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What pairs well with lobster rolls, ice cream or even pancakes? A sweeping view of the bay. But waterfront dining season is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it opportunity. Better take advantage: Here are nine of our favorite Hamptons restaurants on the water that dish up tasty food and A+ views.

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1. LA FIN

Run, don't walk to the newly opened La Fin. In the former space of Swallow East, Le Fin dishes out French inspired farm-to-table cuisine all day long. The crepes, lobster lettuce wraps and fluke credo are musts. Did we mention they have more than 100 bottles of wine? We’ll see you on the deck for a glass or two.

474 West Lake Dr., Montauk; 631.668.8344 or lafinkitchen.com

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2. THE BELL & ANCHOR

It would be easy to drive by Sag Harbor’s The Bell & Anchor without a passing glance. The little shack doesn’t look like much from the outside but inside is a cozy, upscale restaurant serving simple, but delicious seafood options with views of the harbor.

3253 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor; 631-725-3400 or bellandanchor.com

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3. MANNA AT LOBSTER INN

It’s not Hamptons season until you’ve had a few lobster rolls. Make at least one of them from the new Manna at Lobster Inn. Whether you want to sit indoors or out, at the bar or in the lounge you’ll find them all with water views. The eclectic menu of sustainable seafood options including that lobster roll, but also a trout carbonara (give it a try) and lighter options like a charred Cobb salad. Save room for the brownie waffle dessert.

5 Inlet Road West, Southampton; 631.728.5555 or mannarestaurant.com

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4. THE BEACON

Gather your girlfriends and head to the upper deck of Sag Harbor’s The Beacon. There’s no better place to catch up. This year, they’re offering a two-course meal for $75. Need help ordering? You won’t regret getting the Shrimp Tacos and Lobster Rigatoni.

8 W. Water St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-7088 or beaconsagharbor.com

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5. CRABBY JERRY’S

Not that you’d ever get tired of Hamptons dining, but if you need a change of pace, you’ll find a waterside breakfast more than worth the drive at Crabby Jerry’s in Greenport. Pair that Lobster & Egg Taco with bubbly mimosa and then spend the day exploring the quieter fork.

111 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-0627 or claudios.com/crabby-jerrys

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6. THE RAM’S HEAD INN

The charming Ram’s Head Inn recently reopened, and it has all the ingredients for a magical day or weekend. You’ll find farm-to-sea options at the restored waterside restaurant or pull up an Adirondack chair and enjoy the sea views with a cup of coffee, smoothie or sunset cocktail. The new all-inclusive Grass Pass gives day visitors access to a plethora of amenities including beachfront food and beverage services.

108 South Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island Heights; 631-749-0811 or theramsheadinn.com

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7. NAVY BEACH

Grab a Ginger Thomas, a refreshing vodka, ginger syrup, cucumber and lime concotion, sink your toes in the sand of the private beach, and enjoy some of the best sunsets on the Eastern Seaboard over a casual seafood dinner (the Maryland crab cakes are delicious) at Navy Beach. Reservations only this season, so get on it.

16 Navy Rd., Montauk; 631-668-6868 or navybeach.com

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8. RUMBA

Gather your squad for a leisurely afternoon drinking margaritas and mojitos (half off all day Mondays) at this Island style hideaway in Hampton Bays. This unfussy Hamptons spot serves up summer classics like tuna burgers, empanadas and wings all with Caribbean inspired twist. You can even arrive by boat and dock at the restaurant or grab the water shuttle from their sister restaurant Cowfish.

43 Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays; 631-594-3544 or rumbahamptonbays.com

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9. DURYEA'S LOBSTER DECK

For a romantic meal with your significant other nothing beats a Montauk sunset dinner at Duryea’s. Share a steamed lobster and a bottle of wine and reminisce about your first date.

65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2410 or duryealobsters.com

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