Circa 81 offers an extensive menu of tapas and cocktails that is sure to entice guests of all tastes. Specializing in brunch, small plates, and larger entrée-sized plates, this Morehead City favorite features an eclectic selection of modern cuisine and area staples, such as steamed mussels, she crab soup, and classic clam chowder.

Local and regional ingredients, like Ashe County cheese, are utilized whenever possible, and the tapas-style atmosphere encourages patrons to try a selection of globally-inspired dishes. As a result, Circa 81 can cater to virtually all dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegetarian requests.

Visitors will also want to peruse and sample the extensive cocktail menu, which garners inspiration from its Crystal Coast environment with coastal favorites such as mojitos, sangrias and martinis – which are all available in a wide range of twisted combinations. Patrons can enjoy a cozy interior table, or settle into the warm wooden bar for a sample of cocktails and appetizers that inevitably change with every season. (A number of regional beers are also available by the bottle or on tap.)

With award-winning dishes overseen by executive chef and owner, Clarke Merrell, visitors of all palettes will effortlessly find something to crave at this small but locally renowned Morehead City destination, which is renowned for unique flavors and farm-to-table style fare. 


Morehead City
  • Monday11:30am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday11:30am-9:00pm
  • Thursday11:30am-9:00pm
  • Friday11:30am-9:30pm
  • Saturday11:30am-9:30pm
  • Sunday10:30am-9:00pm
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