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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

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4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710 (Across from EJW Outdoors)
+1 252-648-8300
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have always enjoyed the food when I eat here. The pork is wonderful and the baked Brie really is a fantastic dance on your taste buds. Service is slower. Not a complaint, but ensure you can enjoy a leisurely evening. One complaint, I do not expect somebody to walk out and bring food to the table wearing a ball... More 

Thank LiftoffLeadership
Otway NC
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73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by for a late lunch. Food was excellent and presentation was great but the potions were very small. We were the only customers in the place and it seemed to take a long time to get our order. Place was clean and staff were friendly.

Thank Greg W
Havelock NC
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154 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love to come to Circa 81 after a long week at work and relax and enjoy good service and good food. We were told they had a few changes to the menu and at first we wondered did they take our favorite off the menu. Of course they hadn't but have added some wonderful new dishes. We tried 2... More 

1 Thank donlar
Tampa, Florida
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though right off Arendell St, we'd gone by this restaurant for years without trying it. We came out of the thrift shop across the parking lot hungary. The menu was wonderfully ample and there were specials. Hard decisions. When asked which of the Midsize Plate menu options would best represent Circa81, our waitress said the pressed chicken. We also had... More 

1 Thank J D B
New Bern, NC
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118 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We visited for the first time for an anniversary dinner. We were welcomed by a really friendly hostess with a great personality--I wish the waitstaff had been as personable that night. We ordered several small plates to share and were impressed with each one--standouts were the duck breast dish and scallop dish. Both were fantastic. Very fresh ingredients, interesting sauces,... More 

Thank nbchica
Beaufort, North Carolina
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in to try this place after some friends recommended it. We were everything but disappointed, the flavors came alive as we took each bite. We started with the crab dip tappa first. Not your typical premade crab dip from the local grocery store that so many coastal resteraunts try to pass off as homemade. It was baked in... More 

Thank Gene L
New Bern, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

For large plates the Mixed Grill is so blooming awesome. The seafood mac & Cheese is some down home to die for tapas item. Nothing on their menu is bad it is all so delicious and looks so pleasing to the eye. Keep up the great work.

Thank Marla H
New Bern, North Carolina
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We dine here often and it never disappoints. Food, service, menu variety, ambiance all are first class. This restaurant would compete in the fine dining tier of any large city. The tapas are all good. The vegetarian (sweet potato and black bean) quesadillas are excellent as are the pot stickers and potatas bravas. Wines by glass are generous pours and... More 

Thank PuddleJumper70
Morehead City, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Best place we have eaten for a long time! We are from Europe and really miss the quality of the food there. This food tastes great, looks amazing and service is perfect. Like the pace too. No hamburgers and fries but something different. Smaller portions (tapas) that enables you to try different things. We had the seared scallops, lamb chops,... More 

Thank 351tamara
Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Although the service was a tad slow, the food quality, size of wine pour and overall experience was excellent. My daughter is Vegan, and The Chef put something together for her that was delicious and sans meat or anything with a brain or feelings!

Thank James J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $28
American, Seafood, Gluten Free, Spanish
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
Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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
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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