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“How many pollacks does it take...?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sokolowski's University Inn

Sokolowski's University Inn
1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
216-771-9236
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Ranked #27 of 1,650 restaurants in Cleveland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, German, Eastern European, Central European
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Cleveland, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“How many pollacks does it take...?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My wife's family is polish and when we go to Sokolowski's I like it, but she is in heaven.

The stuffed cabbage (halupki) and the pierogi are standard and she has been surprised by a few unusual dishes from time to time.

Absolutely authentic polish food, made from scratch just the way she remembers he mom cooking it.

The place isn't fancy and the servers won't hover over you (it's a cafeteria afterall). It's not a place to go if you're watching your diet, as ethnic food is generally full of carbs and fat, but if you want a delicious meal and a fair price, this is your place.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lorain Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Grandma? Are you in the kitchen?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Was ther with a group f co-workedfor an evening out and OMG, was the food good! YOu want comfort food, this is the place to go. Cabbage rolls as big as a softball made me think my grandmother was in the kitchen. Mashed potatos piled high with butter or gravy (no lumps!) and the house specialty Salisbury steak.(which actuelly look like a little meatloaf) NOT the place to eat when oyu are on a adiet, but if you want a relaxing night out with friends you ahve to try this place.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A taste of Cleveland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is not a place to go on a diet - but if you want a real taste of Cleveland's traditional Polish food dive in! The place is incredible and probably unlike anyplace you've ever been. When you enter you start with a wait in the cafeteria style service line. The dinners for the night are all filling and delicious...my personal fave is the Chicken Paprikash - my hubby likes the pierogi and pork chops. There is LOTS to look at and learn from the walls of this place. It certainly tells a story!

Visited March 2013
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Austin, Texas
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35 restaurant reviews
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“An Institution”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The best way to describe Sokolowski's University Inn is that it is an institution. If you are in Cleveland, it is a place that you must try at least once in your lifetime. The food is served cafeteria style, but it seems pretty fresh. The volume of people that pass through result in rapid replenishment of the steam table items. If you are looking for some very home-style Polish cooking, this may be your place. For me, it was a once in a lifetime experience, but I'm glad I did it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Always a must visit place in Cleveland!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Having lived in Germany I love coming here for some of that old country food. Everything is very good from the salad bar to the entrees to the desserts. The pierogies are delicious. Potatoes are always good. The service is excellent. You'll enjoy the dark wooden interior and perhaps even some live piano music. The bar always has friendly and helpful locals smiling into their beer. You must go here if you really want a taste of Cleveland!

Dinner for two with desserts was about $45

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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