RL Restaurant
RL Restaurant

RL Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rlrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (312) 475-1100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Pitts
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: RL Restaurant accepts reservations for parties up to 20 guests. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Reservationist 3124751100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Avenue
  • Public Transit: CTA Red Line Rapid Transit
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available after 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Cost is $14.00.
A word from RL Restaurant
A warm, rich interior featuring Mahogany paneling & Persian rugs, RL Restaurant houses an art collection that reflects & represents a lifestyle vision of quality, integrity & timelessness - the design & cultural aesthetic of Polo Ralph Lauren. The menu is written daily with core items, some prepared tableside, which reflect the Ralph Lauren "aspirational lifestyle." The food is not based on how exotic the chef can appear with his creativity, but on how finely tuned & balanced are his compositions -- renditions of ideas that have a history on the American Table. ****Please note that reservations are for dining room only. Bar and Patio are first come first serve.******
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
RL Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
350 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (167)special occasion (165)fit for foodies (151)hot spot (124)neighborhood gem (109)romantic (101)great for brunch (93)great for outdoor dining (81)notable wine list (61)vibrant bar scene (50)good for groups (44)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (13)Show More
  • Still the best...
    Jeff0616VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We went for my partner's birthday and had an absolutely incredible experience. The staff at RL really knows how to do it (we won't discount the Gibson Group influence!). They went out of their way to make this an outstanding experience on every level. One of our top 10 in the entire city. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and ambiance are superb
    ADiscerningTravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Enjoyed the location and the service. The bartenders were phenomenal and engaging while we sat waiting for our table. I so appreciate mixes from bottles and not bar guns. The selection of gin is excellent. The restaurant service is without equal in Chicago. Menu was quaint, with no real "ahhs" and the presentation was not anywhere what we thought. The food is good. Disappointed that the bananas foster was not prepared table side as menu states.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    OnceVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Will definitely be back. A great hit for brunch after church. The lake Persh was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closest thing to a private club without the dues.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We always enjoy RL for Sunday brunch. The crowd is always interesting, yet predictable. Food is well done, service excellent and ambiance is what you would expect form Ralph. Most dishes are classic in nature and don't try to cover new ground. More of a comfort food spot, but extremely well done and presented.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining
    Hob2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had an excellent experience, and the only negative was we felt rushed & tables were so tight that the noise level was tough for conversation. It was delicious, but a rushed experience. Our reservation was honored on time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martha
    martha
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    fabulous atmosphere, relaxed non-rushed meal, interesting menu....made for a great night with family....thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food and service was average. Dining room prepared Bananas Foster was a joke. Much better places . Better in the past
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bread basket always a hit
    PudgyVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Have eaten here many times now. Love the ambience and the yummy bread basket they serve. Had a wonderful spinach salad to start. Lot's of blue cheese added. Husband had the breaded veal dish. Very large. And very good. You can share. I had the mussels and they were fine. Nothing to write home about. This is a very nice place to eat; especially after shopping. Great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot with great food.
    OpenTableFan5
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner. We were seated in a area where the staff new many of the diners on a Thursday night. While many of the tables are close together, our area was very roomy. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our food was wonderful. While not the first choice of many people, I LOVED the calf liver! Best I have ever had. My wife had a wonderful crab cake. The sides were very forgettable. Potatoes appeared to be instant and the cream corn was corn with some cream, which was very forgettable for $7.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a classic
    hamiltonwatch
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We've been frequent guests of RL for years. While there have been a VERY few uneven moments during that time, this is one of the few spots off the Mag Mile that consistently delivers. For this visit, I tried their take on lake perch and wasn't disappointed. The panko breading complimented the delicate texture of this fish. Add wonderfully made-from-scratch cole slaw and a waiter who was perfectly attentive, and you have the recipe for an outstanding lunch. Our dessert was comped (a pleasant surprise!); a cookie assortment from a local bakery with enough variety to please the pickiest palate. RL is one of the few places in the city I'll order coffee; theirs is a blend created just for them. It's very rich and decadent; if you're a coffee snob like I am, you'll savor every sip. Finally, this establishment is a people-watching paradise. You'll find a microcosm of Chicago's famous, elite, and wealthy. Two words: Treat Yourself!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch!
    chitowngirl
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Met a friend for lunch and everyone was so accommodating, friendly and professional. Food was served promptly and it was delicious. I had the omlette, it was the fluffiest one I've ever eaten! It's a great spot with a relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    VogueVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    One of our favorites when in the city. Beautiful atmosphere, great food & service. Never disappoints, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be sure to make reservations in advance!
    SharonD2512
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We loved RL! The ambiance was intimate and clubby, the service was great and the food was spectacular! We were there at lunch and ordered the chef's specialities, both of which were divine; however, we both left food on our plates, as the portion sizes were generous. RL is a special treat for all the senses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Compelling but intense
    DenSVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Midday 12:30 appointment during bustling time at this restaurant... with immediately apparent noise and tight quarters for the table and chairs.. Was nicely provided corner table after having been seated in tighter adjacent table. Cobb salad quite good, bread and cheese crisp ok, but not extraordinary... Service attentive and timely. cost middle of the road to high... Overall fun meal time adventure, and my business meeting went well.. We did hear ourselves easily, despite the ambient noise levels... Would go back..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jam packed, too crowded and food was mediocre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    It is obvious that the management at RL is trying to maximize the space for profit. It was so crowded the wait staff had a difficult time getting around. Couple that with a clientele jamming into the corner to check their puffy jackets and it was a dreadful experience. The service was excellent, but all that was negated by the discomfort of being packed in like sardines and a very mediocre turkey burger.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will return. A favorite when we visit Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food is delicious and the service is over the top. Dining area is a little cramped, but everyone is so accommodating and the surroundings are so warm that once you're seated you feel completely at home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    In Chicago to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. I made the reservations in advance for brunch on OpenTable. When we arrived we were greeted immediately and taken to our table with the little "reserved" sign on it. The atmosphere was quite impressive with the random artwork, photos, built-ins and woodwork. Our server delivered a basket with yummy pastries & a spectacular strawberry butter that is made in house. I ordered the smoked salmon eggs Benedict and my daughter had the french toast. The eggs were poached perfectly, which seems like a simple task but rarely do I find when dining out. The smoked salmon was exceptional plus it was on a bed of potato cakes. My daughter's french toast was well-prepared and visually appealing. The service was attentive however it did seem to diminish as the meal went on. My only complaint would be that the placement of the tables was a bit crowded. Overall a great experience and would return when visiting Chicago again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience must go.......
    LifizgudVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The food was amazing, the service was superb. There is not a single thing I would change. You must go and enjoy the wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    mrodg2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend. We are from out of town and not familiar with restaurants in this area. Thought we should try it and we were not disappointed! The waiter was very knowledgable about the entire menu, gave us his recommendations when we would ask, and the food was amazing. I had the Seafood Papperdelle which had a great amount of scallops and lobster with a great cream sauce and my partner had the Veal chop which was equally as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcus
    Marcus
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    great and good food. Friendly staff and good ambiance. Also air condition was on such a level that it was not too cold but delivered fresh air despite the fact that the restaurant was 100 % full
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJ421
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Love RL. Great food and very generous portion sizes. It's my favorite restaurant for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!
    Neville76
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    always great place to be and food is always delicious and great drinks love the ambiance like an old world gentleman's club!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    Kate
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My sister and I took our 86 year old mother to this restaurant and couldn't have been more thrilled- with not only the food but the wait staff. Glad we came early (and with a reservation-a must for a Saturday night), because we were treated to amazing service by our captain, Abdel Afkir and our waiter, Victor Mora. They were not only efficient, but incredibly personable with us--our mother in particular! By far the best dining experience I've ever had. So thankful we found this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Audge
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    There were regulars seated by us that you could tell had their favorites, which adds to the ambiance (seats are close, so not a very private dining venue). The service was very warm and attentive. The decor, of course was so cool and very Americana. Food and Kir royals delish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too crowded, too noisy - excellent food!
    MJ2EVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    RL is a beautiful restaurant with excellent food and earnest servers. However, when we were there on a Friday night with a group of friends we found it to be inordinately loud and crowded. By crowded, I don't mean just full. The tables are far too close together and one cannot move without bumping into the person behind you. I was bumped 20 times (I started counting) by wait staff. I feared for the safety of the diners and the staff and thought for sure food was going down. I really felt for the servers who frequently apologized. We were seated close to a serving station and I continue wondering if OpenTable diners get subpar tables. I do remember enjoying my meal immensely and having a very knowledgeable server. However I am at the stage in my eating experiences where I value the ability to enjoy my meal without fear of injury and I value being able to hear my companions and engage in conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday dinner
    Barry
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Perfect for any occasion including a milestone birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must.
    KLWLR
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A trip to Chicago would not be complete without a trip to Ralph Lauren for lunch. Fresh, beautiful, and delicious always. Don't miss a visit to the 4th floor "Home Boutique" afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfu Experience
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We have wanted to go to RL for years and on this visit it finally happened. What a wonderful experience as the atmosphere is classic Ralph Lauren which is classy , dramatic and warm. The service was impeccable as it is very busy restaurant. The Menu will satisfy everyone as it has the range to satisfy anytype of pallet. Great place to people watch as you are in the heart of the city . My wife had the Crabcake Benedict which was excellent and I had there special salad which was also excellent. It takes some planning to reserve a table but you will not be disappointed.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hedhunter9701
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Walking in to RL's is like entering a small but sophisticated "watering-hole" where Bogart, Gary Cooper, Jimmie Stewart, and their buddies could come for a few laughs, drinks, and a great dinner. A raised panel bar-room with adjoining white linen tablecloth dining room, where customers enjoy dining on fine food, nursing top-shelf drinks, ordering simple yet complex appetizers, and delightful dinners, with great service. If you need to cut costs, come here for lunch rather than dinner, but either way, its a delight. A little creativity in the bar, offering two drinks for a lower price will sell more drinks and keep over-priced drinks within a reasonable price range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lovely Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    What a fabulous meal at RL. Service, by Jeff, was phenomenal. Highly recommend RL for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My only complaint is that the tables are too close -- you feel very crammed. Very cramped.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ralph Lauren Chicago
    1stcook
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A standard MUST GO when I'm in Chicago!! So perfect all the time. Wonderful service--you never feel rushed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maeve
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great restaurant! Only complaint....the tables are REALLY close together. Once you are seated, you will think twice about getting up and navigating around the tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great American Fare
    Babbs
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Extremely comfortable restaurant,( I was able to converse without shouting over the non-existent music) satisfying food and attentive servers. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must-Visit in Chicago
    smunycVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Thought there are countless Ralph Lauren stores worldwide, there are only two RL restaurants . . . Chicago and Paris. Food was exceptional, the setting stylish and sophisticated, and overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
    shosh
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    AT THE BAR WITH BARTENDERS AND STRANGERS WHO KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW: THE BAR IS THE BEST SEAT BECAUSE IT IS INTIMATE LESS ROWDY FUN WHILE MUNCHING ON A THE BEST FOOD, A BURGER AND FRIES AND A DRINK.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my wife's birthday dinner
    Clancy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Simply, RL in my wife's favorite spot for birthday dinner and I love to take her there. We were able to sit by the fireplace in bar area with my 15 yr old son and really enjoyed. Food really good. Service even better. Great ambiance. We'll be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great lunch! The staff was so friendly and this was an above average lunch stop! VERY good food, can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Absolutely perfect! The service was great and very friendly. I will go there every time I am in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable food, excellent decor
    Drew
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. Filet done to perfection. Was here before and brought friends this time to enjoy. Love the restuarant decor and atmosphere. Only complaint was noise level. Tables are pretty close, needed some music to drown out next tables conversations. Still one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.