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 less than a 15-minute walk from Oak Street Beach. 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, 10 a.m.-6 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. near the Clinton town dock.\u00a0 Facebook.com\/LobsterLandingLLC . The Seagrape has been a Fairfield Beach favorite since 1983, serving typical bar fare such as sandwiches, burgers and baskets. A 10-minute walk from Penfield Beach, the restaurant also features live music performances throughout the week. Check out the Seagrape Facebook page for a full schedule. 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m.Saturday and 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday at 1144 Reef Rd, Fairfield. seagrapect.com Flanders Fish Market of East Lyme powers this seasonal beach stand starting Memorial Day (weather permitting) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 5-minute walk from McCook's Beach, the Market notes on its website that the Crescent Beach Stand will "combine Crescent Beach classics with Fresh Favorites at The Stand."\u00a0 8 a.m.-4 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day at Chesterfield Road, East Lyme. flandersfish.com\/the-stand. This traditional New England clam shack has been open for more than 50 years less than a 5-minute drive from\u00a0Hammonasset Beach State Park. 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.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and Mondays 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 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. The Madison location is across the street from Hammonasset Beach State Park, and the Westbrook location is a 6-minute drive Grove Beach Point. Open daily starting at 11 a.m. 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 Soundview Beach with loungers in the sand for people to enjoy post-meal. The kitchen is open daily from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and the bar is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight\u00a0at 88 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme. kokomosrestaurant.com . Located a minute from the East Haven Town Beach, 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. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday at 161 Cosey Beach Ave., East Haven. sandpipereasthaven.com .