Downtown Scranton Information

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The University of Scranton is proud to be part of the City of Scranton, with its campus located just adjacent to Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton.

The Office of Community Relations seeks to help support the continued renaissance of the downtown and the vitality of the wider region of Northeastern Pennsylvania by sharing resources and information about the city with current and prospective students, faculty, staff and parents. 

Since 2011, the University has coordinated special events and collaborations as part of its Downtown Engagement Initiative to connect the University and the downtown business community. Events include special walking tours, downtown dinners during Family Weekend, and the Downtown Scavenger Hunt and Electric City Downtown Nite during the fall semester. For more information, visit our Downtown Engagement page.

Please be sure to check with all restaurants to verify current hours. 

Full Dinner Restaurants
Lunch & Breakfast, Sweet Treats, & Cafes
Entertainment Venues & Events
Downtown Shopping
Scranton Museums & Attractions 

Family Friendly/Recreational Activities
Downtown Student Discounts and Royal Card Purchasing 

Full Dinner Restaurants

Ale Mary's at the Bittenbender
American Cuisine/Gastropub
Dinner: 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. Mon., Wed. -Fri.; 12 p.m.- 12 a.m. Sat. & Sun.; closed Tues. 
570-955-0176; 126 Franklin Avenue; 0.5 miles from campus
Price Range: $-$$

AV Restaurant & Lounge
Italian/Seasonally influenced cuisine
Dinner: Wed. - Sat. 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
570-457-5800; 320 Penn Ave.; 0.4 miles from campus 
Price Range: $$-$$$$

Bar Pazzo
Italian
Dinner: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Wed.- Sat.
570-871-4179; 131 N. Washington Ave.; 0.5 miles from campus
Price Range: $$-$$$

Catch 21 Seafood & Steak
Steak & Seafood/American Cuisine
Dinner: Mon.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
570-955-5290; 301 N. Washington Avenue; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $$-$$$$

Carmen’s at the Radisson
Temporarily Closed
Mon.-Sat.: Breakfast: 6:30-11 a.m.; Dinner: 5-10 p.m.; Sun. Brunch: 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
570-558-3929; 700 Lackawanna Ave., 0.4 miles from campus (parking lot available)
Price Range: $$$-$$$$                                                                                                                           

Cooper’s Seafood House
Seafood & Steak/American Cuisine
Dinner & Lunch: everyday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
570-346-6883; 701 N. Washington Avenue; 0.7 miles from campus (parking lot available)
Price Range: $$-$$$

Eden-a Vegan Café
Vegan: Lunch & Dinner; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. (closed Sun. and Mon.)
570-969-1606; 344 Adams Ave., 0.2 miles from campus
Price Range: $

The Garden Mediterranean Cafe
Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Cuisine
Dinner & Lunch 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed. - Fri..; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; Closed Sun. - Tues. 
570-343-3550; 116 N. Washington Avenue; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $$    

Hilton (P.J.’s Pub)
Pub/American Cuisine: Dinner;  everyday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
570-343-3000; 100 Adams Avenue; 0.5 miles from campus
Price Range: $-$$

Osaka
Japanese Cuisine; Dinner & Lunch;  Tues.-Thurs.11 a.m - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
570-341-9600; 244 Adams Avenue; 0.2 miles from campus
Price Range: $$$

Paradise Soulfood & Sweets
Soulfood/Homemade Desserts: Dinner: Tues.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (closed Sun., Mon. & Thurs.)
570-703-0403; 350 Adams Ave.; 0.1 miles from campus
Price Range: $-$$

Peculiar Kitchen
Small Plates/Ramen: Dinner: Wed. - Sat. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
570-800-1900; 307 Penn Ave; 0.4 miles from campus
Price Range: $

Pizza by Pappas
Pizza/Italian Cuisine: Dinner & Lunch: Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., closed Sun. - Mon.   
570-346-2290; 303 N. Washington Avenue; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $

Posh @ the Scranton Club
American Cuisine: Dinner: Wed. - Thurs. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Brunch Sun. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
570-397-070; 404 North Washington; (0.6 miles from campus)
Price Range: $$-$$$ 

The Railyard
Irish Pub/American Cuisine: Dinner & Lunch Tues.-Wed. 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Thurs. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. 5 p.m. - 12 a.m., Sat. 2 p.m. - 12 a.m., Sun. 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., closed Mon. 
570-344-4030; 119 Jefferson Avenue; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $-$$

Sambuca Grille
Italian Cuisine; Dinner: Tues. - Thurs. 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.,  Fri. 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., closed Sun.
570-961-5205; 234 Penn Avenue; 0.6 miles from campus
Price Range: $$$

Thai Thai Scranton
Thai/Asian Cuisine; Dinner and Lunch Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.
570-963-7745; 309 N. Washington Avenue; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $$

Thai Rak Thai
Thai/Asian Cuisine; Dinner and Lunch, Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., closed Sun. *currently take-out and delivery only
570-344-2240; 349 Adams Avenue; 0.2 miles from campus
Price Range: $$ 

Trax Bar & Grill at the Radisson                                
Pub/American; Dinner/Lunch: everyday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. - Sat. until 2 a.m.           
570-342-8300; 700 Lackawanna Ave., 0.4 miles from campus (parking lot available)                                                       
Price Range: $$                                          

Price Range Key:

$: Cheap Eats – Under $10 per entree 
$$: Moderately Priced – $10-15 per entree
$$$: Affordable Fine Dining – $15-25 per entree
$$$$: Fine Dining – $25 and up per entree  

Lunch & Breakfast, Sweet Treats, & Cafes

Abe's Kosher Delicatessen and Restaurant
Lunch and Breakfast; Mon. - Fri. 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
570-342-4517; 326 N. Washington Ave.; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $

Adezzo

Café/Light Fare; everyday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

570-955-0130; 515 Center St.; 0.2 miles from campus

Price Range: $

Commonwealth Coffeehouse

Café/Light Fare; Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

570-703-0592; 101 Penn Ave.;  0.5 miles from campus

Price Range: $

Crocus Cafe
Light fare including authentic Turkish pastries, lunch specials, crepes and more; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m - 2 p.m.; closed Sun. 
(570) 851-2017; 323 N Washington Ave.; 0.4 miles from campus
Price Range: $

City Market & Cafe 
Café/Lunch/Deli; Sun.-Sat. 6 a.m.- 11:45 p.m.
570-871-4565; 300 Adams Ave.
Price Range: $-$$

Coney Island Texas Lunch
Lunch; Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Closed Sun.
570-961-8288; 100 Cedar Ave.; 0.3 miles from campus
Price Range: $

Coney Island Lunch
Lunch; Tues. - Sun. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; closed Mon.
570-961-9004; 515 Lackawanna Ave., 0.4 miles from campus
Price Range: $

Downtown Deli
Breakfast/Lunch; Mon. - Sun. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
570-871-4137; 300 Spruce St.; 0.5 miles from campus
Price Range: $

Northern Light Espresso Bar
Café/Light Fare; Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
570-342-3200; 536 Spruce St.; 0.3 miles
Price Range: $

The Salad Shop
Salads, wraps: Lunch/Early Dinner: Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
570-955-0335; 316 Penn Ave.; 0.4 miles from campus

Price Range: $-$$


                                                                                                                                                   

Entertainment Venues & Events

Scranton Cultural Center
570-346-7369; 420 N. Washington Ave.
Regional venue for arts, education and community activities, including serving as the venue for the Broadway Theatre League and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

First Friday Scranton
First Friday art walks are held on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. at galleries and businesses around Downtown Scranton. Paintings, photography, sculpture, music, performance art - all FREE!  Check the First Friday website the Tuesday before for a detailed map of participating venues.  

Downtown Festivals, Parades and Community Events
Visit the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a listing of annual festivals and community events in Scranton, including La Festa Italiana over Labor Day weekend, the St. Patrick's Day parade, August Jazz Festival, holiday events, and more.

Downtown Shopping

The Marketplace at Steamtown
570-343-3400; 300 Lackawanna Ave.
Downtown Scranton's enclosed shopping mall with a range of stores. View directory.

Downtown Shops & Boutiques 
Downtown Scranton offers a unique variety of shops and boutiques.  

View a list on this Downtown Scranton Map (page 2).  

Scranton Museums & Attractions

Electric Trolley Museum
570-963-6590; 300 Cliff St.; 1.2 miles from campus
Discover the history of the electric traction system and experience a Trolley excursion through Northeast Pennsylvania.  

Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art
570-346-7186; 1901 Mulberry St. (in Nay Aug Park), 1.2 miles from campus
The Everhart Museum strives to integrate natural history, science and art into the lives of people.

Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour
1-800-238-7245; 1 Bald Mountain Rd. (in McDade Park); 6 miles from campus (via N. Scranton Expy.)
Explore 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860.

PA Anthracite Heritage Museum
570-963-4804; 22 Bald Mountain Rd. (in McDade Park); 6 miles from campus (via N. Scranton Expy.)
The Museum tells the story of the people who worked in the anthracite mining and textiles industries.

Steamtown National Historic Site
570-340-5200; 150 S. Washington Ave.; 1.2 miles from campus
The park was created to preserve the history of steam railroading in America.

Family Friendly/Recreational Activities

Bee's Backyard

570-354-2902; The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave. 0.7 miles from campus

Bee's Backyard is an open-play facility that features a 57 foot play unit designed by using "open view" play elements so that parents can always keep an eye on their children. The facility includes 53 innovative play elements in the play unit, a luminivision floor, a lego wall, and a toddler area. Open 7 days/week as well as availability for private event booking.

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) is part of a seventy mile multi-purpose trail system that follows the Lackawanna River. The LRHT begins at the confluence of the Lackawanna & Susquehanna Rivers in Pittston and continues north where it connects with the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail. In 2013, the Lackawanna Heritage Authority opened up 8 miles of the trail. Please visit LHV's website to learn about the different locations through Scranton that the trail can be accessed. 

Nay Aug Park

570-348-4186; 1901 Mulberry St. 0.5 miles from campus

The City of Scranton’s largest park, Nay Aug, grants residents and visitors a touch of nature amid the city landscape. Walking trails, picnic areas, two playgrounds, two Olympic-sized swimming pools and waterslide complex number among the attractions. The Everhart Museum is also located within the park. A rock-strewn gorge and waterfalls add to the allure and have been named a National Natural Landmark.

Nay Aug Park’s David Wenzel Tree house is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, opened on Friday, May 25, 2007. It overlooks the gorge, rising an awesome 150 feet above. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Community Relations at 570-941-4419 or community@scranton.edu.