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Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria
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Ranked #7 of 129 Restaurants in Morehead City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$28
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Across from EJW Outdoors
Transit: Taxi Cabs (sorry MHC does not offer public transportation) We are located 2.5 miles west of the Atlantic Beach bridge.
Description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Easter brunch was creative and delicious. Our group had everything from traditional fare to the special of crab benedict. The service was friendly and attentive and worked as a team so there was no delay. Very reasonably priced. We are adding this to our list of favorite stops. We reserved on Open Table (good thing, there was a line) and traveled 50 minutes to try the restaurant, worth the time and effort. We will be back

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Thank Artistwriter50
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We went to Circa 81 upon recommendation from a local resident. We were not disappointed! We ordered a pitcher of traditional Sangria which was great. The she-crab soup was phenomenal! The rest of our selections were equally as good. The portions were larger than we expected, so you may want to order a couple of plates at a time. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area!

Thank pacupo
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for brunch. The restaurant was full, but we got the last open table. Service was attentive; food was delicious. I had the Circa 81 Eggs Benedict: 2 crab cakes served on grit cakes instead of English muffins. Nice crunch. My husband had a daily special of a duck breast omelette and said Mmmm! multiple times. They will let you have a single pancake or French toast if you want to try a sample of something else. The Bloody Mary's are spicy and delicious and were only $3.50! Nice atmosphere; delicious food and friendly, smart service.

Thank ncdawgdoc
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Maybe I was expecting too much. When a restaurant calls itself a "Cocktaileria" I expected them to have a better selection of liquors. The bartender was knowledgeable but didn't have the supply to back up her knowledge. The food was good, and the service was very good. I'm glad I tried this restaurant but I don't think I would go back.

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Thank Nancy N
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Good business or solo spot to eat. Great Tapas plates. Food is excellent and staff is friendly and helpful. If special tuna tacos are on the menu definitely order, but all the plates are great. Locals know. You should too. A favorite.

Thank Dan W
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