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Circa 81

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. Scroll down for a list of some of our purveyors. Circa 81 is also a member of the Carteret Catch program. Hear the Circa 81 story.

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 and semi-finalist in 2014). Circa 81 was also finalist for the 2011 Best Dish NC contest.


Other awards include: 2015 Favorite Chef -  Clarke Merrell (owner Circa 81/Dank Burrito) from Coaster Magazine Reader's Choice Awards, Best Eats on the Crystal Coast by Cooking with Paula Deen magazine, Clarke Merrell - 2015 Arnold Murray Small Business Person of the Year by Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Circa 81 has been named Open Table Diner's Choice 2011-2020. Circa 81 is also a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner and in the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame for earning a Certificate of Excellence every year for five years consecutively. 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. 

Circa 81 is also community and civic-minded; donating time, food and goods to numerous charitable organizations in the area. Giving back to the community that has embraced Circa 81 is an opportunity we are grateful to have.

Many of our ingredients come from: 
- Garner Farms (Newport, NC)
- Blue Ocean Market (Morehead City, NC)
- Allan Benton, Benton Ham (Monroe County, TN)
- Ashley Farms (Winston-Salem, NC)
- Ashe County Cheeses (Ashe County, NC)
- Nelson Blueberry Farm (Bridgeton, NC)
- Anson Mills (Columbia, SC)

- Heritage Farms (Goldsboro, NC)

- Lady Edison (Chapel Hill, NC)

- Spinning Spider Creamery (Marshall, NC)

- Old Mill of Guilford (Oak Ridge, NC)

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