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Sokolowski's University Inn

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1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113-3642
+1 216-771-9236
4:00 pm - 9:00 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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Northglenn, Colorado
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm of German heritage, so the Polish food was right up my alley. The wait in line was surprising, but the food was worth it. Lots of variety and the quality was exceptional for a "buffet" line. Lots of authentic Polish food and European atmosphere. The cabbage noodles were outstanding !!

Thank Rosie G
new jersey
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68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't some Ruth's Chris or other high scale place. But it is a great sample of ethnic, old school Cleveland/mid-west cuisine. Something different and authentic; not cookie cutter. So, there isn't a table service menu. You get on line when you walk in and go thru a cafeteria steam table. The chow is great. Weinerschnitzel, pierogies and chicked paprikash... More 

Thank menckenman
Shelton, Connecticut
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great food large potions Arrived on a Monday at around 1pm no line and lot seating. Stuffed cabbage real mashed potatoes good size porogis. good value

Thank Bill M
Jonestown, United States
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've never been, I advise you to go for a late lunch around 1:30, otherwise you are likely to have to stand in line for 45 minutes as its cafeteria style. Based on 2 visits, I would say hold out until they have beef stroganoff, which you can have over noodles or potatoes. The portions are huge. There is... More 

Thank Eric B
Atlanta, Georgia
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94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Come on in for a heavy meal in a friendly place. On a sunny mid-autumn day, we dropped by and chowed down on pierogis, stuffed cabbage, sauerkraut and rice pudding at this well-known Polish establishment. Fill your belly and feel the rust-belt vibes.

Thank MacArthur_42
Huntington, Indiana
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest restaurant in Cleveland, starting in 1923. The five of us thought it was worth a shot. We arrived at 6:30 on a Saturday evening on the advise of the restaurant. Said 5:00 to 6:30 was a really busy time. There were about 10 people ahead of us outside the restaurant. Ok. Gradually the line moved toward the entrance.... More 

Thank Alison V
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141 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Authentic food and it was great. Stuffed cabbage was almost as good as my Polish mom's! That is saying something!! It is a must for really good home cooking. Stuffed cabbage only on weekends, and you will have to wait in line when you get there...salad bar is not great.....it is an after thought, but then that is not why... More 

Thank Barb H
Norwalk, Ohio
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday evening. First off, it was packed beyond packed. Secondly, parking was tricky. But don't let the long lines and parking scare you off. You will get a parking spot fairly quickly as we did, because the crowd keeps moving out of the restaurant. When you get in the restaurant, you don't sit and wait for... More 

Thank fatman2013
Troy, Ohio
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61 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has history and a true Cleveland working class ambiance but the food is very average as it is served buffet style and not cooked to order. There are so many other really good Cleveland restaurants and this just isn't one of them

Thank mail452
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26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

First visit, ordered too much, ate too much and a doggy bag! Where to start! Local favorite I would assume. Begin by reading the extensive menu. Better yet, do a walk around. Look what has been served. So much to choose from. What you see in the cafeteria line is a very small part of the menu. Most are prepared... More 

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?