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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria

4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710
+1 252-648-8300
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“tapas” (84 reviews)
“brie” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4650 Arendell St, Ste C, Morehead City, NC 28557-2710
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every thing is always fresh! Great bar service, and mojito menu, the blood orange is the best! Daily specials!

Thank Lyndsey T
Reviewed 19 November 2017

This was overall excellent. We went to celebrate birthdays, and our server Paul was truly a fine dining server. He anticipated everything we could need, was so polite and explained each plate. We chose to tapas family style, which included the 1/2 family cheese board...More

Thank ChristineSaxton
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This was my first time at Circa 81 and I was at the coast for a long weekend. It was recommended by a trusted friend so we decided to meet there for lunch. The service was rapid but never rushed and as most people are...More

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Wonderful tapas! Brussels sprouts with Harisa olive oil were fabulous! Waiter Paul well versed in the menu. I've traveled from eastern to western NC, best food yet. Fresh and clean recipes that highlight the food!

Thank beccalee40
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Thanks to Trip Advisor I was able to take my Daughter, a local, to this place. Wow what a great menu. Super service and very reasonable prices.

Thank Tom A
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I have reviewed this restaurant at least once, but after our last two visits, I just think another review is in order! I can honestly say we have never been disappointed in any of our many visits to this restaurant. In fact, we have narrowed...More

Thank Tricia B
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

I had to review the brunch here because it's probably my favorite in the area now. We went this past Sunday at 11:00 a.m. I did make reservations, which was a good decision, because it became busy. I ordered the burrito. It was delicious. Loved...More

Thank buckeye2162
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We chose this place for the first night of our vacation and it will be a tough act to follow. It is tucked in a corner and not facing the road, so we almost missed it and I am so glad that we didn't. We...More

Thank SKing1224
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Diverse and inspired menu and changing specials. Always good quality ingredients. Wonderful wine list and wine stewardess (and wish I could remember her name). She knows the wines! This is a must-go for people who value a great dining experience. Often the owner will come...More

Thank Tricia B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Half bowl soup and half chicken prosciutto sandwich was the best I have ever eaten. Will go back and recommend to all.

Thank sandraKay702
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 8:00 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
  • E-mail
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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