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245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
+44 23 9307 2588
16:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 16:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really find Portsmouth/Southsea a surprisingly good place to eat. Visiting our daughter at Uni we once again supplemented her diet by buying her both lunch and dinner. For dinner she choose this tapas restaurant. The food is authentic and the tapas pretty good. As I was driving I couldn't drink but this would be a good restaurant for an... More 

Hunstanton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to eat here last night but fully booked! Tonight very busy and beautiful food -tapas delicious : albondigas, chorizo, patatas bravas, Estella and cafe con leche.

2 Thank Mark B
West Sussex, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Poor service Overpriced food Smell of food in the restaurant. Bad ventilation. Staff seems to talk EXCLUSIVE spanish, they absolutely have no interest in looking after customers/ Food takes ages to arrive @ the table, my husband got his tapas, i had to wait 7 minutes to get mine. No appologies.Never to revisit

1 Thank lolipopbluebank
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

If you holiday in Benidorm this establishment will suit you down to the ground. Cheap and nasty with bad service and totally unauthentic dishes and doesn't seem to muster even ONE Spanish speaker amongst the waitresses. NB for the chef. A genuine paella valenciana does NOT have seafood amongst its ingredients - only chicken and/or rabbit.

Thank GordoSurrey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Nicholsons is an excellent place for authentic Spanish tapas. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and our waitress Natalia was amazing! Would recommend this place to everyone. Loved it

Thank Bia K
Brighton, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We went here for a special occasion lunch last week, on the day of the Southsea run, so we expected it to be busy which sadly it wasn't. Although they don't normally take bookings for Sunday lunch, the management were happy to reserve a table for us as we were travelling a distance. We had chosen this restaurant particularly because... More 

Thank Wendy L
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The food was ok but the paella was very salty and not very authentic at all. Having read the rave reviews did not live up to expectation. Would not go back.

Thank Kim H
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This restaurant is a must if you enjoy Spanish tapas. My favourite dishes are gambas al pil pil, chorizo al vino, albondigas and berenjenas gratinadas. Make sure you book as this restaurant is very popular.

Thank Carole W
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Great food and very popular despite it's slightly off-central location. Book to be sure of getting a table. Subscribe to their website for special deals. Typically Spanish choice. Great service. Somewhat noisy due to its popularity.

Thank MeandererEngland
Somerset, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Tuesday at 6.30pm. Even though by the time we ordered it was 6.40 we still managed to get the early bird offer of 5 tapas for price of 4. Great selection of tapas to suit all tastes. In fact so much choice we probably over ordered! The food came out quickly and every single dish was delicious.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
Mediterranean, Spanish, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?