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“Keep away from Costello’s Clam Shack !! Go to Mystic you will find better places.”

Costello's Clam Shack
Ranked #12 of 121 Restaurants in Groton
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Description: Costello's is closed for the season and will reopen Friday of Memorial Day weekend at 11:30.
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Description: Costello's is closed for the season and will reopen Friday of Memorial Day weekend at 11:30.
New Hampshire
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Keep away from Costello’s Clam Shack !! Go to Mystic you will find better places.”
Reviewed July 30, 2010

We went to Costello’s Clam shack on Sunday July 18, 2010. Never been there before and NEVER will again !! We wanted a side order of Whole Belly Fried Clams and a side order of Fried Oysters and 2 cups of Clam Chowder. They said we don’t sell side orders of Clams and we don’t have Oysters, all we have are dinners. Hmmm we don’t sell side orders? Well you do have to put Clams in with the French Fries right? You just don’t cook them together. So why not sell side orders? So we decided to get 2 dinners of Clams and 2 cups of Chowder. What a mistake that was !! Got back to the car and opened up the chowder and started to eat it, it was more like onion soup with 3 or 4 pieces of clams in it. Next we opened up the clam dinners and said where are the clams? It was about 80% skinny little French fries and 20% whole fried clams. The bellies on the clams were so small they looked like clams suffering from anorexia. This so-called food cost $45.47 and you go away hungry or tired of eating mostly French fries, glad we had our Yellow Lab who loves French fries with us. How do the owner’s sleep at night knowing how they rip people off. The other reviewers liked the view and the atmosphere ha-ha your paying for it. Just go to Mystic, Stonington and so on, you see boats, water, and seagulls. Just get your side orders elsewhere and park near the water and eat, and the view is free.

Jim & Cheryl

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“Here is where you'll find the fried food Abbott's didn't have. Clams and shrimp are good. I find the prices are more...”
Reviewed March 5, 2009

Here is where you'll find the fried food Abbott's didn't have. Clams and shrimp are good. I find the prices are more than usual but the view is great here too. Watch out where you sit though. Best spots to sit are outside the deck or on the upper deck. If you sit under the upper deck watch out for spills from above!

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“Best view in Mystic. Typical fried fare.”
Reviewed May 22, 2008

Best view in Mystic. Typical fried fare.

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“Not as good as abbotts but good for those on a budget”
Reviewed January 20, 2008

Not as good as abbotts but good for those on a budget

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“Loved the atmosphere!”
Reviewed March 14, 2006

The friendly staff, great food, and awesome sights provided an enjoyable meal. If you are in the New London/Mystic area make sure to visit Noank's historical fishing village to experience relaxed fine dining by the seashore. Right next door to the Costello's Clam Co is the famous Abbott's Lobster in the Ruff - both restaurants will provide you with whatever your tastebuds desire! Great desserts too!

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