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Sokolowski's University Inn

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American, German, Polish, Sushi, Eastern European, Central European
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1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
216-771-9236
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Road food

Only actual history can fill up the walls of Sololowskis. Simple polish fare done incredibly well. The ruben is fantastic the peirogi are amazing. With sides of sour cream and potato salad, I barely had room for the fantastic pie. I could only wish that I had one of these places back home. Big... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Christopher Y
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Only actual history can fill up the walls of Sololowskis. Simple polish fare done incredibly well. The ruben is fantastic the peirogi are amazing. With sides of sour cream and potato salad, I barely had room for the fantastic pie. I could only wish that I had one of these places back home. Big thumbs up on service and the... More 

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Fairfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I decided to make the stop here after Anthony Bourdain came here with Harvey Pekar. I love Polish food and wish there were more options around me, but sadly there aren't. I was in town for a family function and this was stop number one. It did not disappoint one single bit. The pierogis and stuffed cabbage were by far... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Sokolowski's is a Cleveland institution, and deservedly so. The food is truly old school - stuffed cabbage, Salisbury steak, kielbasa and always perogi. Well-cooked (especially the perogi) and substantial, it's not hard to imagine your grandfather having lunch 90 years ago under the same roof. Mine likely did, as my dad's family lived in Tremont. It's not hip or trendy... More 

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ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

low key, cafeteria style restaurant, what they lack in presentation they make up for in consistent quality. Love the potato pancakes and pierogis and cabbage rolls.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Arranged our Road trip around this resturant since my husband is Polish. let me start by saying there is NO were to park. Went on a saturday when it opened at 4 pm. It was cold stood in line then they did not open the door until 4:10. We go into the resturant there was already 25 people ahead of... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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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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Additional Information about Sokolowski's University Inn

Address: 1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
Phone Number: 216-771-9236
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, German, Polish, Sushi, Eastern European, Central European

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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 20
  • Cuisine: American, German, Polish, Sushi, Eastern European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, 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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