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Sea Swirl

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30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
+1 860-536-3452
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I got a chocolate dipped cone. The chocolate coating tasted like wax and melted so fast the ice cream was all over. I was there last year and serveral years before and it was always good. Maybe I'll try it again this year, otherwise I'll go to Dairy Queen.

Thank lisanap
Dallas, Texas
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We heard the clams were good, and the side of clam strips didn't disappoint. However, the clam fritters were a little disappointing (tasted fine but were more clam flavored than tasting the clams). I copied a lady in front of me and got the Cod Sandwich which was so fresh and delicious. If you have the time, sit over at... More 

Thank DRun23
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every year we stop for fried clams/oysters. We expect to pay market prices but were disappointed with the smaller portions. Food was fresh

Thank aj011508
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up in Mystic and loved going to Sea Swirl. It's still tasty as ever, from the hot dogs, to the clam fritters, to the cod sandwich. My husband tried the fish tacos and loved them as well.

Thank Amy G
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my family were looking for a good seafood place to eat while on vacation and found reviews for this place and they seemed good so we thought we would give it a try. Boy was that a mistake.When we got our food the fried oysters & whole belly clam portions were very small and the batter was still... More 

1 Thank lionlamica
Mystic, Connecticut
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62 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This place truly went downhill in last few years. New owners are awful. The help they get is downright rude and nasty. If you get there ten minutes before they advertise they are open to they will tell you to go away. Overpriced greasy food that is awful.

Thank danny b
Kelly A, Owner at Sea Swirl, responded to this review

Hi Danny, So sorry to hear you're unhappy. Our hours during the summer are 11am-9pm. We often are still serving food and Ice Cream until 9:30pm. Our staff is made up of mostly local high school and college students that are typically quite friendly. I'm sorry you didn't receive that friendly service we strive for. Our prices are competitive with... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I've heard raves about the Sea Swirl from folks who have gone there for generations, a local New England style clam shack, I can only assume they go there for the great ice cream. Traveling through Mystic we decided to stop in after many write-ups and word of mouth recommendations. We ordered Fried Shrimp, Corn Fritters, Tempura Battered Onion Rings... More 

1 Thank Ox G
New York,NY
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502 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I grew up in Mystic and grew up on the hot dogs at Sea Swirl. I'm not a fan of hot dogs but Sea Swirls is the exception. They still taste as good now then when i was a kid. Love this place!

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

Thank you! More 

Norwalk, Connecticut
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

This is a popular tourist destination with outside dining. I had avoided visiting this establishment but finally caved to see why it was a destination. I visited during a slow period; only one person in front of me. I was disappointed. I ordered a simple sandwich and it took nearly 15 minutes before my number was called. Additionally, I asked... More 

2 Thank sherwood77b
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is a walk up counter establishment with a varied menu of which most is sea food. The service was fast and courteous and my wife and I both ordered the fish and chips. It was a good size portion and very tasty. Fries also came with the order.. Seating is on picnic tables and there is a section with... More 

Thank joevala

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
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
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?