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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2782
252-648-8300
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Ranked #5 of 101 Restaurants in Morehead City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Across from EJW Outdoors
Transit: Taxi Cabs (sorry MHC does not offer public transportation) We are located 2.5 miles west of the Atlantic Beach bridge.
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English first
Weems, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I visited this restaurant for lunch with three family members and what a treat. Promptly met, seated and attended. Menu is creative and mouthwatering. Service excellent. But best of all - the food. The mussels with cilantro and lime were some of the best mussels I've ever had. The mac and cheese with shrimp and scallops lives up to its... More 

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Seaford, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Adult family visit the day after Thanksgiving. Just as the name implies, an upscale tapas and specialty cocktail restaurant. Comfortable toned down and homey atmosphere. Very good service. Good selection of fancy flavored martini's and international cocktails (Brazilian caipirinha, LImoncello , etc). Good beer and wine selection as well. All kinds of meat, seafood, and pasta tapas, along with full... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Today a friend and I attended the special luncheon at the restaurant. It was our first time attending the restaurant and attending the luncheon. I hooe they have many, many more. Every course was wonderful, I couldn't begin to say which one was best. They all had portions that were delicious. Rutbaga soup? Who knew a root vegetable could be... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Food is a eclectic and excellent. We have had everything from lamb to various pork dishes to fillet. Everything is gourmet prepared and served beautifully. Brunch has amazing choices as well as traditional with a twist. Lunch has a wide variety of sandwiches in addition to the top us which will make your mouth water with the possibilities. Making a... More 

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Oriental, North Carolina
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128 reviews 128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

have not been to this restaurant in several months my wife enjoyed it so much she asked that we celebrate her birthday there. Last week. Service was excellent. Once again we were waited on by Lee great personal service. she remembered my drink a "Dry Rob Roy" hard to get one in the south. Tapas as usual fantastic. The baked... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were vacationing in Emerald Isle and heard about this scrumptious restaurant!! We had 6 tappas the goat cheese risotto with lobster was mouth watering yumminess. We loved it so much we came back the next day to try all the other selection we weren't able to the first night. Every bite was full of flavor. The chef has a... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Two of my girlfriends and myself ate lunch here on a Friday afternoon around 3pm. She was the only person working out front, which is normal given the time of day. Well, about 2 more tables of people came in after us and she(Jessica) worked so very hard to keep everyone happy. We thought she did a fantastic job! The... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Great variety of dishes. She crab soup may have been the best I've ever eaten (even in Charleston). Salad was fresh and dressing (balsamic vinaigrette) was delicious. Tomatoes were disappointing - should have been able to get wonderful tomatoes at this time of year). Cheese plate was so-so. We didn't have cocktails but the menu looked great and we will... More 

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What a lucky find. We love tapas bars and until this find believed the best was the Global Grill in Pensacola Florida Circa 81 is a rival. We were fussy about our seating, but the hostess was very accommodating . Leigh was our server and she did a professional job. The tapas that we ordered were outstanding. We both thought... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visited the area for the first time ever. Truly enjoyed our dinner at Circa 81. Food was excellent and innovative. Service was excellent. Tapas choices were fun and delicious! Portions were large enough to really enjoy each dish. We will definitely visit again when we come back to Morehead City.

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Additional Information about Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

Address: 4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2782
Phone Number: 252-648-8300
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Tapas

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