Sergio's in University Circle
Sergio's in University Circle
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Sergio's in University Circle

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sergioscleveland.com/
  • Phone: 2162311234
  • Hours of Operation:
    We serve lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. We are open for dinner nightly at 5:00 pm. We seat until 9 pm Monday-Thursday, and we seat until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. We will remain open for larger parties, and by special request. We are closed Sunday, however our sister restaurant SARAVA at Shaker Square is open Sunday, with live Brazilian Jazz from 5-9 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Sergio Abramof
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our whole restaurant may be booked for private functions. Our dining room is perfect for an intimate rehearsal dinner, committee luncheon, or private party. Our staff of chefs, party planners, and servers offers years of experience with the goal of making your event unique and special.
  • Private Party Facilities: Sergio's dining room seats 50 guests and is able to be booked for private functions. We are a preferred caterer at many of University Circle's finest institutions. Our Brazilian restaurant at Shaker Square, SARAVA, also offers private function rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Cory 2162951200
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live jazz on our tropical garden patio every Wednesday and Friday during the summer.
  • Special Events: Chef-Owner Sergio Abramof is available to create a menu, party, cooking demo, or event suited to your tastes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellflower Drive
  • Public Transit: University Circle RTA CWRU shuttle.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Shared lot with the Glidden House Inn, or street parking. Valet parking during dinner on Friday and Saturday only. $5.00 per vehicle.
A word from Sergio's in University Circle
Sergio's in University Circle - a smart, intimate, and sensual dining experience in the heart of Cleveland's cultural playground. Sergio brought together the delicious tastes of Italy-featuring the freshest seafood and pastas-and applied his signature cross-cultural flair! The lunch menu is simple and quick...perfect for professionals and visitors to University Circle. The dinner menu offers great deals, and a chance to revisit why Chef Sergio and his restaurants have been winning awards and praise for over 15 years! The flavors are bright and bold and our menu features local, organic, and seasonal items as often as possible. The service is casual and professional. Lunch is served Monday-Friday, and we are open for dinner nightly at 5:00 pm. We are closed Sunday, however our sister restaurant SARAVA at Shaker Square is open Sunday, with live Brazilian Jazz from 5-9 PM.
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Sergio's in University Circle reviews from OpenTable diners
  • My savvy NY cousins were impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Although we were early, our table was ready and waiting; each of our entrees was good to terrific; service was attentive without being intrusive; the waitstaff left us to linger in conversation over dessert as they finished up for the evening. Also, the kitchen accommodated a non-menu special request without a fuss (plain hamburger, plain fries - no culinary challenges for an atypical teenager). My one negative is the noise level. When the restaurant is full, it is difficult to carry on a conversation. One suggestion: my entree (sea scallops) came with no vegetable. I really would like to see some green on my entree plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleased with all the food
    Yummy
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Pleased with all the food choices; mussels were very good - garlic toast accompaniment also good; asked for additional to sop up mussel broth; dismayed to find $2.50 added cost for added toast; If we had been told of additional cost, may not have asked for it. Most fine restaurants will give extra bread at no cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Ambiance and service were the best parts. Food was good but did not knock my socks off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was ok, there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    The restaurant was ok, there was not much for vegetarians and what there was seemed very heavy. The wine was way over priced and the seating was tight. There was no where to put a coat. The wait staff was very nice. We ended up going down the street for dessert since a big table came in and the place was suddenly deafening. I would pass on this one next time and head to the restaurant in the art museum.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good. They were
    SuzyVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The food was good. They were slow in bringing out the daily special menu. The level of service dropped when it came to coffee. We were a party of eight and about six ordered coffee. Four got coffee and then two got forgotten while a fresh pot was brewing. We had to hail a waitress toe get our coffee. Also the first round did not get full cups and refills were never offered. At $3.00 per cup, we should have had better service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were all very pleased with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We were all very pleased with Sergio's. The cold, wintry weather outside only made the ambience in Sergio's that much more romantic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was excellent! Unfortunate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was excellent! Unfortunately we made reservations for 8:45pm on Valentines Day and no one at the restaurant told us the kitchen closed at 9pm until we got there. We felt rushed the entire time, very rude! Next time when they call to confirm reservations they should let the customers know that they will be coming in right before the kitchen closed or the cook should just stick around for an extra 15 minutes. The point being, you should never rush the customer. I expect better customer service from an upscale restaurant like this!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was average but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was average but the staff was really nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent but may not be worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food was good but the sausage in my pasta was very dry. Waiter was not actively coming around to his tables to check up.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great... as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were at Sergio's on Valentine's Day and, as usual, had an excellent experience. We were a few minutes early for our reservation but we only had to wait a minute while they finished getting our table ready. Our server was VERY knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. The food was fantastic and arrived promptly, ensuring we would be on time for the orchestra afterwards. All in all, another fantastic dining experience at Sergio's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good. Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Food was very good. Waiter was not good. He did not even offer anyone a second cocktail. He was very attentive @ all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I and another
    craftman
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    My wife and I and another couple were seated just far enough from the door so we didn't get cold when the door was opened (a very cold night). The service was very good, the wait for our food was reasonable, the food was much better than average. My wife was okay with the decor, it didn't do much for me.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Open on Mpndays!! Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Open on Mpndays!! Delicious food Nice ambience Close to home
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable:the dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Very enjoyable:the dishes were very well prepared and tasty and the service was exceptionally goog!.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a lovely meal and our
    bkath2000
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    We had a lovely meal and our waitress was fantastic! We had the chocolate torte for dessert which was absolutely fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sergio's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    I've driven past so many times and I am so glad we finally made the stop. What a nice time we had. We made an early reservation so there was only another table of 3 at the time. The dining area is small yet perfect in ambiance. The seats are wooden but by far more comfortable then other tables I have sat at. The waiter was professional and courteous. Even when my husband ordered two different drinks for us to try he sat them down in a way not to offend giving the wrong drink to the wrong person. Nice save. The mussels were tied for the best I've had yet they were different as well. My husband had the salmon and I went with the Grouper special. Both were delicious. This might be our new special occasion restaurant. Thanks Sergio
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our second time visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    This was our second time visiting the Sergio's & we will definitely be back again soon. The food was delicious and the service was on pointe! We also enjoyed watching the snow fall from our table view. I only wish we had found your restaurant sooner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for anniversaries!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Sergio's is a small, intimate restaurant (they only have seats for 50) in University Circle. My husband had the trevisana salad (which was made with very fresh ingredients, considering we went to dinner at 7pm that was a nice surprise) and the pollo romano (large romano-coated chicken breast and cavatelli.) I had the formaggio plate (which included an incredible selection of goats milk cheeses - I HIGHLY recommend this!) and the veal bolognese (and the pasta was cooked perfectly.) We rounded the evening out by sharing a dessert (chocolate terrine - sinfully delicious) and coffee and tea.While I was a little surprised they didn't have espresso, their selection of teas available was impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sergio's in University Circle
    Jamie
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Valet parking and close to Severence for a concert. Nice table by front window but a bit cramped. Not much of a decor to look at inside. Food was good but not extra special given the food scene alternatives in Cleveland. Limited bar - didn't have any of three good bourbons for a nice before dinner drink - Jim Beam only. Deserts were very good, especailly the flan. Rate this place about a B- to a C+.
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  • Bring Back Brazil
    OHEngVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Haven't been to Sergio's in awhile and they have changed the menu from it's earlier Brazilian to an Italian slant. I guess all the great Brazilian food went to Sergio's Sarava restaurant. Artichoke fritters were excellent, and the Penne with Ragu Bolognese was very good. The calamari was a little overcooked, but the Habanero aioli was good and spicy. The tomato/basil sauce on the seared Scallops was very tasty, but the scallops needed a harder sear to develop a better crust and got lost in the sauce. The wine list is limited, but priced reasonably, if not inexpensively Service was a bit slow and in attentive for a Wednesday night, but the restaurant was nearly full and we were in no rush. All in all, not as good as in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scallops were awesome! Wine
    bartender
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Scallops were awesome! Wine list was 'lacking'. Server never came back to ask, "Is everything okay?" Very close quarters. We could listen to our neighbors conversations without trying. Way too noisy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always think of Sergio's
    KplusDVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    We always think of Sergio's first when we are in the Cleveland area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, but the
    eastsidesue
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    The food was good, but the service was a little slow. We sat at 6:00, right on time for our reservation, but did not get out until 7:40 and had tickets an 8:00 Orchestra performance. It was a little stressful toward the end.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We all enjoyed our evening
    Susanritz
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    We all enjoyed our evening at Sergio's in University Circle. The place is quaint, the food delicious and the waiter was exceptional. We would all return.
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  • When all the tables are full,
    mightymo
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    When all the tables are full, it can get a little tight because the restaurant is small. So, diners need to take that into consideration. The food is always great. I have never had a bad meal there. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tight quarters. couple across
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    tight quarters. couple across the isle conversation volume was annoying. wine prices were high on a per glass basis, better off buying a full bottle. veal bolognese was good however the orichietti quatro formaggio with the added grilled chicken was not. the grilled chicken tasted as if they added liquid smoke to the grill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around..great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    Excellent all around..great food, ambience and service. Our server was outstanding..professional and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Always a pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Always a pleasant experience to eat at Sergio's, both from a food quality as well as service perspective. However, I don't like the fact that bread is now a separate item on the bill. Also, the bread served now, although of good quality, does not equal that which has been served for the past many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Main pasta entree (cavatelli
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Main pasta entree (cavatelli with sausage) was wonderful. Hot, tasty, enough zip to make it interesting. The soup should have been as hot. One note regarding the ambiance -- it's a small space. If there is a big, loud group in the room (as there was the night I went), it is almost impossible to hear anyone at your own table.
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  • Beth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    I was with 6 women, we had dinner before Madonna! The service, food and atmosphere was fabulous! Great time!! Much better than Madonna!! Can't wait to go back to Sergio's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Food was excellent, couple of butts
    DadOne
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Been to Sergio's several times over the years and find to be good but slightly inconsistent on service level. On night my group of 4 visited, staff was cordial, but did not show much enthusiasm for providing an "experience". Food was very good and nicely presented, so chef is on his/her game. Wine prices pretty steep with cheapest red being north of $50/bottle, which was very good but not great. So I will return, but hope for a bit more enthusiasm in service and would love to see fairer pricing on the wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An off-night at Sergio's
    StephenOHVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Perhaps it was an off night, but this was definitely not the type of dining experience we've had at Sergio's in the past. The restaurant was nearly empty at 8 p.m. on a Saturday. The soup of the day, which sounded great, was no longer available and, for the first time ever, there was a charge for bread and butter. Neither the hostess nor our waiter appeared to have any personality and said almost nothing. Fortunately, the food was well prepared and tasty, though a dinner portion of pasta was barely enough to cover the bottom of the plate. It's understandable that the loss of Sergio has had a huge effect on the restaurant, but I hope his legacy can live on and this off night is not typical.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre orchestra spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    great spot for pre Cleveland Orchestra dinner. The caipirinha was excellent as was the food. Good menu choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sergio's is a favorite when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2012
    Sergio's is a favorite when we go to the Symphony. Perfect for a date night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always ! Server
    karlawriter
    Dined on 10/18/2012
    Excellent as always ! Server was attentive and mindful of us having an orchestra committment. We opted for a selection of appetizers, salad and dessert. Each dish was delicious and spiced according to the description on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The relaxed atmosphere and
    TMDiva
    Dined on 10/15/2012
    The relaxed atmosphere and unintrusive yet attentive staff made for a wonderful lunch with two friends. The caprese panini sandwich was perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great setting next to Glidden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Great setting next to Glidden House close to everything in University Circle. Small with nice ambience. A keeper.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Everything was wonderful. The calamari was tasty...lightly breaded, not fishy, a great texture. The scallops melted in my mouth. My husband loved his salmon & potatoes. We finished everything including dessert as the portions are just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing overall experience
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Great pasta, but the decor looks like leftover diner benches and old church tables crammed into a small space. Service was average...food delivered and server walked away..the problem was I got the wrong dish & all other servers disappeared. Food was served with no place setting. Manager needs to be on top of his/her game. I may try it again because the pasta really was delicious.
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  • Our first impression was not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Our first impression was not good- the hostess was curt and somewhat rude. Couldn't she at least smile and welcome? The food was good, but nothing special. Shrimp appetizer lived up to waiter's description, as did the pasta dish. Fennel salad was tasty. The "second course" had variety, but nothing exciting. Salmon was good, but not anything unique. Pistachio ice cream might as well have been butter pecan. They will have to assure the their patron's trust that things won't go downhill after Sergio's death. We weren't.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet