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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 went based off of a friends sting recommendation; it's her favorite place. We ordered the pineapple coconut mojo to and the cherry limoncello lemonade both were great. We also had the half chefs tour which was a tray of cheeses, meats and pickled items, which were all great . My husband had the crab and fried green tomatoes and I had the honey pork belly on Gouda cheese grits, which was equally as great. The service we received my our waiter Paul was the absolute best we ever received. Absolutely amazing.
Just had a casual birthday dinner with my wife and our 2 preschoolers. Always an adventure with the kiddos- but our server, Joe, was great. He got us out a bowl of their amazing mac and cheese very quickly and that settled everyone down. The duck breast was the highlight. Brussel sprouts and the beef tapas were very good. Highly recommend this place for everything from a regular night out to a special occasion- just wish they would stock a plain cheese cake! Also- the well documented gluten-free menu was highly appreciated.
While achieving excellence in any business is challenging, it is particularly difficult for restaurants. There are so many elements that must be managed skillfully. Circa 81 is one of the few restaurants in this area that has accomplished that goal. The menu offers a wide range of interesting and creative choices ranging from tapas to large plate entrees. The dishes are expertly prepared and beautifully presented. The atmosphere and ambience of Circa 81 make it a delightful physical environment. The service is extraordinary! We love Sonya and ask for her every time we dine at Circa 81. The ability to achieve excellence in menu design, meal preparation and presentation, atmosphere, and service is no small accomplishment and makes Circa 81 one of very favorite restaurants!
Great service and a wide variety of tapas to choose from - the ones we chose (bread service, hot crab dip, potstickers, the blackened tuna nachos, which was a special and to die for!, and a few other things) were all very delicious. Great atmosphere in the bar area, too. Quiet and cozy.
Had a great dinner. We shared everything so we were able to try a lot of different things on the menu. The duck and jamon serrano hush puppies were a stand out. Our server was very knowledgeable about wine and explaining all the dishes. Very polite and on top of all the details. Will def go again.
My sister and I drove from New Bern for the Sunday Brunch. It was delightful! They were busy so I was glad I made a reservation. The staff was very attentive and efficient. The food was fabulous. We go out to eat food that we don't cook at home, so Circa 81 certainly accomplished our need. I can't wait to go back
Terrific service, and best food I've had in the area this year. Overall - best experience we've had in Morehead / Beaufort area for Summer 2017. Our waitress was attentive, but not overly so. Was very quick to let us know what they were about to run out of, so we could reserve it (mac n cheese w truffles & fried soft crabs). We shared several (maybe 6?) tapas between 2 couples, and it was just right. I was impressed! And unlike too many places, it was not too loud. Easy to enjoy dinner conversation over very well-prepared food. Thank you Circa 81!
I have been going to Circ 81 for about three years now. Of course, I only go about twice a year when vacationing with my family in Atlantic Beach. We found out about it through a lady at the Beaufort Olive Oil and Vinegar Company (also highly recommended!) and found that, while pricey, the food is delicious! I cannot speak to the full meals but their tapas are wonderful! I recommend going in a modestly sized group and getting two tapas each and sharing among each other. The best, in my opinion, are the pot stickers, the sweet potato quesadilla, and the Medjool dates. Quiet and great service! The only downside is you will need a reservation. I would say make reservations a day ahead so you can get exactly the time you want.
Circa 81 is consistently exceptional in regards to their food and service. The specials and regular menu items are creative and prepared with fresh ingredients...when you order. The drink options are varied and carefully prepared. Our go-to restaurant for any occasion or no occasion at all. Highly recommended!
Moms' night out!! We chose Thursday night to take advantage of the $5.00 martinis. We ordered several items .. crab dip, pimento cheese, Brie pastry, shrimp & grits, pork tenderloin & rosemary beef. All were very good. There were 4 of us and it was plenty of food to share. A normal man would need 3 plates (tapas) himself to feel full. The ginger lemon martini was our favorite and a flavor combo we never thought to order before. It's not too sweet and very refreshing. We all agreed the pomegranate martini was too sweet. The other martinis were worth trying if you like fruity martinis. Yes, we tried all 6 or 7 on the martini list. Great night out with friends. Great drinks & good! To top it off we had a DD to drive us home.
Dined at Circa 81 on a Sunday evening. Always one of our favorite places and it didn't disappoint this time. Joe was our server and he did a great job! The three of us each ordered 2 small plates to share: scallops special, crab dip, shrimp & grits, brussel sprouts, pot stickers, and pork belly. All were delicious and over the top! Pork belly melts in your mouth and comes served over grits. Scallops were the evening special and were awesome. Finished the meal off with chocolate cheesecake and coffee. Couldn't ask for better food or better service!
I don't live close by, so a restaurant has to be good to visit and revisit, especially when Morehead City has many good restaurants from which to choose. Over the years, I have gone to Circa 81 for special occasions, as well as just to enjoy the food, especially the tapas. Receiving coupons also helps to keep them in mind when looking for great dining.
Circa 81 is one of our favorite restaurants. Last Sunday we both tried the special Benedict---a salmon Benedict that was absolutely delicious. I often have the Cuban Benedict, and the special Circa 81 French Toast is also one of my favorite dishes. I highly recommend this restaurant!
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