Getting to Know Downtown Scranton: Restaurants

As college students, we love to eat. Whether it is on campus or off, eating with friends is a great way to hang out with and get to know people. The city of Scranton offers plenty of food options, so one of the best ways to get off campus for a little is to go out to eat. Ranging from pub food to seafood to Thai food, Scranton has your cravings covered. Read below about some of the best downtown Scranton options for food.

Backyard Ale House

Cowboy Burger from Backyard Ale House

Backyard is a Scranton student staple and is within short walking distance from campus.  Whether it is Happy Hour discounted macaroni & cheese quesadillas or one of the delicious burgers, you will most likely find some students indulging at Backyard if you pay it a visit. This restaurant features American pub fare, features and live music throughout the week. Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and you can find their live music schedule here. Another option is brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Ale Mary’s

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread from Ale Mary’s

Although this option is a little farther away, it is still walkable from campus. Similar to Backyard, Ale Mary’s has pub-type food. Some of the favorites at Ale Mary’s are their flatbreads (Scranton students love their pierogi flatbread) and also their create your own macaroni & cheese (my recommendation– the gouda and cheddar cheese option). This place has burgers, too, of course. Ale Mary’s has the same weekday Happy Hour as Backyard — 5 to 7 p.m., but it also has Happy Hour Saturday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The lower dining area of the restaurant turns into a dance floor on Fridays and Saturdays, too! Not to mention, Ale Mary’s features weekly entertainment from local artists. Find more information on that on the Ale Mary’s Facebook page.

Bar Pazzo

Bar Pazzo is an Authentic Rustic Italian restaurant in Downtown Scranton. Pizza seems to be the move at Bar Pazzo, but other options include freshly made pasta dishes. Most of the items of the menu come directly from the restaurant’s Mugnaini wood-fired ovens. Bar Pazzo has a trendy aesthetic that provides a casual dining atmosphere for either dinner or lunch or even a special occasion.




Cooper’s Seafood House

This place has been around since 1948. A true Scranton staple, Cooper’s even has a gift shop full of Office memorabilia and souvenirs. Their menu has all the seafood staples: lobster mac & cheese, crab cakes, fried oysters, lobster tail, shrimp scampi, fresh fish, etc. Cooper’s also has an array of events going on, which you can find more about here.




If you love hibachi, Osaka is a walkable hibachi place in downtown Scranton. Hibachi is perfect for special occasions, hanging out with friends or just a way to get a good hearty meal in. Osaka also offers other Japanese cuisine, as it has a lengthy menu of sushi. Be sure to make a reservation if you want to sit down at one of the grill tables where they make the hibachi in front of your eyes — basically dinner and a show!




POSH showcases American cuisine in a historical setting. Some of the featured menu items are duck breast, strip steak and roasted salmon. The restaurant offers a view over the municipal building of the City of Scranton. POSH has lunch and dinner specials every day, as well as has seasonal farm-to-table selections. You can get lunch at POSH at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and dinner at 5 p.m. on those days. Sunday brunch happens from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which gets you $5 off appetizers! To find other specials and deals, visit POSH’s website, linked above.

Thai Rak Thai

If you are craving Thai food, look no further than Thai Rak Thai. The restaurant is walkable from campus and definitely offers a different taste than anything you can get on campus. The best-seller dishes at Thai Rak Thai are noodle dishes such as Pad Thai. Pad Thai has a combination of three flavors of sour, salty and also a little bit of a sweet taste. If you enjoy spicy food, try drunken noodles at this restaurant. If you like deals, Thai Rak Thai has a $6.95 lunch special Monday through Friday until 3 p.m. The restaurant has plenty of seating and tables, so this is a great option for bigger parties.

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