Cooper's Seafood House

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Cooper's Seafood HouseCooper's Seafood House
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

19 Reviews
Reviews: 19
Visits: 30
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 450
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

701 N Washington Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18509-3219
United States
phone: (570) 346-6883

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Reviews by rarevos:
Photo of rarevos
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (3,147 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Decent Seafood. The real kicker is that bottle list... fantastic selection. (76 characters)

Photo of beaudio
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Had dinner at Cooper's with a group of 12, good service throughout the night. I had the crab cakes, pretty good, but not outstanding. Others in our group had the seafood platter of steaks, everyone's food was good to very good, again not outstanding. The atmosphere is a huge drawing point, with all types of kitschy crap everywhere. Their beer list was outstanding with about 25 different beers on tap (of which about 20 were craft and the rest BMC) and a bottle list that was about 450 beers. Prices were reasonable. You can also buy beers to take out- great deal considering the goofy beer distribution laws in PA. Definitely worth the visit, will certainly go back again the next time I'm in Scranton. (705 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Minus_Mike
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of CoopersScranton
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (2,881 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.83/5  rDev -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. (1,351 characters)

Photo of naproxen
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Having spent the first hour in the car looking for some place along 81 to eat, all while (sorry NEPA) assuming we would be SOL for a good beer spot in this area, I found Cooper's from beerfly. After doing some more google detective work we decided this would be worth the stop...if even just to check out the ecclectic decor I read so much about.

Cooper's was a good time for sure. For an early Sunday evening the main bar was not packed but very well attended and casual, with the game going on multiple tv's.

The entrees were not abnormally priced for a seafood restaurant, but the overall quality of that seafood wasn't up to par with the price. I had the Cajun Catfish, and the sauce just looked amd tasted a bit "cheap" or commercial if that makes sense, sort of how store bought gravy just isn't't the same consistency as homemade. BeerTruth had the scallops, which I thought were overcooked. Entrees do come with your choice of potato and salad or veggie (I chose salad & veggie instead) and we were served a loaf of 'eh' white bread. The salad was actually pretty decent and the house dill dressing tasty. I found it annoying though that for dinner salads they only really offer a ceasar salad, no garden salad, and only chicken or cocktail shrimp as additions. Really, at a seafood restaurant? The soup sampler was a good value, and next time I think I will stick to mixing appetizers for a meal.

For beer, I was pretty happy with the draft list. For $8.50 I got the sampler, 4 X 6.5oz samples of your choice. My choice? Spaten Holiday Bock, Cordendock Christmas ale, Green Flash Hop Head Red, and Founder's Breakfast stout. The bottle list is pretty extensive, nothing really crazy on it, but there is obvious care and thought as each beer comes with a short, sometimes comical, description and are organized by country.

I would go back to Cooper's for some beers and appetizers whenever I may find myself in the area, no regrets on stopping here. However if it is dinner that is the main cause for stopping in Scranton I will try out some other joints in the surrounding area first. (2,099 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.8/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Good Ol' Coopers I love you and don't forget it.
It's taking me a bith longer to get on those beer plaques, but I'll get there some day soon enough.
Cooper's in Scranton is in my opinion the best bar in the whole area. The combination of GREAT beer GREAT food and GREAT decor all make for an awesome experience. There are so many things in this place to grab your atention it's hard to focus on anything in particular because something else will drag you away from it. They have a huge lighthouse and octopus on the outside.
Their beer menu is three full pages of 12 font listings totaling around 350 different beers. Add onto that the 22 or 23 drafts and also the hand pump(usually a Victory). And you have one heck of a selection. They are always getting in new bottles and the freshness of most of their beer is pretty good as far as I'm experienced with it.
The bar area is huge. It's as big as many other full restaurants on it's own. The square bar is about a twenty seater, but it is very wide and provides enough room to relax. Behind the bar there is a little cove with three tables. Plus there are an additional 15-18 sit down booths around the bar. The whole bar room it set up like the inside of an old ship. Above the middle of the bar there is a wide open ceiling that acts as the center of the ship.
Thir restaurant area is split up into three rooms. The fancy room that you walk past first on the left, the middle room with the second bar, and the third room with the giant whale in the middle. I think I've eaten in all three of them before. Also did I mention that they have room to seat a high school. The hallway to get into the dining rooms is like a half a mile long. And it is lined with all sorts of neat decor. They even give you a free meal on your birthday. The free meal menu has around 7 different selections on it.
The bathrooms are pretty sweet. The mens room is all centered around the Beetles with non stop beetles music all day long. The womens bathroom is centered around Elvis and the inside is pretty much the same.
They even have a gift shop, whice contains all sorts of odds and ends. They even sell a bunch of beer to go in there.
One of the only draw backs of Coopers is that a lot of times they're only open untill 11 on weeknights. But I try not to let that bother me I just get in there quicker.
This is also the one and only place I got ran over by a car. Just another happy Cooper's customer leaving the parking lot as I was on my way in. But I didn't let that spoil my night. It turned out to be pretty awesome.
Ohhh did I mention that they have a party deck on the bottom and a lighthouse bar for parties on the second floor.
If your in Scranton and you like good beer, good food, or good company this is the place to be. (2,784 characters)

Photo of magnj
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

After driving down S Washington instead of N Washington, we finally arrived at Coopers. I'm pretty glad it was not on S Washington, a little sketch down there.

Saturday night with a large group, our wait was short and it was not packed though the bar had a healthy crowd. You could spend days looking at all the stuff on the walls, including the Beatles themed men's room and Elvis themed ladies room.

The bottle selection was huge, categorized by country with brief descriptions. There was a nice disclaimer on the 15 beer draft list for those who were not sure what they were getting into, warning them to stick to BMC if they were scared of flavor.

Them menu was ok, obviously lots of seafood, some sandwiches and some nice appetizers. The wait staff was very friendly, helpful, and willing to tell the truth about the "Special". The dishes were priced moderately ranging from $17 and up for entree's. The portions were good and we all left full. Unfortunately all of our fish dishes cam out soaked in butter and were a little rich.

Back to the beer. The draft list had a mix of craft and macro offerings, it even had Victory Hop Devil on the handpump. They have a great sampler offer. $7 gets you 5-6.5 ounce glasses of anything on the draft list.

I would go back again for sure, but I might opt for a more reasonably priced burger next time. Two $$ for value on the beer, $$$+ for the food considering the quality. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was my third or fourth time at Coopers and i always enjoy going in there mainly because of the beer selection that they have. This time we were there pre-gaming before the Jeff Dunham show, which was awesome!

The atmosphere is nice and i enjoy the layout that they have being a seafood restaurant and have the sea/pirate/boating atmosphere in there.

Service was a bit slow but it did get packed but it also could have been a bit better.

The selection of food was nice and they had enough to choose from! The beer selection was amazing. I believe they had over 150 beers to choose from whether on tap or bottle.

Food was delicious and i had no complaints but i have had better seafood.

i did happen to venture into the Beatles Bathroom and it was phenomenal. Amazing with the pictures and the music that they have going on in there. I felt like i stepped back in time.

Overall it was a great place for being in Scranton. I enjoy Coopers but i love the Banshee much more so! (983 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

So, I went to grad school in Scranton. The weekend I moved into my place, was the first time I went to Cooper's. The real estate agent recommended it to us. I pulled into the parking lot, and looking at a giant octopus and listening to "yo ho yo ho, a pirates life for me..." playing on the speakers outside, I couldn't help but look at my parents and say, "is this place for real?" Wow, was I wrong. I often think of the scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta describes Jack Rabbit Slims as a "wax museum with a pulse." Well, this place, at least the center hallway, is the closest I have ever been to being in a wax museum with a pulse. The have a Voltar machine, along with cardboard cutouts of insane amounts of celebrities, old school sit down arcade games, and crazy historical stuff about scranton on the wall, just to name a few things. It's almost too much to handle.

Onto the food, it's actually pretty good. It's one of the better seafood restaurants I have been to. The quality may have gone down a bit since I was first there in 2003, but do yourself a favor and try the Coral Reef Fettucine. Excellent appetizers as well for when you are sitting at one of the many bars.

The most important part, the beer. I walked in there in 2003, a couple years removed from 21 and just arriving on the beer scene. The first beer I had there was a Stone Smoked Porter. Blew me away. They had a little bit of a beer renaissance about 2 years ago. A young man named Tommy took over ordering the beers and since then, the selection and the quality of the selection are phenomenal. 20 taps, a hand pump and over 350 bottles. You really can't go wrong. The barstaff are extremely well-informed (esp. the friday night crew) but the wait staff are a little less informed, but know what you are talking about.

They have a beer club, which I didn't know about for the first 1.5 years I was going there until the day I asked how you get one of those wonderful plaques. There are three levels (150, 500 and 1000) and are very easily attainable given the high tunraround of beers. The "ship" bar is where its at.

If you see the plaque with the tagline, "The Hawk Will Never Die," that's me.

A must go out of your way place. Spend the night in scranton and go back for lunch the next day. It is worth it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the Beatles bathroom, trust me, you'll find it. (2,376 characters)

Photo of ziggy13
4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What can I say about Coopers...

I've been going there at least once a week for three or four years now. It is the beer mecca for northeast Pennsylvania. If you love great beer and you're in the area, this place is a must go.

Many people might be turned off by the outside look. It's basically a big pirate ship/lighthouse with an expansive interior. There isn't one inch of wall space that isn't covered by Americana. There are many rooms in this place, but the real action takes place in the inside the ship at the large square bar. There's actually four bars there. A smaller 12 seater in the back dining room, one out on the deck during the summer, and the other is a small one up in the lighthouse. It truly is an experience that everyone who loves great beer and pretty decent seafood could enjoy.

The service at the bar is stellar. The bartenders are very beer savvy. They will always give great suggestions. I have had many nights where I just keep saying "Surprise Me." They always do and its always great. If you sit at a table or booth, the service is pretty good food-wise but the waitresses really aren't very knowledgeable when it comes to the beer.

The selection is great for any bar in any city in the world. Probably 400 beers between bottles and draft and it is always changing. They basically have to print a new beer list almost everyday. They have a great beer club with three levels (150, 500, and 1000 beers respectively). Over the last three years I have gotten my 1000 plaque which they hang gloriously over the bar for everyone to see. It's actually really cool. It wasn't that hard to do because of the constant rotating selection (Not so much because of my drunkenness).

The food has gotten consistently better over the last few years. It's certainly not the best seafood ever, but for the area its rather good. I recommend the Bayou Shrimp for an appetizer. The monthly specials menu always has some gems on it and the desserts are always delicious.

The food prices are a little much for the area, but the beer prices are kept nice and low. I can have a bottle of 120 minute for ten bucks. I think that's great for bar pricing.

Again, Coopers is awesome. The Beatles bathroom is a must see, and if you stay long enough you'll see it a few times. The summer scene is great outside and the people both behind the bar and sitting at it love to talk great beer from noon till night. Truly an enjoyable experience. I'll continue to go back again and again. (2,487 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Rarely am I at a loss for words, but this place was so expansive and extensive that it is impossible for me to do it justice in words (although I'll try). I first visited here back in 1997 while on a two-week trip around the Commonwealth with my uncle and a buddy of mine from California and it left a lasting impression. I was glad to have a chance to return a decade later on a trip to see a couple of W-B/S Penguins games.

There were two entryways - one from the parking lot that opened onto a wide vestibule that further opened onto their smoking deck off to the right. The other was fronted by N. Washington Ave. and had a short vestibule with the m.d.s. just behind a short wall just to the right. To the left was a private meeting/party room and beyond that, The Grille (a combination bar and dining area) with "The Whale Room" and "The Train Room" off to the left. To the right of the Washington Ave. doorway was a long, narrow passageway which connected both ends of the building and ended with the faux bow of a ship. Down there, to the left was a second m.d.s. with the Beatles' Men's washroom to the extreme left, To the right of the bow was their Gift Shop, which included a Pick-Your-Own- Six cooler. All of the way aft was a second bar, which brought me full circle in the place.

An added bonus was that it was smoke-free throughout. My traveling companion said that it was one of the best places to which he had ever been, which is high praise from a teetotaler. I thought of it as "a monument to everything", especially kitschy pop culture. We had a great meal; the selection was amazing, especially for the area; and it was a memorable experience.

As a retired sailor, a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, and a firm believer in National Talk Like a Pirate Day, the nautical/buccaneer theme really did it for me. I failed to mention the rooftop on the exterior, made to look like a crow's nest, manned by pirates and attacked by a giant octopus. Ha! (1,961 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of the best restaurants in Scranton and definitely the best for seafood. I have always liked the atmosphere, especially the old black and white photographs hanging in the hallway between the main restaurant and the bar. Cool stuff from Scranton and the surrounding area. The lighthouse deck is nice with great views of the surrounding city. The bar has a good pub atmosphere, and the restaurant is nice enough. I think the other reviewers have described the decor sufficiently. Overall I like it, though it is maybe a little overdone. The service is usually pretty good, but beer knowledge is variable. The bartenders tend to be good for discussions and suggestions, but the wait staff often don't know very much. The bottle selection is excellent, and they have a few good beers on tap. They sometimes have bottles that are not on their extensive beer menu, so ask! (878 characters)

Photo of foamee
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Cooper's is an upscale seafood restaurant in Scranton with excellent taste in beer. Cooper's offers 36 taps on an agressive rotation (their only regulars are seasonals from both Bullfrog and Lancaster) and over 350 bottles; all are listed in an extensive and current beer list. Any of the bottles shown can be consumed on or off premises. They offer a Passport beer Club, tastings, and other special events. The food served in the bar comes quickly, is tasty, and is in large portions. They also have a gift shop with many of their individual beers there. (555 characters)

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Cooper's Seafood House in Scranton, PA
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