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Polish, European, Eastern European, Central European
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Reviewed 22 November 2021

A couple of days before a planned memorial luncheon, I called Szarotka to make reservations. When asked how many people would be attending I said 80. This was before the wake and I had no idea how many people were going to come. With making...the wake and funeral arrangements for my brother during the next few days, it completely slipped my mind that I made reservations for 80. Unfortunetly, a rather large number of people from a different state were affected by COVID (either having it or were exposed to it) and didn't make it. Also it was a rather cold, rainy day and others opted not to come. Still in all there wouldn't have been 80 people. When my party got to the restaurant we were a party of only 9 people! The owner, while naturally being greatly disappointed, offered what I feel was a very generous compromise. I gladly accepted and I and my party enjoyed the great food that Szarotka offers as well as outstanding service. If I didn't live 30 miles away I would be a regular at this establishment.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 16 June 2020

We had a small wedding dinner here on June 13, 2020 and it was excellent. The staff was great and the food was perfect. Highly recommended restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 5 September 2019

We were in Justice, Il., attending a wake and found Szarotka Restaurant which sounded interesting. We decided on having dinner here. Our server, Derrick, seated us and gave us menus and provided us with specials. We ordered a cup of Highlander sour soup with a...smoked rib. We also ordered a cup of goulash soup. The cup of the Highlander soup was actually a bowl because of the rib that was in it. The meat on the rib bone was very tender and tasty. Both soups were hot. Derrick also brought bread & rye bread to the table, though the butter was quite hard for spreading. For our dinners, our first entree was the dozen pierogi - half meat & the other half potato & cheese. Our second entree was the Polish plate #1 which included two large pieces of Polish sausage, two cabbage rolls, a half dozen potato & cheese pierogi and dumplings on a bed of sauerkraut. To see the portion was ample would be an understatement. We were unable to finish everything, so we'll be eating Polish food the remainder of the week. Derrick was friendly and efficient. Szarotka Restaurant has a bar with seating, as well as at least two banquet rooms. There is a lift at the front door for those who need assistance up the stairs. The parking lot is big with good access to & from Roberts Rd. The restaurant is two blocks south of 79th St. The Polish food was some of the best that we have tried. The cabbage rolls were nearly as good as Mom's and Grandma's.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 18 June 2019

Clean, friendly, courteous, homemade daily meals and the tastes you would expect and remember from grandmas house. We are going back there. It felt like you've gone back in time to those old days again. You don't want to leave.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This pleasant restaurant has been owned by the same family since 2006. That they take pride in it is evidenced by the friendly, accommodating service and quality food. We recently had occasion to dine here twice within 2 weeks--for a family birthday and during a..."sleepover" when our granddaughters requested dinner at "the Polish restaurant." Szarotka describes its food as European and comes very close to the food that my Polish and Ukrainian grandmothers lovingly prepared. Our family has several favorites from the menu but my personal favorite meals are a cup of either the hot borscht (beet soup) or the flavorful mushroom soup followed by potato pancakes or potato & cheese ("Russian-style") pierogi. The cabbage rolls also are delicious. Our granddaughters are fans of the smoked sausage with sauerkraut (enough for dinner and a carryout) and the goulash soup (one bowl is more than enough as an entree). My husband's most recent entree was the tasty Bavarian Pork Shank and our son-in-law enjoyed his Leg of Lamb entree. Caveat: don't be fooled by the menu listing "Small Dishes." There's no skimping on service, hospitality or portions at Szarotka!More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

We had found this on trip advisor and decided to try it. My wife and a friend of ours went for my birthday for dinner. Everyone was so friendly. We sat on the bar side which has a lot of tables and if felt more...like a restaurant area. I tried a Polish beer and it was great, had two. we decided to get appetizers and share. we got the meat perogi (best I have had since mom made them), potato pancakes, both my wife and our friend loved them, polish sausage and sour kraut (excellent) and stuffed cabbage. we also had each tried a different cup of soup and tasted each others and ALL of it was so good. Portions for appetizers were generous. we stuffed ourselves and still had to box some of it to take home. For us it was a bit of a ride, but will leave this one on the list to come back again and again.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Ate at this restaurant for a luncheon. Started out with chicken noodle soup which was good but could have been warmer. We than had our salad which on the table offered 2 dressings, French and Ranch. Both dressings were very good and thick. After salad...they brought out family style main dishes which included chicken, dumplings, pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and polish sausage. Everything was very good and warm. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs. I truly recommend this restaurant for those who are truly seeking a Polish restaurant food.More

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

I work in the building next door to here, so I usually do a carry out lunch. First of all, they have the best borscht with meat dumplings. I never had warm beet soup as good as their's. It's sweet and tangy, and just amazing....I ALWAYS order it, no matter what I get as my main entree. Pierogi are decent. I usually get half of them potato, half of them meat. They tend to load up the bacon on top so sometimes I opt out. Potato pancakes are the thicker battered style and very, very good. Breaded chicken breast is good with the mushroom sauce as well as the stuffed cabbage with the mushroom sauce. Everything I've tried here I've enjoyed but I always tend to order the same items because I can't get over them. OH! and the cheesecake with the raspberry wine sauce is to die for. I believe they are closed on Tuesdays for dining in/take out.More

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

We went there for lunch today. Had the slightly breaded pork cutlet. It was huge. Definitely enough for a second meal at home. Had 6 medium size red potatoes plus a small potion of lettuce. Also had cucumber salad in sour cream. Coffee was very...good Some of you might say the price is expensive but again I am having 2 meals. We will return again.More

Date of visit: November 2015
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5