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Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
+44 23 8023 8181
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for breakfast with some friends and couldn't fault it. We sat outside as the weather was lovely and they've really made the best with what area of the promenade they have. The food and drinks were lovely, very accommodating with kids and very attentive to us. Great selection on the menu and would like to come back for... More 

Thank Victoria Q
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious. Lovely staff, lovely food and extremely accommodating to those with allergies. Definitely recommend and will be visiting again. Ohh and they do half price burgers on a Monday!

Thank Emyweez
Gosport, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this 'bistro' on a recommend. Was very disappointed at menu as there wasn't much of a selection for my tast, however the specials were very good. Thought portion sizes were quite small for the price charged but the staff were really lovely and very accommodating and chatty. I'm not sure I would label this as a bistro and I... More 

Thank Chrissie H
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1,041 reviews
403 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 462 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is rare for us to write more than one review for a restaurant, but being in the City again, we made for CXO close to the Central Station. On the ground floor of a large block, from the exterior it may not appear special, but the interior is welcoming, the staff friendly and efficient and the food, both for... More 

Thank bsandrs
Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love CXO. I have been several times. The staff are lovely and friendly. The food has always been great and service very speedy.

Thank Stephanie22052356
Southampton, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this bistro before we went to the theatre. My partner ordered stir fry noodles which he said were very tasty. I ordered lasagne. Not nice. The meals came to the table within approximately 8 minutes of us ordering. This was enough time for the noodles to be cooked as they were steaming hot, and I could see the... More 

Thank Kathy B
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

CXO was recommended to us by the owner of the B&B where we were staying. We met up with some friends here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. There was a lovely atmosphere, and the food was great-tasty and fresh. We wouldn't have eaten here had it not been recommended to us, but will certainly return. Although it wasn't turned... More 

Thank Julia T
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our food. Good service, great food. Definitely come back and recommend. Good location for theatre and station.

Thank Rachel B
Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Myself and 6 of my family and friends went to the Isle of Wight festival this weekend which was truely amazing! However due to our return journey being very long we had to leave the camp site around 6am to ensure we were on the ferry and back in Southampton for our return train to the North East. After eating... More 

Thank micmwah
Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Lovely, friendly, laid-back place for lunch or coffee. Always had good food here and the staff are very welcoming. Would recommend it as an alternative to the bigger chain places a few steps away!

Thank RuthC21

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $33
Italian, Cafe, International
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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?