RL Restaurant
RL Restaurant

RL Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rlrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3124751100
  • 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
333 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (158)special occasion (151)fit for foodies (123)neighborhood gem (106)hot spot (103)great for outdoor dining (99)romantic (98)great for brunch (85)notable wine list (59)vibrant bar scene (36)good for groups (35)scenic view (14)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (13)Show More
  • molly
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Always an interesting menu. I come here every time I'm in Chicago. Great for people watching. The staff never rushes you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kathleen
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    always enjoy the decor and location but the food was good not great and it is noisy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent business dinner
    QFanVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    RL is a formal dining space with professional wait staff, but with a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere. Tables are packed together and the volume can get very loud, but the food quality and service are outstanding and it is not so loud that dining companions cannot converse with each other without yelling too loudly. My business dinner companion (from London) loved the feel of the restaurant and greatly enjoyed his foie gras appetizer and scallops dinner. My shrimp/calamari appetizer was good, and the veal chop was excellent. I often bring associates to RL for business lunches and dinners, and have never been disappointed with the quality of the food, the service, or the appropriateness of the venue!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    One of the greatest decorated places I've seen. Food was ok I had the baked cheese which was very good and then the polo burger, it was average. We had some cookies for desert, they were ok, nothing more. I would recommend it more for its ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bumps in the Night
    FoodtimeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Well below my expectations. Restaurant is small and tables are packed in. I was sitting on the aisle and bumped into repeatedly by waitstaff and busboys throughout the evening. Certainly not a high class experience. Hostess suggested we sit in the bar while we waited for our reserved table and pointed to a tiny bar that obviously had no seats available. When we were seated, we were given menus but no wine list. Server came up and asked if we would like drinks, offered to get us a wine list and went off to get one and did not return for quite some time. She was apologetic, at least. After that, service was okay. Food was good, competent but nothing was remarkable. No one in our party of 4 felt they would wish to return.
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  • Food did not deliver
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have been to RL on several occasions and the food/service is always great. For this trip, I took my dad who was visiting from Virginia. We had escargot, lobster bisque, filet , potatoes and asparagus. We finished with the ganache chocolate cake, which was delicious! The escargot and soup were delivered within 1 minute of each other so we sent the escargot back since we wanted to enjoy our courses. Both were just OK. The filet was terrific but there was so much sauce on it, it did not go well with either potato or asparagus side. We finished with the chocolate cake and my dad ordered a cup of coffee which was served cold. Cold coffee did not make sense for a Saturday night during prime-time service hours... Our experience was just OK.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    LettuceFanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Anyone who doesn't adore this place is crazy. Yes, it's not cheap. But it's worth treating yourself if you can. The food is perfect, service flawless but friendly and the restaurant itself is a lovely place to find yourself in. The Lobster Club, Short Ribs, and Lobster Bisque are standouts.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RL is always a go to staple
    lakeviewguy2VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had an amazing dinner & experience with friends. Even after 30 minutes of waiting on our reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Interior is starting to feel a bit dated and needs a bit of refreshing
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Place
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Have been here several times. This is a very popular, busy spot. Sometime, even with a reservation, you can wait up to a half hour to be seated. We went on a Monday and had a very nice experience. The food is very good and the dining room service is friendly and efficient. We like the seafood choices, including the lobster bisque, scallops, perch, and halibut. Nice desserts and a decent wine list make this a great spot for an enjoyable dinner in a classy setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • djdn
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    second time at RL and it did not disappoint. Great food and great service. When in Chicago i highly recommend this place. Convenient to all the shopping with a 5 star atmosphere. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    Baron
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was actually disappointed with this restaurant. With so many outstanding restaurants in Chicago I would never reccomend this one to anyone. The menu was not very interesting and the food was just okay. The exception would be the Dover Sole which two people in my party ordered and rated it as wonderful. The tables were so crowded together that you could hardly walk between them. There were packed in an area in the front of the restaurant in an area that appeared to probably be a vestibule or waiting area. RL definitely not up to par with top Chicago restaurants!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RL Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My absolute favorite eating spot in the city! Great food, service and fabulous dining room energy!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Away from the City
    DrCanseco
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    As soon as you enter you feel away from the city, almost as if you were traveling on a cruise, the room is cousy with great service from the people. The way the room is furnished makes you feel as if you were surrounded just by family and friends. Pleasant stay. The food is great and every bite awakens a sense of grandeur and perfection without falling into exaggeration
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncomfortable Dining
    TOMPETEMD
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The restaurant has very good food but the seating is very crowded and the tables themselves are VERY uncomfortable. The tables have a very poor design in that the top sits on a very wide pedistal base. Thus there is very little leg room which makes dining an unpleasant event. One can see the table design flaw in that the chairs sit far out from the table. If you are tall, this is not the restaurant to visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't rush us
    Boston
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The restaraunt was beautiful with lovely art work everywhere and comfortable seating. There were two larger groups seated also and each had an overly served guest. They were loud and abnoxiuos and management did nothing to address it. That ruined our conversation and experience. Also if you are going to allow guests to make an 8:30 dinner reservation on a Monday evening don't be pulling our plates off the table when we are not finished eating our meals !!! The food was delicious and unique and it's unfortunate we felt rushed for the amount of money we spent. I would go again , but would not allow the same experience to happen again to us without comment to the management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RL - Always a Great Choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This restaurant never fails - we love it here! The food, service and ambiance are great and people watching is also a plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jenn
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was very very good. Service was great and speedy. But the seating is very close. The place is kind of small.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    BrunchloverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant was superb. Food was very good and service beyond expectations! A very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good went back next nigh
    RLfan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My daughter-in-law recommended RL so I made a reservation. Our table was ready, service was great and food wonderful. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next night and was able o get a patio table. I cant wait for them to open in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    JannieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always good for special occasions..service was not up to snuff...had to spend a little more time finding our waiters than usual..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    DCnDCVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    RL's is always on our list when we visit Chicago. Normally we go for dinner but this visit was for lunch. Foodwise, you really can't go wrong with just about anything. It is all very good and the presentation is beautiful. Service is impeccable; they know how treat their customers. The restaurant style and decor is classic Ralph Lauren; deep rich woods, brass, dark velvet wall paper in Ralph Lauren blue. If you're a fan of Ralph Lauren and have been to any of the larger stores, you'll appreciate the decor immediately.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    ChicagoKim
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We live in the area and continue to enjoy this place! Fantastic service....great food....fun scene!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    Good1VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have been to RL for 'ladies' lunch many times and it is always very crowded and the food is good. My husband and I were in the neighborhood for a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art and went to RL for dinner as it is in walking distance. The service was great, the food delicious. We expected the high dinner prices due to the name and the location so we were not surprised, or bothered by it. The food was very good ... and the 'David Bowie Is' exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, Decent service
    nickname
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Lunch dining: Great food, halibut dish was delicious. Service was odd, several waiters attended our table without much coordination between them - one example, orders were taken by multiple waiters; another example, we were told they were out of a dish I wanted, then told they did have it, then finally told they were out of it. Overall, enjoyed the food, and servers were very attentive and kind, but slightly off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    Pickyone8
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to the restaurant to celebrate the upcoming wedding of my best friend and his partner, they chose the restaurant and I must say it was an excellent choice ! Everything was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RL Regulars; disappointed this time
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are RL regulars and will likely continue to be. That said, our food on Friday night was simply not up to the usual RL standard..
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience
    Suzb
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent service. Our server, christy, was knowledgeable, engaging, and just attentive enough. The atmosphere was understated elegance. The food was beautifully presented and was fabulous. Great evening. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SueSydney
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Just as I expected, anything Ralph Lauren is exceptional! Extremely knowledgable staff with service to match. Atmosphere was great as Restaurant was full and the food was superb. Would highly recommend the Restaurant as a must when in Chicargo and will definitely be back to Chicargo only to eat at the Ralph Lauren Restaurant again. Love everything he does and the Restaurant is no exception!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoped for more....
    Iowa2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The first impression of RL is a very good one, presenting a clublike feeling. We were initially seated near the rear next to the kitchen door. The cooking odors were overwhelming so we asked to be moved. Our female waiter seemed tired and bored. The drinks were fine, but the food was uneven: my lump carb cakes were ordinary, while my friend's braised short ribs were fantastic. Dessert was a disappointment. The menu stated that the Bananas Foster was prepared table-side: not true. They were served already cooked. Why didn't we learn this when we ordered? The bananas were very over-cooked and mushy, the sauce was thick and almost cool. With the wonderful dining choices in downtown Chicago, I would probably not dine here again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Patmac
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Service was excellent. Food very good with a nice atmosphere. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fancy place and great food
    Mfdutto
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I went with a friend and we order the fried olives and the tomato and mozzarella tarta as apetizers. Those options were amazing. Then since we saw that the entrees had a considerable size, we decided to shar a salad and the RL burger. Both plates were spectacular as well. The only critic I would do is that the place is a little bit noicy and dark. But overall it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Available time slots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I find it odd that only 11:00 or 2:00 was available on Open table when the restaurant was virtually empty until 12:30.. I think we could have just called the restaurant directly and gotten a better reservation and will probably do so in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Quality
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been to RL several times over the past few years and they consistently maintain the highest level of service and outstanding food. Great spot for business dinner or a night out with family or friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was excellent, service impeccable, perfect Sunday birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful restaurant!
    TM26
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The service here was great! They treat you like royalty waiting on your every need. Very upscale fancy restaurant. Pastries were awesome and the head waiter Chris was the best! Will definitely visit next time I'm in town! Thanks for the great service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ReluctantReviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The server agreed to pace our order after we hestitated to place the entire order at once. Shortly (too shortly) after we had finished our appetizers, my steak appeared in front of me. My husband's steak came about 5 minutes later. I ordered the Steak Diane which turned out to be an enormous slab of meat riddled with fat. It was disappointing to me as we had been to RL years before and I also ordered the Steak Diane which then was a perfectly proportioned cut of meat (i.e., not a giant slab) with no fat. The escargot was only ok, the creamed spinach was spinach is what seemed to be skim milk. The green beans were great as was the blueberry pie. In the end, definitely not worth the price.
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  • Great turkey burger
    BossLady
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    As a non-beef eater I love it when I come across a good turkey burger. Very good flavor, I could taste the herbs in it. We sat out on patio on a slow afternoon and it was perfect. Joseph waited on us and he was very attentive. Definitely will come back. Btw, good Lemon drops as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Diner10
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I think it's the service and surroundings that make this place so terrific-- coupled with really good food. Lots of fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS GREAT OUR SIXTH TIME NOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the minute you walk in to the time you leave, you will have the time of your life, being pampered by the best waiters and the greatest food by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.