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CXO Bar & Bistro

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Frobisher House | Nelson Gate, Southampton SO15-GX, England
+44 23 8023 8181
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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London, United Kingdom
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1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great casual ambience, homemade chips are fantastic& the gluten free pasta is a real treat! Also love the staff

Thank wilfriedb78
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love coming here for some nice food and and a nice selection of drinks! Staff are always friendly no matter who you deal with :) Keep it up as enjoy coming here

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Closest nice place to chill out that's not an MNC such as costa etc. Leave the back of the station, turn right then left and you can't miss it. Great food, nice atmosphere and lovely staff! Highly recommended!

Thank Adrian W
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Difficult to say nice things about an omelette but this was one of the nicer ones I have tasted it and in fact quite substantial shame I didn't take a photo

Thank Kathy C
Hampshire, England
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is something of a composite review of several visits as CXO is a regular haunt. I've been there for breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea and supper. Convenient for Southampton Central station, this is a far better place to go for coffee than Costa or Starbucks. It's great for homemade treats (my daughter and I love the cannolini), for light bites... More 

Thank Wearyhead
Southampton, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As the title suggests, I enjoyed a tasty breakfast here. Quick service, good quality food. A seating area outside was ideal for enjoying the sunshine.

Thank _contact_clare
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the full English with a beer, very tasty. Quick service and attentive staff. Recommended place to visit.

Thank Lindseybash
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here a few times now. Food is always great. They have also been happy to swap ingredients for vegetarian versions, such as halomi. Staff are always polite and friendly. Would recommend.

Thank Beth S
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a quick bite whilst waiting for the train, lovely big plates of food and really calm cute restraunt!

Thank Maya P
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a find! As our usual restaurant was booked, a friend found this lovely place! Great lunch, great service, great atmosphere! Will definitely be returning!

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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$13 - US$58
Italian, European, British, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
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?