Cooper's Seafood House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 450
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.6/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've got 2 words for you... "Sensory overload". But, um, in a good way. There's so much goin' on here it's like Vegas without the degenerate gamblers and bright lights. You're coming down the street and there it is, a building shaped like a lighthouse and a giant boat, the roof holding a massive octopus on the deck grabbing ahold of a pirate or or two, others shooting cannons, things... happening. I thought it was a phuckin' water park ride...
Up the stairs and in the front door. You're in the front foyer and it's busy. Busy with stuff. S-t-u-f-f. There's so much to see it's like a museum. Right off the bat, I'm offering this up. An original framed Exorcist movie poster, signed by Jason Miller, the guy who played Father Karas. (Demmy, why you do dis to me?) Right there, they get a 5 on atmosphere. Lifesize Star Wars character cardboard cutouts, movie posters, arcade games including "Tapper", some construction game, and damn if they didn't have "Voltar" like the one in the movie (I wish I was "Big"), mounted 60's & 70's board games (Planet of the Apes, Rodney Dangerfield's "I don't get no repsect", Laverne & Shirley, Love Boat, All in the Family, The Beatles "Flip your Lid"), just overwhelming everything. As you move down the hall, you've got framed Time Life photos, newspaper headlines, and century old b/w pics of Scanton, back in the good old (mining) days. Table video games (Defender, Centipede) and a large chunk of coal in the corner. All this leads you to the back bar which somewhat feeds into the 3 dining rooms.
It's a "L" shaped, large mirrored back bar, seating about 14. Rows of booze behind the bar, and coolers full of bottles on the end. A few booths and tables, TV's above in the corners, drop lamp lighting, mounted bison, rhino and moose heads, tin beer signs, old beer case boxes, ships, all sorts of stuff. A train runs on a track overhead around the perimeter of the room and into one of the back dining rooms, the one where we were seated.
This dining room... 9 booths, a large table in each corner, and 8 tables running in two rows to the rear of the room. Nautical decor, ships, captains, lighthouses, all that, and a model of the Queen Mary over the mantle of the fireplace. And then, recessed beach and Civil War toy scenes behind glass, a world map currency display, a Swiss mountain scene carved into one corner, Civil War trading cards, a hot air balloon dangling overhead, and a cable car running directly over our table. Cut into the walls here and there and fish tanks where you can see clear through to the more formal banquet room on the other side of it. Freaky!!
The other dining room holds about two dozen booths and tables in a room seperated by a great white shark suspended from the ceiling, displays of board games, dolls, books, tins, old cameras. What else? Star Trek lifesize cardboard cutouts, sports, music and TV star photos, and an underwater sea scene behind glass. The hallway back to the bar has a milk bottle/dairy display, Scandanavian fishing yearbook posters, and a campaign button display (Nixon/Agnew, Eeeesh!!!)
18 taps (Clipper City Raspberry Wheat, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Allagash Dubbel, Barley Creek Black Widow, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Riverhorse Summer Blonde, Widmer Hefe, Hofbrau Maibock, Spaten Lager, Unibroue Maudite, a house beer made by Stoudts, Hoegaarden, Guinness, Lindeman's Framboise and a few more) and a bottled menu holding 300+ beers broken out by country and then some (domestic, PA brews, classic micros, maltos, N/A's, etc). They were out of the Liefman's Glukriek but Phil found a second choice. New bottle entries listed up front (3 Floyds Brian Baru, Allagash Odyessey, Avery Beast, HOTD Adam, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout & Millennium '04, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout). The beer menu has beer style definitions and a beertionary sweet & bitter guide.
The food menu is solid. The crab bisque was fantastic, as was the big bowl of shrimp scampi over rice. Everyone was pretty damn pleased with their meals. Service was good, no complaints there.
On the way out, we visited the gift store (they sell beer and all sorts of stuff), and a front bar with a bunch of taps (Hey!! They've got cask beer out here!!!). It's rectangular and seats 30, with a mast in the middle extending up to the sky. A dozen booths and 2 dozen tables fill the room. On the way out to the parking lot, I spotted a small outdoor patio off to one side.
A great bottle list, solid tap choices, awesome food, and tons of stuff to keep me amused (Hell!! They've got a "Beatles Bathroom" with framed album covers and pics, and Beatled music piped in). Lunch here on Sunday was a real nice way to cap Ed's bachelor party weekend.
Cooper's is undoubtedly, the best damn amusement park ride in Scranton.
06-25-2005 03:05:33 | More by slander
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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.