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Sea Swirl

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30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
+1 860-536-3452
11:00 - 19:00
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New Jersey
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was always busy. We only stopped for soft serve ice cream, which was not very flavorful. And don't go for the added flavors because all it does is change the color of the vanilla ice cream, which didn't even taste like vanilla. My daughter actually threw hers out, she was so disappointed. As far as food, I couldn't... More 

Thank iksnir
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170 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we return to New England (we moved away 25 years ago) we drive directly to Mystic and the Sea Swirl clam shack! The whole belly fried clams are Consistently prepared , lightly breaded , soft melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness! We also tried the lobster roll (tasty but not as big as we expected) and yummy shakes.

Thank Sandyw248
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is a typical fried food shack that is only open during the warm weather months, AKA tourist season. The whole fried clams are very good, greasy but tasty and not too​ salty. They have a bunch of other stuff but I haven't tried it enough to give an opinion. I'm a local that lives within walking distance. If you... More 

Thank Robert E
North Augusta, South Carolina
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We saw this place featured on Rachel Ray's 40.00 a day show and since we were in the area, we knew we had to stop. I am so glad we did too because the food was delicious and reasonably priced. We enjoyed it so much that we went back again the next day! The shrimp tacos are amazing and tasted... More 

Thank Lisa S
New Canaan, CT
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I'm a fried clam fanatic and you just don't get any better than Sea Swirl. The fish sandwich looks amazing too - this is a very seasonal place but if you're in Mystic, you have to go!

Thank jtperreca
Butler, Tennessee
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307 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We wanted belly clams, a NE fav, and this was a good choice to obtain them and enjoy. And we did. Also very good ice cream. Order , wait, retrieve , sit at picnic tables and enjoy

Thank wataugaman
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

If you like fried seafood and ice cream this is the place for you. At first glance this looks like a typical ice cream stand, but the menu includes much more. Mostly fried seafood choices. The food was excellent, my choice was the fried shrimp dinner.The portion size was perfect and it was fun to sit outside to enjoy it.

Thank Mary K
New York City, New York
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

A roadside ice cream place with the charm of a 1950's drive up. This place hasn't been touched since the Nixon years or before. Needs a good amount of sprucing up (cleaning too maybe). The soft serve was good however with lot's of flavors to choose from. Don't get there a minute before closing since they will turn you away.... More 

Thank Peter M
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169 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

I ordered the cod sandwhich and it was good. I wish I was hungrier and had more time so I could try more menu items.

Thank Tim O
Brewster, New York
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79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Delicious cold lobster roll, plentiful clam bellies n dinner plate, nice cod sandwich, try clam fritters. No indoor seating only tables outside.

Thank BCR37

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?