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Sea Swirl

30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
+1 860-536-3452
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“fried clams” (34 reviews)
“ice cream” (41 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fast food
$$ - $$$
30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An okay place to eat but there probably is better in the area. Corn fritters where very heavy and dense with a few pieces of corn in them. The girl taking our order was not paying attention and asked us three times what we where...More

Thank capecodkaren009
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a walk up place, you sit at picnic tables that you share with others. The prices are okay, a lobster roll is $15.95 and is cold, but very good, a lot of meat. You can get clams, hot dogs, burgers and soft swirl...More

Thank susan822
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Inn at Mystic across the street and walked over for an ice cream. Very short walk. Many, many flavores to pick from and they also have food. Pina Colada ice cream great! Wait staff alittle slow but friendly.

Thank flip-click
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch at the sea swirl, which is just down the road from where we are staying. It was a beautiful afternoon & wanted something quick and to eat outdoors. The owner of the motel we stayed at told us it was where Rachel Ray...More

Thank Deb M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the 10 minute detour off 95. Probably our favorite whole belly clams in the United States. They're pretty expensive. The clam roll is worth the price. Clams are very fresh, the belly juicy. Other fried food is good. Have never tried the ice cream...More

Thank Mebent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch of clam chowder ($5) and clam roll ($14). Chowder was average. Clam roll was ok but way over priced for a hot dog roll and 5 clams. This is a shack with a few picnic tables outside.

Thank Tom W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Rhode Island broth clam chowder was so good that we had it everyday we were in town. The clam strip dinner was enough for two people. Very delicious. And the clam fritters...what can I say mmmm!

Thank suzzel691
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This place was always busy. We only stopped for soft serve ice cream, which was not very flavorful. And don't go for the added flavors because all it does is change the color of the vanilla ice cream, which didn't even taste like vanilla. My...More

Thank iksnir
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

When we return to New England (we moved away 25 years ago) we drive directly to Mystic and the Sea Swirl clam shack! The whole belly fried clams are Consistently prepared , lightly breaded , soft melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness! We also tried the lobster roll (tasty...More

Thank Sandyw248
Reviewed 10 April 2017 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...More

Thank Robert E
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Mystic
  • Phone Number: +1 860-536-3452
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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, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian options and more.
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