Cooper's Seafood House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 450
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rarevos:
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
When Moe Szyzlak turns his bar into a family restaurant, he says that people should come in "if they like a lot of crazy crap on the walls." That's this place. To begin with, the place is shaped like a boat, there's a lighthouse in the middle, and a giant octopus on the roof. The inside decor, though, is another matter entirely. Some of the decor is expected: local landmark restaurants usually have vintage photographs of the area, and this place is no exception; there are both local Scranton photos and some general German-American memorabilia, anthracite coal info, etc.
And then there's the life-sized cardboard cut-outs of Star Trek figures, a row of old Polaroid cameras, a Superman figurine, and a few Disney dolls. Not to mention the huge blue whale suspended form the ceiling in the back dining room. My table had a map of Europe pasted onto it for some reason, and the framed document on the wall was Paul Cooper's Kindergarten progress report from 1960-1961. He did very well in the area of "reciting stories, songs and poems," in case you were wondering.
But you probably weren't wondering that. You were wondering about the beer. I lost count at 130, so this place has a lot. The tap list was a bit conservative, but it did feature Maredsous 8, Victory St. Victorious, Troegs Hopback, and a Cooper's Amber (brewed by Stoudt's) that I avoided because it was "like Yuengling, only sweeter!" There were about 20 taps in all. Some Guinness, Harp, etc.
But the bottled beer list is insane. Tons of Stoudt's, Stegmaier, Sam Smith's, Rogue, Fuller's, Young's, Victory, Weyerbacher, Ayinger. Honestly, there's no point in me saying much more because this review would be nothing but a tremendous list of beer. Their Web site is pretty accurate, so check that out if you want a laundry list.
As for the food.... hmm. Not so much. First off, DO NOT ORDER A BOWL OF SOUP. No matter how hungry you think you are, you won't be able to finish it AND eat your dinner. The bowl is huge. A cup will suffice. Trust me. My grilled salmon was good, the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce was tangy and tasty, but the mashed potatoes clearly came from a box, and the gravy clearly came from a jar. C'mon, Cooper's. Don't skimp on potatoes and meat drippings.
Service, contrary to some other reviews here, was very good. For a packed Friday night, I'd deem it excellent.
One of the nice things about this place is that you can buy beer at the bar and take it home with you, so it circumvents the State case law. You'll pay $3.50 for a single bottle, but you'd pay that at the bar anyway, and it's not like these same beers are available someplace else in the city for less. I had planned on sitting at the bar for a bit and having a few pints after dinner, but this place fills up FAST. There was no room at the inn, so I invited a few bottles of Stegmaier Porter and Old Peculier back to my hotel room for a little party.
Plenty of parking on-site, and watch out for the one-way streets downtown -- Mapquest doesn't know about all of them.
Overall: hit this place if you're in town. The food was OK, but the beer list was spectacular.
03-25-2007 21:58:32 | More by rarevos
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -12.7%
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 +14.4%
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
Cooper's Seafood House in Scranton, PA
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.