Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Circa 81 also offers take-out and catering - just contact us for more details.
This is what food should be, Circa 81 was absolutely delicious! We shared several things and nothing was a disappointment. The service was wonderful, everyone was friendly and every helpful. We will definitely be going back.
Wish there was more crab meat in the She crab soup, it was mostly just broth. Really enjoyed the hot crab dip though!
It may be our favorite restaurant in Morehead- we love the food, and the service is wonderful!
We frequent Circa 81 often. Always good food in a relaxed atmosphere. Great service and a super evening!
I went with a friend and had a great time sharing 4 small plates that were not really very small! We had tastes of the black bean queso with chicken, the fried cheese, the dumplings and my favorite, the shrimp in garlic sauce! Yum!
food was excellent. enjoyed that it was not really busy. fast service
Wonderful Birthday dinner for daughter. We have been several times but this was her first. She enjoyed being able to try different dishes. We had potstickers, black bean quesadilla, pork belly, duck breath, rosemary beef and I had the Poached Lobster with Risotto, delicious. Wonderful evening. Thanks Clarke , waitstaff and kitchen staff. You all are great.
This has always been a great place to dine. Highly recommended.
Service and ambiance were excellent! Will definitely be going back for dinner!
Both my husband and I got the Circa 81 Benedict (crab cake w/ home fries) and it was great! We also had a bloody mary and the brunch cocktail and both were excellent.
Always great food and great service. Love this place. We will be back again and again
Always excellent! The food, service, everything is always awesome.
Amazing. Service was beyond perfect and the food is better than anything in the area. Our food was strategically brought out at perfect times by what was ordered. It flowed perfectly. Personally blown away by the whole experience. I will definitely be back and have no problem referring anyone else that I know to share in the amazing food and extremely thoughtful and knowledgeable staff.
As always a five star experience. Food is always on point. Just a great place to go and relax and have a great meal. Don’t live in Morehead City, but when I’m there, this is my dining destination.
Christmas with friends
Great dining for special occasions (we went for both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve) or a good casual lunch.
We have been to Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria a number of times. This was our visit on a holiday. We were there New Year's Eve and the restaurant was packed. They were a bit delayed in sitting us and service was a little slower than normal, but it was well worth the wait. The food was absolutely fantastic! I had the brussel sprouts and the lamp chop. Both were amazing! My husband had the brussel sprouts as well and had the rosemary beef. I highly recommend this restaurant for a delicious lunch or dinner. The menu is original and a good break from the typical seafood fare you find in Morehead.
We’ve been coming here for years, especially on Holidays, our food was barely room temperature with every course. I mentioned this to our waiter and he acted offended. We never as much received an apology. The taste was delicious, the presentation was impeccable, however it was pretty much cold.
We choose this restaurant every time we go out. Service and food are AMAZING!!
We eat here every time we visit the coast, sometimes twice. We love the food. Extremely creative. Great staff also.
Awesome place! We’ll be back for sure!
We made resos and we're immediately seated by the hostess in a great spot. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, specials and wines. Service was outstanding and timed perfectly. Circa 81 just might be one of the top 3 eateries in Eastern NC.
Delightful as always
Has become our neighborhood go-to when we've had a busy day and want to relax with good drinks and thoughtfully prepared and presented, tasty food. Service is friendly and helpful.
Although the establishment is not known for vegan fare, our wonderful chef was accommodating and prepared several vegan options for us on our 26th anniversary. We were not disappointed. Would definitely go back again!
Wonderful birthday dinner! Food was amazing, service was great and the drinks were fantastic. Highly recommend for any occasion. In addition to many other small plates, we enjoyed the special feature which was the most perfectly cooked beef wellington. Amazing!
Each plate that came to our quiet table was like a piece of art, especially in terms of taste. Even a simple sangria had the perfect delicious balance of ingredients, as did every dish. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, precise with her words, explanatory, and very pleasant. She remembered it was our anniversary, and wished us well; this shows professionalism at one's job. Overall, this is our 3rd visit here, and we were not disappointed. It is worth the drive and every dollar.
Great place to eat, casual and clean. Easy to find. Enjoyed.
Took too long for service. Didn't even get offered any drinks. Bad when we made reservations.
We are locals so this is one of our top 3 restaurants we love! The food was phenomenal as always. I can never say enough about the quality of the food! It’s always perfect! Had a slight problem with our waiter. I believe he forgot to put in our cheese and meat tray (not the chef’s tour) as it took 40 minutes to come out. He was spot on everything else after that.
We've enjoyed this restaurant for several years. The quality is consistent. The menu is creative with something for everyone. Often the specials are unique and excellent. We recommend this restaurant to all our local friends. Looking forward to our next visit.
Awesome bar service and selection. Owner chatted with us. Dinner tapas were fresh, flavorful, and again the chef came to chat and be sure all was perfect. Will definitely return soon.
This is hands down the best place to go! The ambiance, food, and staff are all on point! Seriously don’t ever pass on this place. Everything is beyond excellent.
Great menu, food is excellent. A bit pricey for tapas. Tight seating but a nice indulgence for a date night.
Seated immediately by a friendly hostess. Had the NC Brown Ale--very good. Tapas were amazing--bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chevre, and chorizo/clams. We both had the beef tenderloin slices over a bed of mashed potatoes, with broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms--beef was cooked to perfection, very good meal. Highly recommend!
My wife and I dine out regularly and enjoy many good restaurants in our area. There are few restaurants, however, that have been able to put all the features together that define true excellence. Circa 81 has done this. They offer an interesting and varied menu that includes creative specials. For example, we shared a wonderful dish that included oysters in a delicious risotto. Every dish we’ve ever had a Circa 81 has been skillfully prepared and beautifully presented. The service is absolutely exceptional...knowledgeable, engaging, and skilled. While all of the staff is very good, we love Sonya and ask for her every time we dine at Circa...she is special. So, in summary, they’ve been able to get it all right...a wonderful menu with exciting and varied specials, a kitchen that prepares and presents every dish perfectly, and probably the best servers we’ve experienced anywhere (especially Sonya!).
We have been to Circa 81 every time we've been to the beach, several times a year. Always the Food and Service has been top notch. As we are in the area several times each visit, we eat at Circa 81 at least once, then try another restaurant coming to the conclusion we need to have all our dinners there.
The food is current, fun and executed with care by a talented kitchen. Clarke, owner, has given his chef the ability to create and use his imagination in the items on the menu. A very refreshing atmosphere where all can be proud of the outcome.
I have been involved in the Food and Beverage industry for more than 45 years and find Circa 81 a place we want to eat, always...
We LOVE Circa 81. It's a must do anytime we are in the area. The food is phenomenal. We've never had anything that we didn't like. My personal favorites are the brussel sprouts, the pork dumplings and the stuffed brie. We look forward to dining here again soon!
Great time and great food. Enjoyed two orders of the crab dip because the first order was so good we had to have more. Potstickers were yummy too. Sesame tuna had a bit too much sesame seeds and could have been a bit more rare. Vanilla and chocolate creme brûlée were fine as was the turtle cheesecake. Would definitely return in the future!
Food was amazing and so was the staff. Highly recommend and can’t wait to go again next summer.