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Nicholsons

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245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
+44 23 9307 2588
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really delicious Tapas

We enjoyed a dinner at Nicolsons and were really impressed by the great food and quick service. The Chorizo in Red Wine was one of the best I have ever had - a must try!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
crazyseg
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a dinner at Nicolsons and were really impressed by the great food and quick service. The Chorizo in Red Wine was one of the best I have ever had - a must try!

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Thank crazyseg
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Following recommendations from friends and family, my wife and I went for lunch on a Friday. We found the tapas to be fairly average so probably won't return; there are better tapas venues in the area.

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1 Thank Roger A
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with a friend on his birthday, on spec, but it was a Monday evening so no problem getting a table. It was far from empty though, which is always a good sign. We hadn't been here for about 4 years - it had just slipped off the radar - so I'm glad we rediscovered it. There is a... More 

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Thank David J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a meal here last night, great food and attentive service. We decided to order a starter (olives, bread selection and the tastiest croquettes I've ever had), then for mains we had paella, meatballs, mushrooms, a chicken and chorizo dish and salad. Everything was full of flavour and came out in good time. The waiter who was working that... More 

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Thank Nathaniel H
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had always avoided this restaurant as it looked cold and unfriendly. How wrong I was. We went on a cold Thursday, early evening and when we walked through the door we were surprised by how warm the place was. We were greeted and seated by the friendly servers. They made us feel very welcome. We had four tapas which... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spur of the moment visit and so had not booked, arrived early about 6pm and was found a table. Chose from the 3 course set menu £12.50 (available before 6.30pm). Food was very nice as was the service, the staff informed us that the table was booked from 8pm but we never felt rushed. Really nice atmosphere, will definitely be... More 

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Thank Solent66
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's been a while that I visited an authentic Spanish restaurant and have an authentic Spanish meal. Nicholson tapas restaurant ticked all the boxes for me. The waitress, Irene was brilliant and kept her composure in spite of the number of diners coming and going. The only gripe that I have with this restaurant is their misleading pricing on the... More 

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1 Thank Tunde0
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Tapas tends to lend itself to small hot and cold dishes, but there is always the alternative Paella, big on flavour and piping hot. Paella de carne is a favourite of mine but by the time it arrived I had lost my appetite. This was not the fault of the chef, more a lack of communication between the kitchen and... More 

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1 Thank Simon W
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We were out on a Tuesday night, couldn't think of where to go to eat, then remembered that this restaurant had been recommended by a friend. Glad we came, very nice welcome when we arrived, nice atmosphere, good range of food, all well cooked. Nice wine, only drops one star because a couple of dishes were unavailable. We will be... More 

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Thank Littlecon60
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Overall this experience was good, nice place, friendly staff, very reasonable prices. I had 4 off the tapas menu, and while I'd have 2 of the dishes again, 2 of them were a bit lacking in what I expected. I would go back here again for a second chance, but they do need to make some improvements on their menu.

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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: +44 23 9307 2588

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 36
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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