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Sokolowski's University Inn

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American, German, Eastern European, Central European
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1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
216-771-9236
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 118
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Parking sucks, food is good

Parking lot is tiny, the one in the back is no better. Very hard to find street parking since there was a bar crawl going on nearby. Food is good most of the time. Pierogi's are about the best homemade I've found short of making my own. I wish they would use sharp cheddar but they do not. Usually... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
RickG668
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Columbus, Ohio
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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211 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Parking lot is tiny, the one in the back is no better. Very hard to find street parking since there was a bar crawl going on nearby. Food is good most of the time. Pierogi's are about the best homemade I've found short of making my own. I wish they would use sharp cheddar but they do not. Usually crowded,... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The buffet style may be a little cumbersome at times and the decor needs updated, but one thing I know for certain is that I'll be walking away knowing I had a great meal. Historically, the salisbury steak has been my go-to meal, but this time I went with the chicken paprikash for the first time and now I have... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is an old world old school polish restaurant near downtown Cleveland and it is admittedly an institution. It is a buffet restaurant and the line can be very long (10-20 minutes on a Friday night). The decor is fabulous with lots of antique and cultural items on the wall. And the staff if very nice. If you are into... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Having lived in Cleveland all our lives, we had heard of this restaurant but had never tried it. Today we went there for lunch. The place is not fancy, but cozy--just what we expected from this family-owned Cleveland landmark. There was a line at noon, even though it is Tuesday. I had salisbury steak and my husband had the meatloaf.... More 

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Painesville, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My wife and I went to Sokolowski's University Inn on a Saturday night. For starters, there's no place to park. Once you find a place, you enter the restaurant and stand in a line that literally laps the restaurant. The interior is a clutter of memorabilia with tables jammed everywhere. The place doesn't look clean. We waited for 45 minutes... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I can't remember what day of the week it was, but it was worth the wait in the queue that pretty much lapped the restaurant. The staff are friendly and it felt like I'd come to dinner at a close friends house who happens to be a great chef! Recommend 100%

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I grew up in Cleveland and missed this for years. When I finally got to go, you couldn't stop me from going again, and again, and again. There is a gentleman who plays the piano to about any tune you can think of and smiles for all of it. My favorite is to ask him him to "play it again"... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The food here is just exceptionally good. No matter if you get the fish, perogis, stuffed cabbage, which I did, the chicken, all are just great. The place is small but always seem to find seats for 2 persons or like us, 11.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I really enjoyed the meal at this famous Cleveland landmark. The service is cafeteria and you pick from different hearty choices. The Salisbury steak is amazing but many traditional polish choices such a pirogies and stuffed cabbage. Take time to look around at the pictures and sports memorabilia on the walls.

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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

If Cleveland and its surrounding communities were dishes rather than locations. They would be on the menu here. This place screams Cleveland. When friends come in from out of town this is where I take them.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: 216-771-9236

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, German, Eastern European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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