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CXO Bar & Bistro

Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
+44 23 8023 8181
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“burger” (24 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (7 reviews)
Opens in 9 min
Italian, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
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Reviewed 12 July 2018

We are regulars, often travelling 30 miles just to enjoy breakfast at CXO. Over the years, whilst the menu has changed the service and food quality has remained high. Recently, we had breakfast there which was great. The poached eggs are the best I have...More

1  Thank pete081
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We had a limited amount of time before going to a show at the Mayflower and found this Bistro on TripAdvisor. It fitted the bill perfectly with a fast service, tasty food and a good range of drinks.

Thank Sarrie554
Reviewed 29 June 2018

A smart, buzzy, popular bistro, perfectly located, for us halfway between the station and the Mayflower theatre: ideal for a pre-theatre meal. The service was friendly, speedy and obviously well geared to the needs of pre-theatre diners. My kedgeree was a pleasant light take on...More

1  Thank Tim S
Reviewed 12 June 2018

I really like this place and visit often. Great lunch location and also good if you want a quick bite before going to the Mayflower. Always love that there counter always has something a little different, great Italian pastries. I am not the biggest fan...More

1  Thank MrMillsy
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere to go pre theatre and found this place on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed. Friendly staff/service tasty food. The CXO burger with triple cooked chips was delicious ‘hit the spot’ (so I’m told) and the basciola pasta was just what...More

1  Thank Janina J
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

I go to this cafe regularly with my partner or family, and it's always relaxing and comfortable. The food is always lovely and the staff are happy to go out of their way for our sometimes picky requests. They serve great coffee and lots of...More

Thank SilentSymphony
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Went into have dinner before a show, the restaurant smaller than I thought , the menu was good with lots of choice , the waitress could of been more attentive , as we had to ask for drinks and our order to be taken and...More

1  Thank clairer1965
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Needed a pre-theatre meal and stumbled across CXO. I'd suggest booking, it's a chilled place with a plethora of options, that realistically would suit most pallets. A trifle pricey on some of the starters, but great service and really convenient for the Mayflower.

Thank happyeater-returns
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

I was looking for a breakfast after coming over from IOW on The Red Jet and wanted an independent near the railway station not an awful American style chain or a ' spoons full of elderly early morning boozers . The sign outside made me...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Great atmosphere. Welcoming and attentive staff. Chic place inside but we chose to sit outside as it was a warm evening. Was very busy but service was good. We were given free nuts with our pre dinner drinks which was a nice touch. Food was...More

Thank enaj75finney
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$59
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8023 8181
  • E-mail
Marco's Kitchen is situated just 2 minutes' walk from the Mayflower Theatre, right in the heart of Southampton. A modern continental bistro and bar that specialises in PRE-THEATRE dining and BREAKFAST, it has a vibrant atmosphere while still maintaining an intimate nature. It's suitable for after work drinks, pre-theatre meals, and get-togethers with friends or colleagues, as well as that special meal for two. We are situated very close to the north exit of Southampton train station, we also are the closest licensed bar to it, we offer the perfect destination to wine and dine or just to sit back and relax and unwind before a visit to the theatre, a trip by train or a week-end away with friends.
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