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Nicholsons

245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
02392815222
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Ranked #33 of 438 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $42
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Bristol, UK
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We chose Nicholsons based on other reviews, and weren't disappointed. The service was prompt and good, the food very tasty, and Estrella Damm on tap was a bonus. If you expect a posh restaurant, you will be disappointed - it's a tapas bar, looks like a tapas bar, feels like a tapas bar! 5 or 6 dishes is more than... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I've always found tapas a bit boring, but evidently I've only ever had bad tapas. Nicholson's food was beautiful, lovely fresh ingredients. The restaurant has a nice relaxed atmosphere and great service, the waiter was very friendly and helpful Excellent value for money, I went early on a weekday - they had lots of offers on. Can't wait to return.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Good food with rich flavours. Excellent and friendly service. Tapas is great especially their Whitebait dish is delicious. Paella is good as well.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Tapas is my favourite type of food to have, and I have had many amazing tapas meals in Spain. My favourite restaurant in Portsmouth has to be Nicholsons. The atmosphere is friendly and cozy, the service is attentive, but above all, the tapas is excellent. I can't fault any of the dishes I have had here the many times I've... More

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Staffordshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Warm welcome, friendly service, good range of fantastic dishes with plenty of veggie options. Nothing more to say! Come and see for yourselves!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Food and service always excellent and great atmosphere. Really tasty and garlicky fresh food. Love it.

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Very friendly staff, pleasant atmosphere filled with Latin/Spanish style music, a varied menu reasonably priced. The food was good - I had the goat cheese and spinach dish which was very well prepared. The seating is somewhat crowded but not uncomfortable. A good middle of the road place.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We arrived a little earlier than our booking but were made to feel welcome and seated straight away. Service was efficient, although we were served by at least four different waitresses before our food arrived. The staff were helpful and happy to make suggestions The food was tasty and arrived quickly even though the restaurant soon filled up, catering for... More

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We visited Nicholsons last weekend for dinner. It's a nice place, and the service was good. But the tapas we chose were pretty humdrum. They all seemed a bit "flat" - no zing, none of that extra flavour that tapas need to warrant being such small portions. The tortilla was especially bland, but none of the veggie plates (and there's... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

The decoration suits the restaurant. The staff are quite busy. The food isn't really what children like to eat so it's best off (if you have children) to eat elsewhere. The food is a nice portion but slightly expensive. The paella is nice too! The food takes a long time to come but they were very busy. Overall, the restaurant... More

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