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Stunning craft cocktail bar and restaurant. - Rita's Bar & Kitchen, Southampton, Hampshire

Rita's Bar & Kitchen

4.4
4.4
174 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.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    023 8112 2212

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Southampton

  • Parking Details

    City College car park, Street metered parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Hampshire

    Hot Spot

  • Hampshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Southampton

    Best Overall

  • Southampton

    Best Food

  • Southampton

    Best Ambience

  • Southampton

    Best Value

  • Southampton

    Fit for Foodies

  • Southampton

    Lunch

  • Southampton

    Romance

  • Southampton

    Special Occasions

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  1. RF

    RjFW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service . Went for a birthday celebration & had a great time, food was yummy & staff very friendly 😊
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked a table for a birthday meal only to be told when we got there that booking a table doesn’t mean there is food involved 🤔 . Yet on the booking it asked if you wanted to see the menu 🤷‍♀️!!!
  3. MK

    MichelleK

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The size of Rita's is very deceiving, its huge! Beautifully designed and decor makes the visit feel very special. Food is nice, quite small portions but the waitress did tell us this. Food was nice and came out quickly. Would visit again.
  4. PH

    PhilippaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our daughter's Graduation celebration brunch and to be honest chosen somewhat at random. We were so pleased we'd picked well - food and service were really lovely and it made a memorable day even more so! Thank you
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fab time, we were really looked after. We also ate and the food was really lovely 😊 definitely recommend
  6. IG

    IndiaG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Such a shame went out with a group of friends for drinks and waited 40 minutes for just four drinks. When we then asked politely if our drinks were ready the waiter was unnecessarily rude. Won’t be back in a rush mainly due to the service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful 🤩 such an amazing venue, absolutely love this place! Great food and portion sizes. Excellent service was well looked after. And loved the djs!! Definitely one of my favourite places to visit in southampton.
  8. D

    Destiny

    Hampshire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Very quiet .. shame as no dance floor as music good .. happy hour would be good and 2for 1 on cocktails
  9. C

    Chuck

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Smoking right next to outside dining was not our preference. The food, the service, the ambience was amazing!
  10. D

    Destiny

    Hampshire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience3
    Quiet ambience.. should offer 2 for 1offer on cocktails and do a happy hour
  11. SM

    SarahM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a Sunday roast for Father’s Day with my family and in-laws. Food was lovely and service was great.
  12. JP

    JasonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best roast in town! Definitely worth a visit :-)
  13. OP

    OliviaP

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere, staff, food and drinks First time visiting, will definitely return.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great cocktails
  15. S

    Sangha

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere… food is of great quality definitely one of my top breakfast places.
  16. MY

    MikeY

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Sunday lunch, best roast potatoes in the city, great local vegetables.
  17. AW

    AlexW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overall thoroughly enjoyed. Food took slightly long for brunch but no real annoyance. There was four of us in total. Service was very good and the food was lovely. This was booked for a birthday brunch for my wife. She had 3 mimosa’s with hers. I would have thought one may have been free for her birthday, as when we booked we were asked what the occasion was, and I think why ask? If nothing is then acknowledged. Small moan but that’s it. Everything else was very nice. Alex waterman. 07818509207
  18. C

    Connie

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Food is blan
  19. CC

    ClaireC

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love everything about this place. The decor, the service, the food. We were here on a Saturday afternoon so it was pretty quiet but it was perfect for our date. It started to get busy as we left. Highly recommend for night out with mates or the other half. Bao buns are awesome.
  20. L

    Libs

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect lunch with cocktails with friends. Highly recommend for any occasion
  21. NE

    NatashaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stunning food and brilliant cocktails… had a lovely waitress who was attentive! Will be returning soon
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were welcomed straight away by a lovely lady. Then served straight away. The cocktails were amazing but we also ordered other spirits too. There was a DJ playing and the music was perfect volume with great choice of tunes ( soulful house ). The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and had a lovely atmosphere. The toilets were clean. Overall I would definitely recommend this venue. We will be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Some friends and I travelled to Southampton for a surprise Birthday weekend away! It was all booked very last minute but we found Rita’s, saw that it had had some good reviews and suited the vibe of the place we would be looking for for casual Dinner and some drinks. Rita’s has some great ‘area’s’ so although we could hear the DJ (who was great) it didn’t interfere with our conversation during dinner and meant we could move to the bar afterwards quite easily.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    40th Birthday
  25. M

    Mike

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We did not realize that Rita's offered a Sunday lunch as it's focus is on cocktails but we tried it and were very happy that we did. We will be going back
  26. PL

    PaulLewis

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Felt very welcome roast dinners were very good all four of us enjoyed it immensely also enjoyed meeting the owners and having a nice drink thank you very much
  27. AS

    AliS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely atmosphere. Great food and cocktails too. Vicky was our waitress. She was helpful and happy to advise us on our choice of food/drinks! She worked her socks off! It was really busy and we felt looked after the whole night. Thank you
  28. MP

    MattP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing breakfast!!! Will be back for sure!
  29. HA

    HayleyA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The food we had was nice but we had a 9pm table and were told food stopped at half 9.30 which is fine but we had booked for a meal and were then told basically we could only have certain things from the menu as they were doing the roast dinner for tomorrow ,which was a bit odd . Drinks were expensive which is standard for a city restaurant and I’m happy to pay it If they are of a good standard but alas I’m fairly sure my drink was all water with a shot of rum ..quite rank . Lovely restaurant but the seats we had felt like we were in a hallway . Bit disappointed as we were looking forward to it but we felt like a bit of an inconvenience to be perfectly honest. Sad to say I wouldn’t go again . I’m happy to pay a lot of money for things but not if it’s not spot on . I’m very sorry to leave a bad review
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely LOVE this venue!!! It’s so welcoming and the has beautiful decor. All the staff were extremely attentive including the owners. Love the vibe too! ( there was a dj, playing some good tunes) All the cocktails were made to perfection and the food looks so delicious. We even had a little dance. I will definitely be back as this by far, is one of my favourite cocktail bar/ restaurants.
  31. F

    Foodiereview

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Roast Potatoes tasted like they had been cooked in a deep fat fryer
  32. TM

    TonyM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to Rita’s on Easter Sunday for a roast dinner, everyone in our group was very pleased with their meal.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Would have been perfect if it wasn’t for the 45min wait for the food
  34. AN

    ANDREAAV

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and great food. Excellent service from skilled and attentive staff.
  35. O

    Olivia

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing once again!! lovely staff, amazing food & drinks couldnMg recommended enough ❤️
  36. S

    Smithy

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic cocktails, great tasting and value. Food was lovely, we had sharing plates. The staff were very engaged and friendly, great night
  37. SJ

    SJJB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    The ambience could have been improved. Placed at the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen with the door bashing with often no other people in the area. Hoping to get more from our first time experience there as locals.
  38. UB

    UshaB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I booked the table through open table and it wasn't immediately apparent that on Sundays the restaurant only serves Roast dinners. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted with surprise by the three men at the front, and once we said we had a booking one of them said we only serve roasts on a Sunday, so obviously they know that a lot of people turn up on Sunday expecting the full menu. We felt that the way that they welcomed us etc could have been warmer, the restaurant wasn't overrun, they weren't overly busy. The two friends I was with loved the food, they thought it was fresh and well prepared. I thought roast dinner was better than a Toby's, but not the best I have tasted. We are planning to return on another day to try the other menu items.
  39. GS

    GregS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. We look forward to our next visit.
  40. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great decor and vibe and really lovely attentive waitress.

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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Rita's Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Rita's Bar & Kitchen

48 Oxford Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3DP

Additional information

  • Area

    Southampton

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    City College car park, Street metered parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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