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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710
+1 252-648-8300
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (84 reviews)
“brie” (20 reviews)
“pot stickers” (13 reviews)
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4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose this place for the first night of our vacation and it will be a tough act to follow. It is tucked in a corner and not facing the road, so we almost missed it and I am so glad that we didn't. We...More

Thank SKing1224
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Diverse and inspired menu and changing specials. Always good quality ingredients. Wonderful wine list and wine stewardess (and wish I could remember her name). She knows the wines! This is a must-go for people who value a great dining experience. Often the owner will come...More

Thank Tricia B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Half bowl soup and half chicken prosciutto sandwich was the best I have ever eaten. Will go back and recommend to all.

Thank sandraKay702
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Stopped in Morehead City on our way from the NC coast. Discovered a real gem for Sunday Brunch--Circa 81. I enjoyed a twist on Eggs Benedict made with locally caught monk fish and topped with a lightly dressed arugula/fresh peach salad--Yum!!! A side of nicely...More

Thank SilkHopeTravelers
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Our family of four (even picky eaters) love this place. Have eaten multiple dinners and brunch and can't get enough. Their specials are perfectly blended flavors and I love their tapas so that you can sample multiple items. Cheese, wines and mixed drinks compliment this...More

Thank Todd J
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Take the time to find this hide-a-way restaurant, it is EXCELLENT! The food, the service and the value are all there and more. The food is SO fresh with many and very interesting choices. DO NOT leave with out getting probably the BEST Key Lime...More

1  Thank JacksonRandall
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We have been here on several trips to Morehead City and were never disappointed. On this trip we tried the special of bison short ribs that were excellent . You should also save room for dessert because the white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce is...More

Thank dtraveler29
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We had a late lunch here a few years ago and wanted to get back on our last visit and didn't make it. But, they have great small plates and an EXCELLENT drink menu. Go - you won't be disappointed.

Thank vjnjrnc
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Reasonably priced good food presented by friendly staff. We went on a Friday night and not very busy. It is far enough away from the beach to not attract the tourist crowd. I hope they can stay in business because I plan to return

Thank 465terryb
Reviewed 13 April 2017

After a week of work and ready to relax we decided to have dinner at Circa 81. Always pleased with the service and food. We had Shrimp & Grits, one of our favorites, Rosemary Beef, my fav and a couple of other plates. We always...More

Thank donlar
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$28
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
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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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