Fodor's Expert Review Ulele

$$$ Tampa Eclectic Fodor's Choice

Named after a 16th-century Tocobagan princess, this hot spot from the same family behind the historic Columbia restaurant in Ybor City has become the go-to spot for Tampa diners in the know. The diverse menu focuses on locally available ingredients but has an easy-to-detect Southern accent. Favorites include gator bites, okra fries, pan-seared Florida pompano fillet (served with sun-dried-tomato shallot cream and fried carrot ribbons), and a deconstructed seafood potpie (featuring Gulf seafood chowder shrimp, pulpo, grouper, smoked oysters, vegetables, and white wine cream) with a side of puff pastry. In the refurbished old Tampa Waterworks building, its location high on the bank of the Hillsborough River offers spectacular views of the water, especially at dusk, and it's an easy walk from downtown and the Straz Center. Beer is brewed on-site, and the creative cocktail menu (go for the Ring of Fire, a spicy creation of vodka, gin, and lychee liqueur) is supplemented with wines from domestic, family-owned vineyards like Silver Oak Winery.

Eclectic Historical Trendy Views Lively Lunch Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

1810 N. Highland Ave.
Tampa, Florida  33602, USA

813-999–4952

ulele.com

Known For:
  • Florida pompano and seafood potpie
  • Spectacular views of the Hillsborough River
  • Creative cocktail menu and house-brewed beer

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