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About Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Clarke Merrell's (Circa 81 Executive Chef/Proprietor) goal is for Circa 81 to provide creative, quality, & delicious food in a beautiful setting. Offering small plates that are perfect for passing around the table in true tapas style, our dishes are meant to inspire and engage our diners. So, start a conversation, relax, and enjoy a fresh take on cuisine. Clarke developed Circa 81 in hopes that guests will try something new and different and truly have a dining experience. Circa 81 offers great wine and cocktails too, with more than 30 specialty drinks on our cocktaileria menu. Our menu also includes medium and large plate selections - delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, local seafood and fresh-made desserts.
Circa 81 also offers take-out and catering - just contact us for more details.
Morehead City, NC 28557
Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Wed-Thurs: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2pm, full menu available all day Sunday until 9pm
Across from EJW Outdoors
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Circa 81 offers full service catering. Let us cater your next event. We will cook and clean, and you can take all of the credit. Think of us when you are planning your next, wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, office party, dinner party, baby shower etc. Also popular is our drop off menu. We will drop off your food so you can eat at your own leisure. This has been a big hit for the big family beach gatherings. Email Clarke@circa-81.com or call 252.648.8300 for your catering needs. Gather, Eat, Enjoy!
Big private lot. Will accommodate large vehicles
Taxi Cabs (sorry MHC does not offer public transportation)
We are located 2.5 miles west of the Atlantic Beach bridge in Carteret Village Shopping Center.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Host your next special event with us. We offer both private and semi-private setups for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, baby/bridal showers or just a special celebration. Email Clarke@circa-81.com or call 252.648.8300 for details.
Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria Ratings and Reviews
We were vacationing in the area and noticed an advertisement for Circa 81.
We had time to enjoy our martini before the bar area was closed for a private party.
The staff were friendly and service was good. There was plenty for f tapas choices; we chose the rosemary beef and the duck. Both were delicious. Since we were on vacation we splurged and ordered the key lime pie which was out of thIs world!!
great, adventurous cuisine along the crystal coast. in a geographic setting (Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort) where restaurants come and go too quickly and where the quality is usually subpar and the prices over the top, Circa 81 was a breath of fresh air. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but the quality and creativity is there to match. Plus, nearly all restaurants along the coast are overpriced, so at least here you get what you pay for. The tapas setting also allows you to be adventurous, as well as spend-thrift if money is tight, or enjoy smaller portions if you're not too hungry.
Our favorites were the pork belly, crab dip, and cocktails (Caipirinha and sangria). But the dessert was absolutely fantastic. The Key Lime pie is made fresh and was, arguably, the best slice I've ever had. And the turtle cheesecake was equally delicious.
The staff was very accommodating to our gluten-free needs.
We went to Circa 81 on a Sunday evening, where it is sometimes hard to find restaurants open in Morehead City off season - and we are glad they were open as we had a tasty, memorable, and very enjoyable dining experience. The drinks were great - generous pours and well made cocktails - and the tapas selections we made were exceptional across the board. We had been to Circa81 in the past, and thought it was a good - but not great - choice. After this time, it will now be at the top of our list!
Food was quite good but our server only brought 3 things at a time (it's a Tapas restaurant) and we each had something to eat or share - but the grouping was not as we'd have wished. However, we didn't understand that we should have been very specific at the beginning. so know what you want when! And ask for HOT coffee if that is what you want. Our decaf was cool. ..they happily corrected it.
This was a pleasant surprise for my family and me. My kids loved this place as well.
The food was authentically delicious!! The service was excellent, and wow! the homemade desserts were to die for. We loved it!! This is a must-go-to place, whenever we visit Morehead City again.
One of our favorite restaurants on the Crystal Coast. They have large plates and nightly specials but we almost always order from the tapas menu. Some of our favorites: the Chef's Tour of cheese and charcuterie, gambas al ajillo (shrimp, garlic, olive oil), medjool dates (with bacon and chevre), pot stickers, Brussel sprouts. Consistently excellent service.
Although there are some great places to get your local NC fried seafood in AB, Circa 81 sets the bar for dining in AB. Wife and I had another great experience and we've been to dozens of local spots. Great cocktails, NC cheese plate, pork, shrimp, and the she crab soup tonight. Doesn't matter if you're doing a date night, family night, bunch or just want a killer drink C81 has always been our go to.
We went to Circa 81 for my birthday with my friends, we were there for almost three hours and had a blast! Chef Josh came out to the table to say hello and wish me a Happy Birthday. We were not rushed, our food was good, waitress very good she understood we didn't want to be rushed , knew the menu.
Surprisingly great! Service was excellent as was food. Best Devils on Horseback and garlic shrimp we've ever had. Cocktails could be a little more creative but champagne mojito was delicious. Music playlist was awesome. Will definitely be back next time we visit Beaufort.
I went in for the first time because I've been buying olive oil from the owner at his Swansboro location. The prices of the food are great along with the presentation. My husband and I both ordered a version of their eggs Benedict and both agreed that the hollandaise sauce was bland. There wasn't really any flavor to it. I also would have like if my eggs had yolk (I thought eggs benedict always came with yolk but maybe that isn't always the case?). Overall, I would give it another try but order something else on the menu.
The owners have figured out the perfect formula... great food, nice ambiance, well-trained and friendly staff. Thank you for an AWESOME prix fine meal. The cold poached lobster was FABULOUS, the duck crispy and perfectly prepared, and the gateau was melt-in-your mouth good.
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