SEA VIEW SNACK BAR, Mystic - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor
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This place is temporarily closed. Closed for 2022 season. Since 1976 we've been serving Mystic residents and visitors a variety of fresh seafood sourced from Maine to Mystic. Enjoy fresh whole clams, calamari, sea scallops, fish, crab cakes and more. Local favorites include our lobster rolls and clam chowder along with fresh handmade burgers, long dogs, shrimp, chicken sandwiches, clam fritters, fresh salads and shakes. Enjoy your meal with a breathtaking view of the Mystic River. Centrally located on Rt. 27 between the Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport. We look forward to serving you!!
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront
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Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

My husband and I came here on our 1st night in Mystic for dinner and returned the 2nd day for a late lunch/early dinner. The staff are pleasant and the food is good. I had the scallop dinner on the 1st visit & enjoyed a...nice portion of fresh, not greasy, fried sea scallops with a side of fries (well done as requested) and coleslaw. The only issue, I wish the coleslaw was a larger portion. My husband had two long dogs on a toasted New England style bun with sauerkraut and fries. The sauerkraut was grilled so it didn't make the bun soggy & the dog nicely grilled. My husband's one complaint was that the only mustard option was yellow & not spicy brown. Our 2nd day we were looking over the menu and decided on the lobster BLT with fries and the chicken fingers dinner. My husband enjoyed the chicken fingers, they were crispy but not over cooked. The lobster BLT is pricey but worth it. I also ordered the unsweetened freshly brewed iced tea which was the best I've had in a long time. In addition the fact this venue is outdoors with a lovely view of the inlet is an added bonus. If I could, I would give the Sea View Snack Shack 4 ½ stars out of 5. Our only complaint is the tiny portion of coleslaw on the dinner and no brown mustard available.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 21, 2021

Very lovely view. I don't think I'm the best reviewer of this kind of place as I'm not a fried seafood kind of gal. This was our last stop before heading home and we picked it because it was convenient and had a stunning view....The food seems kind of pricy to me but it's probably just market. My fried clam strips were well- very fried. I wish they had lemon but I didn't see any. They did have other condiments. They were very busy. My mom had the fried scallops and I can't imagine why anyone would want their scallops fried but they were sizable scallops. Coleslaw and fries were just meh.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2022

Friendly staff; great location overlooking the Mystic River with limited parking and porta potty for those in need. Picnic tables not wiped after diners finish their meal so if a clean table is desired, collect a bunch of napkins and begin the chore yourself. Fried...clam roll is pricy as all you get is the clam roll. Portion not particularly generous; clams very small and without much clam taste. Fish and chip platter was OK. Clam chowder is very thick. All selections were not served hot. Doubt if a return would be planned.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2021

Very disappointed. This was our second visit in a row where the food was awful. The fritters were over done and maybe 1 or 2 clam pieces in the batter. Clam chowder was watery not creamy at all… potatoes were hard and undercooked. The chicken...sandwich was delish. Clam dinner paid 28.00 for and received more French fries than clams. Horribly disappointed and will not return. We have been going for years..More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed April 11, 2022

WOW, I don't even know where to start. I had the shrimp dinner and my wife had the scallop dinner. We spent $50.00 on the WORST, overcooked seafood I've ever experienced in my life. Did you know shrimp can be difficult to bite and chewy?...I didn't. Both the shrimp and scallops were dark brown. I considered taking it back, but figured if they couldn't get it right the first time, I just didn't want to chance a second. We bought a hotdog for our dogs, that was actually black and burnt. The only good part besides the view was the Xlarge root beers. I sat and fed my hard fries to the birds and actually threw out some parts of the shrimp that I couldn't chew. There was only 2 other couples there, now I know why they weren't busy. Save your money!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2021

Dined their tonight with my daughter. Whole belly clams were so overcooked we received small nuggets of clam jerky. My daughters fried fish had no coating or. batter and just dropped in oil, overcooked, and dried up tasting like grease. We ended up feeding our...food to the Seagulls. Very disappointing for this place representing Mystic.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed September 24, 2021

My wife and I stopped at this fried food place recently in Mystic. It is right next to Mystic Aquarium so gets a lot of people stopping by for a quick lunch or dinner. We tried the fried clams strips and the fish sandwich. Both...were were not very good. The clam strips were not cooked very well and had sand in them The fish sandwich was also not very good. The prices for the food was also very high for this type of establishment. I will not go back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 25, 2020 via mobile

We stopped here on a perfect September afternoon for a last chance for lobster rolls after leaving The Cape. The line was orderly, well spaced all wore masks. The 20 car parking lot quickly filled up and people parked across the busy street. We enjoyed...two wonderful lobster rolls, large pieces of lobster meat on a perfectly grilled frankfurter bun while sitting on a picnic table overlooking the Mystic River. There was also covered outdoor seating. My husband also enjoyed clam chowder (he gave it a 8/10). The hand cut French fries were crisp and tasty. For none seafood guests they also had hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, chicken tenders, etc. Not far off the highway, this is most definitely worth a stop.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 24, 2022 via mobile

Excellent location! It's located between the Mystic Aquarium and the Mystic Seaport Museum. It has incredible views of the Mystic River. Plenty of tables for the whole family, very organized and with fast service. Parking spaces are limited, but enough for the number of tables....Prices for meals ranging between $10-20. Almost $30 for the Lobster rolls. The fries are excellent and the fried seafood has both flavor and are not greasy. Great portions too.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed September 28, 2020 via mobile

As suggested in reviews we tried the lobster roll & clan roll platters with a side of chowder. Each roll was good. The soup was cool. When I brought it up the young woman behind the counter said sometimes things cool off and she could...microwave it for me. Eventually a fresh cup was handed to me. I didn't see staff behind the counter wearing gloves.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 22, 2020 via mobile

Fish greasy , roll stale, portion the size of a fish sandwich from Mc Donald’s was $8.50 plus tax, whole belly clam roll for 15 .95 was overcooked clam strips and about a 3 oz portion. Place is overpriced crap. Tourist trap stay away

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 13, 2020

I saw this place a few times and noticed it was always crowded. It is a snack bar where you walk up and order dishes you prefer, and they give you a number. I had the fish and chips which was close to $15 and...my friend had Crab cake sandwich, plus onion rings on the side. The food was ok a little pricey, but you sit at picnic tables right along the Mystic River. The water is right there, and you see the famous homes on all Mystic Seaport postcards not to mention the sun setting. Across the way there is another hut where they sell ice cream cones, cups etc. and the same thing you have more tables to sit and get a different view of the sunset. You can make this a casual dinner outing instead of dressing up and waiting a lot longer in the Mystic restaurants. I was there in late August on a weeknight also.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 5, 2022

After visiting the nearby Mystic Aquarium, it was lunchtime and we want a little seafood. With a great variety for everyone, it was nice to eat outdoors with the many tables and a terrific view of the Mystic River. We had Tuna Melt, Lobster Roll,...and Calamari Roll. The lobster roll was fresh, delicious, and tasty. The calamari roll has a nice batter on the squid tentacles and tubes. The tune melt was good and hearty. The service was efficient. With a breathtaking view of the Mystic River, I had GOOD EATS … at Sea View Snack Bar.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2021 via mobile

Stopped here with the family for a quick bite. It’s located outside with picnic tables and a great view of the river. There are no modern bathrooms - a port a potty is your only option. Food wasn’t great. The clam chowder was thin and...the clam fritter was mostly dough. We ended up not being able to eat the fritters. My daughter ordered the fried shrimp and they were actually the best thing that we had.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2021

We ate supper here on the first night of our recent road trip. It is an outside walk-up restaurant. All of the tables are outside picnic tables right by the river. The menu is clam rolls, lobster rolls, crab patties, fish and chips, chowder etc....Some people complain that it is mostly all fried, but we liked everything we had. It is not fancy but we enjoyed the stop. It is conveniently located right off of 95. The parking lot is small, but we found a spot. There are no bathrooms, but there are port-a-potties on site. There is a beautiful view of the river. We saw a very nice sunset on our visit. We would definitely stop here again as we pass by.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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SEA VIEW SNACK BAR, Mystic - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Sea View Snack Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5