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Restaurants in Portsmouth: things to know before you go

Discover that perfect south-coast dish with our guide to eating out in Portsmouth – we’ve answered all of your most frequently asked questions.

What types of cuisine are there in Portsmouth?

Whether you’re serious about seafood or bursting for a burger, Portsmouth’s restaurants serve just about everything there is to satisfy your craving. Find your next foodie fix from our top picks in and around the city below.

  • British. Enjoy British fine dining at Richoux, with homegrown options such as steak and seafood alongside other traditional fare.
  • French. Tuck into a feast of French cheeses, croques monsieur and moules at Café Rouge.
  • Italian. Enjoy pizza frutti di mare and pasta pomodoro followed by gelato at Bella Italia.
  • Mexican. Check out the chilli king prawns or sample sizzling steak at Chiquito, with a wide cocktail menu.
  • Thai. The Hamilton Arms Nava Thai offers soups and curries with rice and Thai beers.

What are the most popular types of Italian pizza?

Whether it’s served delectably deep or thin and crispy, pizza is a huge meal-time favourite in Italian restaurants across the UK. If you don’t know your calzone from your stuffed crust, read on to find out what tops the world’s favourite pizzas.

  • Margherita. The classic Italian pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella and oregano.
  • Romana. A fishy favourite stacked with tomato sauce, mozzarella and anchovies.
  • Prosciutto e funghi. A ham and mushroom pizza bubbling with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
  • Quattro formaggi. A very cheesy pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fontina, gorgonzola and parmigiano.
  • Siciliana. A regional favourite featuring tomato sauce, mozzarella, capers, anchovies and olives.

What's the best way to order a steak?

Everyone has their own personal preference – while some enjoy steak that’s well done to firm up the flavours, others prefer only the briefest of introductions between their meat and a sizzling pan. There’s no one way to answer this – especially if you’re visiting a quality steakhouse for the first time – so we’ve got a bit more info on each of the ways steak can be cooked below. And don’t be afraid to ask your server what they recommend.

  • Blue. Barely seared on the outside, cold and completely red inside.
  • Rare. 25% seared on the outside, dark red and cold inside, some juices flowing.
  • Medium rare. Over half seared, this steak is firmer, with a warm red centre.
  • Medium. 75% seared, firm with some pink showing.
  • Medium to well done. Lightly pink inside, but still moist.
  • Well done. Cooked until brown throughout and firm.

Which are the best restaurants in Portsmouth?

Ask around for recommendations on Portsmouth’s best restaurants, and you’re sure to get a list as long as the South Parade Pier! Narrow down your list based on what you’re in the mood for, and check out reviews online. Whether you fancy French cuisine or have a hankering for some old-fashioned pub food, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. But we would make a special recommendation – seafood plucked fresh from the water.

The selection of seafood restaurants in Portsmouth is obviously top-drawer thanks to its enviable location, so check out The Roundabout Hotel, which offers an enticing fisherman's catch as their fish dish. Relentless HQ Port Solent has a signature lobster dish to die for.