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Sea Swirl

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30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
+1 860-536-3452
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 99 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 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 September 21, 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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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 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 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 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 September 4, 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 August 13, 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
Hammonton, New Jersey
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Lobster roll was delicious no mayo and it was cold. Price sounded a little high but for the amount of lobster was well worth it.

Thank John G
New London, Connecticut
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Love, love, love Sea Swirl. The absolute best scallops, direct from Stonongton (literally in their back yard)! I have had scallops in many places, but none are better, so big and sweet. This place is a summer requirement for anyone anywhere near the CT shoreline!

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

Thank you! We take great pride in buying the freshest local seafood we can! Enjoy and come back soon - we can't believe it's already August! More 

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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
$4 - $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
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?