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5.3 /6 Excellent 36 Reviews

Don Claudio

Southsea Italian £££ +100
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About Don Claudio

On Jubilee Terrace you’ll find a little piece of Italy in the form of Don Claudio, a cosy and traditional restaurant serving up authentic pizza, pasta and other Italian classics. The perfect place for a family meal or a group get-together with its warm and welcoming setting, you’ll feel right at home at Don Claudio, even more so when you try the rustic cuisine. Begin with some antipasti like the calamari fritti, mozzarella caprese or the grilled tiger prawns with an olive oil, garlic chilli and lemon dressing. Then, tuck into some pizza, pasta or meat or seafood like the pollo alla Milanese (chicken breast with breadcrumbs in a cheese sauce) or the spigola al guazzetto (seabass cooked with garlic, chilli, olive oil and cherry tomatoes). A favourite among Italian cuisine loving foodies, spaces at Southsea’s Don Claudio can fill up. Book ahead to avoid missing out!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday Closed
Don Claudio, 15 Jubilee Terrace, PO5 3AS Portsmouth


36 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 36 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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3 reviews so far 6
10.07.2017 09:46

Our first visit to Don Claudio and my wife and I were most impressed with the standard of service and the quality of the food. We will be back again.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 09:25

WOW... what a fantastic little gem this place is.. Staff were super great & the made from scratch food was delicious & plentyful... The chefs were really on it.. Thank you for a great evening

1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 12:27

This was the second visit to Don Claudio and we will certainly be back! Excellent food, friendly and efficient service and a great atmosphere !

1 review so far 6
03.05.2017 12:41

Great welcome, great food. The menu was excellent, but the 'specials' were superb too. We had and early sitting but by the time we left, still relatively early, the restaurant had filled up nicely. Clearly a popular place, and its easy to see why.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 08:22

This is the 3rd time I have been to Don Claudio's, and it is a great little place. While it may be a bit tight for space inside, the atmosphere is good, the staff very friendly and welcoming, and the food is all delicious - not to mention the generous portions! The only (very minor) downer for me is that the menu seems to have remained largely the same for the past year or so, but they had a good selection of specials to choose from too, at regular prices!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 11:58

A convivial atmosphere, with excellent food, Don Claudio is like an eating experience with friends. The food was sublime, seasonal and very reasonably priced. If you want fast food, go to a fast-food outlet; if you want the real, truly authentic Italian culinary experience, then this is the place for you. Highly recommended that you book, and bearing in mind that Italians come here in droves to eat, this is a fantastic addition to the restaurant scene in Portsmouth.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 21:15

While visiting Portsmouth for a long weekend, I had booked an evening meal here for my wife’s birthday, it was a bit of a gamble as I have no knowledge of the restaurant or area but did so after checking online reviews and it certainly didn't disappoint, the food and service were excellent. The menu catered for all tastes with a good selection of dishes to choose from. As a vegetarian in an Italian restaurant I as usual had little difficulty in finding something to choose from the menu but my wife who is a generally a meat eater, on the night also choose a vegetarian option, we both agreed it was one of the best meals we had eaten out for some time. The only downside was that we were seated downstairs with two large and noisy parties, but it didn’t dampen the night too much.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 17:28

This was our fourth visit to this restaraunt. The staff have been helpful and friendly on each occassion. The food has always been excellent. My Fiancee has particularly enjoyed the sea bass. I can recommend the Steak which was cooked (rare) to perfection. The specials board always seems to have some interesting dishes. I have not tried the Pizza yet which is on my to do list. The owner is originally from Southern Italy so it's nice to have another authentic Italian restaraunt in Portsmouth.

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 10:41

We've been there several times since it opened and always been very impressed. Great tasty food, friendly and efficient staff. Can't recommend it highly enough! We love Don Claudio!

1 review so far 5
16.05.2017 09:19

The main restaurant is quite small and the greeting is friendly and warm. The menu has typical dishes Carbanara, Bolognese and Risotto. They also do a great range in Pizzas so they cater for all ages. Good sized dishes but don't expect a la cart. It is nice food and down to earth. Staff are friendly and chatty, wine is good too. For me it is ideal midweek supper.

2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 08:50

Very friendly staff and delicious dishes are worth more than one Michelin Star. Luckily person who own this restaurant didn't lose a head and prefer serving only a few customers and keep calm atmosphere with music in the background and nice smells from the kitchen in the very end, just behind our back!

1 review so far 6
01.11.2016 18:55

Had dinner on a busy Friday night. Superb service from very friendly staff who genuinely cared about our experience. The food was superb, authentic and plentiful. Overall, very highly recommended - a bit of a gem.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2017 09:43

A non chain Italian restaurant with Italian owners and staff is hard to find in Portsmouth. Excellent food and service. Swordfish was wonderful as was the vegetarian pasta dish. Look forward to our next return visit.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 09:16

An excellent and authentic Ilalian restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive but never seemed to be rushing us and the food was excellent, including the best tiramisu I have ever had! Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 23:18

Highly recommended. Superb meal, friendly attentive staff, best Italian restaurant, great choice in music. What more can I say. But don't just take my word,try it out yourself and I'm sure you'll agree.

1 review so far 5
16.07.2017 09:16

Attentive friendly staff with delicious authentic Italian food; what more do you need?!? My only criticism would be that the table we were sat at was right by the open door of the kitchen which interfered with the ambiance

1 review so far 6
10.01.2017 09:53

Excellent Service they looked after my daughter and her friends for her 16th Birthday Meal. They all left full of lovely food and as well as receiving wonderful service. Thank you

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 08:15

Fantastic restaurant. Staff were probably the best I've had the pleasure to meet in a restaurant. Food was also excellent. Go with an empty stomach as portion sizes were fabulous.

1 review so far 5
21.05.2017 07:31

Fantastic food and great service! I booked a table online at 7:33pm and arrived at 8pm and we were greeted at the door with a big welcoming smile! We will definitely go back again 👍

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 11:52

Lovely little restaurant, staff were very welcoming and gave a great service. Couldn't fault the food, probably one of the best Italian meals we've had. Will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 18:09

Great food! Lovely restaurant with very good service. I would definitely recommend it to a friend or somebody who would like to have a very nice evening dinner!

1 review so far 5
24.10.2016 10:06

Good quality food cooked to order. House red wine was really good. Friendly staff. Shame they have such little room upstairs where all the atmosphere is - and downstairs has none.

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 09:06

Delicious food and excellent service in cosy surroundings. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends. My partner raved about his tiramisu, best ever!

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 14:55

The staff were lovely,the food and atmosphere were very authentic almost like you sat in Italy.Great food,really enjoyed it. We would definitely go back again!

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 08:25

Excellent welcome, ambience, food and service. A very authentic Italian restaurant serving first class food, i can't fault it. I hope this place never changes.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 07:08

A small gem of a restaurant, serving delicious, unpretentious Italian food - the kind of food you really want to eat. Really friendly service too.

1 review so far 5
29.10.2016 22:59

Lovely, authentic food. Great atmosphere. Delicious starters, hearty mains. The steak was a highlight. A bit pricey but nice for a special occasion. Tiny tiny espresso for £2.25! x

1 review so far 5
19.10.2016 08:51

Lovely food and friendly service. Upstairs and downstairs. Quiet background music. Wine was amazing. Would definitely recommend. Thank you for a lovely evening. See you again soon.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 08:22

Excellent pasta. Friendly and efficient staff. Prices are very reasonable. This is a lovely restaurant although I find the downstairs seating a bit claustrophobic. Will go again.

1 review so far 5
31.05.2017 07:30

Very small inside food good got very hot as kitchen at the back staff good over all quite good very little space between tables not for us

1 review so far 4
19.12.2016 11:18

An excellent pizza in a too narrow restaurant. The table in front of the pizza oven is too hot, I suggest to bring the round table on an another place of the restaurant.

1 review so far 5
08.07.2017 08:35

Great food and service - good all round experience. I took two friends and we all had different meals - all were very good indeed

1 review so far 3
04.12.2016 07:46

Good service, my partner loved her seafood risotto, but sadly my chicken was raw and had to be replaced, staff apologetic and did not charge me for my meal and gave us free drinks.

1 review so far 4
13.05.2017 12:47

Very friendly and helpful. We were given a table downstairs and thought upstairs had more atmosphere. Food was good and we would come back again

1 review so far 2
12.04.2017 08:45

The restaurant staff could not be more welcoming but the giid was not up to scratch We received the wrong dish and the risotto was hard. They did apologise but not a good first impression