Rita's Bar & Kitchen

4.5
103 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
​Welcome to Rita's, our stunning Art Deco craft cocktail bar and restaurant, situated in the heart of Oxford Street, Southampton.

Enjoy a host of exciting hand crafted cocktails, an impressive selection of premium drinks and delicious small & sexy plates inspired but all around the world cuisines themed on land, Sea and Earth.

Let us tempt you with brunch or afternoon tea and enjoy the weekends being entertained by talented live musicians and DJs.

When booking please note that the brunch will be served from 11:00 till 15:00, then small plated food will be served 15:00 till 21:00 Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday 11:00 till 18:00 brunch and small plates.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 103 People Are Saying
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AllisonC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Love this place food is great, best roast dinner I’ve had eating out. Lovely decor too staff are polite and friendly nothing too much trouble. Lovely way to spend Sunday lunch with friends

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Matt
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Slowwwww Service!! Go to an actual bar if you want a drink!

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will definitely be coming back. Loved it

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. It’s beautifully decorated, very stylish but comfortable. We are always looked after, both owners came over to say hello. I cannot fault their roasts! They are absolutely delicious. The chicken is so tasty and melts in your mouth. Winner winner chicken dinner FIVE STARS to the chefs. We will be back, thank you.

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Scoobyjmg
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We didn’t eat but the drinks were lovely and the service was excellent.

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Unknown
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was shocking which was a real shame as the bar was lovely

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vipAlisonH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not what we were expecting felt like everyone was rolled in and rolled out all very robotic

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Tan67
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue. Staff were super attentive and knowledgeable and the cocktails were out of this world. Will definitely visit again.

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NikkiF
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Best Roasts around.
I will definitely return.

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KarenG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Sunday roast and it was absolutely delicious. Cooked beautifully and more than enough for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast!! Loved the roast potatoes and there was a great selection of veg including my favourite cauliflower cheese.
Nice and warm and both the owners came over to say hello. Extremely friendly staff, lovely decorated. Thank you, we will definitely be back.

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HilaryL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Service poor, bar staff got drinks wrong and we were felt to be at fault. This was after 3 attempts to take our order!! Noise in both too loud.
This feedback form not applicable to if u eat!! Drinks expensive
Overall awful experience

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Chirstina
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Business dinner booked at Ritas
The venue : décor is great , intimate and feels luxurious
Service : Disappointed : the waiters serving us was not rude but was not smiling and didn't make us feel very welcome , I did expect a different level of attention from a place that has higher prices and promotes itself as a high end restaurant/bar .maybe staff needs a bit more training ?
Food : small platters , good but not exceptional
Drinks : Good selection , prices higher than the average .
will i go back for a business dinner ? no

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Loub
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service
Delicious cocktails
Brilliant music

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Sibs1
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On entering the decor is beautiful. The food was perfectly presented and all tasted amazing. The cocktails were delicious, not sweet and syrupy served in a lot of places. Will definitely be back

CI
CarolI
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cocktails and food. Staff very friendly and helpful. Decor is very good quality and comfortable.

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EmmaB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time!!! Good superb! Staff fantastic

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PhilipW
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Only had drinks so ignore food rating. (No way of selecting n/a)

Would return. Fun, feels special, staff have wxcellent knowledge of the cocktails. Great decor and ambience.

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SueW
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent, staff were so attentitive, our first visit to Rita’s definitely won’t be the last.
Excellent exoerience from walking through the door to leaving.
Highly recommend xx

JH
JacquiH
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing freshly made cocktails! The food is delicious. Lovely atmosphere & the staff are so friendly & hardworking. Fantastic customer service, so helpful. Highly recommend a visit or two…❤️

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Clarebear112
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and although they are small plates we were very satisfied! Everyone made us feel very welcome. I would definitely recommend but I don’t want to because I like it being a hidden gem :)

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kitchenclosedatweekends
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a lovely place. Went there on a weekend away. Stupidly, didnt realise that they dont do food on a Sunday evening as not local to the area. However, when we explained this to the Manager, he went out of his way to see what the kitchen could rustle up for us. They brought us out 3 great light plates, which was just perfect as we weren't hungry. As for the Cocktails, they were sublime. The staff were genuinely friendly, warm and helpful. Would I recommend 100% its just a shame that I live so far away so not local enough for me to visit regularly. Great Bar and Restaurant - if you are in the are go there - you wont be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The doorman was exceptionally rude on Saturday night. When arriving for our booking, we were not greeted with a “good evening” or even a “hello”. He physically stopped us from entering and we were abruptly informed the venue was full. When we explained we had a booking, he literally grunted at us.

Why not ask if we have a booking to begin with?!
As a first time customer, i felt instantly uncomfortable and don’t plan to return anytime soon, which is such a shame as had been really excited to try out the new bar!

Sadly disappointed.
Rita’s has so much potential and I feel having this doorman front of house, is really damaging.

Our drinks order was then lost and we waited nearly half an hour for a round of four drinks.

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TinaM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quick service the food was just enough when enjoying the great cocktails 🍸

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CarlD
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for a drink. Haven't tried the food but heard its excellent. The music is great along with a great atmosphere. The staff are friendly and the service is great. Definatly my new favorite place to go in town.

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HayCla01
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rita’s is a beautifully stylish and elegant venue with a well-presented and friendly team. They offer a great selection of wine, cocktails and other drinks. We had dinner, where we shared a number of small plates and side dishes - all delicious! Great music too! Will definitely be back and already recommended to lots of friends.

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Sarahe
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was all over the place and when the food came some was wrong and the rest was average.

JM
JodieM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place Amazing service absolute quality can’t wait to come back

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Terence
Isle of Wight
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday roast was excellent. A lot of food! The beef was nice and rare just as I like it and we had a phenomenal array of vegetables. The crispy roast potatoes were probably the best I've had in a restaurant.
Very pleasant staff which were friendly but unobtrusive. The French mixologist made me one of the very best dry Martini's I have had in a long while.
The restaurant was fairly quiet but still a nice ambiance.
All in all, excellent. We would certainly go again.

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Series2john
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Upon arrival was shown to a table in the bar area when I booked a table to eat as it was my girlfriends birthday , but no option on booking to confirm I would be eating . Then shown to a table in the rear of the premises that was the restaurant area very low poor lighting to the extent it was difficult to read the menu , , also the music noise level Was above an enjoyable dining experience ,service was very slow and awkward to the point that other females arriving after us taking priority on ordering simply the drinks . The young waiter that did serve us for the remainder of the evening made every effort to improve our Experience but also showed the lack of training he had had received when trying to pull a cork from a wine bottle with out removing the foil cap ! ! . I would of liked to felt that I enjoyed the fine dining of the excellent food in a restaurant environment rather than what felt like a night club

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HelenS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Rita's on Thursday evening the whole experience was lovely delicious food excellent service especially by Olivia live entertainment. Very relaxing and we weren't rushed at all. Definitely recommend going here we'll be coming back for our Christmas party.
Kind regards
Helen

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StephenH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, classy new venue filling a gap in the Southampton Bar scene. Really well done in design. replication of retro/art deco and quality of finishes.

Staff superb - smart, smiling, attentive and professional.

Will be back!!!

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vipallang
Hampshire
13 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent Sunday roast cooked and presented perfectly.

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EileenM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night, service, food, cocktails and ambiance were super. The staff were very attentive but not intrusive. Would highly recommend

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SamW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated, staff look smart and very attentive, food from the small plates menu was lovely- feels like a real treat. Music was quite loud - great if having drinks but very slightly too loud when trying to talk over dinner - it wasn't a big issue though. 100% will be returning!

JP
JamesP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, great sunday roast! Will be back again soon.

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Olivia
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal food, amazing atmosphere. Amazing night once again!!!!

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SarahNash
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t have food but I’m sure it’s fab. Great cocktail bar. Fantastic service. Always is.

CS
CarolynS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Lovely service.can’t wait to come back for cocktails.

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AndreaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The beef was fatty, I couldn’t eat it and the rest of the party left more than they ate. We had a small platter of veg for 5 to share. The service was good but my birthday lunch was disappointing.

FAQs

Rita's Bar & Kitchen offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 023 8112 2212.

Rita's Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.