Here’s where to get the best seafood in Scranton

2 Plates of oysters at Cooper's Seafood House in Scranton

Courtesy of Cooper's Seafood House

By Stacy Rounds

May 20, 2024

Craving a taste of the sea in Scranton? Look no further than Cooper’s Seafood House, voted as the best seafood restaurant in Scranton by our dedicated readers in our recent poll. In this insider’s guide, we’ll dive deep into what makes Cooper’s the top choice for local seafood enthusiasts. From the mouthwatering menu to the cozy atmosphere, we’ll explore why locals can’t get enough of this culinary gem.

A cooked lobster tail with a side of butter.

Courtesy of Cooper’s Seafood House

Our readers’ poll – the best “catch” in Scranton

We here at The Keystone love uncovering amazing food all over the state. And we know that Scranton is a special foodie haven for a number of reasons, from signature pizzas to cheesesteaks, to amazing throwback diner breakfasts, and even Kevin’s famous chili recipe.

Seafood, however, is not something we automatically associate with any landlocked town. Yes, we understand that one can procure it via shipping and freight or the abundance of seafood farms all over the state. But we wondered who in Scranton sources the best catch and prepares it to perfection. We asked our readers their thoughts, and they overwhelmingly chose just one destination. Cooper’s is clearly our readers’ go-to for a seafood fix. It’s not only the best in town, but it’s the OG, operating for nearly 76 years.

A historic black and white photo outside Cooper's Seafood House.

Courtesy of Cooper’s Seafood House

What’s on the menu?

Let’s start with the appetizers, shall we? Imagine beginning your voyage with something creative like the Crab Rangoon Dip. Or perhaps you’d prefer some Rhode Island Little Neck Clams or The Best Darn Mussels. Maybe you’re saving your seafood cravings for the main feast and would prefer to begin with a plate of pierogies. Whatever you love, there are plenty of small bites on Cooper’s menu to keep you satisfied until your fresh catch arrives.

As we sail further into the menu, get ready to feast. You can enjoy a massive Brazilian Lobster Tail basted in butter, a plate of Just Seafood — a perfect blend of broiled jumbo shrimp, sea scallops, and colossal lump crab meat with butter, a number of delicious pasta options, or even a steak if you feel so inclined.

Sandwich lovers, Cooper’s has not forgotten about you. If you haven’t tried the Maine Lobster Roll, you need to. It’s the number one item on the Cooper’s Seafood bucket list. Served on a warm, buttery freshly grilled New England split top roll with mayo, lemon butter, and a sprinkle of secret seasoning, you absolutely can’t go wrong. Or for something new and unexpected, try the tempura battered Soft Shell Crab Sandwich.

A woman in a Cooper's Seafood House shirt holding a Cooper's Seafood House pint of frothy beer.

Courtesy of Cooper’s Seafood House

The perfect sips for your seafood feast

Cooper’s will not let you go thirsty. There’s a variety of seasonal drink specials from martinis to margaritas, to a fresh, crisp rose wine. And they always have a selection of white, red, and bubbly wines to pair with fresh oysters, succulent lobster, or even dessert.

And for beer lovers, Coopers now has its own brewery! Located right inside the restaurant, you can enjoy fresh, locally-made beer that pairs wonderfully with their fresh catch. From a sparkling ale to a New England IPA, and from a Scottish Wee Heavy to a crisp hard seltzer, this new brewery has everything a brew connoisseur needs to satisfy their thirst.



  • Stacy Rounds

    Stacy Rounds is a writer and growth producer for The Keystone. Prior to joining the team, Stacy has worked as a writer, editor, and engagement specialist covering topics ranging from local history, disability advocacy, recreation, and food hotspots to relationships and mental health.

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