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Sokolowski's University Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Polish, European, Eastern European, Central European
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1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
+1 216-771-9236
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sokolowski's is the place where I take all of my friends and family who come into town. It's one of the oldest restaurants in the city and is not only a great place to eat, but a great place to see. It's very old German/Polish looking and its cafeteria style. Make sure to arrive early (even at 5pm!) because the... More 

1 Thank kates2157
Jacksonville, Florida
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable German/Polish food that is served cafeteria style. Although the line seemed long when we arrived about 5:30 on a Friday evening it moved fairly quickly. The portions were huge and delicious with a selection of approximately 10 different entrees. Live piano music adds a nice touch. Only open on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner We had the stuffed... More 

1 Thank Danpie
Cleveland, Ohio
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

Food is not bad and you go thru a line and pick out what you want and sit where you want. It's no frills Polish food and the pierogies are good. If you are younger expect a lot of older people there. I went there for lunch one day and I was the youngest person in the restaurant by a... More 

Thank Julie K
Overland Park, Kansas
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Now, I've seen this place on some of them food network shows. I figured, why not. I like polish food. Not to mention...I just like food. This joint is set up cafeteria style. Grab you a tray, get a dessert (coconut crème pie), get a couple of pierogies, maybe a cabbage roll, or the gigantic Salisbury steak. Veggies to help... More 

Thank cabledawg53
Philadelphia, PA
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89 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

We were recently visiting Cleveland and decided to try this place. We were there on the Friday before NYE at lunch time, so I don't know if this is normal or not, but we waited for almost an hour to get to the actual food. This is cafeteria style, so you wait in line and then grab a tray and... More 

Thank CMRieck
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414 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Been wanting to try this place forever. They did not disappoint. The pierogis were some of the best I ever had. We got here as doors were opening. When we left there was a line through the restaurant and out the door. Portions are huge. The set up is cafeteria style, after we paid a nice man carried our trays... More 

1 Thank Thedevelopingimage
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

The family was looking forward to finally being able to try this restaurant for years. Being Polish was hoping to get a taste of what my Grandparents made when I was younger. Boy what a disappointment! I tried the beef stroganoff. I didn't recognize what is was and it had a few odd not authentic flavors through out it. A... More 

Thank Mark J
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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173 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Waited outside for 20 minutes in the cold before doors opened just after 5pm. It was worth it. Cafeteria style dining w/free salad bar (not huge). Salisbury Steak was good. Mom had Chicken Paprikas and my wife had cabbage rolls. The only negatives: not a lot of parking and not a lot of flavor (spice) in the food. I'm no... More 

Thank LordMark H
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Just when I thought this restaurant was at its peak, it got even better! The menu is now larger and the portions more generous. Even the wine at the bar is better. Just be ready to stand in line in the cold for an hour.

Thank cuisinsky
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Obviously a popular place, because the line was out the door for lunch. It's cafeteria style, so you pick your food and they serve it. Heaping portions for an affordable price.

Thank Janet S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Polish, European, Eastern European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-771-9236

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Springfield, Ohio
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?