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Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria, Morehead City, NC

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria

4.8
4.8
848 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

Clarke Merrell's (Circa 81 Executive Chef/Proprietor) goal is for Circa 81 to provide creative, quality, & delicious food in a beautiful setting. Offering small plates that are perfect for passing around the table in true tapas style, our dishes are meant to inspire and engage our diners. So, start a conversation, relax, and enjoy a fresh take on cuisine. Clarke developed Circa 81 in hopes that guests will try something new and different and truly have a dining experience. Circa 81 offers great wine and cocktails too, with more than 30 specialty drinks on our cocktaileria menu. Our menu also includes medium and large plate selections - delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, local seafood and fresh-made desserts.

Circa 81 also offers take-out and catering - just contact us for more details.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (252) 648-8300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Clarke Merrell

  • Catering

    Circa 81 offers full service catering. Let us cater your next event. We will cook and clean, and you can take all of the credit. Think of us when you are planning your next, wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, office party, dinner party, baby shower etc. Also popular is our drop off menu. We will drop off your food so you can eat at your own leisure. This has been a big hit for the big family beach gatherings. Email Clarke@circa-81.com or call 252.648.8300 for your catering needs. Gather, Eat, Enjoy!

  • Private party facilities

    Circa 81 can be used for semi-private events or rented out and closed to the public for events. Contact us for details on special event bookings.

  • Neighborhood

    Beaufort / Morehead City

  • Cross street

    Across from EJW Outdoors

  • Parking details

    Big private lot. Will accommodate large vehicles

  • Public transit

    Taxi Cabs (sorry MHC does not offer public transportation)<br /><br />We are located 2.5 miles west of the Atlantic Beach bridge in Carteret Village Shopping Center.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

gluten-free bread / gluten-free substitutions $1

Small Plates

    Soups + Salads

    Add grilled chicken for $3.99, grilled shrimp $6.99. Salad dressings: balsamic, raspberry or soy-ginger vinaigrettes, ranch

    • She Crab Soup$7.99

      made with jumbo lump crab and a hint of sherry

      • Tomato Basil Soup$6.99

        made with Beaufort Olive Oil Co. basil olive oil, fried goat cheese and citrus crema

        • House Salad^$9.99

          mixed greens, hard-boiled egg, tomato, and bacon topped with croutons, dressing of your choice

          • Sesame Tuna Salad*$15.99

            benne encrusted local yellowfin tuna, mixed greens, pickled cucumber, roasted edamame, soy ginger vinaigrette

            • Caprese Salad$11.99

              heirloom tomato, herbed mozzarella, basil, basil olive oil and 18 year traditional balsamic, smoked Alderwood salt

              Cheese + Charcuterie

              • Ashe County Cheeses^$10.99

                variety of North Carolina cheeses, table crackers, fruit chutney

                • Pimento Cheese with Biscuit Crackers^$6.99

                  • Jamón Serrano^$9.99

                    dry, cured Spanish ham by Redondo Iglesias, aged 18 months, sliced country loaf

                    • Benton's Ham^$9.99

                      cured and smoked Appalachian ham aged 18-24 months, sliced country loaf

                      • Lady Edison Dry Cured Spanish Chorizo^$9.99

                        with table crackers

                        • Chef's Tour^

                          variety of cheeses and hams, olives, seasonal pickled items, crackers, chef's choice of accompaniments

                          • Half Tour$24.99
                          • Full Tour$39.99

                        Tapas

                        • Bread Service

                          featuring Beaufort Olive Oil Co. Tuscan herb olive oil, 18 year traditional balsamic vinegar

                          • Small$2.99
                          • Large$4.99
                        • Green Olives$5.99

                          Castelvetrano, Italy

                          • Serrano Ham Hush Puppy$5.99

                            with malt vinegar aioli

                            • Hot Crab Dip^$10.99

                              with parmesan flat bread

                              • Shrimp & Grits$10.99

                                fried grit cake, chorizo sautéed shrimp & cajun cream sauce

                                • Crab Cake$10.99

                                  homemade with jumbo lump crab, served with lemon tarragon aioli, red onion marmalade

                                  • Pot Stickers$7.99

                                    pork dumplings, served with a soy ginger dipping sauce

                                    • Sweet Potato Quesadilla$7.99

                                      cream cheese, cinnamon, cumin, hint of cayenne pepper, sweet & spicy pepper jelly

                                      • Black Bean Quesadilla$8.99

                                        whole black beans, Monterey Jack and Havarti cheese, chipotle sauce, sour cream

                                        • Seared Sesame Tuna*$11.99

                                          wasabi and soy ginger dipping sauce

                                          • Potatoes Brava$6.99

                                            sliced potatoes, grilled to a crisp with a spicy brava aioli

                                            • Medjool Dates$8.99

                                              bacon, almond, chevre, sunchoke

                                              • Savory Stuffed Brie$9.99

                                                with pepper jelly & toasted walnuts, wrapped in puff pastry & served with warm French bread

                                                • Rosemary Beef*$12.99

                                                  asparagus, mashed potatoes, garlic demi-glace

                                                  • Gambas al Ajillo^$9.99

                                                    (shrimp in garlic) extra virgin olive oil, crostini

                                                    • Ashley Farms Duck Breast*$11.99

                                                      beets, celery root, shaved fennel, compressed apple, citrus

                                                      • Truffle Honey Pork Belly$12.99

                                                        smoked gouda cheese grits, toasted benne, pea tendrils

                                                        • Charred Brussel Sprouts$8.99

                                                          harissa emulsion, sea salt, lemon

                                                          • Asparagus$8.99

                                                            smoked salt, cured yolk, parmesan, poached egg, fine herbs

                                                            • Steamed Mussels^$10.99

                                                              with lime and cilantro

                                                              • Rustic Bruschetta$8.99

                                                                Benton's ham, fig, honey, citrus goat cheese, arugula, peach white balsamic

                                                                Large Plates

                                                                • Cavatappi Seafood Pasta$28.99

                                                                  shrimp, oven roasted tomatoes, spinach, Benton's bacon, pesto

                                                                  • Lamb Chops*$28.99

                                                                    fingerling potatoes, mint pesto, roasted broccoli, peppadew peppers, arugula

                                                                    • Seared Salmon*$25.99

                                                                      lemon-basil risotto, parmesan crisp, spinach

                                                                      • Ribeye*$36.99

                                                                        garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, lusty monk demi-glace

                                                                        • Mixed Grill*$32.99

                                                                          blackened Yellowfin tuna, pan seared duck breast, beef tenderloin, tobacco onions, wild mushrooms

                                                                          Extra Side Items

                                                                          $2.99

                                                                          • Potato Salad

                                                                            • Pasta Salad

                                                                              • Broccoli Salad

                                                                                • Edamame Succotash

                                                                                  • Sweet Potato Fries

                                                                                    • House Cooked Chips

                                                                                      Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                      What 848 people are saying

                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                      4.8
                                                                                      4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                                      • 4.8Food
                                                                                      • 4.8Service
                                                                                      • 4.6Ambience
                                                                                      • 4.6Value

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                                                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Amazing food! All dishes were outstanding, along with our server.

                                                                                      2. CK

                                                                                        ChrisK

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        We eat here on the regular, and it has always been amazing, but this visit was even better than the usual. Service, food, cocktails, always on point. Thank you Circa 81!

                                                                                      3. SF

                                                                                        SFgirl

                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                        Did not meet our expectations based on the reviews. The food was mediocre and not worthy of the prices.

                                                                                        Circa 81 Tapas & CocktaileriaResponded today

                                                                                        So sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. We hate to hear we missed the mark. We'd love to hear any specific feedback about your food and we're always happy to replace or refund your order. If you let us know the details on your visit I am happy to reimburse you for the items you didn't enjoy. Feel free to contact us directly! Thanks for taking time to share your feedback. Again, our apologies that you were disappointed. We hope to have the opportunity to address it.

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                                                                                        Yrodeo11

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        Impeccable service, great options, good food and desserts. Will be back.

                                                                                      5. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Wow what a great meal. The duck breast and its accompanying composition blew me out of the water; artistic plating and thoughtful flavors. The earthiness of the beet, the acidity and sweetness of the compressed apple, the tart pickled fennel….. a perfect compliment to a perfectly cooked duck breast. Im obsessed. We were celebrating my fiancé’s birthday and he very much enjoyed the salmon. Jamie gave us lovely service, she’s awesome. Much love y’all!!!

                                                                                      6. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        San Francisco

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                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        The food was great!!! Never disappointed!!!

                                                                                      7. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Perfect experience. Knowledgeable bartenders and servers. Food was excellent and presentation was even better. Had zero complaints. Make reservations if visiting the nearby beaches. Will go back many more times.

                                                                                      8. OT

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                                                                                        Greensboro

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                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Amazing food and cocktails! Fabulous find!

                                                                                      9. t

                                                                                        tammys

                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Great menu. Food was amazing. Great place for celebrating a special event.

                                                                                      10. D

                                                                                        Drew58

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        55 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        55 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Once again delicious food and drinks! And Connor was great !!

                                                                                      11. NC

                                                                                        NikiC

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Love this place it's awesome! Staff is phenomenal and so is the food!

                                                                                      12. GR

                                                                                        GeorgeR

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        We are spending our anniversary at the beach this year and opted for Circa 81 for our dinner. We have been going to Circa 81 since it opened and have never been disappointed. If you go, try the small plate of Truffle Honey Pork Belly with smoked Gouda grits. It is AWESOME! Thanks for another great dining experience!

                                                                                      13. LE

                                                                                        LibbyE

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Small, quiet, excellent food and service. We will be back!!!

                                                                                      14. SI

                                                                                        SouthernerInTraining

                                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Loved that we were able to get a same-day reservation. Our waiter was great: chatty but not intrusive; he also had really great recommendations on food and wine. The food was really good, too. I was disappointed with the gambas al ajillo; dairy is not my friend and they cook theirs in butter and oil, which is not mentioned on the menu. We will definitely be back, hopefully to try Sunday Brunch. Reservations are highly recommended as they are not a large establishment.

                                                                                      15. ES

                                                                                        EdwardS

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Walked in and we were greeted immediately. This was for our 24th wedding anniversary. The food and service was amazing. Very friendly and attentive staff.. Highly Recommend.

                                                                                      16. SB

                                                                                        SamanthaB

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Circa is always a great choice and Sean is the best! We always enjoy a Date night out at Circa 81

                                                                                      17. R

                                                                                        Robaroo

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                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Have each person in your party pick 2 or 3 small plates and share. You will not regret it!!!

                                                                                      18. P

                                                                                        Paddlegirl182

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Great variety and beautiful presentation! We ordered small plates of 6 different foods. We enjoyed them one at a time. Coconut mojitos were refreshing.

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                                                                                        Onceafannotnow

                                                                                        Philadelphia

                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                        overall2food5service1ambience1

                                                                                        Food: Outstanding Environment: Disrespectful staff to guests. Service: Cold. Waitress was blaming us for being the last ones. Noise Level: We were the last ones in the restaurant. The staff was forcing us out, by dropping plates on the tables. Watching a sports game, in the bar, yelling. Yelling over our heads, to one another. Because of this, we did not finish our intended dinner. Advice: DO NOT go there at 2:00. We did. They close at 2:00. The owners state they DO accept 2:00 seating. The staff does NOT want you there. You will be treated as we were

                                                                                        Circa 81 Tapas & CocktaileriaResponded on April 23, 2022

                                                                                        We hope that our direct response to you via email addressed your concerns and that if you would like to discuss further you will let us know. We have had a discussion with each of our staff to address your concerns and ensure that they understand the expectations. Again, our sincerest apologies for your disappointment and clearly missing the mark on your visit. We hope you will enjoy the gift certificate that we have mailed you and join us for another visit. Thank you for your time!

                                                                                      20. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        New to area and wanted to try a new place for Brunch. This was definitely a great choice. Very small place but excellent food and service.

                                                                                      21. H

                                                                                        Hilary

                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        As always, the service & food were excellent

                                                                                      22. M

                                                                                        Mayberry

                                                                                        Denver

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Great..food always great. Great atmosphere. Reservations held at correct time.

                                                                                      23. AS

                                                                                        AndrewS

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Good Food, Good Drinks, Great Service! Don’t miss out!

                                                                                      24. DP

                                                                                        DavidP

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        45 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        45 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        An absolutely wonderful restaurant with the all too rare combination of an excellent menu, beautifully prepared and presented dishes, and incredibly skilled servers. Perhaps the best restaurant in eastern North Carolina.

                                                                                      25. WV

                                                                                        WesV

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Service & food was great! Only problem was they didn't have any cold Michelob Ultra. Other than that great place.

                                                                                      26. OR

                                                                                        OakRidge

                                                                                        Greensboro

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                                        Food was mediocre. Was expecting the food would taste better based on the interesting options. Food wasn’t very hot either. Mixed drinks were great. The waiter was kind and prompt but a little too casual with his communication.

                                                                                        Circa 81 Tapas & CocktaileriaResponded on April 9, 2022

                                                                                        Thank you for sharing your feedback. We'd love to hear more about your visit specifically. Feel free to contact us directly. We always strive to provide an outstanding experience and are sorry to hear we missed the mark. Thank you for your time and we hope to hear from you.

                                                                                      27. D

                                                                                        Drew58

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        55 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        55 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Absolutely delicious!! The food , the drinks and the service - Connor was great!!

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                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Host was extremely friendly. we were seated right away and food was excellent! Love the dates!

                                                                                      29. m

                                                                                        mike

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        our favorite restaurant, friendly atmosphere, excellent service, hearty drinks and lots of good food choices. just a good place to enjoy really exciting food.

                                                                                      30. GG

                                                                                        GiGi

                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Dined on Sunday so we could take advantage of brunch and lunch menus. Great food and great service!

                                                                                      31. BI

                                                                                        BeachinIt1

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Great staff. Welcoming. Said goodbye. Sean was excellent waiter. Drinks and food were delicious, but then I have never had a bad meal there.

                                                                                      32. JQ

                                                                                        JoannaQ

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience2

                                                                                        Outstanding food & service. Ambience not great & restaurant is noisy. But overall a good dinner.

                                                                                      33. MM

                                                                                        MichaelM

                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Always a good stop and a quality meal. Usually get Tapas. Nic wine and cocktails.

                                                                                      34. TB

                                                                                        TadB

                                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        We sat in the bar area watching Duke loose to NC. The meal was great especially the crab dip and stuffed dates . The place is wonderful and homey

                                                                                      35. TP

                                                                                        TracieP

                                                                                        Wilmington

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Thanks again! Hope to see you all again soon. For anyone going, make sure you get the dates!

                                                                                      36. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                        overall2food3service1ambience4

                                                                                        What a letdown from our previous experiences here. The server was just awful - disinterested, ignored, nothing about the night’s specials, need I go on? Hostess Rebecca was pleasant as always and Peter is omnipresent with his professional and courteous demeanor (we actually tipped him out in cash vs. the meager tip left for our ‘server’). On Food side the crab soup was lukewarm (but no server to complain to) and the “cup” size was minuscule. The scallops small-plate while succulent was very meager for the $16 price. Not sure we would return. The wine list is full of great value selections. We treated ourselves to a fine bottle of Faust CS.

                                                                                        Circa 81 Tapas & CocktaileriaResponded on February 27, 2022

                                                                                        We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your food and service. We take great pride in offering both of these and are disappointed that we fell short. We will certainly address this with our team and would welcome the opportunity to discuss further if you'd like to contact us directly. Thank you for taking time to share your concerns and we hope to have the opportunity to earn you back as a valued patron.

                                                                                      37. KA

                                                                                        KAREND

                                                                                        Charleston

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        This is an awesome restaurant with outstanding food and service. Our server, Kira, is excellent.

                                                                                      38. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Greensboro

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                        overall2food4service2ambience1

                                                                                        Even though we made a reservation a couple of days in advance, they wanted to seat us at a very small table… very close to the door. The second table was in a corner that was very very dark. One of the servers even volunteered that he thought the space was too dimly light.

                                                                                      39. SB

                                                                                        SamanthaB

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 24, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Circa is always fabulous! Definitely my favorite restaurant!

                                                                                      40. LW

                                                                                        LaurieW

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on February 23, 2022

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        I enjoyed everything about this place! It was quaint, and well decorated. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and presentation was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this as a spot to check out when you are in town.

                                                                                      Safety precautions

                                                                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                      • Screening

                                                                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                      FAQs

                                                                                      Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 648-8300.

                                                                                      Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria is rated 4.8 stars by 848 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                      Google Map for Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria

                                                                                      4650 C Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557

                                                                                      Additional information

                                                                                      • Cross street

                                                                                        Across from EJW Outdoors

                                                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                                                        Beaufort / Morehead City

                                                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                                                        Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                        Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood, Southern

                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                        Casual Elegant

                                                                                      • Dress code

                                                                                        Casual Dress

                                                                                      • Parking details

                                                                                        Big private lot. Will accommodate large vehicles

                                                                                      • Public transit

                                                                                        Taxi Cabs (sorry MHC does not offer public transportation)We are located 2.5 miles west of the Atlantic Beach bridge in Carteret Village Shopping Center.

                                                                                      • Payment options

                                                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                      • Executive chef

                                                                                        Clarke Merrell

                                                                                      • Additional

                                                                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                      • Phone number

                                                                                        (252) 648-8300

                                                                                      • Catering

                                                                                        Circa 81 offers full service catering. Let us cater your next event. We will cook and clean, and you can take all of the credit. Think of us when you are planning your next, wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, office party, dinner party, baby shower etc. Also popular is our drop off menu. We will drop off your food so you can eat at your own leisure. This has been a big hit for the big family beach gatherings. Email Clarke@circa-81.com or call 252.648.8300 for your catering needs. Gather, Eat, Enjoy!

                                                                                      • Private party facilities

                                                                                        Circa 81 can be used for semi-private events or rented out and closed to the public for events. Contact us for details on special event bookings.

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