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Nicholsons

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245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
02392815222
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nicholsons offers some of the best value to be found locally, with a great...
Nicholsons offers some of the best value to be found locally, with a great selection of authentic Spanish tapas dishes and main courses including paella (served in a traditional paella pan), fresh fish and steaks. Open every day from 4.00 p.m Nicholsons is situated close to local bars, theatre and music venues and is just a short stroll from the seafront. At Nicholsons you can be assured a warm welcome, great food and friendly service. Booking is advisable during holiday periods and weekends.
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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dire was really looking forward to it but was disappointed

I visited for my 22nd birthday with 10 family and friends, I had always wanted to visit as I love tapas but it was mediocre and the service was appalling we where there for 2+ hours and was asked for our drinks order once! Won't be returning

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Mummawilliams
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I visited for my 22nd birthday with 10 family and friends, I had always wanted to visit as I love tapas but it was mediocre and the service was appalling we where there for 2+ hours and was asked for our drinks order once! Won't be returning

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Went here on the off chance one evening and was thoroughly impressed. Simple good food without fuss or fanfare. The service was good, with plenty of time between rounds. If you're stuck and need fodder any night go and get a plate. Worth the money.

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Wadhurst, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife and I were staying at a nearby hotel and ate here on one of the nights. As recommended by the waiter, we had 5 tapas between the 2 of us which proved to be spot on. The portions were quite generous and of excellent quality and good value for money. We went midweek so it was by no... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We walked up and down Albert Road and eventually selected Nicholsons - a good choice. The service was excellent and the food quality and portion sizes were very good. We had a lovely bottle of House Red to wash it all down. We went back the next night too!!

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Woking, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Where do i start? We were told about this restaurant before we visited the area, and were given rave reviews. As a couple we're not the most adventurous eaters so weren't sure if it would be for us. We soon forgot about all that as reading the menu brought lots of "that sounds nice" followed by "ooooos" and "ahhhhhs". We... More 

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were staying in the area and selected Nicholsons based upon the reviews here. We were not disappointed. It is fair to say that it was a little bit of a rocky start - we were not sure of the protocol and stood waiting for a while before anyone spoke to us. When we were finally greeted the man appeared... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love this restaurant - if you love tapas you need to try this restaurant. Lovely flavours and variety - massive portions so make sure you are hungry - would definitely recommend the garlic prawns! Love atmosphere, great service and lovely sangria!!!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Superb tapas. Well presented. Fresh, vibrant and wonderful flavours, will definitely be returning. A change to see a tapas bar that actually cooks tapas.

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Westcliff-on-sea
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Came here for a Valentine's meal. I had the same problem as the previous reviewer where they called out of the blue a week before the meal asking for a deposit. I couldn't give them one as I don't live close and was worried they might give our table away but they didn't, so the whole deposit thing was a... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Loved this place. It was our first ever visit to a tapas bar and we were very impressed. The beer, cider and were very good and not pricey. We ordered 6 dishes (the lovely staff suggested 5) and were stuffed. Every dish was lovely - highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 02392815222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 38
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

Nicholsons offers some of the best value to be found locally, with a great selection of authentic Spanish tapas dishes and main courses including paella (served in a traditional paella pan), fresh fish and steaks. Open every day from 4.00 p.m Nicholsons is situated close to local bars, theatre and music venues and is just a short stroll from the seafront. At Nicholsons you can be assured a warm welcome, great food and friendly service. Booking is advisable during holiday periods and weekends.

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