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Sea Swirl

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30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
+1 860-536-3452
11:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sun 11:00 - 20:00
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107 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

I really wanted scallops and this place does have scallops. They only come fried. They were good but expensive. Scallops, cod, one coleslaw, one drink, for two people was $37. You sit outside at picnic tables on the highway.

1 Thank 2015Roadrunner
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

The best whole belly clams, bar none. Have been there many times and have never had anything else. Was disappointed that they were closed during the week after Labor Day. Came all the way from Maryland and couldn't have my clams!

Thank Karen19470403
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

We make two special trips from New York every year to visit this place. The whole-belly clams are perfectly fried -- not too greasy, but crisp and wonderfully battered. The dinner comes with cole slaw and decent fries. If you're not into clams, the fish and chips is also excellent. We never leave here unhappy.

Thank Mark M
Norwich, Connecticut
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

The hard ice cream is okay, but it tastes like Sealtest or some other grocery store ice cream. Also very frustrated that they didn't have the option for one scoop. I had to pay $3.95 for a single scoop of ice cream. I would have been better off going to the store and buying a pint of premium ice cream.

Thank MM002
Danbury, Connecticut
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Very good ice cream and not very expensive. My husband even had his fishing pole and threw a couple of casts out... Nothin'...

Thank k b
Hartford, Connecticut
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226 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

The ownership has changed and things are still okay. Wish they hired more adults instead of these clueless foreign teenagers that can't understand more than the language on the basic menu.

Thank Wendy S
Elissa B, Public Relations Manager at Sea Swirl, responded to this review

Hi Wendy S. Thanks for stopping by to eat! We just wanted to take a minute to tell you about the Interexchange program that Sea Swirl has been involved in for many years (including under the previous owners). Under this program, we bring students from the Philippines to Mystic each summer to work. We bring 4 students per (their) semester,... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

As always, the Sea Swirl didn't disappoint. The best fried clams anywhere! Thick, soft, battered nicely and cooked just right!

Thank Lisa B
Elissa B, Public Relations Manager at Sea Swirl, responded to this review

Aw, thanks for stopping by! We are always so happy when we make our customers happy! More 

North Tonawanda, NY
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158 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

This is a sit down outdoor fish and shellfish shack where everything is excellent and fresh. Fish and Chips accompanied with lemon, tartar sauce and coleslaw were all as one would wish -- light crispy batter coating moist fish, crunchy french fries that had not sat anywhere, fresh bellied clams very tasty and fresh, and the clam strips were equally... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Stopped by for a quick bite while exploring around Stonington & Mystic. Had the lobster salad roll and the fried oysters. Food was good, service was quick, nice little stop.

Thank Brittany B
Coventry, Connecticut
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244 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

Swift service, cheap eats. Great milkshakes. Not being a seafood lover, got the grilled cheese with tomato - good one. Of course husband loved his lobster roll.

Thank Beverly61

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 20
American, Seafood, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Mystic
  • Phone Number: +1 860-536-3452
Sea Swirl of Mystic was formerly a street side Carvel Ice Cream shop. It is located at 30 Williams Avenue at the junction of Routes 1 & 27 in Connecticut. Sea Swirl offers the best of fried clams and fantastic seafood plus has one of the most beautiful sunsets on the horizon. Outdoor dining overlooks the flood tide and customers can enjoy delicious ice cream as well.

Sea Swirl may seem like an unlikely place to find four-star food, but for many years now, it has sustained a deserved reputation as one of the finest places to eat fried clams, especially the whole-belly variety. Sea Swirl serves a full roster of expertly fried seafood, including scallops, shrimp and fish. For an alternative to seafood, there are hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches and more.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?