As beaches open up for the summer, favorite local seafood restaurants are also opening their doors to hungry swimmers, sandcastle builders and sun bathers. And for those who don\u2019t want to go far from the beach to find a meal, you\u2019re in luck. These eight restaurants are a stone\u2019s throw from the sand and waves of Connecticut\u2019s beaches. \u00a0 This funky seafood place is open year-round in West Haven. It\u2019s mere steps from the beach and serves all kinds of fresh seafood from fried stuffed lobster tails to scallops, clams, crab cakes and more. The pirate vibes are strong here with nautical decorations and skull-and-crossbone flags galore. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at 347 Beach St., West Haven. stowesseafoodct.com . Lobster Landing\u2019s Facebook page claims to have the best lobster rolls in New England. It also invites guests to bring anything the restaurant doesn\u2019t serve, like alcohol, desserts and sides. The menu sells lobster and shellfish by the pound, along with lobster rolls (obviously), sausage with peppers and onions, clam chowder and more. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday at 152 Commerce St., Clinton. Facebook.com\/LobsterLandingLLC . The Seagrape has been a Fairfield Beach favorite since 1983, serving typical bar fare such as sandwiches, burgers and baskets. The restaurant also features live music performances throughout the week. Check out the Seagrape Facebook page for a full schedule. 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1144 Reef Rd, Fairfield. seagrapect.com Flanders Fish Market of East Lyme powers this seasonal beach stand starting in late June (weather permitting), with daily breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon and lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast options are both simple and indulgent, with classic egg sandwiches and pancakes alongside lobster omelettes, Nutella French toast and crab cake Benedicts. At lunch, you can grab a cup of chowder, hot dogs, cheeseburgers or lobster rolls (both hot and cold) or indulge in fried fare, like clam strips or fish n\u2019 chips. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. starting on Saturday, June 20 at Chesterfield Road, East Lyme. flandersfish.com\/the-stand. This traditional New England clam shack has been open for more than 50 years. Easily identifiable from the bright yellow sign on Route 1, the menu includes classic shack food like lobster rolls, fried combo platters, cheeseburgers and fish tacos. The best part? Clam Castle has a BYOB policy and is dog-friendly. 11 a.m.-7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Monday at 1324 Boston Post Road, Madison. clamcastlect.com . According to its website, Lenny and Joe\u2019s opened in 1979 with just four picnic tables. Now, it\u2019s got a sea of seating, with a carousel to boot. Here, seafood comes broiled, fried, sauteed, on a roll or in a salad. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily at 1301 Boston Post Road, Madison; and 86 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Ljfishtale.com . Kokomos wants to give Connecticut guests a taste of the Caribbean, serving lobster rolls and fish and chips along with Jamaican Jerk chicken and ginger glazed tuna. Aside from that, the restaurant sits directly on the beach with loungers in the sand for people to enjoy post-meal. 11 a.m. to midnight daily at 88 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme. kokomosrestaurant.com . The Sandpiper\u2019s classic blue vinyl booths scream vintage New England, as does its menu, with items such as baked stuffed clams, zuppa di pesce and Maine steamers. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday at 161 Cosey Beach Ave., East Haven. sandpipereasthaven.com .