Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria

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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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NikiC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I think I've found my new favorite food, I get surprised by something else! Crab stuffed flounder special is now the best thing I've ever eaten!

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EugeneB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

always one of the most creative and best in taste, value

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StephenV
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Creative selections.
Excellent customer service. Table is always ready.

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Larry
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made last minute reservations for two, they were outstanding, food was soooooo good can't wait to go back 🍽

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NatalieR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good!
Love when you can make a reservation thx

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good, waiter Sean was the right amount of talkative to make our interactions enjoyable. He kept our glasses filled and brought our food out hot and at good intervals.my family has a broad range of tastes. Vegan, vegetarian and two regulars and all got enough good food and enjoyed it. Waiter gave good service, have to say that more than once.

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JeffH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Evening specials were really good especially the seared scallops and edamame succotash.

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LauraJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server Sean was outstanding. So many items on the menu, we will definitely be back to try more.

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thanks so much!

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paulette
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!! Lemon Drop Martini was so good!!! Gouda grits best I’ve had!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa 81 always rates a 10 out 10 … best food and service in Morehead City!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thanks so much!

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NikiC
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is awesome every time, and we're regulars!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thank you very much for your support!

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AmyM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food was amazing, service was great. Very relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere. We'll be back. :)

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on July 21, 2020

Thank you very much!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We celebrated our anniversary with the amazing array of dishes. Ambiance is lacking but food more than compensates.

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JimC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Excellent food and very pleasant waitress. Really the only thing preventing an entirely five star experience was when either the chef or a cook came out and publically berated the hostess at the hostess stand in the center of the restaurant for something that probably could've been handled privately and not in front of customers. Otherwise wonderful, and we will probably return anyways because it doesn't make sense to withhold business that would benefit the rest of the pleasant and professional staff. Everything we had, which was quite a variety of tapas and a few drinks, were all excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful

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RobertM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service, Circa 81 is our go to restaurant for date night.
One of our favorite restaurants.

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otisjunior
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly people.
Loved the menu variety and the drinks as well

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yearly visit

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on June 25, 2020

Glad to see you back! Thank you!

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place with wonderful cocktails and food.

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were amazing as usual. Very well versed about their menu. We had our 6 and 8 year old and they were very accommodating and went above and beyond to make them feel at ease in a “fancy” restaurant.

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thanks so much - happy to serve guest of all ages :)

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BrandonZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We've been to Circa 81 several times over the years, and it never disappoints. Excellent food throughout the menu, and a calmer atmosphere than is often found in restaurants stuffed with tourists (like us).

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vipBabetteE
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the area and the menu and reviews sounded good. EVERYTHING we ordered was incredible! We had the buffalo oysters over blue cheese grits, bacon wrapped dates, pork belly, hush puppies, and tuna and everything was great! Would definitely go back if we are in the area! Nice surprise!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on June 25, 2020

Thanks, we look forward to seeing you again!

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Gurk
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience in every way!!!!!

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KimL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place for lunch in Morehead City. Good food and drinks in a nice setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a slow start on the service but it is a great place. I think they were just extremely busy and trying to get back into the groove since the pandemic. The food was outstanding!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on June 12, 2020

Thank you so much! So sorry to hear that you had a slow start, but we appreciate your patience and understanding!

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vipLovefinefood
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service as usual. Tapas delicious. 8 person party and everyone raved about the food.

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Pattim
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing. The service was great The person that seated us was ok. She just pointed at the table. Otherwise one of my favorite restaurants

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vipCourtnayB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Circa. We would love to see one in Raleigh so we could go there all the time. The truffle honey pork belly is my favorite but all the good is delicious! Can't wait to come back!

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AlexDummit
Acapulco
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was good! We enjoyed everything. Definitely the best meal we have had here.

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JoyF
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual the food was exceptional. Last 2 tapas were late in coming and brought to us by another wait person. I guess he noticed we’d been waiting a while. Did get a discount when I mentioned those 2 items were cold.
However this won’t stop me from going again and again.

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on June 12, 2020

So sorry to hear about the wait and those items not being perfect for you - thank you for sharing and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most consistent restaurant in Morehead City.

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Naomi
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas were amazing.All of the food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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ChristianH
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious with outstanding service. Highly recommend!!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipCJC03
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to be able to dine in again! As always, the food is outstanding and the service, especially Jamie, is spectacular!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you, we will share your feedback with Jamie! She is an outstanding team member! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!!!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you so much!

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RobertM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent service! Circa 81 is one of our favorite restaurants and we are delighted that they are open again.

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you very much! Welcome back!

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RobertE
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clarke and crew have excelled in bringing the best ingredients into the spotlight. Always on point. Service staff have always made the customer feel welcome. Hometown service, uptown food.

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you so much!

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DonN
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, amazing menu, excellent service, nice people!

Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Responded on May 27, 2020

Thank you very much!

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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 621 OpenTable diners.

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