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Costello's Clam Shack

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145 Pearl St, Groton, CT 06340-5773
860-572-2779
Today
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • 24
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  • 10
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fresh seafood with a view

we just happened to come on Costello's and are glad we did. We were in the mood for Fish and Chips and got a great view to boot. This is a small place right on the water with counter service and plenty of tables with a water view. The fish that we got was very fresh and tasty. There was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2014
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Been going to Costello's since it opened. Great food,atmosphere,harbor views. Always fresh food and daily specials. Fish n cips r great n clam fritters loaded with freash clams homemade and coleslaw. Go between lunch and dinner less wait times. Abbots little brother restarant.

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Years ago we would go to Costello's after a day on the water for French Fries and Whole Belly Clams and the food was good. The last few years however we haven't had a good meal or snack (and it isn't cheap). At the beginning of the last few summers we try to give them another chance because they are... More 

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Coronado, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Costello's name says it all.. it is a shack, but with nothing but outdoor seating and wonderful views of the water and the boats. The food is wonderful... fried clams (bellies and strips), shrimp, fish & chips, lobster rolls (hot or cold) and boiled lobsters from time to time... BYOB. The seating is at picnic tables in many instances. On... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

we just happened to come on Costello's and are glad we did. We were in the mood for Fish and Chips and got a great view to boot. This is a small place right on the water with counter service and plenty of tables with a water view. The fish that we got was very fresh and tasty. There was... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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113 reviews 113 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Love this place for fresh fried seafood. Cant beat the outdoor seating on a nice day. Everything we've ever ordered there has been really fresh. Not the cheapest place around, but worth treating yourself to some great local fried seafood.

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Beaufort, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were looking for a place for lunch and noticed the long line at Abbott's and we were happy to discover Costello's basically right around the corner. You order your food at a window and are given a number which will be called when it is ready. There is a variety of fish to choose from but we decided the... More 

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East Lyme, CT
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80 reviews 80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Came here after we took a ride on the Mystic Seaport's, Sabino. During our ride we had passed this place, Ford;s Lobster and Abbotts. It was getting late and Ford's had a 45 minute wait and Abbott's was packed. We were the last patrons served at Costello's that evening which may account for the so-so food and slow service. I... More 

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NYC
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Right next to Abbott's, but better in every way. Better food, prices, and atmosphere. Come as you are outside seating, with cover from sun and rain. The kids who run it are sweet and attentive. I'll go back every time after a great summer day at Mystic.

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Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Great sea food in a setting overlooking the harbor. Not fancy, order down stairs, take a number and get your food when ready. Large portions, varied menu, blob or soft drinks available. Outdoor seating on two levels, covered.

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Lakewood, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

we go here every time we go to Mystic. It is actually in Noank, and most of the movie Mystic Pizza was filmed in Noank. Nice outdoor or under canopy eatery right on the river.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 145 Pearl St, Groton, CT 06340-5773
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Groton
  • Phone Number: 860-572-2779

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm

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