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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

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4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710 (Across from EJW Outdoors)
+1 252-648-8300
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Clarkesville, Georgia
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I were on a date night celebrating our anniversary and Valentine's day. My wife had the she crab soup, crab cake and sweet potato quesadillas. I ordered the house salad with a soy and ginger dressing and the mixed grill. We also ordered the full Bread service with the Tuscan oil dip from our favorite oil company.... More 

Thank Jelle T
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One night we had takeout and on Valentines we had apps there. It's a great atmosphere on the inside and the staff we dealt with was super kind. We had seared tuna, beef tenderloin, Brussels sprouts, and cheese plate and they were all great! The bRussel sprouts had a bit much heavy cream sauce or something but otherwise delicious. And... More 

Thank brazzyfresh
Chocowinity, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here last night. From the moment we walked in til the time we left, it was an amazing evening. Our ginger and orange basil mojitos were a wonderful way to start. Our waiter, Joe, took care to instruct us about the tapas experience as this was a first for me. His recommendations were spot on. We had the... More 

Thank orientalnc9
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Circa 81 has been one of our favorite local restaurants but our most recent visit was a big disappointment. We visited with two other couples on a Saturday evening. We were seated promptly and drink service was prompt. After a bit of a wait we got to order. Some favorite items, including their outstanding crab bisque, were not available that... More 

Thank nauti2
MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about your concerns, we certainly apologize for any disappointment or frustration. We do make all of our items in house and sometimes those items sell out, I apologize if we were not able to offer something that you had wanted. The she crab soup is delicious and one of our best selling items. Unfortunately,... More 

Beaufort, North Carolina
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Just had our 3rd annual Christmas Eve dinner at Circa 81. Magnificent as always. The tapas menu has something for everyone and the quality is incomparable. Top that off with superior staff and a great meal is to be assured.

Thank Guy R
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We had our Christmas party for Sound Medical there last night! What a wonderful choice! The atmosphere was warm and cozy, the staff was inviting and the food was exceptional! The tuna was outstanding! Hats off to the chef! We had a wonderful time and will reserve Circa 81 for our event next year! Thank you for making our party... More 

Thank kensleync
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

My whole family loves Circa 81. Excellent food and drinks. We like to order the tapas and sit back and relax. We never feel rushed. The staff is very accommodating. I would try any dish they made. Can't wait to go back! First time I had dessert and it was yummy! Triple chocolate cheesecake.

Thank luvbnamom6
Charlotte, North Carolina
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I enjoy eating at Circa 81. The service has always been good and the foods have been very good. The menu usually makes me want to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things. I am seldom disappointed and that says a lot. At many places, I order a tried and true dish, because I hate to order... More 

Thank dombroskiw
New York City, New York
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The chef's special is always a real treat. Our family didn't have turkey for Thanksgiving and the chef's special was stuffed turkey. The portions are "right size". Just perfect size and your not your grandmothers turkey. I really enjoyed it and the the small oyster chowder. Again just enough and complex in flavors. This is not stock items off the... More 

Thank JGleeason
Punta Gorda, Florida
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The variety of dishes here are fantastic. Not only do you have the tapas which are reasonably priced, but you also have the option of some larger entrees. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Each dish has an unexpected counterpoint of flavor that makes them all so delicious! Try the tasting trays for local meats and cheeses.

Thank kwittkamp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$28
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710
    (Across from EJW Outdoors)
  • Public Transportation: Taxi Cabs (sorry MHC does not offer public transportation) We are located 2.5 miles west of the Atlantic Beach bridge.
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-648-8300
Focusing on providing guests with a great dining experience is what we do. Using some of the best ingredients from local providers, Circa 81 takes pride in offering a farm / sea to table menu as much as possible, supporting local fishermen and farmers. Circa 81 is also a member of the Carteret Catch program.

Circa 81 has participated in the NC Seafood Festival Chef's Tent and People's Choice Crabcake competition, the Beaufort Wine & Food Festival, and the Fire on the Dock culinary competition (where team Circa 81 was a finalist in 2013). Circa 81 was also finalist for the 2011 Best Dish NC contest. We have also been included in Cooking Light magazine (September 2011) and the 2012 NC Visitor's Guide. All of these great opportunities and inclusions are the result of a never-ceasing focus on outstanding food quality and service, plus lots of hard work.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?