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Nicholsons

245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
02392815222
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Ranked #38 of 458 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
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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
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Food was alot nicer than expected pleasant surprise. Shame the location isn't on the seafront. Recommend a visit 100%

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Bath, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were staying at the G Boutique hotel not far away from Nicholsons. We wandered along to the restaurant without a reservation on a Sunday night. It was largely full with a couple of tables spare. Service was good and we ordered 4 tapas dishes which were all very tasty. The only small problem was the smoke coming from the... More

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Souhsea
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The atmosphere and buzz of the restaurant is superb. You can relax with friends. We normally eat the Paella which is well cooked and a one of the best I have tasted. The Spanish wine is affordable. We have eaten hear 4/5 times and the standard is consistent. A great party restaurant with good food. Not haute cuisine, but simple... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We go to Nicholson's fairly regularly. The food is always excellent and reasonably priced. The service is usually excellent with the exception of a couple of disappointing experiences when they've been really busy but on a normal day it's great. I'd highly recommend the tapas!

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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were recommended this lovely little Tapas bar by The G! Boutique hotel last weekend. As a walk-in, we were expecting to be turned away as it was busy even at 9.30pm but we were found a table and were so pleased we went here. Food and staff were excellent and we'd definitely return for seconds! The Ximinez liquer ice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I've been there two times, the food is always tasty and the service is flawless (the waiters are very kind and polite). Also, the prices are very reasonable!

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Orlando, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Nicholsons is a tappas restaurant located near the canoe lake in Portsmouth. While there we ordered the eggplant in tomato sauce (so good we could have liked the pan), pork satay (dry and not much sauce), mushrooms (nothing exciting here, we would skip these if we were to return), chicken/chiozo paella (ok - more rice than meat), and goat cheese... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Booked for a Saturday evening, just as well as it got very full. Top tapas choice, very helpful waiter, waitress. Food was well cooked with lots of flavour, the spinach, pine nuts, raisin dish was really good. Great place to go before enjoying music or comedy at Wedgewood Rooms.

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Bristol, UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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