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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
PRICE RANGE
$2 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this restaurant on the internet and were very pleased. The setting is nice, and service by Dani was very attentive and considerate. The wine list is small, but has variety. We do recommend looking closely at the label as we ordered a reserve...wine from the menu, but we found it was the same winery, but not the reserve - an adjustment to price was made without problem. We decided to select tapas and found most of them to be excellent. The madjool dates and the seared sesame tuna tapas were particularly good. The rosemary tapas was a bit bland, but otherwise well prepared. The she crab soup was good, but needed a bit of seasoning. Generally, this is a fine restaurant, and we recommend it.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed September 10, 2023

Intimate space with attentive servers and a very creative menu. It manages to be sophisticated, but not weird. We loved it and plan to eat our way through the menu!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 11, 2023

Large menu for brunch, $6 mimosas, sangria pitchers, service and food were both fantastic! One of my favorite meals during my entire stay in the area!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 2, 2023 via mobile

Food is PHENOMENAL. It was hot, flavorful, and cooked perfectly. The host was kind and accommodating. The service was top-notch and very friendly. 10/10

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 14, 2023

First of all, we have been here a good many times- always had great food. Not today, unfortunately. ABC sandwich (apple, bacon, cheese) NO BACON. 1 piece of cheese & soggy bread. Brie & Moo- meh. Key lime pie... tasteless. Disappointed 😢More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Liza Merrell, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2023

So sorry to hear that, please always let our team know so they can make it right or take it off of your bill. Feel free to email us directly so we can ensure we address this properly - clarke@81hospitality.com. Our apologies that we missed...More

Reviewed June 3, 2023

Always great food, great servers, great atmosphere! I love the seating, the location with very good parking.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 14, 2023

Sunday brunch on Easter Excellent brunch and service! Both our meals (French toast and Eggs Benedict) were delicious.! And the bar tender was making a Passion Fruit Mimosa that day --- wonderful!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 8, 2023

The tapas is wonderful, the wine is excellent and the service is the best. Actually reserved the one hightop table in the bar tucked away in the corner which made for a nice quiet dinner

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 12, 2023 via mobile

First visit to Circa 81. What a delight! I had the She Crab soup and Ashley Farms duck (a first for me having duck). Soup was perfect but please note it has nutmeg on/in it so if you’re sensitive to that flavor, you may not...like this soup choice. Duck was prepared medium rare if I were to rate it and that seemed perfect. It started it came with celery root, shaved fennel, potato purée and citrus. I didn’t realize that was just to enhance flavor. See photo. The other meal was the ribeye with asparagus, baby reds mashed, and garlics Demi glacé vs the mustard one. Also, a dinner salad (huge!). Steak was wonderfully flavored and perfectly cooked as ordered. Have we talked about the traditional Sangria yet? Wow!!! I do not typically enjoy fruity/sweet drinks but this sangria changed that! Yum!!! Service was kind, quick, and accommodating. Top notch!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed November 24, 2022 via mobile

This place is a real nice restaurant. IT’s atmosphere is really welcoming. Their food is phenomenal.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022 via mobile

Staff did an amazing job planning ahead for our family gathering of 31 people. They took orders ahead of time and had tapas and kids’ meals ready as soon as we arrived. The food was delicious as usual, and the staff was extremely attentive and...accommodating. Couldn’t have been more pleased. Everyone visiting from Illinois loved it! Some of their favorites were: dates, Brie, rosemary beef, tuna, Brussel sprouts, key lime pie, and raspberry cheesecake.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2022

Many thanks! It was our pleasure to help your family enjoy a dinner together. We look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed June 29, 2022

We had the ribeye and it was very good. If you go, ask to talk to Pete...he's from Boston and he's like a comedian, very fun to talk to.

Date of visit: June 2022
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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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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5