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Carter & Co, Southsea, Portsmouth

Carter & Co

4.4
4.4
582 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Tucked away in the heart of Southsea and steeped in history, we are a vibrant Restaurant & Bar serving top quality British and European inspired cuisine as well as exclusive spirits, artisan cocktails and great wine.

Housed in a beautiful grade two listed building and full of character, we have a choice of rooms to dine and drink in, so we are the perfect destination for all occasions whether it is lunch, dinner or drinks.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, European, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 12:30–22:30 Fri 12:30–23:30 Sat 09:30–23:30 Sun 12:00–19:00 Breakfast Sat 09:30–11:30
  • Phone number
    023 9400 8103
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Southsea
  • Cross Street
    Between Elm Grove & Castle Road.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 582 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hampshire

    Great for brunch

  • Hampshire

    Good for business meals

  • Hampshire

    Good for business meals

  • Hampshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Hampshire

    Hot spot

  • Hampshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Hampshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hampshire

    Romantic

  • Hampshire

    Lively

582 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made to feel very welcome and nothing was to much trouble will be visiting again.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality food and ambience! Steak was superb! Would definitely recommend and will be back again!

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  3. DarrenS

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked a table for 1630 to be told on arrival there was only the chicken or vegan wellington roast options available. I wasn’t expecting this limited choice especially after receiving good reviews from friends. Neither of these were suitable for 2 of my party. The waiting staff looked like they didn’t want to be there and this showed in their service. Wasn’t asked if we’d like a second drink! After looking forward to this meal we all left disappointed.
    Carter & CoResponded on 1 May 2024
    Dear Darren, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to leave a review we take all feed back very seriously, due to the Portsmouth football parade on Southsea common unfortunately we sold out some of our food items a lot earlier than anticipated, we have fed back your review to all relevant staff. Would it please be possible to email manager@carterco.co.uk with some more details about the service you received so we can look in to this. Kind regards, Carter & Co

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  4. Fergie

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous Sunday lunch. Thoroughly recommend their roasts, great veggie selection, decent gravy and a huge Yorkshire pudding. Treat yourself to the cauliflower cheese too. A perfect neighbourhood gem, thank you Carter & Co.
    Carter & CoResponded on 1 May 2024
    Dear Fergie, Thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you to the venue again soon, Kind regards, Carter & Co

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really like this place but I think I’d come more often if the menu changed more frequently.

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  6. Fergie

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous Sunday lunch at Carter & Co. Sad to hear others have not had a great experience here, never been the case for us. Absolutely our local neighbourhood treasure.

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  7. SilviaS

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Ester lunch ruined. We booked a table to enjoy a family lunch together. Unfortunately, because of the waitress and staff kitchen mistake, we received the food after 90' with people around us arriving after us, eating and leaving. The staff apologize few times without sorting the issue out in a prompt and professional way. They made our Easter day. I don’t raccomend in busy days. It is a shame as the place is really nice!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed with the food this time Ordered Tomahawk steak to share. It wasn’t very nice, couldn’t chew quite a bit of it. It was really tough. I pointed this out to the waitress who told me “that’s expected. “ We have eaten the same dish before & it was lovely. I don’t think her response was very good.

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  9. Helen

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s been a couple of months since we’ve been to Carter&Co and unfortunately the Front of House team were not as efficient as the previous team. We had to chase up service as the team were not attentive as we had normally experienced. We might as well have not been there! Sorry but the team lacked customer awareness.
    Carter & CoResponded on 3 April 2024
    Dear Helen, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to leave a review, we take all feed back very seriously, firstly I would like to apologies that you felt disappointed with your recent visit at Carter & Co, Southsea, after reading your feedback I will be implementing extra training this week for the front of house team including the importance of customer awareness, if you would like to discuss your feed back further please email us on manager@carterco.co.uk

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  10. KeithF

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service as usual, was first class, staff very efficient and friendly

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  11. GaryC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice food at a reasonable cost. Would recommend to others.

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  12. LouiseN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were lovely, cocktails delicious. Food was good. Although the Cauliflower Dahl was VERY dry and a little bland.

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  13. Outandabout

    Liverpool

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Bit disappointed with the atmosphere and food. Had bavette steak and it was very chewy. Sat in the bar side which was fine, as we had our dog with (reserved the table in advance there) but tables weren’t set up cosy and prepared. Very dull. Was excited to try the place but I won’t be returning now that I have. Observed a group of girls on a table near us who waited 20 minutes for their shared bottle of wine to arrive. Could hear them unimpressed too.
    Carter & CoResponded on 28 February 2024
    Hi, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to write this review. We take all feedback seriously and this has been fed back to the relevant staff, Please email us on manager@carterco.co.uk if you would like to discuss this further. Kind regards, Carter & Co

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  14. MarkP

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good atmosphere, good service , good food , becoming a favourite destination !

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  15. RogerG

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately our visit was spoiled by a mixup in the kitchen which resulted in our mains being somewhat under par for this establishment along with a stale ginger pud it was a bit of an eventful evening. However the manager apologised and removed the said items from our bill and along with a free glass of merlot saved the day. Not a great evening but I think a one off as I have eaten hear before and the food was much better previously

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  16. AudreyA

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food too its time to arrive and was below average. I did mention that my salmon coconut curry was more a Lime curry but didnt have time to wait for something else so i ate what i could. Chicken wings were like something you would get in a cheap pub food. Service was a bit slow

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked a table for Valentines night with the fixed 3 course menu and live music. We informed the restaurant we are both vegan. When we arrived the musician was walking out the door and they had ran out soup for the starter, which was the only option for us. We were told they couldn’t do anything else and brought bread and hummus. The main course was too salty also. Upon payment there was no consideration for not having the starter and we were expected to pay the full amount. This was despite being told otherwise by the staff. Overall a big disappointment for the cost.

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  18. Jmc222

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really poor standard. Couldn’t eat the main meal as was undercooked and poor quality

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  19. Fergie

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fish & chips! Service as always sublime. Thank yiu, we will be back x

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  20. Helen

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere & customer service. The staff are welcoming and very friendly Food is fabulous. Highly recommend.

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  21. markh

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and incredibly attentive service made for a lonely night out.

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  22. clareB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here with my children last night and it was amazing! Staff were extremely friendly, helpful and attentive, nothing was too much trouble. We had a truly wonderful evening and will definitely be returning.

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  23. RebeccaJ

    Hampshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely pre-theatre lunch with tasty food and good service. Just what we needed - thank you.

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  24. Heidim

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the Sunday roast. We had the pork belly

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  25. ChristopherB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our main courses were ok but considering the price expected something better. The dessert, a ginger pudding for £9, was very poor! A very underwhelming dining experience, apart our waiter, who was fantastic.

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  26. RoseS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic experience for my husband birthday. Food was delicious and well presented! Cocktails was perfect and the service by Hernrico was outstanding. Definitely is one of our new favorite place to go. We can't wait for the summer to enjoy the facilities outside, look Absolutely lush.

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  27. walker

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent venue in the heart of Southsea, an exceptionally decorated ambient warm welcoming restaurant; With polite friendly efficient staff who display a refreshing willingness to please. As you will appreciate I, we love this place, the service is great the food wonderful and the atmosphere convivial. It is with great unease I whole heartedly recommended this place as I would like to continue using it and would prefer it not to be fully book but also understand it should be.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly Impressed with the overall experience, from the food to the service, I was very happy.. thanks

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  29. DarrenN

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from start to finish and very good food. Atmosphere is lively with a constant buzz. Food was superb. Had a great night.

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  30. NikkiC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit and we’ll certainly be back very soon - loved the food, great atmosphere and cocktails were fab! Thanks for a great evening!

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  31. Fergie

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect, food, drink etc for an impromptu evening out. My main course of the rib-eye almost too big! Thanks to all the team for another grand evening x

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  32. HayleyT

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very very slow service. Had one drink the whole time we were there, nearly two hours. Had to chase twice and physically go and get someone to come to our table just to get the bill. Nice place and lovely food, but the above really let it down

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  33. ElaineL

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & service . Staff were very attentive and friendly.

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  34. RachaelD

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service and great food. Gets quite noisy with large groups

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  35. KarenH

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic selection of festive inspired tapas . Great atmosphere and service. Price on the more expensive side but worth it. My friends and I will definitely be back!!!

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  36. LydiaT

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat at the bar stools by the door which was quite tight to the table behind for getting in and out and sitting comfortably especially as the tables could not be moved. I would rather not sit in them ever again. Other than that, I enjoy visiting as we usually sit at tables- which was what I had originally booked and in fact, had changed it for 5 people so not sure where the 5th person was supposed to sit- in the end the person was poorly and could not make it.

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  37. Nicky

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    On arriving we were seated and bought water, 15 minutes later the waitress came back to 'take our order' we had no menus! The table next to us - for 2 people- was seated and the table was wonky - it took several members of staff trying to fix it with serviettes - eventually they moved them. The meal arrived - we asked for extra apple sauce to be told there was none - really! Then throughout the meal customers came and went - the door stuck on every entrance or exit - a poor couple who were eating at the table next to the door kept having to close it - when it was open a cold draught blew through - I had specifically asked for a table out of any draught as we were dining with my 94 year old Father. When the main course was finished the table was semi cleared and that was it, at no point had anyone asked if all was OK, nobody asked if we needed more drinks and nobody offered us menus for pudding or offered coffee. Very poor service all round - no direction. I would like your observations please.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great roast! Really nice venue with lovely staff too.

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  39. SusanB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service friendly and quick, but food barely warm, gravy congealed. Roast potatoes barely roasted. Shame, because had great atmosphere and decor beautiful.

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  40. EmilyP

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good Sunday lunch. Either poor stock management or lack of organisation in the kitchen meant there were no duck bon bons early in the lunch service, but that was the only complaint and lunch filled us up anyway. Food was great. Service good. Solid Sunday lunch option.

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Carter & Co is rated 4.4 stars by 582 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Carter & Co

30 Great Southsea St, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3BY

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between Elm Grove & Castle Road.
  • Area
    Southsea
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 12:30–22:30 Fri 12:30–23:30 Sat 09:30–23:30 Sun 12:00–19:00 Breakfast Sat 09:30–11:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, European, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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