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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 05/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 05/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
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
PRICE RANGE
$2 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Bar, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 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, Gift Cards Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

Our second trip to this restaurant and did not disappoint. Great drink menu and the tapas plates were great (had the tuna nachos and brussel sprouts). The charcuterie board was beautifully present and a great section of meats and cheeses and pickled things.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 31, 2021 via mobile

Hands down one of most delicious dinning experiences I've had! Lot of flavor and small plates so you can try multiple items. Will be back soon. And can't wait to try thier sister BbQ locations

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 26, 2021

Six of us dined here for lunch. Varied and interesting menu. Excellent service. The food was delivered promptly and was delicious for all. The waitress was extremely attentive. I would certainly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2021

The only negative thing about Circa 81 is I don't live close enough to dine there often. The food was excellent in every way: portion size, creativity, taste, presentation and friendly helpful wait staff. The bruschetta was mouthwatering and brussel sprouts in harrissa were to...die for. Great, generous size cocktails too.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 17, 2021 via mobile

Wonderful lunch on patio. Delicious baked brie. My main course was a crab cake sandwich with sweet potato fries. It’s uncommon to find sweet potato fries and I am delighted when I do. It was all amazing and reasonably priced. Friendly employees, good atmosphere, a...great restaurant here. From a local.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 5, 2021 via mobile

The food here was mediocre at best. We ordered several tapas and the best thing was the capers salad- telling. As far as the “cocktail” menu what they mean is a list of sugar upon sugar upon sugar. Will not go back.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 28, 2021

Please ask for Mallory or Robin when you visit Circa 81. They are exceptional and know the menu well. The Pina Colada cheese cake is a must!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 18, 2021

Party of 6- reservations made. We had almost all the tapas and the charcuterie. The food was a 10, the service was a 10, the drinks were a 10. We sat in the bar on a Friday afternoon. We loved everything that we ate- the...seafood was delicious. Thanks for a great experienceMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2021

Thank you so much, hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed May 2, 2021 via mobile

WHAT A FIND! We were in Morehead City on a Saturday night. And our dinner turned into 2 plus hours at Circa 81. My wife, who has definite ideas about mussels, raved about her mussel appetizer. I had a Chef’s Tour charcuterie (1/2 as only...the bravest and hungriest would order the full size) with superior Serrano and Tennessee ham slices, cheeses and pickled veggies. I’d I mention the staff? Muy simpatico. Great cocktails and wines. Wish we could have gone back for a second night.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2021

Thank you so much!

Reviewed March 25, 2021

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent! Everything we ordered from the menu was delicious, would definitely go back again!

Date of visit: March 2021
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2021

Thanks so much!

Reviewed January 19, 2021

WOW - loved our visit here! My parents took us out for a leisurely dinner. We ordered about 12 different menu items and the pace was perfect. Tomato soup was rich with deep flavor. The beef was tender, the brie was amazing, and my husband...loved the special. The one thing we didn't care for were the ham hush puppies. Definitely will be back to try more of the expansive menu. It's a ton of fun trying new things!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed October 9, 2020

We sat outside, which was very nice (even though it was on a parking lot). The staff were all great and wore masks, the food was delicious, and there were many gluten-free options. We liked it so much we went back the next night. $5...wine on Wednesdays and $5 martinis on Thursday were a bonus!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2020

Thank you so much!

Reviewed September 2, 2020

Enjoyed the sangria. Tasty and loaded with fruit. Rustic Bruschetta was delicious. Seared tuna done right. Pork dumplings were pleasing. Cream Brulee was outstanding. Turtle cheesecake a winner. Good service. So many places in this area have staff not wearing masks. They were here and...felt comfortable there for dinner. Will return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2020

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed August 17, 2020 via mobile

We got take out through Door Dash, and we absolutely loved it! We got the pot stickers, shrimp and grits, lamb chops and raspberry cheesecake.

Date of visit: August 2020
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2020

Thank you!

Reviewed July 17, 2020 via mobile

We loved this place so much we came back the next night! Shawn and Kiera were our servers, they were fantastic. Everything was super clean, quick service, excellent food. Did I mention excellent food? Pork belly and grits, a big cheese plate. Get the half...size. Very nice wine 🍷 menu!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2020

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

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Frequently Asked Questions about Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

Yes, Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria offers takeout services.

Yes, Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria offers delivery services.

Yes, Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5