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CXO Bar & Bistro

The PolygonGourmet
Wonderful
5.5/6
131 Reviews

About CXO Bar & Bistro

If you’re looking for a perfect pre-theatre drinking and dining spot in Southampton, look no further than CXO Bar & Bistro. It’s just two minutes walk from the Mayflower Theatre in The Polygon and a stone’s throw from Southampton Central station – truly a fantastic location on Nelson Gate. It’s an extremely stylish restaurant with contemporary decor in mind, a theme which is complemented perfectly by the continental food on offer. Some CXO classics include the handmade giant ravioli and the philly steak sandwich, but there’s plenty more besides in the way of burgers, wraps and jacket potatoes. CXO Bar & Bistro is perfect for when you’re on the move but also a great space to relax. See what the fuss is about and reserve a table now.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 7:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Address

CXO Bar & Bistro
NelsonGate Frobisher House, The Polygon
Southampton SO15 1GX

Menu Highlights

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Breakfast

Full English

Free range egg, prime smoked bacon, quality sausage, cherry vine tomatoes, cherry vine tomatoes, chestnut mushrooms, heinz baked beans
£6.95

Scramble Eggs and Chorizo

Served toasted farmhouse bread
£5.45

Eggs Benedict/Royal/Florentine

Free range poached eggs, smoked bacon/ smoked salmon/ wilted spinach on toasted sour dough bread topped with hollandaise sauce
£8.75
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Mains

Home Made Lasagna

Served with side mixed salad
£10.95

CXO Burger

100% beef from quality assure farms, bacon, chorizo, mature cheddar, served in hand crafted bun, with triple cooked hand cut chips
£12.95

Goat's Cheese Salad

Grilled goat's cheese with caramelized onion on toasted sour dough, on a bad of mixed leaves with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction
£9.45
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Specials

Philly Steak Sandwich

5 oz char grilled rump steak, caramelized onion, melted cheddar, char grilled sour dough, triple cooked hand cut chips
£12.95

Hand Made Ricotta and Spinach Giant Ravioli

With crushed pistachio, lime zest, Parmesan shavings
£10.95

Chicken And Chorizo Salad

Pan fried and smoked paprika dusted chicken breast and chorizo rosario, on mixed leaves, home made crouton, homemade lemon and mustard dressing
£9.45
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131 CXO Bar & Bistro Reviews

Wonderful
5.5/6
131 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Food:Outstanding
Value for money:Great value
Atmosphere:Excellent
Noise levels:Pleasant
Service:Excellent
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"Excellent"6/6
Sue R.7 days ago · 4 reviews

Friendly staff, swift service, delicious food and a great ambiance. What else could you need?

"Excellent"6/6
Gill A.19 days ago · 1 review

We asked the waitress if there were any free tables outside but unfortunately there weren’t, so she kindly moved one of the inside tables to enable us to enjoy our meal whilst sitting outside in the sun. Very impressed with the service.

"Excellent"6/6
Erika W.20 days ago · 1 review

Loved it, very reasonably priced & being able to tell them we needed to be out by theatre time was a bonus. Would recommend it to anyone.

"Excellent"6/6
Denise G.23 days ago · 1 review

All enjoyed our lunch, great menu with lots of variety, first visit will definatley be back. Prices on website need updating as some meals dearer than published.

"Excellent"6/6
melanie b.6 months ago · 1 review

Love eating here, lovely freshly made food, attentive staff without being overbearing. It was a busy pre theatre lunchtime when we went, so glad we had booked or we might have missed out. We shared a bottle of wine. On reflection I should of asked for a jug of water but that was down to me. Loved the bacon and Brie baguette I had and the chips were crispy on the outside and soft inside. This is definitely my ore theatre go to so I will be back

"Great"5/6
Alison V.a year ago · 1 review

Easy access to the train station and Mayflower Theatre. Good choice of food - wraps, baguettes, baked pots, omelettes as well as starters and mains. Friendly staff. Small so booking recommended if you want to be sure you'll get a table. We were there at lunchtime and it was full, a bit noisy due to low ceilings. Well worth a visit. Take away available too.

"Excellent"6/6
Anne L.7 months ago · 2 reviews

Really impressed with the quality of this small restaurant. An interesting selection of meals including the specials and all reasonably priced. The quality of the food was excellent and a very nice house red to go with it. Very well laced to go to the Mayflower Theatre after the meal

"Excellent"6/6
Giles K.3 months ago · 1 review

We had a very enjoyable pre-theatre meal at CXO Bar & Bistro, both the service and food were excellent! We will definitely be going back.

"Bad"2/6
Faye S.3 months ago · 1 review

Staff weren’t particularly welcoming. They kept looking at us strangely when we first arrived. We now realise that us turning up meant they couldn’t leave early (the restaurant was due to close 90 minutes after our arrival). We were in and out within 45 minutes - and that was after having two courses! The food was presented well but it came so quickly that it made you worried. The nacho cheese in the starter was only melted on top, not underneath. I sent the lasagne back as it felt cold in the middle. When one of the chefs left I’m sure they were making comments about the fact that I’d sent it back. Basically we seemed like an inconvenience and that they just wanted us gone so they could go home. Such a shame as we had high expectations based on the reviews and it was a very disappointing experience.

"Great"5/6
Clare P.2 months ago · 1 review

Lovely food which was well presented , hot and very tasty. Menu was varied with a good specials addition. One person in my group is lactose intolerant which was no problem as there was a menu for her. Waiting staff polite and attentive. Very reasonably priced. Only criticism was that it was incredibly noisy in the restaurant.

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