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

Rita's Bar & Kitchen

4.6
4.6
282 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

19:00


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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 282 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hampshire

    Best Service

  • Hampshire

    Good for groups

  • Hampshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Hampshire

    Hot spot

  • Hampshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hampshire

    Romantic

  • Hampshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Hampshire

    Lively

  • Southampton

    Best Overall

  • Southampton

    Best Food

  • Southampton

    Best Service

  • Southampton

    Best Ambience

  • Southampton

    Best Value

  • Southampton

    Good for business meals

  • Southampton

    Good for business meals

  • Southampton

    Good for groups

  • Southampton

    Good for special occasions

  • Southampton

    Lively

  • Southampton

    Most Booked

282 Reviews
  1. TaraT

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely 1st time at Rita’s, the slight problem was there was 2 very loud ladies sat behind us when we first sat down so we had to move seats, I know this can’t be helped, so it definitely won’t stop us returning

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  2. ChrisH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Sunday roast couldn't fault it top place in Southampton for a Sunday roast

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  3. NatashaA

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, realky good customer service, would highly recommend

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we really enjoyed our valentine's day meal the food was great not overly priced and there cocktails were fantastic would highly recommend the d'mendoza cocktail will be coming back again for sure

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  5. RachelB

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was there for Saturday lunch with two friends.The service was excellent, the food was of great quality and the cocktails - heavenly. We will be returning .

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  6. AnnieMac

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Group of 6, each round of drinks only 4 came and had to wait for the other 2. Same cocktails varied massively in taste.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a great meal and a few drinks in lovely surroundings.

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  8. RachelF

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening - seven of us celebrating a Birthday. The drinks were great, the food was tasty and we were tucked away in a quieter corner - I think it would have been less quiet in the main part of Rita's. We were happy with the food, the service and would happily return - the Sunday Roasts look very appetising!

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  9. KellyL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great evening at Rita’s. The bar is beautiful, modern, warm and welcoming. Great music, food and brilliant cocktails. Staff were friendly and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to cocktails. We will definitely be re-visiting and would 100% recommend.

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  10. LouiseH

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food and perfect ambience

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  11. AliChiv

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My new favourite place for a Sunday roast. Went based on a recommendation and I can tell you they exceeded my expectations and some. Everything was SO tasty and the portion sizes very generous. Staff couldn't do enough for you and were very helpful and welcoming. Décor and atmosphere top notch. Mouth is watering just thinking about it typing this review!! :)

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  12. JessamynB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a table for my birthday. Really lovely service and the atmosphere was great!! Such a lovely way to start a night out.

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  13. AndyB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good place to eat if you want a lively atmosphere. Excellent live DJ providing the tunes. Food is decent....Good for ordering a selection of platters to share. Good service from attentive staff and decent value for money.

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  14. DorothyE

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and lovely cocktails with good selection of mocktails too. Our waitress was lovely and very proactive getting us our food/drinks/clearing the table.

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  15. EmmaM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to Rita’s on a friends recommendation and did not disappoint! Lovely vibe, great service, lush food and yummy cocktails.

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  16. KevinB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely place. It was quiet as we were early but staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was absolutely delicious

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  17. MaryG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We pop in from time to time for a drink and a small plate, like the ambience.

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  18. PhoebeP

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best roast lunch in town, absolutely delicious and beautiful presentation. Loads of food, loads of variety and just delicious!

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  19. SilviaK

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant venue, staff is welcoming and courteous. The food is fresh, well presented and tasty. They have a great choice of cocktails menu and there is also a good variety of soft drinks. I truly recommend this restaurant for a night of good dining and drinks.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was good but not the usual gorgeous experience with food, music and drinks

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  21. MJBS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend. Good food, drinks and service 10/10

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  22. MelanieJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the most amazing roast beef . Plenty of food with great food and service. Would highly recommend abd will be going back.

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  23. elevendaysinmay

    Manchester

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We did not eat but we plan to in the near future. When visiting Southampton we try to book here for cocktails. Its not always busy but it can be. Better to be safe than sorry - so book a table. The cocktails are very good and reasonably priced. The team who serve you are lovely people, really taking the time to make you feel welcome. The decor is speakeasy classy. We love it at Rita's.

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  24. CindyC

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to this beautiful restaurant did not disappoint us. The service was excellent and the food fantastic value for money. Large portions of delicious food. We will definitely return

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  25. antonyd

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been a few times and always really good but yesterday the beef was really fatty not usual standard

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  26. SharonC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We were the only people in the restaurant apart from a very noisy staff meeting. There was swearing and disagreements between staff and we could hear every word. Perhaps it would be an idea to hold these types of meeting before opening to the public. We ordered two small plates, a bao and a side. All food came together so the last two dishes were cold by the time we eat them. It was very cold in the restaurant. The decor was lovely though

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  27. Stucy

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bar, our waitress was lovely & did her best to explain the new cocktail menu (the menus weren't ready from the printers). Food was delicious. Loved the whipped goats cheese, needed a bit more bread tho! Overall, highly recommend.

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  28. antonyd

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited twice now and both times the roast was outstanding. Best we’ve had anywhere else. Will be back soon and recommended to everyone

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  29. TeeRidge

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The place looks lovely and very swanky for drinks. The food wasn't great though. The burger I had looked so pink,like it had not been cooked long enough. Service wasn't great. Forgot the water and another portion of chips. Expensive for what it was. Cocktails were really nice. I would recommend for drinks, not food

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  30. JoeSekhon

    Milan

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    To be honest the only place on Oxford Street I make a ‘b’ line for; one of the best cocktail bars outside of London. Highly recommend!🔥🔥🔥

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  31. LG01

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food in a lovely part of Southampton. Really enjoyed all the dishes and the cocktails were super good.

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  32. ShireeP

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely venue, amazing decor. We went on a Wednesday night so it was quiet. I can’t wait to go back on a Friday or Saturday night to get a bet more of an atmosphere. I would defiantly recommend

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  33. Kerryn

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food fantastic staff and lovely place will definitely come back, just a bit pricey but to be expected with the quality of the food and 🍸

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service, had a great time. Amazing cocktails and the food is just right for the venue This is one of my favourite places to visit in southampton and I Will be back.

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  35. Charlottefp

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best roast we have ever eaten in Southampton , the portion sizes were amazing and the price was suitable and reasonable ! I will definitely be back

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  36. CharlB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I visited Rita's Bar & Kitchen with a friend for the first time to eat and we chose to sit outside. The service was really good, however, the small plates that we ordered (i.e. the salad was doused in chilli making it difficult to eat). Also, there was a group of people who crowded a high table behind me and were kind of invading my space to the extent that they were almost on top of me whilst I was trying to eat. They even went so far as to start smoking cigars which I thought was quite rude as people were eating outside to enjoy the nice evening sun. I know this is not the restaurants fault but it would have been nice if there could be an eating side and a separate standing/ smoking side to make it a little bit more comfortable (especially those who don't smoke).

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  37. PaulS

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The two regular burgers were inedible and the bun the burnt veggie burger was served in was so hard and stale you could have used it as a hammer…

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  38. NatashaA

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, big portion size, food come quick, lovely place to eat would go there again

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  39. Milly

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful decor and great cocktail menu, although the service was very bad and it was so loud we had to ask to move tables. It took 40 mins for our order to be taken and waited 90 mins for one starter, the waitress was not very friendly/approachable. Side of veg consisted of green beans covered in oil, the fries were dry and burnt, the truffle chicken was very nice.

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  40. TracyF

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place great service and lovely food. Would definitely recommend going

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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 4.6 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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