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RL Restaurant
RL Restaurant

RL Restaurant Details

  • 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 (312) 475-1100

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.******Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "RL is a great looking , but small , restaurant. This place could be used in one of the RL " to the manor born" clothing ads . The service was perfect . The food on the other hand was barely just ok. My escargot appetizer was tough.I had the seafood over pappardelle in cream sauce. The seafood was fine and well cooked. The " pappardelle " was not pappardelle by NY standards. The noodles were too wide and reminded me of those egg noodles you get in cellophane bags at the grocery store. They were all crumpled together with a gluey , virtually there sauce . My dining companion said it looked like something you'd give your 7 year old. Very unfortunate. So as RL is all about the look , his restaurant makes sense. I would not bother going again."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Everything was great but surprised that they did not offer my wife a special birthday desert ...instead they put a candle on one of the deserts we ordered. . A candle on the tiny brownie on my bunny cookie desert the we were charged for..just thought that was unusual..other wise a wonderful $300.00 dinner."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I expected a dark, chophouse, but RL is an amazing restaurant with a great variety of fish, lamb, veal and beef. They hit all the classic dishes. The wine list was very good, and lunch at the bar the next day was great. We will definitely put RL on our list for future visits to Chicago."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I absolutely love the elegant ambiance inside RL. It's the only restaurant where I prefer to sit inside and not outside on a nice day! However, I hate to say that the lobster bisque was mediocre, even disappointing given the reputation of the restaurant and the price. I was aware of the $10 for a bowl of soup price going in but I never mind the price if the quality calls for it. The taste was bland and resembled soup out of a box more than a freshly prepared lobster bisque. The restaurant is beautiful, staff are extremely friendly, but I would not try their lobster bisque again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "RL never disappoints. From the top-notch service to the crisp table linens and fresh flowers on every table, this is the place to go for a nice, classy brunch that is refreshingly come-as-you-are casual. While I wouldn't show up post gym, diners are dressed in everything from shorts and polo shorts to dress pants and button downs. The waiters, along with the rest of the staff, are friendly and have the somewhat rare to find skill of knowing when to check on the table and when to allow diners enjoy their table mates and food. And oh, the food. I've never had anything bad or even mediocre when dining at RL. No matter what you get, end your meal with coffee and Bunky's Cookies - it's a plate of cookies with enough for 4 people to share."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We do love this restaurant - mainly because its one of the last hold outs with fois gras - which was fantastic on saturday night - however, the seats are REALLY close together to the point where we were touching other seats with our seats - they are really cramming in covers as tightly as possible and this also led to a very noisy evening - we could hear every word of the conversations on both sides of us. That being said, the food is wonderful - the brussels are a delight!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very good food in cozy, traditional atmosphere. Service normally superb but we had a bad waiter who spent his whole time chatting with a loud guest at the next table."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My two adult daughters and I had dinner at RL Restaurant. The atmosphere, food and service was top-notch. Our server, Karla, was friendly, knowledgable and made great recommendations. All three of us would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Always a treat for dining here with delicious food, great attentive service and great wines. A place for special occasions. Always difficult to get reservations, but keep trying. ou will not regret it."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "RL remains one of our favorite restaurants--it is a true gem!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "First time visit - RL was recommended by our son and we enjoyed it very much...service and food were pretty special! - will definitely go back when in Chicago!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was my second time here. I brought 2 of my clients to say thank you for their business and my husband as well. I made reservations well in advance and requested a booth on the perimeter of the room specifically to avoid the "sardine" feeling when you sit in the middle of the room. Unfortunately we never got our booth,we sat right behind the podium cramped &getting hit by waiters, & people constantly. Our waiter was Jeff, a fabulous personality, but he forgot my client's wine twice. I specifically told Courtney - a wonderful girl by the way that the bill was to come to me . She told Jeff but Jeff ended up giving it to my client- NOT GOOD! Thankfully my husband rescued the check . Tables are way too close to enjoy any fine dining."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great food. Outstanding Bloody Mary. But I had to borrow a flower from the table next to us."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Always excellent service, and perfectly cooked steaks."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "RL was a special find on our trip to Chicago. The service from our waiter Scott was impeccable. Friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Our entrees were the halibut and the salmon, which were both outstanding in every way. From presentation to quality, but most importantly, the taste was incredible! Our personal favorite was their peach pie for two. Wow now that was worth every calorie! Our reservations were at 5:30 on a Friday night and it was not overly busy yet by the time we left it was quite busy. So if you are seeking a bit quieter time, go early. My husband and I highly recommend RL. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great place, a little pricey for lunch with two sandwiches at $16 and $17 a piece but they were delicious and included delicious sides. Outdoor dining was incredible with great people watching with location directly across from the old water tower."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Two couples celebrated my 70th birthday at RL. Could not have been better. My halibut was perhaps the best I've ever had. Jeff the server was excellent. So was Mollie and Abdul. Did not rush us, since we went to high school together and had much to discuss."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I get to RL on every visit to Chicago. The total experience is always pleasant and memorable."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This is a very special, very nice spot for any meal on the Magnificent Mile. We're from Wisconsin and try to eat there after shopping in the store (by the way, nice sale this past weekend 8/2/14) and it is a place where you'll enjoy the atmosphere and food - it is a very enjoyable setting. I particularly enjoy the steak tartar appetizer but it is a large serving that must be shared with at least one or two people. The lobster bisque is my wife’s favorite and we always enjoy their wines. All the main courses are good as are the sandwiches. Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "You can never go wrong with the delicious menu options at RL. Whether it's for lunch or dinner, the classic atmosphere always lends to a fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The week before we ate at Joe's Seafood down the street. Had hoped this would be as good. The food just was not anything special. We were spoiled at Joe's and will go back there."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We LOVED the food. The Beef Carpaccio was the best our friend has ever had. My husband loved the Lobster Bisque and two of us had the Tomato Bisque. Again excellent. I can't believe we were able to get king salmon! Three of us selected it and the presentation did not disappoint and the salmon was wonderful. The remaining member chose the grilled steak. He is a steak nut and he raved about it. Portions were all good sizes and the sides were made for sharing. The menu offers lots of choice with some signature dishes as well. Wine list was well-selected and not over-priced. Very professional servers and never intrusive. Restaurant was very crowded at 7:30 so it was difficult to talk, but the crowd thinned out. Lovely restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We love love this place. We have been coming for years. Never have we had a bad experience. Best burger in town. Will keep coming back and will post a great review on trip advisor."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My friend and I have lunch here every time she's in from New York. It never disappoints and this was no exception. The food and service are impeccable. And the crispy crackle bread they bring out is addictive!!!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Unfortunately, both halibut entrees were overdone. The server was apologetic & removed the cost of one entree. She did come round to the table well after the food was delivered to check. Also, we were seated late. The dining room is not large. If you go & have never been before, Be prepared to be seated at entrance of room. If this is an issue, request a table at a wall around the room. Seemed like there were many regulars dining there that night & they received preferential treatment(of course)."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Good food. Service declined. Additional tables have been added which makes for tight spacing and waiter bumping into customers plus more noise. We have been to RL's many times but recent visits have been very negative. It seems that the pressure to max tables has down graded diner comfort and experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I started coming to RL for their drinks a few years ago, but what was my surprise that they have probably the best calf liver in town. Their lobster sandwich is really good, not to mention their bisque and some of the salads. The service is meticulous and very attentive."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to Chicago for years and love to experiment with new venues, including restaurants. One standby location, however is RL. It's always on our list. This past week we celebrated my wife's birthday there and had a magnificent time."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This has and will continue to be one of my very favorite restaurants in Chicago. It's one of my go-to places for visiting company and local friends alike! The restaurant embodies the glamour and luxury that is the world of Ralph Lauren. It's finely appointed with an easy comfort that sets you at complete ease!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It is great when you find a restaurant that has wonderful food, and doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Just great food, fun atmosphere and some people watching! What more could you want? Also. We had an attentive waiter."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Every single time we dine at RL restaurant, it is wonderful and charming experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Excellent service, food and drinks! Great waiter and attentive staff. Would go again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We try to go here whenever we are in Chicago nothing like it!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Whenever in Chicago, we always try to go to RL. It has everything a cozy atmosphere, great service and delicious food. We ordered Steak Diane and it was out of this world!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our experience at RL was wonderful. The food and especially the service at lunch was outstanding. We had the turkey burger and lobster roll. Both entrees were well prepared. It is a beautiful restaurant and we enjoyed the overall ambiance which is RL classy. On our next visit to Chicago, we will definitely make a repeat stop at RL."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "It's fantastic. Great food and great service. The place is extremely attractive as well. Loved it!!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I've dined at RL for several very special occasions and keep coming back because of the service and the food. The staff there is impeccable and goes out of their way. I was most recently there with my twin sister for a small 40th birthday celebration with our husbands and our dad and I noted that in my Open Table reservation request. RL called earlier that day to confirm the reservation and I asked if it was possible for us to have one of the perimeter booth tables and they said they would do their best. The were able to provide that to us as well as providing great menu recommendations and adding a candle and "Happy Birthday" in chocolate with our desserts. RL is top notch."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food is OK, but, still a great place for lunch. Great ambience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have dined at RL many times and it is always consistent. Good food, good staff and lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had an early dinner at 4:30 prior to a concert. Great ambience and superb service. Good food and great location. Mentioned it was our anniversary when making open table reservation. They remembered and surprised us with a lovely comp dessert. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014