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£10 - £25
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Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fantastic food, had a team meal and they accomodated everyones meal choices easily. generous portions and friendly staff. would recomend and will visit again

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nicholsons is the best spot for tapas in Portsmouth - a huge, yet delicious selection. Not only were they able to accomodate a large number of us for an event but the manager was able to accomodate our requests every step of the way and...was more than understanding when it came to last minute change of plans and our parties' needs. I would highly recommend Nicholsons for delicious tapas, cocktails and brilliant service.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

Spent the evening with friends after not seeing them since lock down….a cosy relaxed atmosphere….great cocktails to start followed by delicious tapas bbq ribs, belly pork and scallops & prawns skewers, aubergine bake always a winner!! Croquettes & Patatas bravas all very delicious 😋 and...generous portions….house red also very good. This is our go to place for always good food and great friendly staff…More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

Nicholsons is an odd mix, a sit down restaurant with a tapas menu. And it's great! A somewhat limited menu selection, but everything we tried was delicious. Fresh ingredients, innovative offerings, great value, very busy but friendly and swift service. Very highly recommended. SF: Herkullista...ruokaa.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

Having dined here whilst living in Southsea when the restaurant first opened I was excited to return some years later at the request of my daughter to practice her Spanish. Would it still be reminiscent of a sultry Spanish backwater? The decor has changed, more...modern and the unit has doubled in size - but yes, the quality is still there in the flavour and sublime subtleties of the signature dishes. Staff are knowledgeable & on the ball. Didn’t have paella this time but we shared 5 tapas dishes. During the weekdays there’s an offer included if you order 5 x tapas. This was plenty to share and we even took some home in a little box. Defo recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023

Not a bad place for a tapas lunch. I would recommend the Chick Peas and Chorizo. Dishes came out quite quickly so you can order a few and then see how hungry you are before ordering more.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

As Southsea residents, we’ve been to Nicholson’s several times, but this was our first time back for about 6 months. We were however a little disappointed compared to previous visits. After being seated, it took a while for our order to be taken despite the...restaurant being quiet (we went for an early dinner)….staff appeared to be distracted talking behind the bar. When our food did arrive, we had a couple of bits missing, which the waitress didn’t seem to realise until we asked. The food portions definitely weren’t as big compared to previous visits either, and the bread was very underwhelming, arguably stale. Sadly I don’t think we’ll be returning any time soon.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Manager Nicholson, Owner at Nicholsons, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2023

Dear Natasha L, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Nicholsons. As a local Southsea resident and a frequent visitor, your insights are invaluable to us. I am truly sorry to hear that your latest dining experience did not meet...More

Reviewed 8 October 2023

We went there for dinner with friends. The tapas was really good, the staff were really nice and the service was good. The place was clean and there was a nice atmosphere. We also had several cocktails, a nice evening.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023

Came down to Portsmouth for a one night stay whilst the car was having a new soft-top fitted and we stumbled across this gem of a restaurant for dinner. We were ravenous, and between the two of us demolished bread, seven tapas dishes and a...cheese plate, all of which were absolutely delicious, in particular I'd highly recommend the champinones al horno, morunos, chorizo frito al vino and patatas gratinadas. The cocktails deserve a special mention too (we managed four each) - passionfruit martinis and cosmopolitans were highlights. Bill came to £150 which is pretty good value considering that ~£60 was the food, the balance being cocktails and a solitary glass of port. Super friendly and efficient staff too - all in all a great place. I only wish I lived nearer to it, as I'd definitely become a frequent visitor.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Good selection of tapas and friendly staff. Prices are reasonable. Fully stocked bar. Booking advisable (we went on a Saturday evening and it was popular). Helpful waiting staff

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023

This place used to take pride in its dishes in what was an affordable, authentic environment. It's now gone up market with the prices to boot. 7.50 for a bottle of Fruity cider! The food ranged was somewhat enjoyable to drab, bland and dry. The...meatballs gave me every impression they were microwaved and the ribs were the worst ive ever eaten worldwide. The food came out quickly but almost too quickly for the amount we ordered which sometimes makes you think. Some things were decent but the lack of Padron Peppers in an authentic tapas bar is quite poor. 50 quid a head when members of the party weren't drinking means money could have been spent better elsewhere.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 10 May 2023 via mobile

2nd visit here, lovely restaurant and great choices for food and drink. Staff great and when there was an issue with one the dishes, dealt with it with no fuss and professionally. Tasty food.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

Great selection of tapes, delicious food, good wine ,relaxing atmosphere, most definitely a place to eat 😋

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 4 April 2023

Superb service, respectful and welcoming. Lovely ambience, tables spaced out nicely. Food was absolutely delicious. The warm spinach, pine nut and raisin salad was to die for. You will love every dish though, cooked to perfection.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 18 March 2023 via mobile

I family meal out at Nicholson’s and another wonderful experience. The staff are marvellous and we were well looked after by Darren 😊 We would highly recommend - and will be back again soon 🥗🫕🍲

Date of visit: March 2023
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Nicholsons is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5