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Sea Swirl

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30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
+1 860-536-3452
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11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Sea Swirl of Mystic was formerly a street side Carvel Ice Cream shop. It...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Tasty treats, lovely view over harbor.

Perfect soft serve cones dipped in butterscotch and chocolate. Many choices of more complicated ice cream delights, though we took it easy today.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
ElizabethS363
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Loved the outdoor ice cream stand where you eat at picnic tables. First time I ever had clam bellies. Creamy clam belly with crispy strip attached. Small boat of fried clam bellies was $20 with no sides or drinks. The Sriracha, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce were gratis. Delicious clams...highly recommend.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Just finished a Fried Clam tour of New England and I STILL have to say: SEA SWIRL has the BEST Fried Clams in New England!!! Just sayin'! And the Rhode Island Broth Clam Chowder is the best I've had in the Northeast!

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Mystic, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Sea Swirl offers OUTSTANDING seafood coupled with fast and friendly service; Mikaela and Kate were at the service window this visit. Located in historic Mystic, Connecticut on US Route 1; lunch, dinner, or a snack can be enjoyed just five minutes off I-90 (exit 90). My wife, a discerning judge of crab cakes, gives Sea Swirl a definite "thumbs up!"... More 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Perfect soft serve cones dipped in butterscotch and chocolate. Many choices of more complicated ice cream delights, though we took it easy today.

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

Thanks so much for visiting! Come back often and work your way through our long ice cream menu! More 

New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Sea Swirl is the Ice Cream place that the others in Mystic want to be. This is a classic outdoor ice cream place that sells other food to go. Most familes are there for the ice cream.

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

LOL! Come for the dessert but stay for the dinner! Thanks so much for visiting - we hope to see you again soon! More 

Bozrah, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Stopped in on July 4 weekend. Service was quick & friendly. Tad bit pricey. However, the absolute best fried whole belly clams I've ever had. They were almost creamy. Served with the usual fries & slaw. FYI, no hot lobster rolls, only cold lobster salad.

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Huntington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We have eaten fried clams in Newport RI, Cape Cod and Maine and can honestly say that the fried clams at Sea Swirl were the BEST we've ever had!! We shared a side order of whole bellies and couldn't get over how tender, crisp and large they were. Friendly counter service as well.

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

Wow! We appreciate the love, especially from someone who has been around the fried clam circuit as much as you! Please come see us again soon! More 

Reston, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We are up here for a wedding & my cousin suggested we all meet here for lunch. It is just as my title states, delicious grease. I had a codfish sandwich. My husband had the fried clam dinner. Everything was fried perfectly. The fries were crispy on the outside, just the way I like them. Do not park by the... More 

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Thanks for visiting! (Sorry about the window.) More 

Mystic Country, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Iconic local seafood stop known for fried whole belly clams and scallops, fish sandwich, plus lots of ice cream...soft serve has many many flavors...plenty of outdoor space to enjoy your meal under the tent by a small cove.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My husband has memories of this place from his childhood. We always stop in to get ice cream and sometimes a snack. we love it and it is a wonderful treat to see it still there every year.

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Additional Information about Sea Swirl

Address: 30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Phone Number: +1 860-536-3452
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Mystic
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Mystic
  • Phone Number: +1 860-536-3452

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?