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The Italian Bar & Grill

30 Great Southsea Street, Portsmouth PO5 3BY, England
+44 23 9275 3058
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“ribs” (38 reviews)
“pasta” (32 reviews)
“steak” (38 reviews)
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Italian, Bar, Pizza, American, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
30 Great Southsea Street, Portsmouth PO5 3BY, England
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Quick and efficient service. Tasty food and good portion sizes. Toilets could be cleaner. Good varied menu. Lots of choice. They are keen on plastic straws - served in every drink, even in glasses of water. With so much concern around plastic recently, this was...More

Thank UrbanAngel5
Steve N, owner/manager/head chef at The Italian Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2018

Thank you for you review. Our toilets are usually immaculate so I will speak to my staff about that, it is impossible to police the toilets every 5 minutes but we do keep them in good order on a daily basis & I have actually...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

been here numerous of times over last 10 years and must say it is lovely here the steak is the best in town i cantbwait to visit next week

Thank gr8st1
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Wrong drinks served, cold food and hardly any seafood in the crayfish pasta then no apology when we complained to the management. Another "off night"?More

Thank cas2ff
Steve N, owner/manager/head chef/gardener/laundryman at The Italian Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Don`t you just love it when somebody creates an account just to make one complaint? These 3 fifty-somethings came into my restaurant at about 9.30pm last Saturday night. It was the bank holiday weekend & it was pretty quiet with the Champions league final on...More

Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

I have just got off the phone with Steve to congratulate him on being epic. I have been to this restaurant on a regular basis since it opened. I had the family party for my wedding here. I have always had the best service and...More

Thank Marie O
Reviewed 14 April 2018

My husband, 2 boys and I ate here on Saturday and had an amazing meal. We are not from the area so used Trip advisor to recommend somewhere local, it did not disappoint. The staff were lovely and the atmosphere was great. Would recommend and...More

Thank carla728
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We had a really enjoyable meal, the staff were friendly and the service was quick. My crayfish and prawn penne was delicious, and a massive portion. My husband had belly pork and it was perfect. Unpretentious, which we prefer, and plenty of space rather than...More

Thank jayne h
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Thank you for a cracking night with friends. The food, the ambience, the bill were all brilliant. This place has a very good menu, we booked a table for 6 and every starter, main & cheese board were spot on, not a single complaint. My...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Me and the Mrs out for our Anniversary chose this place at random What a good choice! Great food, Great service, Great cocktails

Thank John D
Reviewed 7 January 2018

called in on a rainy evening at the end of december, the restaurant is in an old pub and is fairly large and cavernous, so with only three tables occupied there was no atmosphere at all. Starters were Ok but main past course was badly...More

3  Thank TomBomberdill
Reviewed 5 January 2018

This is our all-time favourite for a Sunday roast. Brisket just falls apart and the roast spuds are cooked in goose fat with a touch of rosemary. Other top choice is the chicken & mushroom carbonara (have it with penne - less mess). Sundaes are...More

Thank Bob N
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Questions & Answers
8 March 2018|
Response from Steve N | Property representative |
I definitely don`t use flour on the roast potatoes & whilst my gravy isn`t gluten free I can look into a gluten free option if given enough notice, I just need a call a week or so beforehand & I will see what I can do.
26 August 2016|
Response from Steve N | Property representative |
We can cater for Coeliacs by either removing bread from some of the dishes like the Garlic mushrooms crostini or serving a burger without a bun or given enough notice I can buy some gluten free pasta & cook it separately... More
Leeanne G
14 April 2016|
Response from Steve N | Property representative |
Yes we do, they are for small children around 6 & under. We do a couple of pasta dishes including spaghetti bolognese, pizza & chips, chicken & chips & also sunday roasts They are all £3.95 & include a small drink & ice... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 Great Southsea Street, Portsmouth PO5 3BY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 23 9275 3058
The Italian Bar and Grill. Excellent New York style eaterie - combining a great bar with unfussy but stylish restaurant. The well-travelled patrons know good food - and you can be sure that everything is cooked fresh on the premises. If you can find a better rack of ribs this side of the state then let us know! Good quality, local, non-chain store restaurants can be hard to find. Relax, you've found one.
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