CXO is an exciting, vibrant, family run Bistro close to the heart of Southampton, situated a stone's throw away from Southampton Central Station.  Serving freshly prepared, seasonal dishes, Marco Bertacchini, the Italian restaurant owner,  prides himself on delivering high quality rustic food in a relaxed and friendly environment.


CXO is just a couple of minutes walk from The Mayflower Theatre and remains popular with theatre goers, offering calm and comfortable pre-theatre dining for both matinees and evening performances, booking, however, is essential to avoid disappointment!



The staff here are delightful, friendly and accommodating, nothing is ever too much trouble.  CXO has a delicious, uncomplicated menu, featuring the locally renowned CXO Burger, a wholly delicious 8oz burger, cooked to perfection, served in a ciabatta bun and stacked with salad and vine tomatoes, red onions, smoked bacon, chorizo and mature cheddar and served with triple cooked hand cut chips.


If the burger alone is not enough to tempt you, CXO boasts an exciting range of locally  produced, rustic dishes, to suit every pallet.  To accompany the food, there is an excellent choice of fine wine, craft ale and an enviable selection of locally produced gin.


March 2018

2018 promises to be an eventful year here at CXO and we kicked started the year by introducing fresh, handmade pasta to the menu. Ravioli, tagliatelle and trofie all hand rolled, filled and folded on  the premises. Wondering if you can really taste the difference? Come and try it yourself and enjoy pasta the Italian way!  If you fancy learning how to do it yourself, CXO will be hosting a Pasta Masterclass this space!

We are delighted to announce that on the 21th April, CXO will be co-hosting a street party in conjunction with Southampton University.  With musicians, dancers, street entertainers, food stalls and local beers all lined up, the day promises to be great fun for all!

We have always had a great selection of fine wines to accompany our menus in house but now we are pleased to be able to offer an array of wines for you to purchase and take away!  Come in and find out more.

With the need to reduce plastic waste at the forefront of everyone's minds, we are currently working on introducing CXO mugs for life.  In the meantime we are offering 20p discount on our hot drinks to all customers who bring in their own mugs for us to fill.


energetic & creative cuisine

professional, friendly & informal service

only the best & freshest ingredients

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"Excellent restaurant. Food is great and staff very helpful. Lovely outside seating are. Would recommend."

"The best salad I’ve ever had tasted and perfect place to go before the theatre. Great customer service and clean welcoming atmosphere"

"We always find this restaurant excellent for food and service when we are in Southampton. Really cannot fault them in any way."

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