Here's when CT's lobster roll spots open for the 2022 season

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Sure, you can get lobster rolls year-round in Connecticut. But many Nutmeggers associate the sandwich with warm, sunny temperatures and outdoor seating, preferably with a water view. 

As spring continues and the weather improves, seasonal seafood restaurants are opening their doors — or setting dates for when they'll serve their first roll of 2022. Some eateries like Lobster Landing in Clinton, Ford's in Noank and Captain Scott's Lobster Dock in New London are already open, and others like Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, The Lobster Shack in East Haven and Shanks at Harborside in Clinton plan May returns.

Here's a collection of lobster roll spots along the Connecticut shore, from Fairfield County to the Rhode Island border.

 

 

Lobster Landing
Clinton

A hot lobster rolls and clam chowder at Lobster Landing in Clinton, Conn., on May 27, 2021.

A hot lobster rolls and clam chowder at Lobster Landing in Clinton, Conn., on May 27, 2021.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst CT Media

Open for the season. More information here

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock
New London

Cold lobster rolls at Captain's Scott's Lobster Dock in New London, Conn., on May 27, 2021.

Cold lobster rolls at Captain's Scott's Lobster Dock in New London, Conn., on May 27, 2021.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst CT Media

Open for the season. Hours are subject to change with weather. More information here

Ford's Lobster
Noank

Chef George adds lobster meat to a bisque bomb, which has 1/2 pound of hot lobster meat, at Ford's Lobster in Noank, Conn., on June 4, 2021.

Chef George adds lobster meat to a bisque bomb, which has 1/2 pound of hot lobster meat, at Ford's Lobster in Noank, Conn., on June 4, 2021.

Lisa_Nichols / Hearst CT Media

Now open Sunday, Monday, Thursday (noon to 7 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday (noon to 8 p.m.). Also open for takeout noon to 7 p.m.

More information here.

Szabo's Seafood
Shelton

Kim Morrissey, of Danbury, waits for her order of shrimp & chips from Szabo's Seafood during the Country Music and Food Truck event on the Green in Danbury, Conn, on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Kim Morrissey, of Danbury, waits for her order of shrimp & chips from Szabo's Seafood during the Country Music and Food Truck event on the Green in Danbury, Conn, on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
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Storefront now open Fridays and Saturdays. Szabo's Seafood Truck is also out and stopping at various locations throughout the state. More information here

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
Rowayton

A cold lobster roll and homemade potato chips at Rowayton Seafood  in the village of Rowayton in Norwalk, Conn., on June 2, 2021.

A cold lobster roll and homemade potato chips at Rowayton Seafood  in the village of Rowayton in Norwalk, Conn., on June 2, 2021.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst CT Media

Now open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Outdoor dining will reopen at the end of May. More information here.

The Crab Shell
Stamford

The Crab Shell Restaurant ,just across the West Branch of the Stamford Harbor from Harbor Point.

The Crab Shell Restaurant ,just across the West Branch of the Stamford Harbor from Harbor Point.

John Nickerson/Hearst CT Media

Now open daily. More information here.

The Lobster Hut
Milford

The Lobster Hut has both a "Lobster Salad Roll1" and a "Bigger Lobster Salad Roll" for lobster lovers.
The Lobster Hut has both a "Lobster Salad Roll1" and a "Bigger Lobster Salad Roll" for lobster lovers.

Now open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information here

The Lazy Lobster
Milford

The Lazy Lobster in Milford's "The Lazy Lobster Roll" was voted one of the best in CT. Succulent lobster is piled high on a fresh baked and buttered roll.
The Lazy Lobster in Milford's "The Lazy Lobster Roll" was voted one of the best in CT. Succulent lobster is piled high on a fresh baked and buttered roll.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. More information here

SoNo Seaport Seafood
Norwalk

Sono Seaport is a local favorite for raw bar and fried seafood.

Sono Seaport is a local favorite for raw bar and fried seafood.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst Connecticut Media

Open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. More info here

Clam Castle
Madison

David and Sloane Donahue with some of the offerings at the Clam Castle in Madison.
David and Sloane Donahue with some of the offerings at the Clam Castle in Madison.
Melanie Stengel — New Haven Register

Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. More information here

Guilford Lobster Pound
Guilford

Guilford Lobster Pound

Guilford Lobster Pound

Guilford Lobster Pound

Open Mondays and Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays noon to 6 p.m.; and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. The deck is expected to be open from mid-May through Columbus Day. More information here.

Sea Swirl
Mystic

Lobster roll at Sea Swirl Mystic.

Lobster roll at Sea Swirl Mystic.

Sea Swirl of Mystic

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through October. More information here.

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough
Noank

An "OMG Hot Lobster Roll" (front) and an "LOL Hot Lobster Roll" at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank.
An "OMG Hot Lobster Roll" (front) and an "LOL Hot Lobster Roll" at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank.
Lisa Nichols

Open for the season; hours fluctuate throughout the summer. More information here.

The Lobster Shack
East Haven

Arlene Crismale, left, and Nick Crismale, the husband and wife co-owners of the Lobster Shack, and daughter-in-law and manager Lisa Crismale, right, on the second-floor deck dining area at the new East Haven location. The Lobster Shack is opening Friday.

Arlene Crismale, left, and Nick Crismale, the husband and wife co-owners of the Lobster Shack, and daughter-in-law and manager Lisa Crismale, right, on the second-floor deck dining area at the new East Haven location. The Lobster Shack is opening Friday.

Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media

Open for the season. More information here.

Liv's Shack and Liv's Dockside Grill
Old Saybrook and Clinton

Liv's Dockside Grill in Clinton
Liv's Dockside Grill in Clinton
Courtesy of Liv's Dockside Grill

Liv's Shack will be open for the season on May 20, while Liv's Dockside Grill will open Memorial Day Weekend. More info: livsshack.com; livsdocksidegrill.com.

Shanks at Harborside
Clinton

Shanks, Clinton
Shanks, Clinton
Peter Hvizdak

Opening May 26. More information here

Stowe's Seafood
West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut - Sunday, May 02, 2021: Chris O’Brien of Stowe's Seafood of West Haven. It has at has been renovated and now has reopened and O’Brien waits to take orders.

West Haven, Connecticut - Sunday, May 02, 2021: Chris O’Brien of Stowe's Seafood of West Haven. It has at has been renovated and now has reopened and O’Brien waits to take orders.

Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media

Open year-round. More information here

LobsterCraft
Greenwich, Fairfield, West Hartford

The Heat Wave lobster roll, shown at LobsterCraft’s West Hartford restaurant, is prepared with spicy Serrano and habanero pepper-infused butter.

The Heat Wave lobster roll, shown at LobsterCraft’s West Hartford restaurant, is prepared with spicy Serrano and habanero pepper-infused butter.

Leeanne Griffin / Hearst Connecticut Media

Open year-round. More information here.

Westbrook Lobster
Clinton and Wallingford

Open year-round. More information here.

Flanders Fish Market
East Lyme

Restaurant is open year-round; a seasonal stand at Niantic's Crescent Beach is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More information here

Knot Norms
Norwalk

Hot lobster rolls at Knot Norm's in Norwalk, Conn., on June 2, 2021.

Hot lobster rolls at Knot Norm's in Norwalk, Conn., on June 2, 2021.

Lisa Nichols / Hearst CT Media

Open year-round. More information here. 

Match Burger Lobster
Westport

Match Burger Lobster in Westport offers burgers, lobster rolls and other seafood dishes.

Match Burger Lobster in Westport offers burgers, lobster rolls and other seafood dishes.

Thomas McGovern / Courtesy of Match Burger Lobster

Open year-round. More information here.

Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale
Madison and Westbrook

Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale booth in the Connecticut Building at The Big E in Springfield, Mass., on September 23, 2021.

Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale booth in the Connecticut Building at The Big E in Springfield, Mass., on September 23, 2021.

Lisa Nichols/Hearst CT Media

Open year-round. More information here.

Joey C’s Boathouse
Stratford

The Boathouse Lobster Roll, at the new Joey C's Boathouse restaurant on the Housatonic River in the Dock Shopping Center in Stratford, Conn. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
The Boathouse Lobster Roll, at the new Joey C's Boathouse restaurant on the Housatonic River in the Dock Shopping Center in Stratford, Conn. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.
Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

Open year-round. More information here.

Knapp's Landing
Stratford

Open year-round. More information here

Lenny's Indian Head Inn
Branford

Branford, Connecticut - Friday, May 15, 2020: Christopher Conlin owner of Lenny's Indian Head Inn, a classic New England seafood restaurant holds a 9-pound lobster at the new entrance on the back deck and patio to maintain an adequate entrance and egress to control social-distancing flow as people get their food as Connecticut restaurants prepare for a staged May 20th opening due to the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic.
Branford, Connecticut - Friday, May 15, 2020: Christopher Conlin owner of Lenny's Indian Head Inn, a classic New England seafood restaurant holds a 9-pound lobster at the new entrance on the back deck and patio to maintain an adequate entrance and egress to control social-distancing flow as people get their food as Connecticut restaurants prepare for a staged May 20th opening due to the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic.
Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media

Open year-round. More information here