Rita"s began as a pop-up restaurant in East London from 2012-2013. Founded by a group of four friends, the menu is as varied as their personalities, showcasing what the group set out to present as simply 'the best bar food they could think of'. Signature dishes such as the famous buttermilk fried chicken roll became standout but the restaurant menu has now evolved from bar food, maintaing the ethos of simple, good quality well made dishes. Head Chef Gabriel Pryce, after a five year stint working in NYC brings his interests in both classic American fare and the food from more far flung reaches so readily available in such a city to the menu and style of food created at Rita's, Adapting these influences to working with fantastic suppliers and seasonal, English produce along with the skill and experience of newest addition to the Rita's family, Andrew Clarke, (previously of Salt Yard).


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175 Mare Street
E8 3RH
Public transport:
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Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rita's

5.0 out of 5 17 January 2015
by Megan P.

I love Rita's. Last night the four of us started with blood orange margaritas, sake hi-balls and the usual but always delicious frozen ritas. Their drinks are mixed perfectly. With a balance of booze, sweet, salty and tart that always hits the spot.

After a few drinks we shared some fried cheese, black sauce wings, buffalo wings, tostadas, a few chicken rolls, a patty melt, green chilli mac...more

3.0 out of 5 1 November 2014
by Jinny N.

Bookmarked Rita's after reading about it. My husband brought me here on another recommendation. Winner!

We were both keen to try the fried chicken, so we worked from there. We're were momentarily tempted by the specials slow cooked ox cheek and patty melt but we decided to stick with the chicken. We of course had to have some snacks - house pickles and chicharrones (pork scratchings), and we...more

3.0 out of 5 2 October 2014
by Laura C.

I wanted to give this place 4 stars as I've been meaning to come here for about a year.

I got taken here on a date as they have a new cocktail bar downstairs that he wanted to try.


cool minimalist decor

not too small

friendly service

tasty food

unusual beers/drinks

quirky food like fois gras beignets for desert!

the music was varied - so,e upbeat stuff and some chilled stuff. and just...more

3.0 out of 5 2 February 2014
by Alex S.

Coming from the states and spending time on the border of the south, I'm a big fan of chicken and waffles. Easy my top five comfort food of all time. The combination of sweet and savoury, all before 10am? Bring it on.

So when an Unconventional Breakfast event was set up to go try this American eatery, I was all in. A little taste of home? Yes please.

We got to the spot about 10 minutes...more

4.0 out of 5 26 January 2014
by Josy A.

Om nom nom.

Yelp has quite a lot of American reviewers, but I'm not one of them, so I must confess I have never eaten a combination of fried chicken and sweet waffles. The idea would probably have never even come into my head if I didn't have yelp friends to tell me about it. Therefore I have absolutely no idea if this tastes like it should in the American South...but I know I like it.


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