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“NOT buon gusto (good taste)”
Review of Gusto Lounge

Gusto Lounge
Ranked #129 of 909 Restaurants in Southampton
Price range: US$7 - US$35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro is at the heart of Southampton's cultural centre and the gateway to the City. If you are a visitor to the city using the busy central station, the ever popular Mayflower theatre which is home to most of the biggest west end musicals and plays or the newly opened sea city and titanic museum you will find us ideally placed. Our lounge bar is located on the ground floor. This is a casual dining environment. The ‘All Day Menu’ is served here on a walk in only basis; so casually walk in, sit down and then order at the bar. Our Bistro is located on our first floor; here you can enjoy a more formal dining experience. Between 5 – 7 pm, the kitchen prioritises the Bistro due to the proximity of The Mayflower, so particularly if you’re a theatre visitor, this is the place to dine.
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Buon Gusto translated means Good Taste. The risotto had no taste. It was an awful meal. Carbonara had to be reheated, the chicken in the risotto was like tinned chicken, over processed, you didn't need to chew it! They ran out of steak at 8pm. Would like to say it was because they were busy all evening. 9.30pm we were the only people in the restaurant. Even the staff weren't about at one stage, we could have walked out.
You get better food and atmosphere in a Bella Italia.

Thank Diane S
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

For a fussy Italian food loving mother. She was very impressed with all the courses.
"This is the best restaurant meal I have had in ages". Thumbs up for a birthday lunch and tops marks. Defo a place to visit before the theatre for a snack or for full meal!!

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Thank Frank C
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

After a lovely matinee show of Warhorse at the Mayflower we had booked as a group of 11 to have a meal before catching the train home.

The restaurant has been redecorated since our last visit and it looks really nice

We had to pre order our food due to the size of the group and had been sent menus in advance which had a set price on.

The food was fine and the staff were friendly. The drinks were really expensive, almost £6 for a glass of wine.

When the bill came the fixed price menu was higher than we had been led to believe and there was a huge service charge on top.

Having used this restaurant for years if visiting the Mayflower we all agreed that it is really expensive now for what you get and that next time we will go somewhere else instead.

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Thank AngieP49
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Popped in for an early evening meal in which we were the only people in the restaurant. Upon entering the restaurant we had to disturb the waitresses from their conversation toegther to even get a table. Not good first impressions. After being told that they had bookings we were offered a table that was supposedly the only one available for us. We sat down and weren't offered a choice of drinks, the waitresses just went back to their conversation. After a few minutes the waitresses started to move some chairs banging into me twice without any acknowledgement or apology. Again, after trying to get the waitresses attention numerous times from their conversation we gave up and walked out. Extrememly poor service. Will not be going back again.

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Thank crssi
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Close to Mayflower Theatre so booked a table for lunch based on TA reviews and location. Started well with a lunch special of £5.95 any pizza or pasta. Had sharing three small starters for £10 yummy and nice cold Pinot Grigio at £20 (tasted like Sicilian). Mains at £5.95 were nice and service so far, despite being busy (for West Side Story Matinee), was fine although place feels like a chain and not very Italian inside - even though it’s a one-off.

Thereafter, things went downhill, Panna cotta dessert had a thick crust/skin although it tasted fine, we were charged for two desserts (when we only had one) and the card machine was not working so we had to pay paid cash - so we left on a down beat. Shame because basics were all okay and it offers exceptional Southampton City value for money lunch. No sign of anyone who looked like the owner or a manager which might have made all the difference.

May now be facing stiff competition from Casa Italia all-you-can-eat down the road which looked full to the brim with pre-theatre diners.

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Thank DoctorFeelgoodDorset
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