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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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came for a breakfast here @12:30 It's our first time visiting. The service was lovely and the food exceptional and reasonably priced. Will definitely come again. Highly recommended. 😁

Thank David C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place. Amazing food, outstanding service and gorgeous happy atmosphere. We will be back. One of best cups of coffee in town is say.

Thank Tracey C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After such a excellent service and great food in August myself and my Mum decided to visit this little gem once again and we weren't disappointed. Eggs Benedict was delicious and the full English was hot and tasty. Coffee is always amazing and service excellent. The only minus is that I leave in Kent otherwise I'd visit more frequently. Looking... More 

Thank duranieinkent
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I go here after work sometimes on the way to the train station. The customer service from the lovely ladies who work in there is great! They make you feel welcome and very talkative which is nice after a day at work! It is also in a good location, a stones throw away from Southampton Central station which is ideal... More 

Thank Hannah C
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I work near CXO and come here for lunch frequently, the staff are always friendly and the food is great! Lots to choose from + a great selection of drinks! Well worth a visit 👍

Thank Hayleyjb3
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Came here with my 3 young kids in the holidays for lunch after a morning at the Art Gallery. We hadn't booked and although the restaurant was starting to get busy they found us a table no problem. We were all a bit tired and hungry and the staff were brilliant. So welcoming and accommodating, fetching straws, extra cutlery, glasses,... More 

Thank lauraeshaw2017
Solihull, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My whole family including children thoroughly enjoyed our visit to CXO. A delicious and varied menu which is constantly updated, combined with extremely good service. It is rare to be somewhere where you genuinely believe the staff want you to have an excellent experience. I have visited on a number of occasions and it has always been great. Whenever I... More 

Thank emmaforletta
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to eat and amazing coffee, its location is perfect for the theatre or if you've just arrived by train. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was fresh and really delicious. Thoroughly recommended! Thank you for a lovely meal, we will be back!

Thank Marc D
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my whole family here to eat pre panto and we all had a lovely time. Excellent, delicious great value food and the staff could not have been more accommodating! A great find!

Thank sberta77
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The burgers are finger licking good and I highly recommend the triple hand cut chips. Vegetarian options are better than you get at most places. The coffee was stunning, Yum.

Thank Alex D

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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, Cafe, British, International
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?