Rita's Bar & Kitchen

4.6
73 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 73 People Are Saying
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HelenS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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allang
Hampshire
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
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!

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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
1 review
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.

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CarolynS
London
5 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
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had a lovely evening. It was a great atmosphere. We were served by Delcio, he was very attentive and efficient. The food was incredible, delicious! We all had a little dance too. Thank you for a great night, we will be back.

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NicolaM
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately a bit disappointed on this visit, which was a shame.

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AllisonC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for Sunday lunch table for four. Service was great met at the door showed to our table. Menu explained. Drinks arrived promptly. Food arrived in a timely fashion well presented hot, more food offered if we required it. Excellent meal. Had a Lovely conversation with a waiter around the name Rita, very informative. We will definitely book again and spread the word. Thank you for a pleasant experience

TJ
TJW1996
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We went for the Sunday roast after seeing the menu on the website, however, we did not receive many of the sides that were advertised. We were expecting to get honey and cumin roasted rainbow carrots, truffle cabbage, creamed leeks and peas and chorizo. The vegetables that we did get were bulk standard peas, carrots and brocoli that you would receive anywhere else, nothing like what we were lead to believe we would get. Although the food we had was tasty it was not worth the price without the missing extras in my opinion.

JP
JoannaP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Can’t wait to come back. Our favourite bar in Southampton by a mile

SJ
SarahJ
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Lovely cocktails on the pricey side but beautiful setting. Clean toilets. Nice hot fresh food but service very slow we had to ask each time for another drink and ask three times for the final bill. The host on the door was rude as well not very welcoming just shouted stop when we went to walk in !!! Would go back though as lovely setting and selection of drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were great as was the food definitely be back

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Alice
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely place, have visited twice so far, for drinks and brunch, and had a great time both times. Service is superb, ambience and atmosphere is fantastic and the food and drinks are great!

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LouB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place! Great cocktails and service and dancing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and bar! Food was delicious and well presented. Me and my partner really enjoyed our experience there. The staff are very attentive and friendly and the quality of the food was brilliant. I will be recommending to my friends and family!

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vipClaireC
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favourite bar/restaurant in Oxford Street. Not only is the art deco decor classy and attractive, the food is fabulous, the Crusta cocktail addictive but more so the service is excellent.

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We had a couple of small plates to eat, Calamari and scallops which were really nice but it's a shame we couldn't see what we were eating as it was so dark in the area that we were sitting. Clientele seemed fairly young and trendy. Music and voices rather loud so it made it difficult to have a conversation.
Staff are really nice and friendly as are the meet and greet team on the entrance.

AJ
AlisonJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely place. Atmosphere, service, food all great.

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HannahD
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing roast dinner with amazing service. Will definitely be back!

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SvenH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday brunch. Lovely the food the service a great and we were made to feel welcome x

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Cocktails are expensive for what they are. There are other cocktail bars that do nicer mixes. I tried two drinks and found them quite bland. I expected a punchy flavour for the size but was disappointed.
The food on the other hand is absolutely wonderful! Can’t recommend the food enough.

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TanyaB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great vibe and very friendly staff. Can’t wait to go back again xxx

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favourite place. Been three times this week!!! Service is outstanding 10/10

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SharonT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere can’t wait to return cocktails were amazing and the service was excellent

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OliviaT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing setting, with unique cocktails that taste amazing. The staff were so welcoming and helpful. Will be returning very soon!

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LouiseN
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked to have afternoon tea for a 50th birthday. Amazing place, amazing afternoon tea. Couldn’t fault the service. Manager was lovely, very attentive. Just one thing, we all thought when we chose afternoon tea with Prosecco it would be tea and a glass of Prosecco.

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AlexandraM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic - so friendly, great atmosphere. Really enjoyed our night there.

SJ
SarahJ
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely decor and great menu choice drinks and food. Just a shame had to ask for more drinks every time and then shrub ask for the bill. No one came over at all to see if we wanted anything else.

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MartinS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for cocktails. Beautiful decor, friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

MH
MarieH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service and atmosphere beautifully decorated

SB
SarahB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time spending the evening here! It was so nice, classy, classic, good service, amazing choice! Really nice, relaxed evening in a really nice atmosphere.

MG
MattG
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great addition to Oxford St.

Lovely small plates, particularly enjoyed the bao buns and the mushroom brioche. Great selection of drinks.

Welcoming and attentive staff. Lively atmosphere.

Will be back soon.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is ambient and tasteful, the service is excellent, warm and friendly. The menu is creative and the food was amazing. It was our first experience yesterday and we will definitely eat here again soon. Thanks to the owners and all the staff for a lovely afternoon.

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JettaJ
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting & what a lovely venue. We went for brunch on Sunday & the food was amazing, especially the pancakes would highly recommend. The cocktails we tried as well were amazing, you can tell they are all freshly made & a lot of effort goes in to them.
The decor is amazing, the attention to detail is second to none.
Can not fault the service either, all the staff were really polite & friendly & went out their way to ensure ton enjoyed your visit.
Will definitely be back again

CP
CaitlinP
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Drinks & decor were lovely. Service was poor. On the 2nd round of drinks I received the wrong cocktail, but I thought I’ll just have the one I wanted next time. We ordered our next round and hadn’t received it after 45 minutes so had to remind them of our order. Then once we’d finished them they took our glasses and told us that last orders were already taken but no one told us.

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 4.6 stars by 73 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.