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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 good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“tapas” (91 reviews)
“pot stickers” (12 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

I tried the Seared Sesame Tuna and the Medjool Dates along the bread service. The seared tuna was okay, but not super flavorful and I didn’t think it was worth the price. The dates, however, were delicious! There was a special of $5 mojitos on...More

Thank Hannah Y
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

The food was very good. We lost our waitress to the bar, which was not good. There was a plastic band in my vegetables. Nobody addressed it after I brought it to the hostess attention. It took a unreasonably long time for our dishes to...More

Thank shepherdsviewfarm
MNCMom, Owner at Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to bring your concerns to our attention. We are so sorry to hear you were not completely satisfied with your dining experience. Unfortunately, none of our staff understood or were aware of your concern with your vegetables. We certainly apologize...More

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...More

Thank Artistwriter50
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...More

Thank pacupo
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....More

Thank ncdawgdoc
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...More

Thank Nancy N
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
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch after browsing at the consignment stores. Sandwiches and sides were all very tasty. We ordered the pimento cheese as an appetizer. It was outstanding. It was different from the usual pimento cheese as it was smooth and creamy with just a...More

Reviewed 19 February 2018

Have a home on Atlantic Beach, and we go to Circa 81 with some regularity when on the coast. Food is exceptionally good, and the varied menu is interesting. Waitpersons are friendly, but the service is noticeably slow. Shouldn’t take too long to put together...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We love to get a few of the small plates. Always good and prepared well! Try the bacon wrapped dates and the duck plates!

Thank dingoI6904FH
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Joan T
24 June 2018|
Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
I think jeans would be fine. Atlantic Beach is a wonderful and casual place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 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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