Cooper's Seafood House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 450
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was passing through Scranton on the way up to Portland, so thought I'd stop in here for dinner.
From the outside, Cooper's is a pretty sizeable place, with considerable outdoor seating, a raw bar, and several dining rooms within. I can see where some might not enjoy or appreicate the way the decorations are done up inside, but I really liked the kitschy, campy look in the dining rooms (lots of maritime stuff, but also cartoon models, still life presentations, etc.). Also, the men's room has some incredible pictures of the beatles during their American tour, and there's non-stop beatle music piped into the restroom (was told the women's bathroom is similarly done up with Elvis stuff). I'd probably give atmosphere a 5, except the dining tables and cutlery clearly don't deserve that lofty a a score. Except for the decorations in this place, Cooper's feels more like an TGIF or Applebee's.
As for beer, Cooper's had around 20 different beers on tap today (not including macro swill), as well as 100 or so bottled beers. Cooper's was out of a lot of the more interesting bottles, but you could still find a decent selection of Belgians (chimay, delirium tremens and the like), as well as the WWS from DFH. The draft list was fairly decent as well, with the more interesting options including Widmer's Nelson DIPA, Young's double chocolate and a Belgian tripel (who's name escapes me). Otherwise, expect to see things like Yuengling lager, redhook, yards IPA, etc. Service was fair at best. We got in around 5:30 before the place got too crowded, but it still seemed to take our server an inordinate amount of time to get our drinks and food orders. Also, while our waiter was pleasant, he clearly knew next to nothing about the beer list (I had to pronounce everything very slowly to make sure he understood the beer I was ordering).
As for the food, I thought it was pretty good. I got the seafood platter, which I enjoyed. The scallops didn't have whole lot of flavor, and the crab cake didn't taste particularly fresh, but the stuffed flounder, salmon and haddock were all quite tasty. All things considered, I thought this was a pretty good place to get decent seafood in Scranton (obviously, it's not comparable to what one can get in SF, Seattle, New York or even Portland, Me.).
Prices were fairly reasonable I thought. Most of the seafood entrees were in the $20 to $25 range, though there were also plenty of pub grub items as well that you could order for far less money.
Shrug. Cooper's is certainly not one of the better BA destinations I've been to, but I thought for what it is and where it's located, it's probably a welcome oasis from the tedium of macro swill one likely finds at most other restaurants in town (a good bet based on what I saw at my hotel ale house/bar). This is probably a place I'd go to again if I ever happen to be back in Scranton.
05-21-2011 11:52:27 | More by John_M
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Coopers in Scrantons famous seafood resturant. They have a very unusual setup, but its certianlty adds to the experince. For the most part the whole place has a sea theme, but they also throw in some themes from old movies, and some histrical things from scranton, such as pictures, and old newspapers. The service was also very good when ever we went. They selection of food seemed a little limited, but they had a great selection of beer, on tap and bottled, they even have their own brew as well. The food is great the beer is great, its just a great place.
02-25-2010 03:44:59 | More by vette2006c5r
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited awhile ago and am not sure what to say about the weirdness that is Cooper's Seafood House. You get your standard nautical decor inside a large restaurant / bar with lots of old wood. The weirdness comes in with the Zoltan machine (fortune telling machine Tom Hanks used to become older in the movie "Big"), the bathroom with Beatles music playing at all times and wall to wall Beatles framed pictures, and all of the old historical photos of the town that are available for purchase (prints).
There is a fairly large bottle list with some decent offerings although most are usually out of stock. The tap list was decent and I had Victory Storm King of cask which was cool.
Service is your standard waitress who is nice but has too many tables to cover. She knows nothing about beer.
Food was pretty decent although they gave me a "today's specials menu" and claimed to not have the steak special I wanted (at 5:30pm) then tried to rip me off on a slightly larger and way more expensive same quality steak. She brought me the largest baked potato I have ever seen and I only got through a third of it :) The pot roast (what I ordered after they screwed around with my steak order) was delicious and I know that others at the table enjoed the seafood.
Prices were a bit high for the type of place but reasonable for the quality of food.
01-09-2010 02:32:57 | More by koopa
Cooper's Seafood House in Scranton, PA
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.