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CXO Bar & Bistro

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Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
+44 23 8023 8181
06:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Popped in here on Saturday to grab a quick pre theatre meal. Well what a ver pleasant surprise we had. Very attentive and pleasant staff and all four of our meals were beautiful. Some of the best fish and chips I have had for a long time all beautifully prepared for us. Will definitely go again the next time we... More 

Thank Bigshirl2
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

excellent dining experience. We had an wonderful day the place is quite and with great atmosphere .the food was delightful freshly cooked .will return soon

Thank zanish m
Poole, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

tucked away near Southampton Central Station, this delightful Italian style restaurant bar is a welcome change to the Subways, Costa Coffees and Starbucks that usually cluster such terminals. A menu to suit all tastes and the food is surprisingly good and well presented - up to the standards you would expect from something much more upmarket. The service is with... More 

Thank johnlittle100
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading other reviews on here we decided to give CXO a go for dinner before going to the Mayflower. I am very glad we did, we got a warm friendly welcome, the food was excellent. The staff were helpful and friendly and we didn't feel rushed. Will definitely be returning!

Thank Zcam11
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good choice of food for different breakfasts with free tea or coffee or a pint if you want. Great location for when travelling on train good for groups of friends or families.

Thank Eugeneglasspool
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here prior to going to the Mayflower. All of us (6) had a great lunch. Superb and courteous service. Food was top notch. Three of us had the haddock and chips - very good and decent size fish. One had the chicken salad - decent amount of marinated chicken and good dressing. The club sandwich was plentiful and so... More 

Thank Marita E
Camberley, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I also like the paritioned area outside, very reminiscint of Spanish restaurents near the coast (at least for me anyway). I imagine it would be nice in the summer to sit out there,

Thank the-piethief
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little cafe just a short walk from Southampton central train station with a great selection cakes all at a decent price! Nice selection of soft and alcoholic drinks and friendly service...can't ask for more for a quick stop! Didn't eat anything but could tell that all the other punters were enjoying their lunches! Recommended!

Thank Samuel M
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Frequently come here for breakfast lunch dinner and drink, staff are lovely, food is delicious. Always warm service!

Thank Emma K
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming to CXO since it opened. I have always enjoyed coming here. Their food is always good quality, the staff are always friendly and there is always a good selection of drinks. I came here tonight (27/01/17) with a big group of people and the service was as good as always. All the food was served without... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$56
Italian, European, British, International
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
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
CXO Bar&Bistro 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?