelievable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We brought our relatives for lunch who were visiting from out of town. We had a very enjoyable lunch. Downside was the service was slow and we had to ask several times for beverages. Still recommend. Great ambiance, friendly staff, good food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never disappointed..to enjoy great and exotic food...river front views. It makes me proud to show off my city and forgettable dining.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We decided to take our out of town guests to Ulele for a special dining experience. The food was good but the service was terrible. Our waiter was inattentive, fidgety, and abrupt. He only asked two of the six diners if they wanted a beverage. He did not allow us the opportunity to order appetizers, salads, or soup. Never asked how our meal was nor if we wanted additional drinks. Although I love the location and the menu choices, I will think twice before I make reservations again at Ulele.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time there and even though to get a reservation at a reasonable time is difficult, it was definitely worth the wait. I reserved just a week in advance so reservation on a Saturday was at 9pm. We were seated on time and enjoyed our meal. Great experience. I'll book again way more in advanced next time. Well worth the drive!!! Great food and a great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always live our meals at Ulele, especially bringing guests from out of town.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service. Ernesto our waiter was wonderful and very attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were extremely happy with the restaurant. Loved the seasonally menu and the bacon, maple fried ice cream was to die for!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We weren't seated until nearly 40 minutes AFTER our reservation time after being told it would only be 10 to 15. The hostesses showed absolutely no remorse and didn't apologize once for the wait. I was planning to walk out when they finally texted that a table was ready. Once we were finally seated, the food and our waitress were great. It will, however, be that last time I make a trip there in the evening for that kind of customer service - it couldn't have been more obvious that we were just a number and if we would've left it wouldn't have mattered.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful spot but don't expect to sit at the time of your reservation, we waited an hour to be seated, vibrant atmosphere, fabulous appetizers, entrees not as great...it was late so we skipped dessert. It's a hot spot for sure, though you have to order the right dishes, octopus appetizer was awesome, flank steak entree and seafood risotto, we had some issues with.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Riverside sunset dining with Interesting food twists on comfort food. Love the art and design, craft drinks, outside seating, inside seating that brings in the river views. Happy place to eat, but noisy, really noisy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Table was ready when we arrived. The service started off great but seemed to wane. Water and iced tea were not filled promptly and overall attention was lacking. The restaurant seems to be resting on its laurels a little bit. Saw 2 managers standing around but neither went up to any tables to see how diners were doing. Food was good but not great. High expectations were not met. Overall, good, not great

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I wish I could remember the name of our attendant. He made us feel right at home and well attended to. He saw to our ever need without being intrusive. He was an absolute delight.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding menu choices with regional flair. Dined here twice on a recent business trip and wasn't disappointed. Don't miss the homemade ice cream. The lobster claw cocktail was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful place!!!\nWe were stuck in the parking garage after a performance at the Straz Center :( knowing we would be late we called ahead and notified the staff, which they graciously agreed to hold our table. We were seated within a few minutes of arriving.\nLoved the seafood potpie!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele opened strong, but now that it's been open for a while- it's starting to slip. Each time I go, the food and the service gets worse. Sad, the same thing has happened at the Columbia in Ybor. that used to be my favorite restaurant for probably 15 years, but then it seemed to be spiraling down in service. \nThis visit to Ulele served me horribly overcooked char-grilled oysters (usually my favorite dish there) and the service was both very slow and unattentive. \nNot wasting anymore time or money here!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele is a great restaurant, amazing food and great atmosphere! Tonight the service was off when compared to other nights I've had there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really enjoyed our food, the service was incredible, and we will definitely be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambience here was really cool. They had an outdoor bar with couches and chairs overlooking the water. We are inside which was a little noisy but fun to watch the open kitchen. I had the Seafood pot pie with, cheddar mashed potatoes and steamed green beans which was tasty. My husband had the filet which he said tasted good but was slightly overlooked. He asked for medium rare and got medium. Overall, we had a nice time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was pretty good but priced to be excellent. Restaraunt itself was cool with history and a beautiful setting.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very dis appointed in food! I have been a fan of Columbia restaurants for fifty years and couldn't wait to eat at their new store! First I had to fight to increase my reservation from 8 to 9 people , it was like They were doing me a big favor to let me come to this great place and eat their wonderful food! Not. Never again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was awesome. Drinks were awesome- thanks Dennis. A must for a return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife's birthday

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food as always. Awesome flavors and presentations. Adequate service this night.\nWaited a little longer than expected for a table though.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took to long to get our lunch, hamburgers undercooked. Meals were cold, and hamburgers were terrible. I'm an old man whose been eating medium-rare hamburgers for 60 years. Their burgers were seriously undercooked.\nNever again!! Terrible way to spend Valentines Day with Mother, wife, friends.🙁🙁🙁

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful time = Food and server made it for us! Can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This Restaurant is amazing its beautiful, the food is amazing, the waiters are always nice and attentive. I look for occasions to take people to Ulele, because its just that good,

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding location and unique building. A must when in the Tampa area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely fantastic dinner for Valentine's Day. Extremely impressed with the service and the food. The grounds and view from the dining room were stunning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my favorite place. I can't always splurge, but when I do, this is my first choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Make sure you put Ulele on your 'must eat at' list. The ambiance is great, service excellent, food creative and well prepared. Plus for what you get the value is very good. Be sure you make a reservation!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had 6:45 reservations and at 8:30 we still had no dinner. We were there for our wedding anniversary. The waitress was not attentive at all. Even looking around the restaurant when we were ordering and we had to repeat our order to her several times. My husband's beer was hot. The waitress shrugged her shoulders and never offered to get another. Waited 24 minutes to get an iced tea. When we asked where our food was, the waitress said that she put it in so she didn't know what to tell us. The food came out cold and the steak had so much gristle that my husband couldn't eat it. Terrible experience. We asked the waitress to send the manager over twice. The manager finally came over 30 minutes later and she did not charge us for our meal, which we didn't eat anyway.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food and our service was excellent! It's noisy so do not expect a cozy intimate experience. It's fun tasty and beautiful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food , great service very artsy atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service. Noisy inside but quiet outside.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Monday I took four ladies to lunch to celebrate a birthday. April set the tone and through the entire meal was the consummate server. The food was excellent -- we all ordered differently and ate off of each other's plates. Carrot ribbons, newer to the menu, and okra fries were fabulous starters. Manager Paul stopped-by before we left to wish the birthday girl the best and give her both a card signed by the wait staff and a box of truffles too. Have always enjoyed Ulele's since I was honored to dine there during their soft opening -- this luncheon reignited my love affair. Thank you Ulele's for making our birthday party so very extra special!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and great service with modern design and waterfront view.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about the place was great, aside from the food. The flavor just wasn't all there or what you expect. The mac n cheese appetizer was the only food we enjoyed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat outside, it was a beautiful day.\nMy only complaint was the furniture was very uncomfortable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot ,great food , brewery , and. Interesting menu. Place to go to in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great dining experience. The meal was exquisite and our waiter Peter was outstanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went on Sunday afternoon for my birthday and had a 2pm reservation. If we'd sat outside it might have been more enjoyable as it was hard for my husband and I to hear each other inside. We ordered an appetizer that never came (neither did the lemon for my water), the waitress seemed as if she didn't really want to be there and our food was only ok. My husband said his steak got pretty chewy about halfway through. It took a very long time to get our check and we never saw anyone (like a manager) walking around, asking how things were. We've heard such great things about it and are really disappointed in our experience... especially since this was a birthday meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

When we got there, our table was not ready. How do you make a res and then not have the table ready. We waited 15 minutes. They ran out of grilled oysters, The main reason we went there. We ordered 3 steaks. 2 steaks were under cooked and 1 came out 5 -7 minutes later, over cooked. Very disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing staff amazing food amazing experience - when ulele first opened they had just really great food but the service was terrible and it ruined the experience. They have REALLY stepped up and have created a fantastic dining experience. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service and always love our experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Contemporary American cuisine with a Tampa twist. Open kitchen on the inside so if you are looking for a quiet evening with atmosphere request outdoor seating on the reservation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious. However this was my third time here and it wasn't as busy as it has been in the past, yet we seen very little of our waiter.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love to sit outside with my husband, little girl & German Shephard... food it always great as well as the service. For outdoor dining, it is the best in the Bay Area

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First of all.... Diedre our server was phenomenal!! I love love loved her!!! The food was amazing (oysters, beautiful steak and snapper), but honestly what stole the show was the bacon ice cream. we shared for dessert... unfreakingbelievable and fun. Also, being able to get a wine to go so we could sit outside and enjoy the night was awesome! Could not have asked for a more perfect evening! Thanks Ulele!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was very busy for a Monday night! I was happy I made reservations. I've been here multiple times and I'm always satisfied!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second time dining at Ulele and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing, the ambience great and our waiter Joshua was so fun me friendly, he really added to the experience. I want to go there more often!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my third visit to Ulele. We arrived early to try to have a few drinks at the outdoor bar and patio but it was packed with people , kids, kick ball etc not at all what I expected. The outside bartender was very short and not al all friendly and seemed annoyed that we asked for a menu of drink selection. I order a dirty martini which tasted like pure olive juice (terrible), my husband had a Manhattan very strong clearly this bartender had no clue how to mix drinks. My son had a beer and his girlfriend a Margarita that was ok. There was no place to sit all the outside sitting was occupied. I felt like I was athinking a beach barbecue rather than a nice Restaurant. It was early our reservation was at 5.00 but the people lingered on there even after we left around 7.00 seemed to be a hangout more than anything. Our waiter inside was amazing but the food was not. My dish which was the seafood risotto was not very good, the okra fries were wimpy and very gressey overall just not the quality I experienced before. Very disappointing celebrated my son's 21st bday nice touch he recvd a signed card and box of chocolates and again our waiter was exceptional. Not sure what the issue was but did not enjoy the atmosphere or food at all. Sorry...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The servicer was especially attentive, overall very nice!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food. Very historic and interesting property. Great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always pleased when I visit Ulele... Good service, excellent menu

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch was wonderful. Service was excellent from all staff. Everyone was so friendly. Definitely will be planning more visits to continue to explore all food items. We saw so many great looking dishes coming out of the kitchen!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great time. Our waiter was amazing. I wish i remembered his name. Great day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is not the first time my friend and I were there having lunch. We are always greeted and seated where we requested. The servers seem to rotate but we have always been served with a smile and very knowledgeable of the menu. Food is always fantastic and we have tried quite a few of the entrees. We will be back with our bibs on. Thanks for opening such a great restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good but service fell down a litle with food delivery. Asked for Mayo but never received it and our server did not come back to check on us until we had finished.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We go to Ulele at least 1 a month --maybe twice --other than having difficulty making reservation in advance - it has become our favorite place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been there last year and loved it so brought 2 more couples with us!! We WILL be back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always enjoy the service and food with a nice view.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I went to Ulele for her 30th birthday. We went on a Thursday evening for a reservation at 7:30 and arrived about 10 minutes early. While we waited for our table to be ready, we went to the outside bar to get a few drinks while we waited. The bar area was slightly busy, but not too crazy. Getting one of the two bartenders to notice us was a bit of a challenge but we got a glass of wine and a beer in about 7-8 minutes, at which time our table was ready. \n\nThe atmosphere at the restaurant is really great. It's located right on the water and it's a good mix of young professionals, and older groups all intermingling and hanging out. The inside of the restaurant is very open and they have large doors that were all open to the patio seating creating one large indoor/outdoor dining experience. Our server was very friendly and attentive. As it was our first time there, she gave us the pitch about their food being locally sourced, Florida-inspired, and covered the specials for the evening. \n\nWe had Fresh Calimari as an appetizer. It was pretty good, albeit a little heavy on the lemon and salt flavor. We both had a 14 oz Ribeye special for our main course, which was garnished with sea scallops in a creole sauce, a side of okra and green beans, and white cheddar popcorn potatoes. Our server said the steaks could be cut with a butter knife. She was partially right, they could be cut with a fork. They were incredibly tender and delicious, we both ordered medium rare and they were cooked to perfection. Both of us weren't fans of the way the steak came out on top of the potatoes, but overall the meal was really good. \n\nFor two beers, two glasses of wine, an appetizer, two entrees, and tip, our bill was about $130. Considering overall quality of the food, service, atmosphere, the value was right in line with what I expected. \n\nParking - free valet after 4:30 pm, easily accessible parking lot next to restaurant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place has really declined. Mayne too much success has made them lazy. Food very average and service poor. Been here before and was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food in an artsy setting! Menu had good selection with many creative choices. All four of us enjoyed our meals.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dinner at Ulele prior to seeing Wicked at the Straz. Always enjoy the atmosphere and lively vibe at Ulele. Our server Shelby was attentive and the food was very good.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Typically our visits are great. This particular visit was sub-par. Our server changed to a new person after our app & drink order. At first we were pleased because it took soooo long for the server to come to take our order initially HOWEVER, we quickly realized the second server wasn't any faster or attentive. We (6) arrived at 4:30pm and were RUSHING to get out the door by 7:00pm due to everything taking 10x longer than it should have. Two of us ordered steak and both were horribly over cooked. We waited for the waiter to come back so we could let him know but after no sign of him for 10 minutes, we ate what we could choke down and took the rest home for the dog (yes, he (the dog) was most thankful for his $30 steak dinner). This was certainly a very disappointing dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A fantastic dining experience. Great service, amazing local food and beer. Recommend for everyone!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best restaurants in a long time. Great service, beautiful setting, great staff and wonderful, creative food! A 10!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is consistently good. The noise level can make conversation challenging for those with hearing limitations. I love the setting, along the Hillsborough River. One of my favorite special places to go.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the most amazing wait staff, Janielle. She went out of her way to make sure that our meal was a wonderful experience and the food was amazing. I recommend the Alligator Hushpuppies.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and service, but be prepared for a noisy place. The noise level is very high, so it's difficult to carry on a conversation, or even for everyone to hear what the server says about specials. Other than that, it's a great restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Housed in the original waterworks building right on the river, this restaurant is in really cool building. The interior houses an eclectic art collection. The menu is excellent, with really fresh, local, 'native' foods. We started with the Pulpo Carpaccio which was so tasty I could have eaten the whole plate. My friends had the snapper entrees which were really good. I had the pompano, which, IMO, is the best thing on the menu. Wish I were in the area longer to try out other menu items. One downside, though, is it's really noisy. Even if you're outside, near one of the entrances. Still, absolutely worth a visit. It's worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my go to place (at sunset) when guests are in town visiting. So far, no one has been disappointed. Great food, great atmosphere, and delicious drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Innovative cusine with so many interesting items on the menu I wanted one of each! It is out of the way but so worth the trip. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. We will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A Tampa Gem. The building is remarkable and our food was delicious. The chilled avocado soup was worth the trip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere and good service, food and drinks. Order the grilled oysters appetizer. Also, be on time for your reservation or call to let them know you are running late. They report you to OpenTable as a no show if you are 15 minutes late (we arrived 17 minutes late). Still got seated and had an awesome dinner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, Ulele was terrific.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the seafood pot-pie (which was delicious!) My friend had the chili and muffins (also delicious) Our service was excellent. We had to change our reservation on short notice and the host staff was very accommodating. Overall a memorable experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I LOVE going to Ulele. I ALWAYS have a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The inside sitting is not comfortable. The open kitchen completely stinks it, to the point that my eyes were watering in under 5 min and that is with all windows and doors wide opened. They need major ventilation improvements. Other than that, the food and service were very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele was fun again! We've been there 3 times and will continue to go back. Have already recommended it to some 'foodies' that we know.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was great. He was very knowledgeable of the beers on tap and when we didn't like our appetizer he was quick to get us something else. Instead of making us feel bad for not liking it he said he would let the chef know of our feedback. By the way, I bit into an entire clove of garlic in the hummus...gross....someone people may love garlic but I am not one of them and that was even too much for someone who does! However, the Gouda grouper was amazing and we substituted potatoes for the white popcorn mashed and it was the perfect pairing with the fish! I would offer it that way. The design of the place was cool. We sat upstairs and there was a speaker next to my ear and a draft from the downstairs but after more people came in and packed it, both subsided a bit. I really liked the outside. It had a very chill happy hour feel to it. Unfortunately I don't live in Tampa so I won't get to experience it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit. Very pleasant lunch at a beautiful location. Loved the (sunrise, sunset?) cocktails, okra fries, chicken lollipops, salads and Juan's snapper. We rarely have desserts but the guava pie, key lime stack and house made ice creams were irresistible. Service was friendly yet professional. A+++ in all areas. Thank you Ulele.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were attending the theater with 3 of our boys and brought them to Ulele. Everyone enjoyed their food, but it's pricey. Our waiter was very attentive, personable and knowledgeable. The service was great. Ulele is a great place to dine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the second time I've been here, in the last month. Food is delicious. Service, personnel very friendly. However, we did have to ask for a couple of items three times....... We sat outside on a beautiful day, were you too busy?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great place for a business meeting. Noise level is never a problem and the service is excellent and the food is excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele never disappoints! Always enjoy the superb food as well as the fun atmosphere.\nThe grounds are beautiful and the addition of the outside bar completes the package. :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

unbelievably great, with excellent service. the honeymoon was the best

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice evening out with friends to celebrate a birthday pre theater. Crowded and noisy. Great menu. Good service if a little slow. Not cheap but quality food isn't!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice dining experience. Good food, great views. Good location and easy to get to the Straz since we had theater tickets.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only one of our dishes was good. The rest were not tasty, too oily or cold from not being served promptly. The server was apologetic but everything was delayed from drinks to check. Very unpleasant experience overall. This was our third time. I hope if we go again they will have resolved the good, noise and service issues.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I find Ulele one of the most unique restaurants in all of Tampa Bay because it truly is a dining experience that utilizes all of the senses. Gonzmart has partnered with the environment to create a wonderful vista and your palate will scream bodacious & outrageous at the all tantalizingly yummy choices one has for food & drink. Love the place. Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a wonderful experience! It is a very cool building with lots of different areas to sit. The food was delicious. We had the chargrilled oysters that were amazing! My filet was cooked perfectly as was my husbands snapper. The wines are not overpriced and our server was very knowledgeable about everything. Loved this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second to none ambiance and service. I will not only recommend, but will return soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The unique food items on the menu are prepared with local, fresh ingredients.\nEverything was excellent.\n\nThey have a brewery on site with many craft beers.\n\nYou can enjoy food and drink inside or out.\n\nVery crowded and popular.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Date night

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved your building and location. Wait staff very pleasant. But food was mediocre at best. My cousins steak was not cooked to order and was very tough full of gristle. Grouper pieces small. fried okra greasy. My sisters brisket nasty. Wow! such a nice place! need new ideas in kitchen.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We continue to dine at Ulele's on a regular basis. Consistently good food and service. My favorite is the Muenster Chicken and my husband enjoys the salads. Great views from the patio outdoor seating area, as well as the front tables looking over the Hillsborough River.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Steak was bland and average quality at best. Food was lukewarm. Food sent back came back and only green beans were warm. Very underwhelming and disappointing experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful place. Food was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Total experience was awesome.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought my Mom to eat at Ulele before we went to a show at The Straz. We had a 5pm reservation. By teh time we left, the place was packed. Beautiful views from inside and outside. Historic building. Amazing inside and outside bars. A lot of outdoor seating on comfy patio couches, chairs. Recommend reservations. Only 10 min walk to Straz along River Walk from Ulele, making parking easy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food, the atmosphere and our server was a gem. The noise level was incredible. Truly horrible, and this was a Thursday night crowd. It wasn't crowded at all. I shudder to think what it's like on a weekend or at Super Bowl. You'd be risking your hearing permanently. I'm not joking. We were a table for 3, and all of us were hoarse from screaming at each other attempting to talk. I got a migraine. I did contact the management, and it was suggested I eat outside in the future, or in a particular section. That's fine, but I can't be the only one. Remember that some places used to have separate rooms for smokers (or non, depending)? I think we need to bring those back for people who want to actually have a conversation that goes beyond 'WHAT?' No, none of us at our table were hearing impaired in any way. \n\nThe food and ambiance are beyond compare. Its everything you've heard about. I truly enjoyed my meal. I had the fresh raw oysters which were presented COLD, on a bed of ice. Then I had the beet and pear salad which was a killer...so good, and perfect before my seafood risotto and wilted spinach. I love love love risotto, and this was on par with some I'd had in Italy this summer where I wanted to lick the plate. We had the Key Lime stack for dessert. Very respectable, but I did wonder why they hit the whipped cream with the torch. Maybe it was meringue, but I thought it was whipped cream. \n\nI'm glad my visit was a good one, but sad that the noise level was so repellent. I might go back, but it will have to be a very special occasion, and only after consultation with the Maitre D' or someone equal to advise me how I can go and not risk permanent hearing damage. I don't want to think that noise cancelling headphones are going to become a necessary accessory for eating out in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visit Ulele everytime we come to Tampa from Ponte Vedra Beach and we recommend to friends who travel here as well.....WE LOVE .EVERYTHING about your restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great atmosphere and the best setting for sunset dining

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every visit is a visual pleasure. Everything is well thought out and pleasing to the eye.\n Food, outside grounds, the stained glass by the bar and the statue in the dining room are all great ambiance, particularly for the first time visitor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though we had a reservation for 8:30, our table wasn't ready until 9. Luckily they have beautiful grounds to wander around while you're waiting. Great views of the water along the riverwalk. The food and wine were very good. We had a lot of fun here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious char grilled oysters!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to take out of town guests to showcase Tampa and the RiverWalk area. Guaranteed to leave a positive, lasting impression on business associates.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

No trip to ulele is compete without enjoying the charbroiled oysters. Among the best I've ever tasted. Sam our server clearly knows how to take care of guests. it shows in everything he does and we are delighted when we have a chance to have him as our server

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was outstanding! Server knew the menu and wine list. What she described was spot on. Best meal I had while in Tampa

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We attended our reservation. Felt very rushed by the server.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Knowledgable waitress, good food, great environment. Wish it was a bit quieter; hard to have a conversation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely perfect. My husband found this place and knew that I would love it. He took me there for our wedding anniversary. I love anything that is local and fresh. Ulele provided a wonderful romantic table with a view of the waterway. They gave us a box of special chocolates for our anniversary. Which was amazing. The server had suggested several items which all were delicious. Our most favorite was desert. The bacon ice cream was literally to die for. We will definitely be back and bring the family.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, high quality, great ambiance, great view. Top 5 in Tampa.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amateur service. Cold food, raw steak. place has good reviews overall, reason why we went but did not live up to it. \nThey didn't charge us for our dinner entrees guess they figured we had a disaster dinner \nWe canceled our brunch rezo for the sister restaurant \nAnd that's that

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Upbeat locale with nice menu for every taste. No bread service was a disappointment however. Reasonable wine and beer prices as well.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were really looking forward to dining at Ulele after hearing so many great things. The building and interior design is impressive, but incredibly noisy, making it difficult to carry on a conversation with anyone but the person next to you. We asked a lot of questions about the menu and wine choices and were probably a bit of a pain for our waiter, but he was fabulous throughout and we were very impressed with the service. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to the hype and we left mostly disappointed in that regard. For appetizers, we ordered calamari, frog legs and charbroiled oysters. We enjoyed the calamari and oysters, but the frog legs were so tiny that it was nothing but fried batter on a tiny bone and we didn't eat more than one each. (The restaurant very graciously removed them from our bill without us asking.) Two of us ordered the seafood risotto based on recommendation from our waiter. The seafood (crab, shrimp and lobster) was all still in the shells and set on top of the risotto so we had to deal with that before we could eat (and had to ask for extra plates to put the debris on). The crab claw was delicious and cooked perfectly, but that is where the positives ended for the risotto. The risotto was undercooked (crunchy) and gummy at the same time. One of my shrimp was nice and firm, but the other was mushy, and the lobster was a tasteless mush put back in the shell. (Both of us who ordered the risotto agreed on those points.) Our other two diners both ordered snapper which came out overcooked. On a positive note, the cheddar popcorn mashed potatoes and wild rice sides were wonderful and the maple bacon ice cream and key lime stack did not disappoint! For the price, I doubt I would go back, but based on so many rave reviews I have to wonder if it was just an off night for the kitchen. (It was a very busy Monday evening.)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good but service was really slow. It took 40 mins to get our drinks

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Me and my husband was more than happy with our visit. Ulele got a nice big city/european feeling, great food and very nice service. We had Alligator Hush Puppies, char-grilled oysters, Crackling Pork Shank and Seafood Risotto and all the dishes were amazing!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had the pork shank my wife had duck. Food is amazing ask my wife how she like her food she said if she was not in restaurant she lick her plate clean. We are from Chicago and have been to many great restaurants and this is one every one should try. It a bit noisy but is very unique food excellent and portions are big. I will diffidently drive the 60 miles from Sarasota to get my food fix. It is a tad hard to get reservations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A WONDERFUL experience. A birthday dinner that was outstanding. Food was delicious and waiter was terrific. The ambience is very nice, both inside and out. Sitting right on the riverwalk you can take a nice stroll after dinner. About the only negative I have is that with hip busy resturant it gets kind of loud and conversation at tables can be difficult. Okay with person next to you, but across the table is hard.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic time as always! We had a big party with several kids who behaved well and played outside. We were looked after very well, and accommodated despite the lateness of our request, and the kids were so happy running around outside!!! Great service from all! Amazing food. Great beer! A place we visit every time we're in town! \nKid friendly!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You can't go wrong with any of the fresh catch. Be sure to share the key lime stack for a super tart and tasty treat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From top to bottom, the menu, service & curated cocktail menu was fantastic. A beautiful venue & lively atmosphere complements the menu perfectly. Worth every dollar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele never fails to amaze me. Awesome food, fabulous cocktails. Great view. A bit too loud for my taste, but still worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food with local ingredients.....food is made to order...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Ulele! On this visit the night before Gasparilla, the restaurant was very lively and quite noisy. We had a 9 pm reservation. Unfortunately we waited over 25 minutes to be seated. Our server informed us of the specials, one being the King Clip Fish. We looked this up on our iPhones. Do your research! This is in the cusk-eel family. Basically it is half fish/half eel. Not a fish/eel I want to order at a fine restaurant. We always enjoy the roasted oysters. I ordered the Mahi-Mahi fish dinner that was beautifully presented and was delicious. In recent visits the Pompano was divine, although I order it with the sauce on the side. The Pompano is excellent without the sauce. The coconut ice cream is always an amazing treat! Our server could have been more attentive after delivering the meals. We were short a utensil set and had to finally get up and find another server who gave us one fork. The outdoor bar addition was much needed and offers an amazing view of the river and Ulele's beautiful grounds.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

All in all a nice evening dinner. A little on the loud side, but still able to have conversations without raising your voice. Service was great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Would suggest that the lunch menu be expanded, maybe a few reasonbly-priced seafood item? Love the venue

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really nice lunch. Would be all 5 stars, except for the noise level. It was my birthday and they gave me this lovely box with 4 truffles to keep or share with my friends. Nice touch. Love the raw bar. Will certainly be back as often as I can. The setting is great on the water. Can't wait to be able to eat outside.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for an early dinner with wife on 1/26/ 2017 before going to Straz. Had read about Ulele and anxious to try. Impressed with the grounds and restaurant. Had char broiled oysters for an appetizer very good. Had a table on the second floor and watched chef prepare them on the grill down below. Wife had Grouper and I had Snapper. Both meals were excellent. Enjoyed all the sports memorabilia decorating the walls. Great Restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Alligator Hush puppies and the Crab Mac n cheese are the best! That's only the appetizers, the main courses are killer! You can't go wrong.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Third time dining! Food tasted great and the service was good. \nGreat ambiance with a historic flare. Would come back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele sits at the Tampa Riverfront and the outside is beautiful. Has an outdoor bar and several nice seating areas. The Restaurant was very busy for a Thursday night, and we sat upstairs as we were told it would be more quiet, it was not . There was a table of 25 which were talking and laughing loudly. We could converse with each other, there was alot of background noise.\nOur server was great, but very busy. The duck was fantastic, the salmon was very good also. \nDrink service outside was a bit slow, it was not busy outside.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My 84 year old in-laws were in town for a visit and I suggested Ulele for our evening meal. We had dined there before and held our wedding dinner there. The overall experience was fine until the food was delivered and my father-in-law received a pork chop that was a child size portion. My mother-in-law ordered the same entree and hers was equally 'tiny' for the $21.00 charge. \nThe entire experience left me embarrassed for suggesting the restaurant in the first place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server, Audra, was amazing. The oysters, grouper, were delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great meal and great ambiance. Very very loud tonight but not usually that way.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

great location and great meal .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chargrilled oysters a must! Creative menu with a variety of options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the atmosphere, the art works, the history of where the name of the restaurant came from, the nearness to the river walk. Robert, our waiter was just great! Thanks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always like to come back to Ulele.\nThe setting is fabulous next to the Hillsboro River.\nAnd I like the bakers dozen oysters on the half shell a lot. They are the best you find in this region.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant hits the Trifecta: the food is outstanding, the decor is interesting and artistic, and the service was top notch! Those last 2 help me enjoy my meal so much more. We were able to snag a table at sunset, also a plus. The okra fries weren't my favorite, but my spouse loved them. The oysters were delish as were both our meals. I'd look forward to eating here again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our party of four enjoyed three appetizers (very fresh oysters on the half shell, pulpo carpaccio and fried okra). We each ordered different entrees and each one was delicious. Seafood Risotto, Pork Shank, Flank Steak and Fish. Dessert and coffee to end this amazing meal! We will be back again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We certainly recommend the charbroiled oysters, and roasted beet and pear salad. And reasonably priced wines to choose from.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unele was a really good experience. I would definitely go again... We loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for lunch on a Sunday and everything was great. Prices are a little high but not unreasonable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic and inspired cuisine. Food and service were top notch. Will be back as often as possible!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

awesome waitress. eager to explain how dishes were prepared, what was in them, what were her favorites - which we ordered. just an all around awesome, friendly person.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not up to their usual standards tonight. Staff was wonderful, ambience was good. The food was lacking this Monday night. Put a bad spin on the group of 6 'regulars '. Hopefully, this was a one off.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there to renew a valuable friendship. It couldn't have been better. Arrived early and sat outside soaking up the scenery and people having fun. Food and service excellent. Highly recommend for any occasion

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed our dining experience at Ulele's. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the atmosphere was lively. We love that the owners of this restaurant cares about the community and invest in our area, by providing quality places to dine. We appreciate it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Gotta try BBQ oysters!\nExcellent drinks, 'Ring of Fire' a winner!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Still don't really care for this place, although some Canadian business associates of my husband wanted to go. It is in a fun location -- took the water taxi there on a nice evening -- and the beer is outstanding. They say the grilled oysters are as well. This time, I ordered the seafood risotto. The stuffed lobster was mushy, and I couldn't taste lobster at all. Was more like bread crumbs and mush. The crab claw had zero flavor, and the shrimp hardly any either. The Canadians enjoyed themselves and their meals. Not sure if they were just saying that since my husband paid or if they truly liked it! : ) I would recommend their craft beers to friends, as well as the ice creams, but wouldn't recommend dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food!! Char grilled oysters were heaven!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

waiter was awful, he was always rushing, didnt listen, he needs more training.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for our anniversary. Everything was excellent, highly recommend this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service..wish it was closer to my home...would visit more often...but worth the 45 min drive for a special outing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The quality and variety of the food and drinks is superb. When the place is full it is very noisy and you will be better with outdoor seating (weather permitting). Fresh seafood and comfort food provides a wide selection. Bar prices are competitive and offers craft beers from local breweries.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The building, the art, the ambiance, the views, the staff and the cuisine selections were all outstanding without exception. We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Such a lovely restaurant. The food & drinks are always very good. The staff is always very accommodating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, excellent ambiance, vibrant scene, quality servers. Great joint that I'll visit every time I'm in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing as was the customer service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was wonderful! All in our group were impressed with food, location, renovation, & amazing art work.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This has an amazing view of the Riverwalk and the food is outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing, beautiful venue with gorgeous views and surroundings. Historic building and decor. Informative and inviting hosts and servers. The food is spectacular and inventive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

nice place to celebrate my bday!!\nconvenient location, ambience and excellent service during lunch hour

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistently delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great comfort food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

3 out of 4 raved about the quality of their meal. As a vegetarian, I was really excited about the menu options, and loved my dish. The wine was lovely too! I will definitely be back. This may be my new favorite restaurant. This was a business meal among a sales team, and the restaurant did get quite loud. I would probably take clients somewhere else, depending on the personalities.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great time and amazing venue! Good was good and drinks were fresh and a good different!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant on river. Nice outdoor seating for drinks. Mix up on order for entree but they resolved pretty quickly. I'm not a vegetarian but order the portobello mushroom and loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved walking around the grounds before dinner and the food was lovely. I recommend the octopus carpaccio and beet salad. Drinks were also great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Creative cuisine in an industrio-chic environment enhanced by a beautiful, relaxed outdoor setting. Unique, memorable experience. A Tampa highlight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great time here for my mother's birthday! The food is great, the location is ideal right along the river and the building is a piece of Tampa history restored with amazing art. The cocktails and wine list weren't too shabby either!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We celebrated my daughters 19th birthday here at her request and it was a phenomenal experience. Love the ambience and food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Well I had been here before and the food was awesome. The food was again awesome. I had 2 screwdrivers but her acidly and paid 129.00 but when I got home I got sick and threw up after spending that kind of money. I feel like the free orange juice for my drink was left out and t made me sick in my stomach. Also the other party I was with had dirreahe later that night and the drinks were the only things we had in common. So I was not pleased.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and location. Fresh and local ingredients.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

On point as always. Great food, service and setting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We are new to the area and found this gem on a recent stop. Loved everything about this restaurant, the atmosphere, food, and service. Our server Brooks was so nice and welcoming. A definite if you are in the area!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I really enjoyed Uleli. We were seated upstairs overlooking the food preparation- which was very entertaining. We were both pleased with our dinners. I had grouper and she had the filet. Loved the popcorn mashed potatoes. Capped it off by sharing the ice cream with bacon...delish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My only complaint is while the service was excellent, it was also inexplicably very slow.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time at Ulele - really one of a kind, great food, great service, great feel. Would come back often if we lived in the area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have dined there five or six times, each time enjoying myself immensely IF outside where it is quiet. This time I had one dish that was uninspired, surprisingly. Will definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to Ulele to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary after reading excellent reviews. We are both foodies and wanted to experience some of Tampa's finer restaurants since we are not originally from the area. It wasn't easy getting a reservation so we booked far enough in advance to secure a 7pm spot on a Saturday. The experience was well worth the wait and the 45 minute drive. Very cool location on the Hillsborough River and in a wonderfully preserved historical building. The restaurant was packed and very loud with lots of energy from birthday parties and a wedding upstairs. After a very short wait we were seated downstairs amongst several lively parties and promptly welcomed by our server. Our server suggested the Charbroiled Oysters and the Okra Fries for appetizers which we ordered and loved! We both decided to have the ribeye steak special with, I believe, port wine onions on top, blue cheese mashed potatoes and assorted beans. The steak was cooked to perfection and incredibly tender with just the right amount of marbling. Ulele offers a great dessert menu. We decided to try the house made Espresso Coffee ice cream which was outstanding. As we were finishing up, the manager came over to wish us a Happy Anniversary and presented us with a hand written note from the staff and a beautiful box of Ulele chocolates that we enjoyed for many days to follow. This was such a nice touch and really made our already excellent dining experience complete! Thank you Ulele for a wonderful dining experience! We will be back and will be sending all of our fun friends too!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not happy that open table listed it as a Sunday brunch and it was just the normal lunch menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My daughter's birthday celebration. Small group. But lots going on,a wedding , a corporate party was a Saturday night.\nOur server probably had his hands full but managed to keep things rolling and he was pleasant.\nI had mostly seafood appetisers and all were great, raw oysters, octopus, and lobster claw cocktail. My guests had the main courses and were happy with them.\nLovely evening and lots to entertain your eyes as well as your palette.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited before a tour of the UofTamap. Was impressed--reat service, good food and a wonderful view.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time being at Ulele and love it even more than the first time. Everything was wonderful about our dining experience. Have recommended it to several friends and colleagues.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience and excellent service. Food was very good. Our server told us the history of Ulele when he found out it was our first time dining there. We had an anniversary and it was a nice touch that he noted that and even brought over a card with some chocolate upon our departure. I would highly recommend lunch or dinner there with your sweetheart.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful location and 'happening' vibe. Food was fair: Gouda Grouper was a little 'fishy' tasting and veggies were not quite 'al dente,' but service was solid. Fun night overall!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All I can say is excellent. Service, food and atmosphere.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately, the service was poor when we went there for lunch on a Thursday. We have a reservation and waited at least 30 min to get a table when they wound up sitting us in open tables that were there the whole time. It took a very long time to get our meals or to get drink refills. The kids meals were not good. We had to send the mac n cheese back since they had red/green peppers in them (both kids said it was yucky :)). The description didn't note this and they were large shells not traditional mac n cheese so wouldn't have ordered this if we had known there were peppers in it. The kids burgers were very overcooked. The lobster roll was okay but a bit pricey and there was hardly anything in the roll so not worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food as always. Florida panpano and Mahi Mahi fish is highly recommended .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious- as usual. Pompano fabulous! Chili great, oysters , both grilled and raw, large and tasty. Highly recommend this restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Appetizers better than entrees. Nice wine list and value.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my first review ever for anything. My wife and I enjoy quality Restaurants; this was the first time for us and our party of six to venture to Ulele's. I must admit I read some of the reviews before we went and was concerned. One of the reviews was about the waitress not smiling and as a result customer thought they should get their meals comped. There are some customers that no one needs. We thought we would give it a shoot as there were some good revues as well. We were not disappointed. \nWith that said, you must try the Char Broiled Oysters-Outstanding, The Spicy Lobster Cakes-Fantastic; the Calamari was prepared to Perfection. Our table of friends enjoyed the evening; the men sampled the Ulele Light beer, the Magbees Honey Lager beer. The ladies enjoyed selected wines recommended by our knowledgeable waitress Mandy. \nThis establishment will become a historic landmark in time. There were no corners cut when the vision of Ulele went from an idea to a reality. All in all it was an outstanding evening with fantastic food drink and friend. Thanks to our waitress Mandy, for being so helpful and attentive. This establishment just made it into our Top Ten Favorite Restaurant List in all of Tampa, Palm Harbor, Belleair Bluffs and St. Petersburg.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

luis our waiter was fantastic great person would recomend to all my friends and family food was good and waiter was awsome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went with friends from out of town. Sat outside overlooking the lawn, Riverwalk, and the river. Absolutely delightful! Wait staff was attentive, food was tasty, and the overall ambiance was relaxing, conducive to catching up with friends and enjoying the company. Looking forward to going again, soon to try more of the tasty tidbits on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit to Ulele, the first being more than a year ago. We were extremely pleased with the attentive service and the creative and delicious dishes. The charbroiled oysters were absolutely superb, as were the carrot ribbons and the entrees. The cocktails were also creative. I had the Ring of Fire with vodka, gin, lychee liquor and a slice of jalapeño. It was spicy and delicious. We will definitely return again soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit to Ulele, and we really enjoyed our visit. We were meeting friends from out of town, and the location and surrounding park is beautiful. The server was friendly and knowledgable about the history, details about the building, and special items that were displayed. We enjoyed appetizers, salads, a meal and dessert. All of it was very good. The dinner service took a couple of hours, but since we were meeting friends, this was fine for us and allowed us to visit. It was very busy, but we had a great experience and will definitely visit again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best filet in town, great wine list and the absolute BEST server-Brooks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been here several times for lunch and dinner. You will not be disappointed - great food, excellent service, beautiful setting. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Busy place; reservations a must! Reasonable prices. Upscale casual. Valet or self parking available.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistency with food is evident at Ulele. \nService this time/date was a little slow.... lunch patrons should not have to wait for checks to be left on tables.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a delightful lunch and I brought my labradoodle, Ellee, because it was my bday. We sat outside and our server, Meghan, was very personable and dog friendly. The food and service was better than my other experience on Sunday, so it was worth bragging about.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The rooms, outdoor scene and ambiance are the high points. Food is pretty regular Florida menu heavy in seafood and alligator bites.... our server, audra, was very attentive and helpful with the wine. The apps and entrees were poorly timed but they fixed it. Good experience and will return and sit inside. It's loud inside.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa - highly recommended!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were there the weekend of the CFP Championship game. They were very busy and service was not great but that might not be a reflection of the norm. I had beef filet and it was good. The mashed potatoes with popcorn not so much. My husband and boys had grouper and it was good but not exceptional. The shrimp comes whole with shell and head. They were not good enough to justify the mess and effort of peeling them. The lobster cake app was the best and the hush puppies were good also. If I lived in the area I would definitely go back again and give it another chance. Sometimes trendy places get a little to weird when trying to make new dishes and Ulele was kind of crossing that line.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambiance is amazing, gorgeous setting. And the food is superb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time there and thoroughly enjoyed it! Great Atmosphere, good food and great wine. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Just might be my new ' Go To Spot' Looking forward to trying different choices from the menu the Charbroiled oysters were to die for. Enjoyed having a cocktail outside near the water and walking around. Great New Spot!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Shrimp appetizer was not appealing, with having to take shell off and the head of the shrimp on the plate. Presentation would be better if shell taken off shrimp and the head of the shrimp off as well. Other than that the dinner was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent, and the service was very good as well. If you like oysters I would highly recommend the chargrilled oysters they were excellent! Kind of like an oysters Rockefeller, on the grill!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Should've ordered up, both meals were different than the expectation we had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and service. It was the forth time that we have been there and the quality of the experience is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent as always and service above and beyond.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! Beautiful art and surroundings complimented with on site brewed specialty beers and an eclectic menu of native Florida foods makes for a delightful dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is fantastic, service is great, overall and very nice dining experience. The only negative is that it tends to be very noisy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service is good. Restaurant is really loud difficult to carry on conversation with more than 2 persons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great server - David W. He always showed up at the right time, but was not so overly attentive so as to spoil our enjoyment of the good food and conversation. The only downer is the noise level and don't know if that can be helped, because it's the customers making the noise.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Long wait even with reservation

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was very cold that day and they had the front doors wide open. I was disappointed by the food. The grilled chicken and corn salad didn't even look like grilled chicken. There was very little dressing on the salad. The chili was very spicy. The three sisters salad was just ok. The beets and pear portion was small. But the grouper and toasted coconut ice cream was good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent table fare. Servers gathered in 2 places near our table and were annoyingly loud

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my 1st visit for dinner--have been several times for lunch. Fabulous dinner. We had the snapper and filet. The okra fries and squash gratin are both unique and delicious! It was busy, noise level a little high, but it is a wonderful place to dine and could still carry on a conversation.\nAfter dinner, stroll the surrounding area, which is on the river. It is quite beautiful. The owners\nhave created a little gem of a restaurant with a diverse menu. Something for everyone. The price for dinner for two with wine, appetizers and dessert averaged just over $50 per person. Well worth it for the extraordinary experience. \nThe server was extremely knowledgeable, attentive and eager to share the Ulele story. \nGo!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent. Serving of fried carrot ribbons could have fed 6 people. Guava pie is a great idea but would have been prettier and tastier if the guava coulis had been swirled into the pie itself. Restaurant was extremely noisy and it was difficult to read the menu in the dim lighting; I used my cell phone flashlight. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. Spectacular location. Valet parking was efficient and very friendly. All in all, excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun place. Gets to noisy inside later, go early. Great outdoor dining space on the river. Great beers and homemade ice cream and above average wine by the glass selection. Creative menu. We've had very good service. A new favorite spot in Tampa.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had the seafood special-redfish sandwich. Not sure if it was redfish-very thin filet, fishy tasting. I've caught and cooked redfish-should have known better than to buy it at a restaurant. The beet and pear salad was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic as always, great food, service ....more!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent setting for upscale casual dining. Very good menu selection. Very good beer brewed on premises. Service was extremely good. Overall, a well above average dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best spots in Tampa! I'm happy my wife & I celebrated our 5 years here

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this place . Awesome food. Our server Jimmy was exceptional and knew more about the history of the restaurant then any server we had in the past. We enjoyed learning that there was an old prohibition tunnel that runs underground to Ybor city. I have to give credit to the management team that did his on boarding training as Jimmy has only been working there for two months. This time we traveled to the restaurant by boat which was a very cool experience. My only critique is that the hostess Jamie was extremely rude. For one she walked right through the restaurant while we stood at the hostess stand and did not wave or come over to greet us. Second when she finally came over I told her that I have an open table reservation and would like to sit inside. She proceeded to tell me good because I have no available tables outside and those are for my large parties. Bear in mind I was with a party of five and there were many open tables outside . Then she proceeds to tell me she needs a few minutes to find a server before she can seat us. From my perspective she should have sat us right away and then found a server. I love this restaurant very much and will be back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sam was amazing!!! Food was excellent, awesome night!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

What I was a little bit disappointed is the returning your voicemail call for reservations. When I asked, the girls on the front didn't know what to answer until one said that they answer the voicemail at the end of the day. ????(What??) First, you don't answer that way to a customer who wants to stay at the place and second if you don't answer your voicemail in a timely manner, how are you going to do business or at least have a good responds to new customers to your place.....you need to think and fix about it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was awesome..... The wedding beer is fantastic!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am a 'many time' returning customer ever since U Le Le has been open I have been coming. Never been disappointed and the service has always been impeccable. Quality and presentation of the meal 'Outstanding'. They have always accommodated my reservation requests. Hidden Gem in Tampa Bay......glad you're there!!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I love the place. Great food good service and absolutelybeautiful atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very wide variety of options with great service. Will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As we've experienced before, Ulele never disappoints. We were greeted by name at the front door and welcomed along the way to our table by servers we've known from previous visits. We had a delightful lunch and consider Ulele as one of the 3 top places we dine regularly. Thank you so much Rich Gonzmart and Ulele staff for another great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The weather was perfect for outdoor dining which we requested and had to wait just a few minutes more. Ordered a drink at the bar and waited in comfortable seating outside with a river view. The food was above expectation - grouper and steak (local raised) was outstanding.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our visit was very good. Our server, Jaclyn N, was awesome!\n\nOnly complaint was that it was very loud, so it was hard to talk with our friends...especially in a 6-person booth. Also, I thought you could add a little more lighting over the table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful day. Toured Tampa with the water taxi. Ended at 14a for dinner at Uleke. Even though we were late for our reservation we were seated promptly and enjoyed everything from the grilled oysters through the Key Lime Stack. Great drinks. Adequate wine by the glass. Great service. Walked back along the Riverwalk. Perfect day in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for Sunday lunch early. Food top notch and service was wonderful. Nice job by our server Amy. Did the Riverwalk then came back for dessert and drinks on the patio. Can't wait to go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience. Delicious food and excellent service. Beautiful inside and outside. Will go back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food. Wine list is weak, very domestic. Seating and atmosphere is a bit too industrial.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele never disappoints. Our server today, Chip, was the best I've ever had. I will always ask for him if possible. This is one of the brightest stars in a very starry Tampa culinary scene.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall I was very happy with the service. My wife ordered the special, to my shock it was over 30 dollars. This would have been nice to know ahead of time, it left a bitter taste in what had been a wonderful evening

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was an excellent find...was not expecting such a beautifully renovated brick building with a park. The brews were all excellent and the food was superb! The calamari appetizer was extremely oily, so we sent it back and they brought us out one that was perfect! The perfect atmosphere for New Years eve dinner...will definitely come back here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele was everything I hoped for and more than I expected. The restored building and impressive art collection rival the impressive menu. I loved the fried okra and my husband raved about the steak. Our waiter was professional and yet, very personable. We can't wait to return and try some of the other menu items.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Restaurant love their food, their service and just the ambiance is perfect!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just love the place lots of neat things to see and you can take a walk by the water after

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

the service was very nice the food was excellent love to go again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

21 Anniversary

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really love going to Ulele's - atmosphere and service are great! However, the last two times I've eaten there, my meals have been very unremarkable... I veered off of my regular choices of the chilled avocado soup (Yum!), oysters, various appetizer combined to make a meal, and ordered chicken for dinner - soooo unamazing, and then the chicken sandwich for lunch. Again, the chicken was very dry and the taste was uninspired 😢 I vote you take all chicken dishes off of your amazing menu - they'll ruin your rep!! Still plan on bring friends there to eat frequently, but I'll stick with my tried and true...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing! The charbroiled oysters were especially fantastic! A definite must eat restaurant in Tampa!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was cold and the server forgot parts of our order. Can't blame over crowdedness as most of the wait staff stood around and talked with one another. Won't be going back any time soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Eclectic spot with great art on the walls and some history\n3/4 entrees fine-mine -the fish special -was inedible\nserver shrugged when mentioned\nnot expecting anything gratis-but acknowledgement and speak to chef would have been nice\nlots of energy and good venue\nwill return and for next visit will channel my anthony bourdain re the specials!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a reservation. They sat us upstairs above the door (which was open) on a chilly evening for Florida. We asked to move or have the door closed, and they moved us. Five minutes later they said we had to move again because a large party was coming in and using 3-4 tables. We were moved back above the open door. The 'large' party of 6 people were sat across from us some 20 minutes later, using only two tables, and not the one we were moved from. They service average and the food was average. Don't go out of your way to get into this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very much enjoyed the energy of Ulele...happy, fun, great artistic decor!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first time at this place and it was more than we expected. The food was fabulous! Waitress was awesome and accommodating. It was noisy but not to the point you could here the conversation next to you. The building and artwork in the restaurant are entertaining. The location is fabulous. The outdoor area is great for kids while waiting for the food and such. Overall a terrific experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The charbroiled oysters were outstanding!! Also the Ulele burger was the best burger my husband and I have ever had. I was very impressed with the food quality. You can tell our dishes were made 100% from scratch and made in house. Our server Nick B. was extremely knowledgeable about all of the ingredients and how the dishes were made. He was friendly and accommodating. Food came out fairly quick and the ambience is so relaxing. Can't wait to go again and bring our friends and family who come to visit!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Portion bigger than expected. Ordered too many apps

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a great fun place to take a date or the family. Located on the banks of the Hillsborough River near downtown Tampa, it is both trendy and worthwhile.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! A favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every item is so wonderful, you want to try something new each visit and still have your favorites

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful meal with outdoor seating. Love the addition of the outdoor bar. Okra fries are a must, every time. Be sure to order enough!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been here several times since opening for various occasions and also just for a good meal and Ulele never disappoints. This wait staff is excellent and they make you feel right at home. The ambiance is great. I wish there were more places like this in the Tampa area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was pricey. Got the special and it was more expensive than most of the other meals and obviously they don't tell you the price. Two out of the five plates that were ordered were incorrect. And for a dinner of over $600 you would've expected more. My class ran dry a few times. For the price of what I ordered I could've went to a Nother local steakhouse and gotten much more food. Not so certain I will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love you guys and you have become one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa Bay thank you thank you thank you

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Extremely slow server (Sydney), too busy falling all over herself for larger parties and ignored us. Too bad for her that we tip according to the service we receive.\nMy wife's seared tuna was ice cold. My snapper was lukewarm. This was brought to the server's attention and she apparently told a manager (Leon) who offered to reheat the dish. Since we like to eat at the same time, we just dealt with the tepid food. Had it been brought out straight from the grill, it would have been fine. We're foodies, have a background in the industry, and understand food preparation. \nVery noisy restaurant, much too crowded in front entrance when raining and the poor outdoor servers are trying to get trays to diners. (We sat inside.)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As it always is, Ulele was outstanding. The food was amazing and the service was the best.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the location and decor but food and service just slightly above average. Frog legs lacked flavor and popcorn mashed potatoes were not good. Would give it another shot but in no rush to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great service and healthy options. Tasty food that didn't involve an abundance of empty calories. \n\nOnly negative is that the place is very noisy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Arrived early to have a microbrew from the bar. Outdoor bar service was VERY slow and disinterested, both in ordering and taking payment. Very disappointing. Waited more than 10 minutes past reservation time (5:30pm) to be seated - restaurant was mostly empty, not sure why the wait? Waitress was very friendly and personable, but struggled to explain the various seafood entrees - perhaps she was new? My seafood entrée was overcooked and dry - it was the daily special (bronzed snapper). Told the waitress, but I had mostly finished eating by that time. One other seafood entrée was very good - bronzed redfish oriente. The third seafood entrée - Pompano - was also a bit overcooked. Appetizers were very good - alligator hushpuppies, avocado soup, and beet/pear salad. This was our 3rd visit to Ulele, and was a bit disappointing compared to our previous visits, especially since we were treating an out of town visitor. For the price - $175 for 3, including tax, tip, and 4 drinks - expected better. Maybe getting too popular for their own good?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and views. Service a bit slow, waiter didn't seem to understand my gluten free request.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele's is consistently delicious and is one of my favorites. Went for dinner with a friend from out of town and she loved the restaurant too. The grilled oysters are quite unique and THE BEST. I also love the deconstructed seafood pot pie. Oh, and let's not forget the okra french fries. Great and reasonably priced wine list too. Overall love!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall excellent. Only comment would be that grouper sandwich portion size bordered on smallish. Otherwise, off the charts good!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great. I had made a special request of a cute message to my date to be left at the table but it was overlooked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My Mom was in town so we had to take her to our fab

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kitchen was slow with half filled tables. We waited 39 minutes for dinner and it was cold

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was good. The actual table we sat at was sticky and kinda detracted from having a good experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything is usually great. Food was cold. And side dishes were cold. I won't be going back any time soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never disappoints! Met friends for holiday dinner celebration. The restaurant was noisier than usual but everyone was celebrating and having a great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything is fantastic about ulele!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and excellent service. They use local ingredients in creative ways. Ulele is super eco friendly which makes it suck in the summer in FL. Once it cooled off I went back for a second visit and it was even better than the first. Save room for dessert, its probably worth the calories.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Two out of two meals, Lukewarm, dry, bland... sides were cold and no taste... no one around to send food back to kitchen, over 25 min wait for entrees... ate because we were starving. An establishment like this should learn not to cook fish to death and probably serve edible food overall that is warm when presented to the table... in all respects from someone whom has been in this biz for 25 years plus.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I checked in at the time of our reservation with the host and was told to wait while they prepared our table. He confirmed my phone number on file. We went to the bar for a wine. After noticing 25 minutes passed and we were not seated, I inquired and the hostess said they had no record of me checking in. The host that I had checked in with was there, they apologized and immediately seated us. Our server was phenomenal, the ambiance lovely and good very good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

No words, every time we go it is exceptional both food and service. Loved it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall food quite good as usual. I did order the chilled avocado soup, a dish I had ordered in the past and really liked. This time, though it was way too salty, with the salt overwhelming any other flavor. Our waitress, however, very graciously replaced it with another item, the jalapeno corn muffins, which were delicious. We were not charged for the soup. We had a range of entrees from a salad to duck, all of which were outstanding. Four of us also split the chocolate espresso ice cream. The portion was overly generous, and very good. Highly recommend this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit to Ulele, but we hope to return soon. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch before attending a concert. The outdoor space is beautiful and we loved the large doors that are open (weather permitting) that allow full view of the outdoor spaces. The menu has some unique items that the waitress was happy to explain the ingredients for. The lunch entrees are moderately priced and a good value. We had meatloaf and panko crusted chicken breast entrees. Both were delicious. We have recommended Ulele's to several friends already.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, drinks, and great service. One of my Tampa favorite restaurants

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really like this place. The redfish wasn't 'great' today, but everything else was. We'll be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food...fun, vibrant atmosphere with lots of history! Dont miss out on this wonderful dining experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible first visit. Food and portions were very good. Service was most excellent. I love the open grille concept.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Half the food was outstanding... We were a little bit disappointed with the bean salad and the meatloaf was pretty mediocre. On the positive side, the oysters were great, as was the crab. So was the specialty burger. The service was top notch!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for lunch on Christmas eve had excellent service from Chelsea she was knowledgable and very concerned with the service we received. The kitchen sent our entries out to quickly (we had just stated with our soup) chilled avacardo soup highly recommended. She took it upon herself to have them sent back and redone and was truley apologetic. The homemade peppermint ice is well worth the trip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As usual the food and service was outstanding! You cannot get a better dining experience than Ulele!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sat outside and had a gorgeous view! Sever was fantastic and our lunch was done very well. The burger is amazing! Will be back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went there to treat some friends from California to a nice evening. The tables upstairs are very isolating and that's where we were seated. You don't feel like you're part of the restaurant. The food was OK, nothing special. Think it's a nice place for lunch that would definitely not go back for dinner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great special occasion date night. Our server was very knowledgable and personable. The setting is beautiful, right on the river with manicured grounds. The manager even came over to congratulate us on the special occasion. Food was very fresh and tasty. We will go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Scenic place, trendy, and excellent food. Prices are reasonable, not cheap, but not overpriced. Waitress was very knowledgeable about the food, wine, and the history of the building. Impressed my NYC family!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was perfect - delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our second visit to Ulele. Both times for lunch. They have a creative, excellent selection for their lunch menu. We prefer outdoor eating there because of the noise level inside and to excellent the beautiful grounds and surroundings.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot, highly recommend and the food is great

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Calamari appetizer was excellent. Fish entree was not fresh. Burger was was over cooked and dry.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great, our server made great recommendations. Our cocktails were great. I highly recommend the char broiled oysters and native chili. Only downside was that my wife ordered a 10oz filet and got 2oz fat cap on it. Everything was delicious though!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! Exciting night out! Perfect location and yummy dessert!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, creative cocktails, fantastic service and great ambiance. Will definitely visit again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love all the gluten free options. This was our third visit but maybe our last. Both of our fish meals were slightly over cooked, not enough to send back but noticeable. Also both of our meals were overly sweet. This is a personal preference. We don't eat sweets so we are more sensitive to sugar added to food. In the past we enjoyed the apps and sides. If we do go back we will stick to those.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were excellent. We ate outside and it was very enjoyable. I would recommend this for any business lunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was incredible, service was very slow.\nThe out door dining experience on the river after the boat show was unique and delightful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is picturesque. I loved the ambiance as well as the romantic walkway surrounding the restaurant. It is so beautiful that I actually proposed to my girlfriend around the restaurant

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made my reservation 3 weeks in advance, requesting a table upstairs so that we could see the boat parade that was also that night. When we arrived, we were told that that table was not available so I requested a table downstairs by the window which they also could not accommodate. This is not the first time that they have not been able to accommodate - it's not always on a 'high volume' night that they haven't been able to accommodate my request. I sure wish that just once I could get a requested table!!! The food is consistently good so I want to continue to go.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was good food, but way over priced for it. The steak was not worth $30.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time dining at Ulele and it was a great experience. The food was really good. The waiter was very helpful in making recommendations and ensuring we knew what we were ordering. The place has a lot of unique and interesting artwork throughout, even the restroom! Love the sink outside the restrooms for washing hands, fantastic idea. Definitely will be repeat customer.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed giving visiting relatives a taste of Tampa! Ulele's did not disappoint. Portabella burger was delicious and the waiter did not hesitate when I asked to change the cheese (not a fan of goat cheese), Hearty brisket sandwiches were enjoyed by the men at our table and my sister-in-law enjoyed the tuna burger special. She expected it to come out dry but was pleasantly surprised by how moist it was. Beautiful day to enjoy the great outdoors with great food and family. Thanks Ulele!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great. We were running short on time to catch a show and the waiter expedited our check. The view is beautiful, but because the doors were open, it was a tidbit warm and there quite a few flies.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never disappoints! Leave room for the candied maple duck bacon ice cream.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I started with the fabulous mojito, which was fresh and very delicious. My waiter was very attentive and made several dining suggestions, all of which I took and was glad I did! I had the grouper sandwich with Bechemal sauce on the side, and the rich flavor of the sauce was a nice substitute for the usual condiment. The restaurant is an open concept with many windows allowing a grand view of the scenic waterfront setting. I had lunch here prior to a matinee at the Straz, and I feel this combo will certainly be something I need to repeat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited for our Anniversary and we loved it. Sat outside and enjoyed the breeze and view after walking down the River walk. Excellent menu options with really unique items, it was hard to choose. Had the broiled oysters and gator soup to start, both were very good, would order them again. Main entrees were steak and vegetarian plate; we both really enjoyed our meal. An extra treat was a small box of chocolate truffles for our anniversary; a very nice touch. Service was great and the location can't be beat. We will go again and again and I recommend for anyone with an adventurous palate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Liked the location on the riverwalk and the overall ambiance; food wasn't a good as hoped. My husbands fish was very salty ($32 special), and my dinner was very oily.... Probably won't go back for dinner. Maybe drinks and appetizers....

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was fine. 3 times a charm. My steak came out and waitress noticed it was the wrong size, then the 2nd one came and it was raw, and had to be cooked some more. My table mates were done eating by the time mine was cooked medium rare and served. No bathrooms unstairs so you had to navigate two flights of stairs to use the restroom three times. The place was very loud too. Service was perfect. The appetizers were very good. My two birthday people recieved a nice box of fudge. Really great touch to the end of the night. I don't know that i would go back. I really looked forward to trying it. Perhaps for happy hour only. It's a lively place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service was great. Thought it was a little too loud. Outside seating would be preferred seating if you can arrange.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service and food were excellent. I requested a table with a view due to I was hosting folks that had not been before. Everything was perfect...Thank you!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the location and food not bad! Scratch having intimate conversations--very noisy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excennent! As usual! Great staff! Great food! Beautiful views. I love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was so fresh and perfect ! The ambience of the restaurant and the surrounding courtyard and bridges by the water give this restaurant elegant but comfortable feel !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a wonderful dinner after walking the Riverwalk. Was seated within five minutes of reservation time. Great service and food was on table in under 15 minutes. The frog jumpers were great!! along with meatloaf dinner. Will certainly return in the future.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pros: Beautiful location inside and out with modern and functional design. Bartenders were helpful and friendly. Good comfort food with a unique twist. Large portions. \n\nCons: Slow wait times...We had to wait 20 min. past our reservation time to be seated. VERY noisy. Our server did just the bare minimum.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice location right on the water. Service was exceptional. Tables were spread out so noise level was very low. Table of 4 all enjoyed their different meals.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is over 100 years old and it is well-maintained. The second flop view of the Hillsboro River was outstanding. The Columbia Restaurant is also owned and operated by the same team so I expect and receive great food from this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thanks Richard Gonzmart and Rick the server! We had a great time and will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible dinner, outstanding staff! Could not have asked for anything more!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only my second time at Ulele and it was FANTASTIC again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

outdoor areas around the restaurant make for great pre-reservation/cocktail/post-dinner conversations. broad menu. truly a gem in a neighborhood going through a great revival. Art pieces throughout the restaurant add a very nice touch. Very nice crowd as well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food! Great view! Great service! Great outdoor bar area!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely location, interesting food.....which was not my favorite part of the evening. My lobster over risotto fell short, chopped up with some filler and put back in shell. My son had the seafood pot pie.....very small portion of fish, more like an appetizer. I might try it again because of the lovely setting.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Over priced. Steak was not good and under cooked ($50). It is so noisy you can't even hear the waiter. The food was 'ok' at best. For the money you will spend, I would suggest Burns or Ruth Christ.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to ulele for a pre-show dinner. Loved the rustic charm of the restaurant and the view from outside. The margaritas were one of the best I've ever had. The food was delicious and the portion sizes very generous. Service was great. I can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is our 4th visit to Ulele and we were not disappointed. The okra fries were amazing. I just love the crackling pork shank. Finished dinner with the Duck Bacon Fried Ice Cream. Yum. Our table was by the open doors and we were able to enjoy the beautiful evening. It has become one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa. I would highly recommend Ulele to anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another wonderful meal at Ulele, starting with the Okra fries, moving on to a tasty and inventive salad and finishing with a WONDERFUL blackened mahi mahi on pear-marinated cress over a nutty wild rice -- delicious! Did I mention the beautiful cocktail that arrived with a thin cross-section of grapefruit partially submerged in a tall glass filled with a drink the color of the inside of a seashell -- a sight to behold.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

table not ready when stated even after arrival. some of the food was good, other not so good...overcooked and not recognizable as the fish ordered. cleanup was a bit fast as some food was not fully consumed, i.e., was not done eating it, however it was taken away anyway.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious and eclectic. Beautiful restaurant and outside views. We will be back when I have more time to have a longer food experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed evening - Server David did a great job. Grilled oysters delicious as always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent (probably the best) choice for dining on Tampa Riverwalk. Great service, great location, great food. Sound reverberation a bit of a problem in this converted factory building so a bit loud.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed our visit. Busy place, would recommend a reservation even for two. Great food and atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant! Unique with good food!\nDefinitely worth the drive!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Make sure to reserve outside seating if that is your desire because it is very hard to get outside seating when you arrive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second visit. My first visit was so much better. This visit we was seated immediately and service was excellent. The food was not! The chargrilled oysters were excellent. I highly recommend, but the pork shank, which was recommended by the waiter was dry and the special, which was a ribeye was so fatty I left hungry. Very disappointed since my first visit was extraordinary and I brought my boyfriend for our first anniversary and I told him such great things about the food. I never mind paying top dollar for exceptional food. But for $140 I was sorely disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am YET to have a bad meal or experience at Ulele's. One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience. Truly a GEM in Tampa's growing food scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another fabulous time with friends at Ulele's. The Redfish was amazing, Fried Okra Appetizer delish and nothing better than \na fresh grapefruit and Tito's cocktail! Our waiter and service were wonderful! Wasn't crazy about sitting up stairs at first, but it was really nice, and we had a great view looking out at the river!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good. The staff was attentive and friendly. The place was decorated with beautiful artwork.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about my most recent visit was wonderful. From the excellent service to the thoughtful and provocative drink menu, all the way through to the actual meal - I have only the highest praise.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had to wait 50 minutes to be seated - even with a reservation. Other than the wait and the unwillingness of the hostess to help us get seated ,\nThe meal was gear and the service too. Attitude of the hostess was unhelpful and unconcerned.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele was once again a fantastic meal, with great staff and wonderful food. Be sure to share the ice cream dessert, as it is enough for 4!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waited longer than what our reservation was for, food was ok, could have been because of the time of night, the bar server said that this wasnt even the busiest. My risotto was cool and not cooked, seafood was good. Our server was very good, desert was good as well, cant please everyone, but glad that we had the chance to come and experience Ulele. We may try again some day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place, the food was excellent but the guava dessert out of this world.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have chosen this as a birthday gift and was not disappointed. No complaints at all from my side. Jackie was our server and took very good care of us. Veggie meal of the day with fried carrots was very good and I enjoyed my snapper. Definitely will stop here again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Ulele and will continue to go there. The overall feel is one that is fun and unique. The night we dined there , the Florida outside air was extremely humid and hot. The doors of the restaurant are always kept open which makes the restaurant hot especially with the crowd inside. We were told by a manager that they can't close the doors because it makes people think the restaurant is not open for business ....Really?? \nOk, we dealt with that but then we contended with a few uninvited flies. \nOur desire was to eat indoors due to the intense heat, but we would have better off with an outside table. \nWe'll still go back, but on a cooler evening 🙄

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the best dining experiences I've had while at a business lunch. Staff was very friendly and very accommodating. The waiter was awesome. Could not ask for anything better. He was very observant, did not need to ask for anything, he was extremely friendly. Overall, it was an amazing experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our favorites, have been here several times and we are always excited to come back. It's a little pricey but worth it for the full experience. The duck bacon desert is one of the most creative and delicious finishes to a meal that I've experienced. Look forward to our next trip here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was beyond incredible. Absolutely beautiful lawn and outdoor area with fountain. The local food was awesome, our server was fantastic, and the drinks were wonderful. Had the okra fries and the oysters for an appetizer and they did not disappoint. Striking views of the river walk and downtown. Must visit. We will be back for sure!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A bit pricey, but larger than average food portions. Went on a Sunday night so cannot comment on noise and service time on a crowded night, but good crowd for a Sunday night. A very pleasant atmosphere for almost any occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delectable food. Excellent service. Perfect evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The lobster sandwich, Ulele burger and classic burger all receive a rave review!\nThe decor and ambiance are superb.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A surprising menu is a thing of great joy. This menu did that... surprised me and others. This feature would bring me back every time and again.\n\nWhile our server was ultimately very sweet and kind and offered good suggestions, the fact that we sat unattended to without drinks, nor a table settings, nor food, nor any attention what-so-ever for the first 15 minutes was disturbing. (if you add on the 30 minute wait outside, it is a long wait with scant attention.) \n\nOnce we flagged down a passing server and things got underway, the improvements were all positive. \n\nI would return; I would bring others; I would recommend the environment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there with my girlfriend for dinner. We tried the alligator hushpuppies to start which were great with the horseradish sauce. I had the crackling pork shank for my main and she had the Florida pompano. Both dishes were cooked well and the serving sizes were quite large so we had some leftovers. We also had the candied bacon maple ice cream which was fantastic. The corn flakes were a very nice touch that added a great crunchy texture. Service was great and we love the industrial/worn beachy atmosphere.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The pompano was delicious. The lobster add on was awful. \nThere was no lobster. Just a half lobster with some paste on it. Terrible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

While visiting Tampa, a guide recommended this restaurant. We like it a lot. All four of us had different fish dishes, Each was well prepared and came to the table hot and fresh. The apps weren't as good but the beer was an excellent local brew. In all we would go back again when we get back to Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place. Extremely well done. The food and service were exceptional. And being on the riverwalk made the day even better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding restaurant. Food is ALWAYS fantastic. Staff is the great. Wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unique food and great cocktails

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Now one of my top three restaurants in Tampa Bay. Great atmosphere, interesting and delicious food, great servers. Host desk is the only part of the experience that has typically lagged. They seem to be doing you a favor. However, once you get seated, the rest is terrific.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My second visit to Ulele and was pleasantly surprised as the first visit not long after it opened was so so. This time the service and food was excellent! Highly recommend the Pompano! Best I've had, fresh and perfectly cooked. Sat upstairs and had a wonderful view.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sadly I ordered seafood risotto the presentation was beautiful unfortunately the seafood was over cooked and risotto isn't supposed to be clumpy but this was. My dates dish had rice that was not done and a stuffed portabella that was about the size of a half dollar. It is a lovely restaurant but I won't return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Once again, the food and service was outstanding! The wine selections and prices are great -- in some cases, less than what you can pay for them at the store. The only thing is that they forgot to mention the birthday we were celebrating. I think it was probably because we decided to wait for an outside table, instead of our reservation. Oh well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Myself and girlfriend selected this restaurant to celebrate our birthdays and had an outstanding evening. From the food to the service was exceptional! Our waiter Brooks was the OUTSTANDING and exceeded expectations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful spot on the river. Great food. Interesting menu

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time in the historic building. Great art and food was mostly good. Waiter was a bore with no ability in offering suggestions...in fact he was rude. We liked cheddar jalapeno grit cake-enough to share. Entree was veggie mix but came out looking like Chinese stir fry. Disappointed. Dessert was delish scoops of coconut and espresso ice cream! Better trained wait staff would make this place a real winner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent. Food, service and ambience are fabulous!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had our girls night out group of 9 here for our annual Secret Santa Dinner and had a great time. Service was friendly, prompt, and professional. Lots of choices on the menu made selecting what each of us wanted easy. A good choice for our group!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent and the beers were very good. Our party had the flank steak which was very tasty and tender, 8 oz filet which was cooked perfectly, and the meatloaf was terrific. This is a great place to eat and hang out by the river.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Steak is fantastic. Lobster was underwhelming. Our friends were not happy happy for the seafood they ordered - the service was solid. Prices are very competitive I was surprised how good they were. The atmosphere was excellent. I would definitely go back. I would be more careful of what seafood dish I ordered and stick with the beef.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to celebrate a promotion for an employee. The service was slow and what I anticipated an hour and half dinner took three hours. I feel the server had too many tables or the food was slow coming out of the kitchen. Food was ok - not as great as in the past

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. I have waited for a year to eat there and it was worth the wait!! My seafood risotto was unbelievable. Our kids had steak you could cut with a butter knife. Just amazing

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant is a great concept - just wish the owners would work on the food side and delivery before they lose customers. From other reviews of various sites, you can see it is an issue. Very inconsistent. Our salad came before appetizer, .... lukewarm food, timing issues and went down hill from there. \n\nBut the great news - is they have very good management - who recognize when a customer has an issue and willing to step up to the plate to take care of things and make it right. You can't ask for better than that. Leon took great care of us and we appreciated his efforts and will be back because of his service.\n\nI really like this restaurant and want it to succeed - but good waiters and managers can't control the problems in the kitchen!\n\nGreat vibe - very reasonable prices for wine and cocktails considering a bigger city.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The hostess was incredibly rude and not accommodating. We felt very uncomfortable by the time we were finally seated and were completely appalled by her behavior. We were given warm water and had to ask multiple times for ice. Other drinks we ordered had to be requested twice. We ordered raw oysters for an appetizer and were given grilled (which are more expensive) and waited a very long time for them- the meal came out seconds later. The manager apologized prior to the oysters coming out but nothing else was offered to us. A salad was ordered with no olives, and it had olives on it. Overall, it was a terrible experience and we had taken somebody there for their birthday. We were very disappointed with the service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch in a weekend offers the Same good food and ambience with half the wait as a dinner reservation!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Charming ambiance! Great view and wonderful vibe. Went with my 7 year old daughter and she loved Ulele. Sure to return and next time along with our puppy. Enjoyed the sunset.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Picked Ulele for dinner with relatives visiting from out of town because it's a great place to watch the sunset and show off Tampa. We were not disappointed in any aspect. The food was great, the sunset was perfect. It's noisy, for sure, so go early if you want to have a quiet conversation. The place fills up quickly and the noise level soars.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele didn't disappoint. Excellent food at reasonable prices. The charbroiled oysters are incredible. Overall and all around a phenomenal experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pleasantly surprised. Both Pompano dinner and Muenster Chicken were splendid. And plenty of food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for my boyfriend's birthday and he loved it. We had the charbroiled oysters and lobster claw cocktail for appetizers. The oysters were amazing. For dinner, I had the Gouda Grouper which was cooked perfectly - the smoked Gouda was an awesome addition. My boyfriend had the Porterhouse which he really enjoyed - again cooked perfectly. Our server was very attention and full of information. She recommended some red wines to go with the steak and even brought samples. The restaurant has a decent selection of wines at fair prices.\n\nThe restaurant is very loud and energetic - so don't expect a romantic date.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We normally love this place so we brought our very picky friends for lunch. My wife ordered a salad with chicken on top. The salad came without the chicken. When we told the server, she said sorry and went to the kitchen. The chicken was served raw! At this point we were all turned off. The manager gave my wife a free desert, but at this point we felt that she should have gotten a complimentary meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele was so much fun! The atmosphere is very cool and different. The food was great! Our service was excellent as well. Definitely check it out!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was okay, would not go back and would not recommend it. Food was brought to our table cold, plates were not cleared of the table in a timely manner by the waiter. The noise was unbearable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been before...food quality disappointing this time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

3.8 would be my rating.... Food, very good to good. Service, somewhat lagging for this caliber of a restaurant. I certainly don't expect to find food and condiment debris stuck on drink lists/menu's - on several. Also, when taking a group photo with our backs to the outside bar. One of the bar attendant's or bartenders, photo bombed the shot. No way to edit him out. A ruined photo....\n\nHope this helps in some way.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was excellent . We came up on water taxi from Marriott waterside. Service was excellent and good terrific.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was at my table at 830..ordered at 845 waited till 950 for 3 kids meals and 2 adults meals to arrive. It was a very long time for food, had to order apppetizer because of the long wait time. At this time is wasn't very busy at the restaurant, however I'm sure it was a peak time for dinner. With that being said, waiting over a hour was unexpected and unenjoyable.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was not as good as I heard. Noise level was\nOutrageously loud. Food was decent but not great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere, great food and service. Will definitely come again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always enjoy Ulele. For thes econd year, we celebrated our anniversary with friends. The monkfish was terrific.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

To loud, unable to converse at our own table. Had to go outside for some quiet time over dessert

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We didn't make a big deal about it being our anniversary, but I did mention it when asked if we were celebrating something special. We were given a box of candy with a nice card signed by the servers. A nice touch indeed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele is our new favorite restaurant. Everything is fantastic that we have tried from their menu, ESPECIALLY the bone in ribeye. Absolutely the best steak I've ever had. Well worth the few extra dollars. The best restaurant in the greater Tampa Bay Area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele offers a unique menu and a very vibrant atmosphere. Its a lot of fun to go and the food is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely lunch with friends. All of our food was excellent as was the service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always the most delectable and creative food in the area but could not recommend to everyone bc of incredibly loud noise level. For same reason, not recommended for romantic intimate evening dining. Service excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

After hearing about this restaurant for some time, I chose Ulele for a birthday celebration for my wife. Because of the industrial conversion, it is quite noisy. I was surprised to see people in casual attire but soon realized everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves and loving the food and drinks. As self-proclaimed foodies, we were fascinated with all the creative menu items. We had the crispy quail leg appetizer and beet and goat cheese salad to start. The pork shank was huge and very tender and the groupies was excellent. Of course we had had the duck bacon ice cream dessert. We will go back. It is reasonably priced compared to other fine dining with similar selections.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First visit to Ulele and certainly enjoyed with my husband and friends for my birthday. We had one native of Tampa (roots in Ybor City) and three long-term transplants (excess of 40 years) in our party and it is nice to see revitalization of the Tampa area. Service was good and the waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. Somewhat noisy for conversation which is understandable based on the high ceilings and brick walls.\n\nWill be back soon!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance, amazing service, and friendly staff. Food was good, could have been better. We ordered the Tuna Steak, and Flank Steak.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely loved everything about Ulele. From the environment to the food it was an excellent experience. My wife and I will be regulars!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best French fries. Great food. What a shame it is an hour away from us.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great. The food was delicious. We took our son for his 19th bday, he enjoyed it! He also received a box of chocolates and card signed by the staff. Love the carrot ribbons!!!!! All in all, a great meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele continues to be one of my favorite places in Tampa Bay. Food and environment are truly unique. The menu is original. Order anything with confidence. This time, I finally had to try the chargrilled oysters which always look incredible on their grill. I do not eat oysters. However, these were amazing. Will plan to order them again when I come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great experience as always. Food was awesome, wine awesome, service awesome. The staff even got me a card signed by all and a box of chocolates for my birthday. My request for a table by the window was satisfied. Ulele is great, I recommend it to everyone.\nThank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First, the building is the old Tampa Water Works, renovated into a very modern hipster-type place with lots of interesting artwork inside and outside. The large 'bay' windows in the main dining area look out onto the Hillsborough River, which is a nice sunset view.\n\nSecond, the food! We ordered a few appetizers: Florida jumpers (frog legs), alligator hush puppies, and Florida Native chili (alligator, venison, boar, duck... you get the idea). All fantastic, although I'd probably skip the frog legs next time. They were prepared well - in fact, the cornmeal breading was finely ground in perfect proportion to the size of frog legs, very smartly done - and the plating was beautiful, but the flavor just didn't 'hop' on my tongue the way everything else did. The hush puppies were outstanding, so I won't go into detail on those; although the two sauces they came with, one horseradish and one datil, were fantastic also. The chili was phenomenal. If I had ordered just the chili and the hush puppies for my dinner, I would had been thrilled and left satisfied.\n\nUnfortunately, the entrees were less spectacular (really just mine). My date had the Water Works Meatloaf, which tasted amazing and we would both order it again. However, if you're a stickler for texture, it was a little odd. It was like they ground up the strip loin to make the meatloaf, then reformed it into the shape of a steak and grilled it, with grill marks and all. Just weird, all that delicious flavor and absolutely no texture except from the crunchy tobacco onions they throw on top. I ordered the 'Chief Red Eagle' Duck and was sorely disappointed. It was chewy/rubbery and tasteless. The skin/fat was barely rendered, and it was overcooked, as well. To add insult to injury, it came with tasteless wild rice. The asparagus was the best thing on the plate, and it truly was terrific - smoky, earthy, charred - but there wasn't enough of it to justify the price tag for duck.\n\nI'd go back; I just wouldn't get the duck.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We tried 4 appetizers and each was better than the one before. Plate presentations were top notch and the tastes were so new and fresh . The specialty drinks were just as good but barware sizes made them seem small.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely the best dining experience in some time. Service was an art form - perfect balance of attentive yet not obtrusive, our evening was never interrupted; servers were Sam and Robert.\n\nIncredible food and outstanding wine list, bartender makes a world class martini.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tried to get into Ulele several times previously but always wasn't available for time my wife and I wanted to dine.\n7 pm reservation for last Sat. night; we finally were seated at 7:28 pm as it was very crowded. Nice table upstairs by window.\nOur server Patrick was awesome! We enjoyed a fantastic bottle of wine (short but impressive list).\nThe lobster cake appetizer was delicious as was my chargrilled duck entrée.\nMy wife's steak entrée was good, but the popcorn mashed potatoes were cold and lumpy. Don't recommend them as a side dish.\nThe chocolate torte for dessert was decadent.\nWe look forward to our next visit as the setting is very nice and the décor is keeping with the history of the building as well as local sports teams and events.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My on;y complaint was that I ordered the steak special which was supposed to be a new York strip and a few minutes after ordering, the server returned to tell me that they did not have any more of the new york strip. This was at 7:00! They substituted a ribeye which I know has more fat on it but I could not eat over a third of it as it was all fat and it cost $45. That was disappointing. Ambience was cool. The place was slammed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One word comes to mind.......'FANTASTIC'!!!!!!\n\nA wonderful experience from start to finish. Highly recommend!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited for my Mother's 75th Birthday. Everything from the food and service was excellent. My Wife's Mahi was noticed to be slightly over cooked by our server, (Bill) before being served. Without hesitation, the manager visited our table, and agreed. The new serving was delivered promptly and cooked perfectly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time experiences are priceless, ours was perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had family in from outside the country and had mentioned Ulele to them. They agreed that it would be their last 'meal out' before they returned to Holland. I reached out and let the reservation folks know that this was a special treat for our family and requested a quieter table near the windows. Man, did they come through! Upstairs, in the corner, great view and even the hostess welcomed my uncle and cousins, mentioning their visit!! Brittany did a great job waiting on us and the whole family thoroughly enjoyed the time spent there. We have eaten there a number of times and it's always great. But this time Ulele really went out of their way to make it special. And sitting upstairs definitely helped to keep the sound level down. Many thanks to the Gonzmarts and Keith Sedita for creating such an amazing venue here in Tampa!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to dinner for our anniversary. This was our first visit and will not be our last. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. The service was awesome too. We both had the snapper and I would say it was the best snapper I ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was fresh and bursting with flavor. The ambiance and decor was amazing. The service was perfect. Will definitely be back very soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second visit to Ulele and it was great! Although my boyfriend's steak was a little overcooked, the waiter and management more than made up for it and handled the situation with utmost professionalism. We will definitely be back. There are so many great things on the menu to try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and dinning experience was exceptional. Our seat took longer than normal despite having reservations but there were two weddings going on. Once seated everything was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele is a great restaurant with a great bar and a recently added outdoor bar. A wide range of entrees and sides. Some items I wouldn't ordinarily order (such as okra) that I tried in a group of appetizers we ordered that were great as they prepared them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great, always good, always enjoyable. One of our favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always enjoyable and great food/drinks. Great restaurant and in a beautiful location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the moment we walked in the service was great. We didn't have to wait long to be seated. We were early for our reservation (I'd highly recommend) so we sat outside with river view. Lovely evening. The food was outstanding. Our server was outstanding also. Not one complaint. If I HAD to complain it might be the noise level. It is not a quiet place. That wasn't a problem for us though. Thank you for a lovely evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall, our group of 6 had a very good dining experience. It is a bit noisy, but this is not a place for an intimate dinner. Everyone enjoyed their dinner with the exception of my wife. She was not impressed with the pompano she ordered. The menu is varied and fairly reasonably priced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

our server Al was GREAT!!! each of our meals were delish, especially the Pompano dinner. dessert was yum, yum , yum. Have recommended Ulele to friends and family already and hope to return again soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time.. service was wonderful Audra exceptional .. food great beer ...no dark...noise was a distraction to an otherwise great evening will return

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Here is a restaurant that is a great choice for experiencing the combination of quality food, attentive servers, and ambiance. The setting is historic yet modern and offers something of interest to every diner. The open kitchen does a great job of delivering tasty well prepared dishes. And the price point for the meal served is very good. The upstairs tables are less noisy, the outside tables offer a pleasant mix of water, plants, and a statue or two, and the main floor seating is not crowded. Take time to admire the historic building , the sports memorabilia and the decorations placed around the restaurant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

for the price we were disappointed in the food presentation and meals.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Solid food, but it took 2 servers 45 minutes to figure out who was serving us. No drinks/food for that time was less than ideal. However, once we got going, everything was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is our second time visiting Ulele. We had a great experience.... excellent food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend Ulele and can;t wait to go back !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service rating needed two more stars to rate our waiter

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This venue is perfect for Tampa! The new Riverwalk and all the new development going up around the building adds to the charm. The food was good, local fare, but kind of ordinary. The wine list is fabulous and made up for the kind of ordinary food. The service is remarkable. We felt like invisible creatures were bringing the food, refreshing the water and wine, bringing dessert and the check. The noise level was a bit too much for us. Conversation was possible, but the decibel level was almost painful. This is a very old building and noise abatement may not be possible. Overall, we enjoyed it. Cannot say enough about the service and the wine list (thank you, Samantha). The noise may not be worth the effort, though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Charbroiled oysters to start with were very good. The filet was a great cut of meat but had no seasoning at all which is perfect for a purest but will suck for anyone looking for an experience. The pompano fish was the best entree and had the most flavor as the mahi mahi was lacking. Also, don't fall for the white cheddar popcorn potatoes. It's a heap of mashed potatoes with a few kernels of white cheddar. Very noisy but the veranda and outdoor seating makes this place different than most. I would go back but not go out of my way to make it happen.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We did the Segway tour along the riverwalk , so we had a great view of the springs and the area surrounding Ulele before we arrived for dinner. Our table was on the second floor overlooking the 1st level and offering a beautiful view of the river. Our waiter was very personable and attentive. The food and drinks were divine. Since it was our anniversay, we were treated with a card signed by staff and a box of yummy chocolates. Our evening was a delight, and I would absolulely go there again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The seafood risotto was not cooked all the way, crunchy pieces in every bite. My husband had the filet and it was very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great evening! Celebrating two birthdays! Second time here! Will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my favorite Tampa restaurants! Great Food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This has got to be the best restaurant in Tampa! Not too stuffy, lots of fun, amazing attention to detail, and food that rocks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time there, lunch during the week. Friendly staff. A little slow to take our order but otherwise attentive and friendly. One of our meals, a burger, was way over cooked (asked for medium got well). The immediately offered to replace it, and keep the remaining diner's food warm in the kitchen to wait. Delivered the new food, done correctly, all is good. There was the obvious apology, then 2 management people came to check in and ensure it was well. Delivered what was ordered, no other compensation offered. Food was great, especially the snapper fish. Also, tasted flight of their brews - good local stuff which I'm sure will improve with time and experience. Would recommend it, I'll be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious oysters, great service, cozy atmosphere. Great restaurant for celebrating events with friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a beautiful restaurant! So welcoming and warm is the décor and the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable! The food selection was unique and very tasty. We had yummy frog legs, fabulous roasted beet salad, outstanding seafood pot pie (lots of seafood!), huge pork shank and exquisite duck that all came with classy sides. The asparagus was cooked perfect and were wonderfully seasoned as well as the rich mashed potatoes and pleasantly seasoned wild rice. Prices were very far for the quality and quantity of food. \n\nWe chose Ulele to celebrate our friends 45th wedding anniversary, in which Ulele presented them at the end of the meal a 'Thank You' card signed by all the staff and a box of chocolate truffles. How so very thoughtful and classy! Of course, we had to try the special coconut cream pie, which was fabulous, along with our after dinner coffee drinks. \n\nSince I wear hearing aids, my wife called and asked for a table that was in the quieter part of the restaurant. They so kindly sat us upstairs overlooking the downstairs and the Hillsborough river, so we were able to view the gorgeous sunset that night. We all highly recommend Ulele for lunch or dinner for any occasion and we will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bartender Josh was extremely helpful in acquainting us with the Ulele experience. It was our first visit to the restaurant, so we appreciated his input very highly. Manager was keen on making sure our wait time was managed properly. We arrived early, so she made sure we would be seated on or before our scheduled tome. Our waitress Fran was very knowledgable about the menu and wine list and made some recommendations that made our dining experience very delightful. She too was prompt and polite about serving us in a timely fashion. Lastly, the quality of the food and the price makes Ulele a real find, and one we will visit again. I rated it a '4', due to the noise level. It made it hard for us to hear one another without having to raise our own voices. However, after a few drinks, that became less of an issue!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

All in all, it was okay. The atmosphere and Decor are very nice. It is a very nice job renovating the building. For a place that advertises itself as being a brewery, though the beer was less than interesting. Food is above average but, for the money spent, I was really looking for that 'OMG' moment which never seemed to come.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really enjoyed celebrating my wife's birthday here with friends. Crispy pork shank was amazing. Service was excellent and I love how they have made the history Tampa Waterworks into a great restaurant. The landscaping is beautiful. Valet parking and handicap access makes enjoying an evening out a breeze!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even with an abbreviated menu for Father's Day, everything was perfect. Less than ten minute wait with a reservation. The food was amazing. Everything we tried was good. Crab claws, crab mac and cheese, and the alligator hushpuppies were the best thing ever! The pompano was light and delicious and the homemade ice cream finished our meal wishing we had more room left in our stomachs. I will be back quite soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the 2nd time I have been to Ulele in the past 3 months. The food is incredible. My son and I had the Ulele burger and it was one of the best I have had. Mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. I was a bit disappointed with the service. The waitress come out a bit curt..very different from the last time, when the waitress spend a lot of time telling us about the place and the arts on the dining floor. A must visit if you like to indulge in good local food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great getaway with a friend who hadn't visited Tampa in over 10 years. Very peaceful setting and perfect upstairs during lunch, or outside when weather is nice. Sad they no longer have Shishito Peppers on menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everyone in our party of 5 had a different meal and raved about them from soup or salad through desserts. We will definitely be back! Plus the outside area and art inside were pleasant surprises!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my wife to Ulele for a date night. We have been wanting to try this place for a while and we were excited about finally having a night out to go. The ambiance was great but the service was nothing but rude and lacking. The poor service began when my wife asked a waitress who was outside if she could snap a quick picture of us in front of the cool fountain. She looked at my wife disgustingly and said 'no, why don't you ask the hostess to do it.' Really? When we were finally seated, our waiter was also very short with us and at times seemed like he hated his job. Not sure if the staff are just not happy to be working there, but the next night we went out to a much less expensive and much more casual of an establishment and were treated like kings. As you might guess the tips we gave our servers at this place were triple what the staff at Ulele received. All said and done we will not be returning to Ulele because the service was awful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good and the service was great. The ice cream was excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were very impressed with our experience at Ulele! Even before we walked to the door a waiter was greeting us. Every person working at Ulele was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. They were looking out for us. The food was exceptional! We were having lunch with another couple from New Hampshire. They were very impressed also. The location, the food, the service, the ambiance! Just outstanding! We will be returning to Ulele!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is hard to imagine a restaurant that never disappoints. That is what I have found at Ulele. No matter what the dish, everything is picture and taste-bud perfect from apps to desserts. It is a joy to enjoy each and every time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The meatloaf is very bland but the steaks, fish, chili and sides were excellent. One of the main reasons we visit this establishment are the usually fabulous parmesan flame grilled oysters. These were a big disappointment. They were the size of small marbles, not well cooked and with little to no cheese. Service was super fantastic. We sill visit again but not with blind faith.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tuna for my daughter was too cold and the manager offered to warm it but said that it would cook all the way. She declined and felt that they should have offered to sear her a new one.\nPompano and duck were overcooked.\n\nThis was our 3rd visit and we were disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is my 4th visit to Ulele and it never disappoints. The atmosphere, food and service were perfect to celebrate Mother's Day with the family.\nWill definitely go back again. Reservations definitely recommended. I heard that it was an hour and forty five minute wait if you didn't have a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My adult daughter requested this restaurant for her birthday dinner. We worked out way through numerous appetizers (the wild boar/alligator chili is divine with the polenta/corn cake) and great drinks. As it was a weekend, it was a little louder than usual, but it is a lively place. The view over the river is beautiful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, Ulele has great food and atmosphere. The chili is divine, especially when paired with grit cakes. The oysters are perfectly roasted. Okra fries with homemade ketchup are a must. For this visit, we asked for seating in a different area than had been assigned and they were able to accommodate. Highly recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful venue, great atmosphere. Service...slow at first but when we spoke up I think even the cooks in the kitchen were helping to wait on our table. They made it right.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my birthday dinner and I enjoyed the Pompano, which came with mashed popcorn potatoes, asparagus, and carrot ribbons. The carrot ribbons were breaded and tasty, but I probably wouldn't order that side again if I wanted to be good. My guest enjoyed his meatloaf. Service was friendly and efficient. We had ice cream for dessert, which was delicious, made in house and we could order more than one flavor. If they know it's your birthday you get a special sweet treat to take home....and those were incredibly tasty, beautifully boxed, as well as thoughtful.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele opened to great fanfare and success. With a premiere location on the river, in a repurposed industrial space (the city water works), it brought a heavy duty urban charm and muscle to otherwise party-flirty and taste-dumbed Tampa. But that was the promise at the outset. The honeymoon was brief.\n\nA office lunch celebration proved that nearly all the virtues and benefits of Ulele had evaporated in the slightly over a year since its inception. It had, perhaps in validation of the fear of some, decayed into the same tepid, faux-sincere pretense of the Columbia restaurants, a once venerable name under the same ownership as Ulele. That is, food, drink, service, even ambiance are somehow secondary to some vague notion of reputation and desirability. The fact is that the once impossible to reserve Ulele now advertises for business. \n\nWhat, then, are the particulars of this fall from grace. The Alpha and Omega of any restaurant is, well, food. The lunch fare for four of us was mediocre given as generous an assessment as we could muster. The grouper was tough, clearly overcooked, and horribly oversalted. The blackening tasted of mere pepper. A companion's burger was also overcooked, and a second companion's lobster roll was deemed, 'OK,' clearly not the reaction that one might hope to have at a dish that conjures as much delighted expectation as that.\n\nThe service was a notch above horrible. The server forgot the order upon her reiteration of it. She never produced an iced tea that had been ordered at the outset. Her ad hoc comments to us suggested that she either was having a miserable day of it, or was clearly impaired. \n\nUlele has failed badly enough that what was once a reliable destination for important business lunches and enjoyable, hip-enough, and slightly romantic evening is completely off the list without so much as a twinge of regret or any instinct to offer the place another chance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to Ulele for lunch a couple of times before, and while the location is definitely something special, I've not been particularly thrilled by anything I've had. It's been fine, but not great. This was the first time I'd been for dinner, and it was very good. I had the flank steak, and it was outstanding. My husband had the fish special, and it was really good as well. Plus our server was very patient in difficult circumstances. We were in a rush to make a 7:30 show, which our server was aware of, and our other couple was half an hour late, very much tightening our schedule. But our server got us out in time in spite of that, and kept discreetly checking back with us while we waited for our guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our party of 4 had three different fish dishes. The deconstructed seafood pot pie which was delicious, pompano, a special area treat with a large portion of fish, creamy tomato sauce, wild rice and grilled asparagus, and grilled mahi mahi. Everyone enjoyed the flavor of their entrees. The pompano was only medium warm, which is why I didn't give the food 5 stars. The flavors were great. We shares two desserts, the sorbet and chocolate torte. Both were perfect endings to our meals. The decaf coffees were hot and flavorful. Make your reservations way ahead if you want a specific time for dinner. Dining outside is a lovely option if not to hot or cold.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were a party of four with reservations at 630 pm on a Saturday. Thought we may miss the crowd. Boy were we wrong. The place was packed. We had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. Our server was great, but we had to wait for drinks as the bar was so busy. The food is wonderful. We had the alligator hush puppies, charbroiled oysters, roasted beet and poached pear salad, three sisters garden salad, carrot ribbons, squash gratin, florida pompano, and the crackling pork shank for dinner followed by the guava pie and the chocolate swirl ice cream. Everything was delicious. Will definitely go back, for lunch next time to see the surroundings in the daylight. We also enjoyed the artwork inside.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

They asked if we were celebrating anything. Which we were celebrating our daughters Burthday. I thought it was such a wonderful touch with the card and box of truffles! Very Nice touch!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ordered the tuna. Excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun and friendly atmosphere with great weather. Water views and child friendly with outdoor activities. Food is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

excellent food and the staff did a great job of taking care of my needs will be back soon

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great location, sat outside, great view and quiet. The inside was loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This became one of my favorite restaurants from my first time there. It's well worth driving all the way from the beach for! If I had to pick one thing to improve, it's the bar. I love its 'feel' but the service is questionable...especially when compared to the great waiters and waitresses in the restaurant. Since we've never waited very long for our reservation, it's a minor issue.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Upon arrival, we were delighted with the lovely setting. The architecture and landscape are very inviting. This is a real gem along Tampa's Riverwalk. The interior design is an interesting mix of art and industrial chic. The high ceilings and hard surfaces make it challenging acoustically.\n\nOur server was attentive, efficient and pleasantly enthusiastic. There were four in our group for lunch. Although there were no no major disappointments with our food selections, none of us were 'wowed' with our food selections. I would recommend sharing if ordering one of the sandwiches. The portions are very generous which can be good or bad, depending on your appetite. \n\nAll in all, we thought the ambience was great, but we were not as impressed with the our food selections.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From start to finish everything was wonderful. Not my first time here, but brought a friend for her birthday for her first time and she loved it. Oysters were fantastic, as was the grouper and the salad. They've got a very good wine list, but not huge. If you want a bottle, they've got plenty more. The ambience is great and watching the sunset over the hillsborough river was amazing. This place is a keep. Waitstaff is knowledgable and very friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our third visit, and we are still licking our lips. While the husband and son shared a delicious 2.2 pound steak, I tried out the pear and beet salad, the green beans and the squash with Parmesan. There are plenty of vegetarian options. Also loved the crab mac and cheese. Wish the noise level could be lessened, but this is a fun restaurant. We will continue eating our way through the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Read the reviews which mentioned Ulele's is over rated. I most definitely disagree. The only challenge I had was getting a table when I wanted to eat. Planing in advance, minimum 1 week, is a MUST. The food was excellent and found it to be reasonably priced. The only disappointment was in the dessert. Most of their desserts are ice cream related.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everthing was great

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have eaten here two previous times and it was descent with a few minor complaints. This time was appalling! We will never go back!! The bread plate that was on the table when we were seated had crusted food on it. OK maybe a misstep, too bad it wasn't! The dozen grilled oysters were good when not overcooked, we could only eat three quarters of them since they were shriveled. The shishito peppers were very oily and I specifically asked the server to make sure they weren't. Both bone in fillets were ordered mid rare and served RARE/RAW. Mine was sent back due to the plate being so FILTHY! The plate was dirty on the top and crusted with left over food on the bottom of the rim! The third entree was a fish that was described as a 'dense fish, similar to Wreck and Sword', it was grossly overcooked. The manager brought a re fired fish which was cooked properly and called it Amberjack! This never would have been ordered since it was not one of the guests list of fish he eats! The server was positive, with a great attitude but misrepresented the fish. The manager saw the plates and did the right thing by taking the food off the bill. \nThe table we were seated at needed to be scrubbed not wiped since it also had dried food on it. When a restaurant has dirty plates, dirty tables, it is a clear sign that the kitchen is dirty!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We haven't been here in awhile and I thought we would start off the weekend and celebrating my 60th birthday. We had another great meal and will continue to return to Ulele's.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I generally eat lunch at Ulele but our recent dinner experience was equally good. More full entrees on the dinner menu and some specials. Fresh ingredients combined with unique recipes makes for a great dining experience. The decibel level can be a bit energetic during the high season when the place is full - upstairs and down. A Gem in a collection of fine restaurants in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to dine after a great ride on the river walk. Bar seating with incredible service. Friendly staff with great menu and beverage knowledge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first time at Ulele, brought my mother-in-law in from out of town. We ordered three stone crabs and the alligator hush puppies for an appetizer to share. I had the beet and pear salad and avocado gazpacho for my entree and both my husband and MIL ordered the grouper. Everything was so very delicious! The alligator hush puppies are absolutely huge, I would consider them to be more akin to fritters....just fried deliciousness! My salad and soup were divine and they enjoyed their grouper entrees very much. We were right in front of where the indoor and outdoor part of the restaurant meets and it was the perfect spot. There was a nice breeze coming through and we could still see the water from our seats. Although relatively expensive for lunch, it was well worth the visit and we will definitely be back. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely loved this place. Great food and ambience. Played some cornhole too.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second time @ Ulele. The restaurant (museum) is incredible! The food is wonderful and the grounds and views are splendid. Every employee, to date is cordial and pleasant and helpful. The only downfall is the wait time from drink order to receipt of drinks to placing a food order to actually receiving a food order and even waiting for the check and then to waiting for your credit card, so you can sign and leave. We spent 2 1/2 hours for lunch and that is with a reservation. We enjoyed it very much, other than the wait times, so we will be back. Hopefully, they will get their act together, or maybe they need to limit the number of tables being served to better accommodate their patrons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were celebrating my daughters birthday. We had a great table overlooking the river. The food was delicious and the service was great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had a reservation but decided to eat at the bar instead. It was about five minutes before the bartender even acknowledged me and to say I was annoyed was an understatement. I was there on my lunch break and didn't have time to spare. Thankfully, one of the other bartenders (I wish I had remembered their names) came in to save the day and make my experience a lot more enjoyable. \n\nAll in all, the food was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server, Liz, was one of the best serves we have ever had when dining. She was attentive to my wife's food allergies and was very knowledgeable .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant, great food, great atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The pompano was fresh, hot, and delicious. Not used to fish being served hot. Excellent job.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere! Would give it another try and hope for better. Portions are crazy small for the prices and service was slow at best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect ustomer service, a patient server. Great dining suggestions.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Third time at the Restaurant, each time was better than the first.\nenjoyed the last two occasions , Lunch , not as noisey as Dinner\nseemed more casual, at lunch time meal. enjoy the open atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service awesome! Food delicious! Atmosphere the best

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place has a fabulous young, urban chic vibe with food, service and ambiance to match. We had their fabulous specialty mojitos, steak and pompano. All delicious. The place is a little hard to find. Waze brings you to its parking lot, where you can't see the restaurant. Someone directed us to walk toward the water and follow the path. People were playing cornhole outside. I will gladly go again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant is a bit noisy and the food is average on flavor but above average on price. Decent small wine list.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

A few things that made our first time experience feeling a bit below average. First the table was very wobbly and spilled my water which the waitress tried to shimmy it but couldn't so we moved to another table. No big deal. I asked for a Bud Light and she said they only had cans, so i said OK sure. A few minutes later she apologizes and said they are out, so i stuck with the water. Next i ordered the okra fries which looked good but half of them had a bad burnt taste from over frying. Next i ordered the vegetarian stuffed portobello and they brought me out some kind of salad instead. Now I'm sitting hear for 10 minutes waiting for my correct order watching my wife eat. When i finally get my food it was good. Wife's NY strip steak was $36 and was nothing special, very very over priced. Wife asked for some steak sauce and she got a small dipping bowl with some kind of sauce in it and it tasted like someone dump a tablespoon of salt in it. Not good. You can get a way better and bigger NY strip for 28 at Charleys. Yes i know they're not a steakhouse, but when your charging more than a higher end steakhouse, your customers are expecting something special, as in tasty. Ulele seriously needs to work on their food quality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always Ulele never fails to please. Their food is fresh and inviting and very tasty. The view of the river is magnificent. While waiting for your table you can stroll around the area and enjoy the view.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience with Ulele recognizing a Patrons birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was our first time in U-le-le. Everything did not started the way we expected though. We had a table reservation for 8:15 pm, and came a couple minutes earlier. They asked us to wait, and we spent 15 minutes total waiting. It did not seem much, but still, you always expect to be seated immediately if you have a reservation (that is why you make it, isn't it?). However, once we were seated, the dinner turned out to be a wonderful experience. We had a table on the second floor looking at the kitchen. This made the whole experience even more fantastic. The waiter was professional, taking care of everything in a nice manner. The food was delicious (especially the oysters). The atmosphere around also added up to the mood. \nOverall, this place is a must-visit for everyone who is in the area. Will definitely recommend it to our friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best place I have been for lunch in a long time!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought a couple to Ulele after a show. I had told them what a great place it was. \nWe arrived early for our reservation and sat outside to wait for our table. When we were called, our table was not ready. We mentioned that we had just left a table outside and would like that. Instead, we were seated inside between a party of 19 and a party of 12. We could not communicated due to the noise level. The delay between order and service was excessive. (probably because of the large parties they were attending to). The food was fine (however, I was a bit surprised that the salad I ordered with my dinner was half the size of the salad I had order on my first visit. Maybe they were running short??) My guests had originally said they would plan an upcoming event there. In the morning, they had changed their mind.\n\nIf you want to enjoy an evening with friends - stay outside. The inside is just too loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this restaurant. Waiter remembered us from prior visit. Food is wonderful Building has great character. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Craft beer too..try a flight! Our new favorite restaurant

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my 4th visit to Ulele, and the 3rd time that I had taken friends that had never been. Unfortunately, our service experience was very poor. Either our waitress was new or overwhelmed by another table of 6 in her area. We waited quite some time for beverages and finally the hostess had to take our lunch order. My two friends thoroughly enjoyed their meals (thank goodness), but mine not so much. I ordered the tuna salad, and the hostess said that the tuna would be seared. That is not how it is prepared and when the manager came over to check in on us, I explained what I had been told about my salad's preparation. The manager ended up bringing some seared tuna over to try (It had no flavor...) Our lunch turned into a 2 hour lunch as the final bill was incorrect. The manager never checked back in and no apologies we ever given. I will go back, but I will not sit in this server's area.\nThe restaurant is in a wonderful location and has great ambiance...I love using Open Table to book my reservations!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent. Our server was very polite, but he seemed to keep forgetting when we asked to have our water re-filled. It also seemed to take longer than usual between the courses. As always it was very noisy. In spite of those few negatives, I still enjoyed it and I would go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic lunch. Best barbecued oyster i have ever tasted. Love the location and restaurant concept which displays great art pieces. Service was friendly and attentive.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We felt we that did not get value for what we paid for our meal. The ambiance was not that good. Expected something more intimate for my wife's birthday. One thing we notice was that it was too noisy. We couldn't hear each other talk it was so loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food with a great view. Everything we had was wonderful including our desserts.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were excited to try Ulele to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The excitement ended as soon as our beverages were brought out to us. Warm tap water, flat honey lager and flat soda were the first things to hit our palette. We did try the gator hush puppies, which were good. I had ordered the seafood risotto and my husband had a filet mignon. His steak was cooked perfectly. The seafood risotto was less than impressive. The stuffed lobster was essentially soggy breadcrumbs with peppers, and maybe some lobster purée mixed in there. The risotto in itself tasted of fish stock and was a gelatinous chunk of rice goo. The shrimp were way over cooked and gross because not only did they have The heads on you had to devein them, peel them and clean them yourself. Not exactly sexy for a date night. On a positive, the waiter did surprise us with a wonderful box of truffles and a card signed by the staff for our anniversary.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was satisfactory, except for one thing. Our friend who was dining with us ordered a Manhattan from the bar. He requested a bourbon other than Knobs Creek, and the waitress obliged. He enjoyed his drink, but when the bill came, the drink was $37! We feel that she should've warned him that she would have the bartender serve him such expensive alcohol. \nHe would've never ordered a $37 drink knowingly. He paid the bill, but we left feeling taken advantage of.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You should drop everything and go here right now. What a wonderful place. The ground were beautiful and the food was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have waited impatiently to try Ulele and I have to say I will be back. It is for sure a fabulous spot for a girls' night out but also a romantic date night. The view is phenomenal, totally enjoyed our server and drinks were good too. As far as food, I ordered the Gouda Grouper which was flavorful and yummy but it was a bit tough for fish. I did have a bite of my friend's pork shank and I will definitely order it in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time dinning and you better believe that this will Not be our last. Can't wait to dine again when we are back in town. Found out this was owned and managed, by The Famous Columbia Restaurant!! Service, Food, All excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my third trip to Ulele and it didn't disappoint. Our waiter had a terrific grasp of the menu and we opted for several of his recommendations including the nightly specials. Our group of 5 enjoys sharing and we chose several selections from appetizers to desserts. The waiter was very accommodating in changing out plates for our different courses, which was great. Loved the grilled oysters, seafood options, and don't miss the side dishes. The grit cakes and jalapeno muffins were outstanding! The wine list is also very reasonable with high quality wines. Ulele's will remain a hot spot for me, especially when entertaining friends from out of town looking for a great Tampa dining experience. Did I mention then ambiance and views of the river? Ulele's is top shelf Tampa.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although great atmosphere and service, the food always seems disappointing. The exception are their apps which are interesting. Been more than 6 times, hoping the entrees would have a better showing but has not improved.\nBest for drinks and apps.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

the acoustics are terrible! it was almost impossible to carry on a conversation. we'd asked to sit outside but were told it wasn't set up - we were there for 2 hours & it didn't rain a drop. service not great until our waiter found out it was my birthday; then it improved. food is very good. pricey. for those who enjoy bread with a meal, be prepared to pay for it. the location is great, but can't be appreciated from inside. i'd recommend it to others & go back, but only for outside seating. it's no fun to have to yell to be heard!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love eating at Ulele's. Love being near the river in a scenic park setting. The food is a bit unusual and delicious. The service is very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A first time visit to celebrate an anniversary. Luis was excellent in service. We will certainly visit again soon. Ulele is certainly an excellent addition to the River Walk and to Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service great as usual! Went here before a performance at the Straz center. The special was a fresh bass dish that was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and we ended the perfect night by walking along the riverfront to our show.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food has been better on previous visits. Entre was brought to table while still eating salads.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

LOVED THIS RESTAURANT. Everything was amazing. Food. Service. Ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the unusual combinations of food and textures and the emphasis on healthy eating. Dining here is a total food experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food that was properly prepared and served at the right temperatures y a competent wait staff.\n\nOne of the better places to eat in Tampa that I will return to when visiting the area.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I ordered Mahi off of the menu. When it came it looked Thin and when I tasted it it was very dry. I told the server. She told me that she would replace it . My wife sat there and ate her dinner alone. When mine finally came it looked just like the last one and she told me that they had run out of Mahi that evening and they were replacing it with redfish!!!! Unbelievable!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is amazing. Our server was great and food incredible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

U NBELIEVABLE \nL UCIOUS \nE XCELLENT\nL OVE -THE -FOOD\nE XTRA-SPECIAL

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele is fantastic. Richard Gontzmart really outdid himself with this place. We went here for my wife's birthday and the service from Brooks was impeccable. The place is literally a museum that happens to serve Native American/local inspired cuisine. Perfect for a dinner at dusk right by the Hillsborough River, extremely scenic. Cocktails are quite good, though the Native Summer is my personal favorite, especially on warm days. The menu is a little pricey, but not overly outrageous, expect prices similar to the Columbia or Seasons 52.\n\nThings to try: deconstructed seafood pot pie, pork shank, duck.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great way to spend Halloween when you don't have little ones. Watching a beautiful sunset, nice drink and great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Amosphere, Great Food and \nRyan was a great server.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was absolutely wonderful. The blackened oysters are to die for. Ulele is a great place to dine with your loved one or even the whole family.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

outstanding. food is always great. ambience and overall atmosphere makes ulele the in spot to go.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambience and delectible food choices! Hidden just outside of downtown Tampa with a beautiful view of the river.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The new hotspot on the hillsborough river. Outstanding food service with upscale ambience. A must see and eat hot spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went to Ulele with 4 others for dinner. The service was great and the food was excellent, especially the pork shank with popcorn mashed potatoes. The Native Summer cocktail was very tasty and refreshing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best menú in Tampa. The dishes are not cookie cutter, they are authentic recipes. Attention to detail includes their own beer, water, and barreled tequila.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele's is always fresh and wonderful. It was a beautiful day with a cool breeze blowing off the river and all the doors and windows were open. Crab claw season just started so we had 2 very fresh claws each. The fresh fish was wonderful. I always enjoy the ambiance and food at Ulele's.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We continue to come back to Ulele for lunch and dinner. The food, atmosphere and servers are all excellent. The crab mac and cheese is the best but so is everything else so it's hard to choose which is why we keep returning!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came here for a special occasion. The service, food, wine and desserts were stellar. I thought I was eating at a fine restaurant in downtown DC, Midtown NY or LA. But, it's even better.......close, casual and on the Hillsborough river. Thanks Ulele!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to have a nice dinner. Food is consistently good and well as the craft drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Comfortable casual dining. Many of the menu items sound delicious . Ulele's beer is superb, my favorite is the wedding beer. Looking out over the Hilllsborough river is lovely day or night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Location, location, location. Very hip atmosphere. Excellent food and service! Definitely one of Tampa's best restaurant choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great local spot. Very relaxing, and the service was great. The surroundings are unique, with some lovely works of art and a great view over the water.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved everything about it! Would definitely recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waiter did not smile for 15 minutes. The salad came without dressing on it and we had to ask the waiter to bring some. One of the ice cream orders (coconut) had no coconut on it or in it and tasted very bland. All the other food was tasty and well prepared but nothing outstanding. Because we came at 1:00pm the lunch crowd was starting to thin out and so the\nnoise level was minimal. I think parking could be a problem during busy times. I will return\nto try other dishes and get a better sense of this restaurant. Great historical and scenic factors.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had fried okra for an appetizer which turned out to be an excellent choice. For lunch our group had pompano, short rib burger and lobster roll. Everyone was thrilled with their selections and we will recommend to our friends and definitely return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ulele is always an entertaining and delightful dining experience. Great venue for everything from a business meal to date night. A true Tampa Gem

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We absolutely love this place but we discovered when we went this last time, if you want to eat outside make sure you request it when making your reservation. We ended up eating upstairs and had a nice ciew of the water, but because it was such a nice night we we hoping we could eat outside. But still enjoyed our meal and would definitely recommend Ulele to friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Tampa. The food is always unique, creative, fresh and wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated our anniversary with our good friends, also celebrating an anniversary. Great place for a celebration of any kind. We were seated ahead of our reservation time, and the wait staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. It was an extremely busy Sunday evening, a bit of a surprise, but since it is a beautiful setting and the weather was extraordinary, it was a great place to be. \nWe didn't have appetizers, but did visit the bar for a cocktail and a beer which were both very good. 2 of us ordered the 8 oz filet mignon, and 1 ordered the deconstructed seafood pie and 1 ordered the grouper. All were excellent! Both filets were cooked to perfection, and every single bite was absolutely delicious; juicy, no gristle or fat, and tender through and through. The vegetable of ratatouille was just enough and excellent as well. The popcorn mashed potatoes...they tasted good, but not sure I would have splashed them with popped corn....they could easily do without it. The seafood pie is excellent! And the grouper was also perfectly done. I'd recommend any of these dishes to even the most discriminating. \nDessert was ice cream chosen from their many flavors. The ice cream was very good, and the portion generous, but not over-the-top great, and I would probably select a different dessert next time. \nI really would highly recommend Ulele for anyone who loves food, loves a beautifully appointed and decorated restaurant, wants great food but doesn't want to wear a suit and evening dress to get it. I'd definitely say Ulele is a winner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation. While we couldnt be seated immediately we were seated on time.we were enjoying a pre-concert dinner and Ulele did not disappoint. From the Bedrock blend to one if the best pieces of fish I've ever had plus a great server and visit from Chef, our time was a treat! We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele continues to amaze us with its food and its service quality. We brought my brother and sister-in-law for a special birthday celebration and blown away by the continued terrific service by Sam, one of our favorite servers. The care and concern given to us by ulele team makes us happy guests and delighted to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I dined with two vegan guests and the chef outdid himself with a delicious choice for them. They were 'wowed' as was I with my meal! Staff members were very friendly and helpful,too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been coming regularly to Ulele. We've come alone and also have brought friends to share the experience of Rich Gonzmart's great addition to the Hillsborough River. Our meals, both lunch and dinner have been terrific. We've become fans of the roasted oyster and have thoroughly enjoyed the Bed Rock vineyards 'Shebang', truly a great value from a great vineyard. Additionally, we are greeted by the staff, and even our previous servers stop by to say hello whenever we visit. We have also made great friends with Sheri Zippo, the GM. Her charm and knowledge and 'table touching' keep us coming back for more. We will return on April 1st with friends and look forward another beautiful dinner at Ulele.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've dined twice in recent days are will take dear friends there for New Year's evening dinner. The service quality was at the top and the food quality was terrific. Ulele hits the ball out of the park with overall hospitality, ambiance, food delivery and service. We are Ulele fans, clearly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and atmosphere were wonderful and our server was great!!! We were there celebrating a birthday and it was such a nice night!\nThanks,\nJodi

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I came highly recommended and we were doubtful, but we loved it. The Ulele Burger is delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

All good although we were placed upstairs next to a family who decided to let their children bang on their feet Kate's and then their Table the throughout lunch. Not a word was said to them by the management. Drinks were good; the entres' were good albeit it was apparent they had been pre-cooked and warmed up. All in all ok but an earlier visit in the evening was a better experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great! Our family can't wait to go back, there was so many dishes/entrees we didn't get to eat,we will be going back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This past weekend was my first time here and I loved it! The atmosphere and decor were great, it was very industrial. My friend and I went for lunch. I had the 8oz streak with popcorn mashed potatoes and vegetables. We got the jalapeno cheese grits as an appetizer. All the food was delicious! I loved it. Our waitress was great and the service was pretty quick for how busy it was. It's a happening place! I plan on going back for my birthday. It's a great spot, especially if you're looking for something unique and tasty!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Great service. Scallops were outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele is one of very few Tampa restaurants that make me drive to Tampa from downtown St. Petersburg where I live within walking distance of great restaurants on Beach Drive and Central Avenue. It is that good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had to work this restaurant in with a trip downtown. Highly recommend if you're seeing a show, going to a concert, or even just going to be in the neighborhood on your way home from work. Drinks are delicious, food flavorful, and service was quick and friendly. If you don't want to wait for a table or make a reservation, at least go grab a drink at the bar and hang out outside watching the view over the river and the park nextdoor. They even have to-go cups which you can take on the Riverwalk.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A very nice atmosphere. Watched the sun set as we enjoyed delicious food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wish you had more Gluten Free options!! A GF bun would be awesome!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous service by Sam. He made some great suggestions from the menu and the evening specials. Great presentation and a truly wonderful evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The pompano was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten out. Outstanding! Our waiter nick was very personable and helpful about making dinner choices when there is so much to choose from. \nBut it was more noisy than I'd like it to be.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Finally got a chance to dine at Ulele. Reservations are hard to come by - you have to plan a few weeks in advance, but the wait is worth it! Beautiful building and delicious food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We are never disappointed. Highly suggest if you've never been.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere and great food! Service was very slow. I would go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A friend and I had a great lunch. We sat outside in the shade on a pleasant day with a nice breeze off the river. Fried okra was. My pompano on wild rice mix with a sun dried tomato buerre blanc was delicious. Service was thoughtful and professional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We sat outside and watched the sunset while we drank a delicious sampler of their beer and appetizer of okra fries. After a wonderful dinner we had a drink called a 'ring of fire' for dessert. Great restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is a gem! Really great food, and a small but exclusive (affordable) wine list. This is a perfect place for someone who understands and appreciates really, really good food and wines!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The staff was very indulgent. Service is almost up to European standards.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele is probably my favorite restaurant in Tampa. The food is terrific and the service is always top notch. Seating is usually available without a reservations for lunch, but I get one anyway. Also, I like taking a short stroll along the water after lunch/dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was outstanding! The service...not so much. Even though they knew it was for a Birthday date, and additional attention was requested, our waitress seamed to be overtly avoiding us, only made mention of the birthday by verifying (no comment of 'Happy Birthday' or otherwise), and could have been more knowledgeable of the menu description. We did see the floor Manager roaming around - very meticulous at the table settings, cleanliness and such, but would have been nice to have had a visit by him as it was our first occasion at his restaurant. Overall, the food was really good, very creative menu, and the Dirty Martini rocked!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was very engaging, informative and knowledgeable about the beers and the menu. He was a delight. HOWEVER; despite telling him, up front, that we had to be out of the restaurant by a specific time, we had to leave without ordering dessert. Sorry for us AND for the restaurant. But we loved the food and the experience and, despite the fact that Ulele is an hour and a half from home, we are anxious to return. We were celebrating a birthday and the server feted the birthday boy with a beautiful box of truffles, handmade on site!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Avacado soup was delicious as well as appetizers. I was underwhelmed with the brisket sandwich which was not like any I had ever had before- smokey, thin sliced very unusual presentation needed seasoning would not recommend . The dessert maple bacon ice cream was awesome as well as the hand crafted beers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Finally able to dine at Alele after hearing about the restaurant several times. I must say, my wife and I were not disappointed with the quality of food, atmosphere, and service rendered. Must place to dine and we will certainly be dining there again. Make sure you have reservations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter, Louis, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Food was great with nice presentation. Mt wife's Cosmopolitan was a little weak.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfect service! Members went above and beyond to make our anniversary special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Setting is awesome - unique and full of energy with a lively crowd at the bar. Food is a eclectic style on seafood and meats with a flavorful wooden grill. We really enjoy the various apps

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the most enjoyable dinners we've had. Food was exceptional! Server was prompt and very attentive. Special request for table was honored and made for a perfect dinner!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fab food, and cocktails! Went for a quiet dinner with a friend! Loved it! definitely going back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you are looking for a great night out, this is the place to go. The place itself is worth a visit, very interesting, and right on the river. The food is interesting and delicious. They have many wines by the glass, all at a very reasonable price and served in actual wine glasses and at the right temperature. The bad news is: because it is so good it is difficult to get a dinner reservation. We book at least a month in advance for weekend evenings and even then that may not be enough.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow, what a wonderful place to dine, whether you are eating inside or outside. I particularly liked that the red wines by the glass were actually served at the right temperature. There were many to choose from and they were at a reasonable cost. The food was beautifully presented and tasted great. The decor is unique. The restaurant is right on the water. There is valet parking plus a lot across the street, so parking is not an issue.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant. It exceeded my expectations.\nGreat food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was my boyfriend & I's first time ever hearing about this place. A good friend recommended it, & everything was amazing. Our server, Rick, was totally cool & knowledgeable. Def enhanced our experience! Really enjoyed everything about it! Will be back :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was looking for a good Anniversary dinner experience that offered gluten free plates as my wife has a gluten allergy. Most places only offer 2 or 3 but Ulele had much more. Checkout their menu on line.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Decent beer they have more than just budlight. Food is delicious but will set you back some dough.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not great, but not awful.\n\nThis is a 'highly hyped' restaurant at a great location. Food is just ok. Service was rushed and somewhat pushy. Good place to bring kids or large groups. Food was high of 'fillers' like fairly tasteless mashed potatoes and light on protein and vegetables. Meatloaf tasted like a TV dinner with a wall paper paste like sauce. Place is owned by a highly professional and experienced restaurant company that will make the restaurant better over time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The décor and setting of this restaurant are amazing. However, the food leaves much to be desired.\n\nUnfriendly, unhelpful front staff. She seemed like she was only there to put on a fake smile and show you a table. Any more than that was way too much.\n\nThe Brussels sprouts are very pretty, but some flavorless. Needs salt, maybe some acidity.\n\nOn the mashed potatoes there were some super salty fried onions.\n\nMeatloaf is over mixed and beaten to a pulp. Terrible texture, OK taste.\n\nThe Gouda grouper tastes good, but came with the tiniest piece of grouper.\n\nGreat cornbread muffins. Tasted fresh out of the oven with a great crust and warm soft interior.\n\nGood chili but not any different than your usual. If you tell me it has all these unusual things in it, it should stand out.\n\nGreat charbroiled oysters regardless of some grit.\n\nMac and cheese a bit doughy and gummy but great taste.\n\nThe guava pie is heavy on the condensed milk, but once you get the reduction on their it's really good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food tries too hard - it's too 'busy.' And expensive.\nWrong food delivered and incorrect check.\nTis a place to be seen in rather than a great dining experience. \nWill only return for someone else's occasion or if they're picking up the tab.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server Sam is what made this such a memorable night. My friend and I had an event to go to on Sunday, but we got there early enough to enjoy a great meal! Two coctails, a bottle of wine, two appetizers, and two entrees. Lucky for us we stuck with seafood, so it was pretty light...try the oysters to begin, and I had the pompano. Amazing dishes and perfect service made for a great night 5 stars!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was near perfect, service was attentive. Noise level was so high it was hard to hear the waiter, but that's what you get with such a popular place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was great. Will dedefinitely go back real soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We visited Ulele on Saturday as it has been recommended by several friends, as being a great place to go for a meal, even though it was a little pricey. \nWe both chose the chicken /Brussels Spout/cheese on top dish, as it looked so good. The chicken was very tough, the coating on the chicken was like cardboard, and the melted cheese on the top of the chicken was set like rubber. The whole dish was luke warm, which did not exactly help matters!! Because of the mediocre experience we had with the chicken, we decided we elected not to have dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent find along the waterfront and well worth the water taxi trip up to visit. Service was amazing, menu was great and food was delicious. Timing of servings was spot on and view and surroundings were fantastic. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele is always a great experience. Although I have my favorite dish, our waiter, Hunter wholeheartedly recommended Juan's Snapper and he was right. It was delicious and is now a favorite dish as well. The waiter was very professional and attentive. The wine selection is terrific with prices that are hard to match, even comparing to retail. The restaurant is a historic building that has been beautifully restored and is filled with amazing art. Upstairs is unique sports memorabilia. Outside of the restaurant is beautiful, along the river!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele never disappoints! The gouda grouper is so delicious, one of the best dishes around town. The native chili was delicious and of course, we had to top it off with the candied maple bacon ice cream. The waitress was great and went out of her way to take a good family picture while we were at one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa!!! This is a great place for lunch or dinner, every day dining or special occasions. It's also a fun place to ring out of town guests because the outside area is so pretty and walkable, along the river.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We found ourselves in Tampa on the way to the airport to go home and with a few hours on our hands for lunch. We used Open Table to find a neat place on the river and Ulele seemed highly recommended. That was an understatement. The place is AMAZING and i highly recommend it. As a matter of fact, when next in Tampa, I will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was fantastic and the location is very neat. Servers are very knowledgable about the history. Noise level in the restaurant is a little high, so avoid if you want a 'quiet and cozy place' but the overall dining experience was unique and we will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First visit to Ulele's, recommended by friend. Loved the atmosphere with garden entrance, original artwork, and wide open views of lawn and river. We were seated immediately. The server was very attentive and the food...ah, the food was delightful; from appetizer through dessert. We've already recommended Ulele's to our Facebook friends and will return soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent atmosphere and great food. Highly recommended. Scott Gaier

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great family environment and large selection of seafood creations. Water views are stunning. Sophisticated industrial space with lots of artistic flare. Service was excellent! Will go again soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my husband for his birthday and we both were very impressed with the location, food and service. The menu was very diverse and I am confident individuals with different preferences would be pleased with the options. They also acknowledged his birthday with a card signed by the staff and a box of the most delicious chocolate truffles. A very nice surprise and gesture. The noise level would definitely keep us from taking our parents as they would find it hard to hear due to background noise being magnified with hearing aids. However we will definitley go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

On our first visit to Ulele my wife and I were blown away. Since then we've left each visit feeling it has slipped a bit. For example, the Okra Fries went from absolutely amazing perfectly seasoned and crispy bringing out all of the good in okra and removing the downsides... we've ordered it every time we've been there. This time, it was very salty and soggy. We considered this one of the best restaurants in Tampa at the start but now we're hesitant to try it again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good combination of a great atmosphere food and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Definitely need a reservation. I had and had to wait 30 min be seated as it was that busy on a Wednesday night. Not a place for quiet intiment dining.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I ordered the seafood risotto. The risotto was sticky , not a lot of flavour. The seafood on the dish was moist , like a wet moist , not appealing. \nMy daughter ordered one of the specials. Just not impressed by the food. \nYou came highly recommend. But the food quality and taste was very disappointing. \nHowever our waitress was very attentive with out being obtrusive. The ambiance was great . Cool eclectic place . \nNoise level very high. If this had been a business dinner I feel like it would have been a challenge to have a conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful time with my lovely wife on her birthday! Great location for a leisurely walk before or after dinner along riverfront!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My second visit and it was even better than the first. I intend to continue to dine there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love the historic site and the river view. The food is excellent. My favorite sides are the okra appetizer and the limas and collards. We also enjoyed the guava pie and ice creams. Service was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had the luncheon meatloaf and have to say it was the best I have ever had-meatloaf elevated to a spectacular level!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele is hands down the best restaurant in Tampa in my and my husband's opinion. Every time we have friends or family visiting from out of town we take them to Ulele. The menu is so unique, they brew their own beer, everything is delicious you can't go wrong with any selections whatsoever.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were a little late and still were seated. It was my friends first visit. She was leaving for Kansas the next day. This was the perfect send-off. Thank you so much!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Horrible! So loud you could not talk or listen. Service was slow and food uninteresting. This was my 2nd time trying Ukele's and the experience wa no better. I will not go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A wonderful experience. Perfect sunset location and superb food and drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my first visit to Ulele and wish we had not waited so long. Fabulous addition to the Tampa dining scene with its warehouse chic décor and scenic garden along the Riverwalk. The chef's use of locally sourced foods are creative as they are favorable. The Native Chili used alligator, wild board, duck, chuck, and cranberries creating a hearty chili and is a meal in itself. The calamari was lightly fried with an interesting dipping sauce. Locally sourced Amberjack fish was a special that was prepared perfectly - moist but firm to the fork. The flank steak is beautifully seasoned with sea salt and olive oil that brings forth the flavor of the beef. The only disappointment was dessert. I ordered the Guava Pie and my dining companion ordered the Ulele homemade ice cream. While both were rich, the flavors were a bit too subtle for us. Service was excellent. Look forward to our next visit. Definitely worth the trip from Pinellas County.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall - Ulele's has great food, service and almosphere. We enjoyed our meal and received attentive friendly service. We especially liked the fire roasted oysters for an appetizer. For entrees, I had the snapper and my wife had the 1/2 chicken, both of which were excellent. \n\nMy wife is sensitive/allergic to Gluten and was happy to find several gluten-free options clearly marked on the menu. Also, our 8-year old son was able to enjoy from a great selection on the kids menu, which had better options than the usual 'kid food' that most restaurants offer. \n\nOne notable observation was the noise level. It's nothing if not hustling and bustling. Granted, it was Friday evening, but Ulele was very crowded and loud. Even with reservations, we had to wait about 30 minutes extra for our table. But we were flexible and didn't mind the wait. In fact, we used the extra time for a walk around Waterworks Park just outside the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous setting, ambiance, reception, service and creative cutting edge menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great meal here. Portions were big and a great value. Would highly recommend the Pompano and Alligator Hush Puppies!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a Sunday morning reservation for a large party, and we were there when the doors opened. On this particular day they gave us a beautiful quiet table in the corner, it was around so that everyone could talk with each other, and it was rather quiet given past experiences at this restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food was amazing and we couldn't have enjoyed it more than we did.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our entire dining experience was greatly enhanced by the marvelous service of the waitress

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for my daughters 18th birthday - requested table by window/water. Was seating pretty much opposite of that - upstairs and in the back . Disappointed as those tables were open when we arrived. \n\nFood was good but slow coming out of kitchen. Would have stayed for dessert and spent more money, but didn't want to have to keep waiting . Went to Berns dessert room instead.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The pompano dish was fabulous. We split it and it was more than enough food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our 2nd visit in a month! Just couldn't try somewhere else when this place is so good, so pretty and the people were so very nice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Another outstanding dining experience. Service was excellent. Drink selection (beer) was great, especially the seasonals. Enjoyed an appetizer and meal; both excellent for the cost. Had a wonderful time hanging out with friends in a fantastic environment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was awesome. Waitress had great recommendations. The Charbroiled oysters are to die for. My friend and I are already planning our next visit for the oysters. The seasonal beer we had was so good I had 2 :-)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The snapper was overcooked and too chewy . Burger was good . Salads were excellent. Wine was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lovely and charming restaurant really has the flavor of Tampa. Location is great right on the River and menu has a little bit of something for everyone. Great bar area. Fun place to have drinks or a meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Uleles! Casual, 'cracker' gourmet And finally a place that takes advantage of tampa's waterfront. \n My dinner here is always a treat- interesting food- and a 'happening' ambiance

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Charbroiled oysters are the best! Also love the chilled Avocado soup.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my third time at Ulele. Each time has been excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Prompt, polite service from Bill as always. Look forward to the next visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a nice evening. Good food overall. The calamari could have been crispier. The milk fed, cruelty free veal was very good. I loved the four sisters salad. The dining room was loud so it would be perfect if there were quiter spaces available for folks that want to talk. The fact that is by the park and the river walk makes the location perfect. Prices are reasonable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing experience! I plan to return for my birthday. Sydney was an amazing server. She knew the menu and made wonderful recommendations. GM Vincent was very sweet and made us feel welcome as well. Looking forward to the next visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall everything was very nice. My only complaint was I ordered the lobster cake from the appetizer menu and the roasted beet and pear salad to come to the table with the other meals. My lobster cake arrived with the other meals but my salad did not. I mentioned it to the waiter and he said it was coming right up. It came after everyone had finished their meals. The waiter did not seem to even notice that as he was bringing my salad that everyone was done eating. When it arrived I was disappointed to see that the beet was not roasted but tasted like a boiled or canned beet. I actually would have been ok if it had not arrived at all. We were celebrating my grand daughter's 21st birthday. She was presented with a box of truffles which was a very nice gesture. My husband's pork chop was absolutely delicious and tender. All the other meals were very good also.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The server was exceptional. She offered some great suggestions for dessert and sides. Most of the food was exceptionally well prepared. However, two of us in our party of 6 ordered the Clara Fry greens and they were flavorless. The presentation of the whole meal was beautiful though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've eaten at Ulele twice and have enjoyed the local food, atmosphere, view, friendliness of staff, and variety of options to choose from. I would definitely eat there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food - always a great experience as we go probably -3x per month when in town. We like quiet - so perfect this past Friday PM. Simply our current favorite restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow! Ulele was an amazing experience. One of the best in Tampa, in my opinion.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Trying way too hard to be hip...they need to focus on being good. Noise level is off the charts and literally impossible to have a conversation without yelling. Waiter was annoying and determined to give me all the history of the site when all we wanted was a cocktail. Food was way over salted, my wife actually wiped down the outside of her filet with her water soaked napkin. The charbroiled oysters were terrific. This place definitely has potential but if our experience is any indication they need to go from cool to capable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food, service and friendly staff! Great place for a date night. Beautiful view!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sat outside so it was quiet. Not sure about inside. Food was interesting, presented nicely and tasty. Servings were generous. Service was a little slow at the beginning. Only one server for all outside at the time we went (early). We would definitely go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent service and exceptional food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was wonderful but it was a bit humid inside, not sure if it's from the door being open or high A/C temp.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took great care of us, with special attention because it was our anniversary!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

IT was my first time and I loved it. We had a table overlooking and water. The service was attentive, but not overbearing, and the food was creative, delicious, and most health conscious. A must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great sunsets, interesting decor and one of the best restaurants in Tampa\n Love the back story too! Killer award winning Chili and the oysters are amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came to celebrate our son's 21st birthday and had the most enjoyable family lunch. The service was excellent and the okra fries & alligator hush puppies were the best. We will be back again and again

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good experience for the first time. We had family visiting for the first time and needed a unique place to eat for lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Top shelf all the way.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This has become my favorite food quality restaurant. Wow what taste, what a selection, and that homemade touch that one can TASTE! It's just superb!!!You must eat their ice creams!!! Super food reasonable price. (Little noisy if you were looking for a quiet romantic date... but perfect to impress your date!)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have dined there several times as a date and with the kids. The kids love feeding the fish and our 5 year old daughter LOVES the oysters. She'll ask for that as her entree. On Sunday, we took the kids on a date and had the worst service. Our kids were exceptionally awesome, playing with their wiki sticks. We asked our server Peter for crackers for the baby & he said they're limited on crackers because of the oysters. When we received the oysters, they were served with krustinis. We didn't make a big deal. Our table was unsteady and we asked several times for a wedge and he kept forgetting so we used a napkin. We had to ask several times for our kids dessert and we never got it. We were so irritated that we paid our bill and went out for dessert somewhere else. After spending $150 lunch, at the very least, our kids should've gotten their dessert. We were so pissed. His attitude was horrible. We're not the kind to complain. We're the people that won't come back. We can spend that kind of money someplace else.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Exciting and interesting dishes! Not the 'usual' that we have all come to accept at most restaurants these days. The menu is immersed in 'Old Florida' flavors while in a modern, hip, loft style setting. It's rare these days to leave a restaurant feeling so pleased by the food. Often you leave regretting the money you just spent. Not at Ulele! Everything we ordered was delicious and true to the description on menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent place with great food and view! The staff is outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome place to dine. Food is great shouts out to the cook Red Mallory who was on grill that night

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The char-broiled oysters were wonderful. Very flavorful! There are several reasonably priced good wines by the glass. I had the lobster roll which turned out two small ones, but there were in New England hotdog rolls! No mayonaise, which is good, a little butter flavor and chilled. Lettece was finely chopped.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We reserved a lunch for 6 though open table at Ulele. They sat us upstairs at a round table at the edge of the railing. The scenery of the river was beautiful. We could actually hear each other talk! That's a rarity. There is something for everyone on the menu - the char-broiled oysters are a must and the fried okra pods went fast. Their ice-cream can't be beat! Thanks for a lovely lunch!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great meal and it was a lovely place to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary. Great menu with lots of unique choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was so excited to visit Ulele, I think no restaurant could've have lived up to my expectations and that may have tainted my experience. Our appetizer was phenomenal but my burger was very greasy. The beers were good, and the restaurant itself is so beautiful!! Spectacular job with redoing the area

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

i loved it it was sthe celebration of paying off our house. and anniversary

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele was a wonderful experience for my wife and I. The ambiance is energetic but not overpowering. The service was spectacular and the food was over-the-top excellent. I rate this as one of the very best I've experienced in Tampa!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Celebrated my Mom's 82nd Birthday could not have been more Pleased. The Food, Service, atmosphere was Wonderful ( Liz was Outstanding ). The card and 'Truffles' were a real Treat for my Mom.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good American food - nothing special. I'm not sure what all the hype is about.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is unique and menu presents a lot of locally sourced ingredients. Everything was freshly prepared and flavorful. We liked the mix of historical architecture and eclectic art pieces. Servers were knowledgeable and attentive. We went for a birthday dinner and received a card signed by all the staff personally and handmade box of truffles. We enjoyed the dinner and waterfront view of restaurant. Only two issues...the noise level is high due to the popularity of this place. It was difficult to hear the waiter at times. Secondly, we are bread eaters and would have liked some bread to accompany our meal, as many establishments offer complimentary bread with service. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and were pleased with our whole experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed the okra fries again (just as impressed as last time), the meatloaf was amazing too but next time I'll ask for more of the yummy sauce, ended it with the blackberry sorbet which was the perfect ending!\n\nI can't wait to return.\n\nI was a little disappointed they didn't have a burger on the dinner menu since that was a real hit during my visit at lunchtime.\n\nGuess I just need to return for another lunch as well!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dined at Ulele last week and had a wonderful experience...again. We love that the menu offers fresh takes on Florida dishes, and the atmosphere is fun and vibrant! Try the lobster cake and alligator hush puppies-- excellent starters. We're not big craft beer fans, so we enjoy a selection off of their wine list. The Baby Blue Red Blend went very well with our steak and chicken dishes.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very fun menu and hopping place. Ulele has a great view and nice staff. Go here if you want a trendy place, but skip this if you want a nice quiet dinner for two. My hubby and I went out on our first date night after having a baby. The restaurant is so loud we had to yell at each other all night. Good food. Frog legs were yummy. Dessert was delicious. Lobster cannelloni special came out cold. Really a fun place if you're looking for loud and hopping.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was told of this place by several friends who all recommended it. A beautiful place adjacent to the new park at the north end of the Riverwalk. The staff was very friendly and the waiter was quite attentive. The okra appetizer was quite good and unique. The craft beers are brewed on the premises. The quality of the food was very high. Prices approach the upscale range but are reasonable given the quality of the dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, great value. Wine list very reasonably priced. But very noisy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went there for our anniversary. Loved it! The food, the service and atmosphere, everything about this place was great. Can't wait to go again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

If only! If only the food lived up to the great atmosphere! Staff, view,setting us wonderful, food is just OK

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We visited Ulele's because we heard the menu was varied and tasty. This was very true. The occasion was my husband's birthday. He was gifted with a little box containing 4 melt in your mouth chocolates. Our server was good though as the time went on he had to take on more tables which was a little overpowering. The food was delicious and we enjoyed it. The noise level even at 5:30 was a little beyond our taste, however I don't think it bothered the larger parties present . It is family friendly especially the outdoor tables and some people even brought their dogs. My husband enjoyed watching the sunset over the Hillsborough while sitting at our table! I am glad we visited and would recommend it to friends with the caveat about the noise level.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very nice meal. Short but nice wine list at reasonable prices. We will be back. Great atmosphere in historic building.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele was recommended to me by a passenger seated next to me on a flight to Tampa. She said, you really should go there; so I did. The setting is fantastic. It looks like an old train depot that has been converted, but the grounds around the restaurant are stunning. It is in downtown Tampa. They pride themselves for local grown fair and freshly made to order dishes. I had the Crab Mac & Cheese for a starter and it was by far the best that I have had. For my main course I had the red snapper which was excellent. I recommend reservations, but it will be worth the wait if you don’t. A beautiful evening all around.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Never a dull time. The favorite appetizer changed in the menu. The octopus carpaccio was made different. Not my favorite now. The grilled oysters are super. Unquie cocktails and you can always bring your own wine 😎👍

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The good was fair. The fish smelled fishy, not a good sign when ordering fish. \nOur waiter was superb!!!\nBut the noise was awful

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service combined for a wonderful evening for our group. It was a business meeting and those from out-of-town were very impressed with the location and the food. The wine list was superb, too, but not overwhelming in number.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Only downfall is that there were a lot of big tables so it was quite noisy. When we asked to move tables away from the big party that was taking over the dining area it seemed to almost be a hassle to the hostess. They accommodated us but would of been nice if they just did it without the huff and puff since there were plenty of empty tables upstairs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing staff! Thank you for making a special occasion memorable! The box of chocolate truffles along side the hand-written birthday greetings from the staff was incredible. \n\nThank you Ulele!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Still a high energy Hot Spot, with magnificent views, outstanding decor, great people watching, and Bartenders with mad skills, Ulele seems lately to struggle under the strain of poor management, and a less than stellar wait staff, often more interested in speaking to each other then engaging with the customers. As the night stretches past 9:30, waiters are in short supply, and the time between appetizers and entrees can extend to almost an hour. No matter how charming the experience, nor how good the food, hunger takes over leaving a bad taste in your mouth, and leaving me to want to offer my condolences to the Chef and his staff, whose best efforts to pump out amazing meals are overtaken by a poorly run front of the house.\nVery bummed about the decline in this once wonderful rising star of National acclaim...Richard, where are you?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've been to Ulele twice and the food was very good both times. Service is slow but it's a great place to relax with a drink and enjoy the river.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a treat. What an incredible think the Gonzmarts have done by resurrecting the old \nTampa Water Works with a state of the art, world class restaurant and brewery, filled with beautiful and unique works of art, and an eclectic menu filled with delicious 'not your Mama's recipes' AND a great location right on the Tampa Riverwalk. One of my favorites and a 'Can't miss dining experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place! All the food was excellent as well as the service. Our server, Janelle made the experience exceptional!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dining experience was great (food, service, view). However much too noisy for a conversational dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent waiter! Excellent view! Food was good but nothing to rave about. It's a fun, vibrant place to go. Has a great story! Interesting atmosphere. I just wish that the food was more exciting . It was tasty but I've had a lot better. If the food was as wonderful as the restaurant ambiance and wait staff, it would be my number one place to go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. 4 different entrees were all very tasty. Server Bill was very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Menu offers nice variety, a little heavy on fish. Beautiful salads. Terrific fries. Delicious homemade ice cream. Location really lovely. Interior of restaurant is a visual experience. Our server was great.\nAnd not a tattoo in sight on any of wait staff. That was nice too.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to Ulele's a few times and previously the food and service were excellent but this visit the fish was so overcooked that I couldn't eat it. Our service was very slow and our waitress not very nice. I'm hoping this was a fluke and not something that will continue but I don't plan to eat there any time soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and service. Good ambiance. A little loud at times as restaurant is all metal and wood with little sound dampening. Overall a great experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our second time at Ulele. The first visit was great. Food, service, drinks, all above average, so we decided to go back soon for another visit. We were early for our reservation and although we had a short wait we were seated quickly at a window table as we had requested. Our waiter, Brooks was very good, and told us about the specials after taking our drink orders. Both my wife and I opted for the special, a Mixed Seafood Grill over Linguini with a Lobster Cream sauce. It included local fish, a sea scallop, half of a small lobster tail and two shrimp. We started with a delicious beet & pear salad add-on to our entree and it was excellent though a bit small. When the entree came, it looked very good, great presentation, etc., but the pasta portion was rather small. As we began to shell the shrimp and lobster tail we noticed that they were overcooked. Actually, all of the seafood on the entree was overcooked. No one came back to ask if everything was all right. The flavor was very good and the food was edible, but when lobster tails and shrimp stick to the shells and you have to pry the meat off the shell, shellfish is way overdone. In retrospect we should have sent them back, and I'm sorry I did not. We will probably give it another go but won't hesitate to send back an item that is not up to the expectations set by the restaurant and the pricing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Pompano tasted like catfish which was a disappointment. I have eaten it that before and it was delicious. Maybe a bad batch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lunch was excellent. Fresh oysters were good sized and perfect. The three of us all had something different and all enjoyed. The brisket sandwich, the pulled pork sandwich and the Ulele burger. We will be back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

A great view of the adjacent park and Hillsborough River spoiled by overcooked food. I had the deconstructed seafood pot pie. It came out way too hot and the cream sauce, with I assume a good bit of cheese in it was broken. (hard to tell what the sauce was supposed to be like) So the orange tinted oil pooled to the top and the curdled milk solids formed a sticky clumpy mess. The fish and shellfish was mostly forgettable and hard to tell just what any one of the tiny lumps were originally. My wife got the Pompano and while it was better, it was not perfect as it too was overdone and dry. Drinks were great. Service at bar great, at table it was ok. Views are fantastic and the interior is stunning but without the food to back it up a disappointing dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been here a few times. Always good to have the oysters. Meals were good. I was not impressed with the Moscow Mules. Not prepared as good as other places not when I prepare. Not sure if they use real squeezed lime juice or if Ginger beer was sub par but only disappointment in experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed ourselves. Great beer brewed next door. Excellent location. Loved the Oysters. Not thrilled with the chicken or Mahi Mahi. Steaks were high priced compared to the rest of the menu. Loud and fun. My lovely wife enjoyed her birthday.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and you have to pay what you get for.\nGreat service too. I will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything about Ulele is great! Its not your typical menu, but there is something for everyone and I have yet to try anything that wasn't cooked and served perfectly. My service was absolutely phenomenal, she was honest, helpful and always there when you needed her. I took a guest from out of town that has eaten all over the world and even she was extremely impressed by the food choices and decor. A place I will continue to return to as much as possible!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first experience at Ulele's. It was my wife's birthday and I wanted to take her to a place we haven't been to before. Ulele's has been in my sights for some time now and I thought it would be a great place to celebrate. We were seated upstairs with a great view of the park and water. Our waiter approached us in a timely manner and was very helpful to these first timers. The menu had some interesting items not found elsewhere and was a little pricey, which was expected for a restaurant of this type. Our orders came out promptly and looked fantastic. I had the duck and my wife ordered the deconstructed seafood pot pie. Both meals were delicious, although the mashed potatoes that came with my wife's meal were a bit cold. There was no room for dessert unfortunately. I might add, you must try the handcrafted beers at Ulele's. They are excellent! Overall I would rate our dining experience at Ulele's as very good. A little noisy, but worth that inconvenience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

There is something for everyone on the menu. The menu itself is extremely unique and has combinations/offerings you wont find anywhere else. We tried one appetizer, two different entrees and 2 different specialty cocktails during our visit and all were equally outstanding. Definitely the kind of place you bring out of town guests, your loved ones and enjoy an evening of great food & drink.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place -- amazing food, unique location and décor, and close to work.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service and the food were absolutely phenomenal! We will recommend Ulele to friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great. Staff was attentive and made our special occasion really special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing service and unique, flavorful menu. The atmosphere was casual and very loud. This is wonderful place to visit to make special occasions even more special. A bit pricey for us 'working' folk to frequent, but a nice way to stamp special dates as 'memorable'. Everything we tried was perfectly prepared, and presented. I can't wait to get back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Got there five minutes before our reservation then had to wait for 35 minutes to be seated. Glad we weren't crunched for time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is such a beautiful gem of a restaurant along the river in downtown. art is outstanding. open and lots of light. We had great food and enjoyed chatting with others around us as they looked at our food with wide eyes. We loved everything about this historic place. So well done. thank you Mr. Gozmart for your glorious addition to a thriving city of Tampa! Kudos to an attentive server Samuel!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by a very helpful and knowledgeable staff. They wanted to tell us about Ulele, it's history and the food itself. It was our wedding anniversary and everyone wished us a happy anniversary-they gave us a card signed by all of the staff. The manager took a moment to come by our table, congratulated us and gave us a box of truffles on the house for our celebration. He thanked us for choosing their establishment. The menu was easy to read & explained the choices clearly. The food was delicious! I liked the different choices of in-house craft beers they had. Left room for some dessert. We plan on going back for my birthday. I have highly recommended this restaurant and feel it is a great addition to the Tampa Bay area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Muenster Chicken was disappointing, it seemed overestimate cooked and dried out. The other 3 meals were very good. We left the restaurant to walk and then came back for ice cream, we asked the hostess if we could order ice cream and she said yes, from the bartender. After waiting ~15-20 min to order the bartender was a bit rude and condescending. There were 2 bartenders working that night, he was the taller of the 2.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Would definitely go back. Menu was unique and prices reasonable. Manager came over and gave us a small box of chocolate truffles for the birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele was awesome after a rough start. The hostess really needs work, they ignored our checkin for reservation and then she marked us as a no show when we let the manager know (thank you open table for letting us know). After that fiasco, our waiter and his helpers were awesome and the food was fantastic. Try the mac and cheese!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wayto noisy and almost impossible to walk out of front door do to people.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great and the location was very clean. However, our waitress was horrible. She walked over every two minutes asking if we wanted to order more food, interrupted conversation, stood within 10ft of our table staring at us. It was very unpleasant when I'm sitting there on a date with my fiancé and feel like I'm being rushed out of the establishment. I ordered a bottle of wine and two entrees so I don't know why she was so anxious to run us out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great, especially the white cheddar mashed potatoes. Cocktails were amazing. Can't wait to try more. There were definitely too many loud children (not necessarily the restaurants fault) and our waiter was nice but a bit creepy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Disappointed with fish dishes there. The kids chicken lollipops were also dry and had no seasoning. Frog legs were great and everything else was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Now I understand why it's so hard to get a reservation here on a weekend night. My wife and I took my daughter and her husband here for dinner last Saturday and had a wonderful time. We had reservations and were running late, but they seated us promptly and everything was fantastic, from the service, to the drinks, to the food. I had the Pompano and it was excellent. The gator fritters were very tasty; the grilled oysters were a bit small, but tasty. it was a little louder than we like, but it is an energetic and vibrant place, so don't expect a quiet, romantic evening. Not a bad thing; just good to know. We got a beautiful sunset over the river. Very memorable meal and I highly recommend Ulele.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is our third year at Ulele celebrating our wedding anniversary and we Loved it The wait for our reservation was a bit long. We had 7:15 reservations and were not seated until closer to 8 or so. The food was great and our server was wonderful. We had a good time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fast service and friendly attentive staff

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very popular place. Even with reservations we waited 30 minutes. There is a large bar that you can also eat at if you can't get a table. Loved the eclectic decor. Service was excellent. All of our group had seafood. My pompano was delicious. Ordered brussel sprouts which were a little too sl dente for me. Overall excellent. Second time I've been and will be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hard to beat the food, the location, the service, reasonable prices. Very noisy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

At 12pm on a Thursday there were too many servers standing around with not much to do. It was distracting to the other servers and those individuals were hanging out near the wine glass station which takes away from the atmosphere of this place. I also notice a few customers were looking around for their server to order and none of those 'open' servers seemed to notice that. I have been here before but this is something I have never experienced at Ulele. Also, I noticed the lunch portion of my favorite meal, the native sauté, was much smaller but with a lot more rice. A bit disappointed with this because you can only get this on the lunch menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The appetizers were unique. We had gator fritters & lobster cocktail. It took quite a while for the entree to come out. It was loud & busy. We had a hard time hearing each other at our table. The entrees were much larger than expected but were quite good. I had pompano which had a tasty sauce & grilled asparagus. I do not care for rice but I enjoyed the wild rice. The beer was nothing special. Mixed drinks looked better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best dining experience in Tampa!\nEverything is flawless- ambiance, service, wine list, and menu - of special note: you have got to try the made-on-site coconut ice cream!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Arrived early for our Sunday 4:30 reservation and were seated promptly near the window with a great view of the river. Drinks and food were great! We were 3 adults with 2 teenage boys and all plates were finished completely.We had the pork chop, duck, steak salad, filet mignon and the chicken dishes. Enjoyed delicious ice cream for dessert - 2 were the bacon specialty and all were finished. Drinks were fun as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food is very eclectic and well prepared. It is always busy, so it pays to have a reservation even for lunch. A real gem in a part of Tampa that is coming back to life so if you love dining out, this is the spot to be.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had been to Ulele before on a very busy Saturday night and everything was wonderful. The char-broiled oysters were the best so when we went for lunch on Saturday, we were looking forward to having them again. We were very disappointed in that all 6 were overcooked. My husband told the server that I did not like them and she brought me 3 more. 2 out of the 3 were okay but the third one was so overcooked that the oyster had virtually disintegrated. Just got a mouthful of parmesan. The others were okay but not like the 1st time.\nWe were seated upstairs where we could see the barbacoa grill where the oysters were being cooked. From my viewpoint, it appeared that the young man cooking the oysters was not getting the butter on them. It looked like all of it was going into the fire producing huge flames. We could see how long he was cooking the oysters which explains why they were overcooked.\nWe did not complain about the 2nd batch because our server was doing an excellent job & the issue with the oysters was not her fault. She had 3 of the 6 replaced and did everything she could to provide quality food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele's food is always good however the service varies by the person. I have had a few good servers and a few poor servers who never came to my table. It is often very noisy. They should seat families with small children and babies upstairs and everyone else downstairs to improve the experience for those not dining with loud and often poorly behaved children .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful dining experience with great service to boot!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Front desk check in stasis borderline rude. Found them to me inflexible. We arrived with 2 reservations, both for 3:30. We arrived at 3;15. There was a complete unwillingness to combine a reservation for 6 and 4 for a table for 8.. Instead we were told our party would have wait an additional 40 minutes. Service and good wee ok . Not outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele was a great birthday lunch spot! Plan ahead and make a reservation to ensure you have a table at this fabulous place. The food was yummy, service was prompt and pleasant, and the truffles for the birthday girl were a great surprise. We will be back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was the first time that I have been there that the food was not that good. My fire roasted oysters were burnt - some so much we had to scrap them out - i would have sent them back, but didn't want to wait even longer to get something to eat. Entree was just ok.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first visit. The food was excellent although the avocado soup a little bland. Lobster roll and chocolate tort were outstanding. Will go back to try more dishes for sure. Atmosphere very pleasant but got louder as restaurant got fuller. Make a reservation and ask for Baker to be your server. He was exceptional!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is hands down one of Tampa's top 5 restaurants. Been several times for both lunch and dinner and never disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love,love this place! Our third visit,food is great Chef Eric is magic. Weill be returning and bringing friends.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was wonderful and the building remains a classic for a unique night out. Because it is busy and the structure is still an old pump house, the noise levels can be annoying so maybe ask if there is a quieter section if you wish to have that kind of outing. The duck breast is an amazing entrée and we would highly recommend getting multiple salads and appetizers to split around the table. We are very fond of the beet salad and every soup has been delectable. Nice walking path along the Hillsborough River can make it a romantic or just relaxing evening as well. Enjoy one of Tampa's newer and wonderful eating spots!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ulele never disappoints! This visit was a late lunch with an out-of-town guest, and the food and service was just as exceptional as ever.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I brought my son to Ulele to celebrate his birthday, he has never been there and loved everything we tasted. Said it was the best meal he had in a long time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great dining spot. Awesome view, friendly service and interesting original dishes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Three for dinner. The place is jet engine loud when it's crowded, and it's always crowded, or 'super energetic'.\n\nI had Mahi Mahi Orient – All I could taste was cayenne pepper and sweet craisins. How artificially sweet cranberries go with a fish, I have no idea. The rest was lost. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t balance.\n\nI thought better than to try the cheesy sauced fish, or “smoked gouda ale grouper”. Is it an ale? A smoky cheese ale? Smoky cheese + ale + fish? Cheese and fish are usually thought to be a terrible pairing, and I say, that's no gouda. Should I have had the two cheese “BBQ oysters” instead? But I digress.\n\nAlas, I should have had Juan’s Snapper, which I tried and it was much better than the Mahi Mahi.\n\nOur wine was great, and reasonably priced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great, a lite\nPricey but very worth it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous time. We celebrated my hubby's birthday and it was absolutely perfect! ❤️ top notch service all the way around

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The quality of the food and the dishes served makes this a 'must visit' restaurant for the flavors of Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for our 30th wedding anniversary. It was great all around. A little noisy but ok. Definitely will go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The oysters were excellent ans the salad I had was a good value. Our server was excellent. Great Saturday lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved our dinner of a friends get together. Best outside seating is on the side closest to the waterpark. Much better breeze there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the top five restaraunts in Tampa Bay Area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great vibe and great service on our 2nd visit to Ulele. Bloody Mary is not to be missed. Very flavorful. Calamari is ample portion and very good sauce. Tastes great too. Club sandwich excellent. Pan fried pompano excellent. Love the dusted carrots. Fried grouper sandwich seemed microwaved. Not crisp. Lukewarm. Excellent spot overall.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service. Unique food offerings. Large food portions...you won't leave hungry. Not your typical restaurant nut you'll love it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated my husband's birthday on our 1st visit to Ulele's. It was perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food, service, venue, and atmosphere proved a delightful place to celebrate my birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My boyfriend and I came here for his birthday. We had a hard time finding it, but after about an hour of searching, we did an