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Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
+44 23 8023 8181
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came across this little gem last week and how glad was I. The staff were so friendly and attentive. Food excellent especially homemade chunky chips myself and Mum definitely coming back. Support local businesses they deserve it especially with the quality of food and service we had!

Thank duranieinkent
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely quiet location, right near a train station. Great breakfast selection with extremely friendly service. Delicious meal and very reasonably price. Will visit again.

Thank Samantha S
Southampton England
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I pop here for the occasional Sunday morning breakfast to catch up and it's the perfect place for it. The staff are always friendly and it has a really clean and open feel. I have had the full english, the scrambled eggs with chorizo, and recently the eggs benedict with spinach (and a side of bacon). All... More 

Thank Bear004
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 July 20, 2016 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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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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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1,071 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 470 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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 June 24, 2016

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 June 21, 2016

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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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, British, 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
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?