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245 Albert Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR, England
+44 23 9307 2588
16:00 - 00:00
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Fri - Sun 12:00 - 00:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall a very enjoyable meal with some authentic dishes (salty grilled baby peppers reminds me of a holiday) and a great wine choice. However it doesn't quite have the family run charm that independent places like this normally have. But would I go again? Happily.

Thank Jon G
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Visited with my Better-Half before I went out on Tour last year, as we are both massive Tapas fans. Lovely little venue. They have some policies about large groups and pre-booking as you would expect, so check out if you want to do that. One point to note is that it is a horrendous place to park some of the... More 

Thank TravellingPerformer
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Went last night for my mums birthday, both food and service were excellent, reasonably priced authentic tapas, will definitely be going back soon

Thank joherman
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food. Brilliant staff. Very reasonable prices £100.00 for 5 of us. Would thoroughly recommend Nicholsons and will definitely be visiting again

1 Thank Sarah F
portsmouth england
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Myself and a group of friends ate here on a quiet Sunday night . The restaurant felt warm and cosy . Lots of tapas choice on the menu , we ended up choosing 3/4 each which we shared . The tapas were all delicious and nothing went to waste ! Service was friendly, will definitely return soon .

Thank lollie88
London, United Kingdom
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 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 3 November 2016

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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137 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

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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$12 - US$31
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?