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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
  • "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
  • "Love lunch here! Be it a business meeting or a special gathering of the gals, it's the place to go. Great food, wonderful ambiance and terrific service!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I took my 13 yr old daughters and a couple of friends for a fun city lunch, It was the perfect choice. They all loved the food, and the chocolate cream pie!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife's favorite restaurant. Great service; love th RL burger. Incredible photographic art collection is fun to enjoy, too."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband & I love going here! We had our 11&12 year old sons & they enjoyed pasta & a burger. I had lobster bisque which is wonderful and a salad. My husband had salad with salmon. Service is excellent and servers are alway kind & accommodating to children. It was busy & full of energy but still easy to converse."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was very good. The service and attention they gave us were even better. Only unfortunate event was having table of loud drunks next to us entire time."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Housed in a room that could be a crowded sitting room of a mid-20th century mansion, RL is always a wonderful experince. Amvience is unique, service is excellent, and the food is marvelous. On thie occasion of our daughter and son-in-law's anniversary, we shared a bottle or Prosecco and later one of white Bordeaux. Pricing was reasonable, considering the cost of food there. Our starters included oysters, escargot, and lobster bisque, all excellent. Entrees were huge, sweet scallops, halibut, and my favorite, Dover sole; all were fresh tasting and prepared to perfection. Too full for dessert, RL did comp an anniversary dessert for the occasion. A wonderful time, all worth the price, and a great experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our waiter, Christopher, was very welcoming, helpful and attentive. AMAZING crab and avocado salad as an appetizer split. For brunch we had the chicken hash and crab cake bendict. Both from RL signature plates, TO DIE FOR. Mimosa and blood mary to top it all off. Best brunch I've ever had. Then, a surprise piece of cake for our birthdays! We will be back! A must if you're traveling in Chi! **need reservations**"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Even though I'm a local and have passed this place a million times, finally got the opportunity to go here because of an 'out-of-country' tourist relative! It was awesome. Can finally say 'been there done that'!! Cheers:-)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food and service were exceptional. Our server was Molly. She went beyond her duty to accommodate us. We went there with two kids and they even made something for our children off the menu. Definitely, a must visit place in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was quite good, but the noise level and the closeness of the tables detracted from the dining experience. I expected something more sedate from Ralph Lauren."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Just a little pricey, so save for special occasions"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "If you like the look and feel of Ralph Lauren then this is RL heaven. Great small bar. Everyone is attentive. Food was terrific. No one had a bad experience. It's a place you dress up and wear something funky. You are going to see some great outfits and interesting people. Stop at the bar and have a martini!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "wonderful as usual never miss when we are in town. Always recommend to our friends"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My colleagues and I were able to have a leisurely dinner and discuss our business meeting to be held the next day. The food was superb. The service was outstanding. And, the noise level was low enough for all five of us to hear each other without straining. We loved our meals and were able to scope out other menu items that we plan to try on our next visit. We look forward to our next visit to Chicago and meal at RL."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went for brunch and I was shocked to see how small the restaurant was. The appetizers were good, I wasn't crazy about the brunch which was French toast and fruit. The French touch was quite oily . The staff was nice throughout and they accommodated our 10 month old baby despite the small space. I would go back there for dinner or lunch just to at least eat a steak there."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant in Chicago. My wife and I go here very time we go into the city. We request a corner table and ask for Brian to be our server. He is very friendly and knowledgeable about theatre and other things going on in Chicago, plus he is a great server."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very good food, atmosphere! Thank you for making my daughter's graduation lunch extra special."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a lovely booth for a 2 bottle of wine brunch with good friends. Service was outstanding and the food reliably delicious, and accomodates the selective dieter. Was a hectic brunch scene, loud and lively...still enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our favorite spot in the city for a special dinner. Molly is awesome!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great place and food. Everyone extremely attentive."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "RL is simply our favorite restaurant in Chicago. The food, service, and ambiance are predictably excellent. It can sometimes be a bit on the loud side. We live in River North and have access to many tremendous restaurants but RL has been #1 for us for many years."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very good classic selections. High prices. Service not as attentive as it used to be. Finished drinks and were never asked if we wanted another."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went here for my 1 year anniversary and everything went perfectly. The staff was outstanding and the food was out of this world. I will return"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "RL has become our Father's Day tradition for brunch with the family. A lovely place to spend time with special people!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times and often take out of towners here. Consistently good food, large menu, cool room. You kind of can't go wrong with this choice."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Fantastic, welcoming, friendly wait staff. Well varied menu. Each bite is a pleasure"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is our second time at this restaurant and we were just as pleased as the first. The server was amazing - patient, helpful and accomodating. The menu has a great variety without being overwhelming. The ambiance is incredible- dark wood and a collection of books and artwork on the walls- you feel as though you're in Charles dickens library. You definitely need a reservation here as it is always busy and always has a line. I'd go back again and again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Lived in Chicago for several years and now living elsewhere. Always go back to RL Grill, it's consistent. Service is some of the best you'll find. Food is great, recommend the RL Burger. Key lime pie and Banana's Foster are excellent. If you're making a trip to Chicago, go to RL store and grill."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you like great food, excellent service and, surprisingly, moderate prices, then you have to eat at the Polo restaurant in Chicago. We get to Chicago a couple times each year and always make sure we have time for either lunch or dinner. The food is excellent and the service is unsurpassed anywhere. You'll need a reservation because it's always busy."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great vibe, but our food was nothing special. We only had salads for lunch, but food not notable. Could have had same salad anywhere. But go for the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Since I used OpenTable I couldn't ask for a nice table. So me and my wife were placed in a poor table and after asking TWICE and talking to manager were repeated. Kind of killed the mood. As a result canceled my other reservations on OpenTable and used the usual way by calling the restaurant directly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance as expected from anything Ralph Lauren. Everything from the cocktails to dessert was presented well and tasted delicious. I highly recommend the filet with port wine and truffle oil sauce. It's to die for. The staff was amazingly attentive. We will be back during our next trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great lobster bisque, amazing salads, and good service. Its a happy place. Lunch or dinner has a vibrant crowd. Really like it! Prices are moderate."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Crowded restaurant, but excellent food and service"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Lunch portions were small Dinner was not prepared well and was prepared with no pride Will not return Has gone drastically down hill"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "RL is probably one of the few restaurants where diners still make an effort for a Saturday brunch to look as though they belong in the elegant atmosphere. The surroundings are beautiful and the menu offers something for everyone. Excellent professional service from a staff which seems to enjoy their jobs - even in the rush of Saturday brunch. The Gold Coast Benedict was wonderful; creamy hollandaise, perfectly-cooked salmon. One of my brunch companions complained that the omelet was dry and didn't have enough cheese. The other didn't like the tomato bisque she ordered and our waiter immediately brought her the lobster bisque, which she loved. Definitely a place we will return to often."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "One of the great benefits of being an Open Table VIP, and top review contributor is the on site benefits that come your way. R L Restauarnt was crowded on our arrival. Far a few minutes we stood in line until I went forward to check in with the host. Upon notifying our host of my Open Table reservation, My spouse and I not only went to the head of the line, as it was our reservation time, but we received the best table in the restaurant, a corner round table, with a corner banquette. Now about R L...Christopher, our server did an absolutely masterful job, not only with our table, but with other tables within earshot. He is a first rate server who is a great asset to R L Restaurant. Oh, and the food was very good also!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I caught up with an old friend over lunch here. It was a lovely setting that made the occasion feel special. Overall the prices are on the higher end, but there are definitely items on the menu (like the $12 burger) that are comparable in price to other restaurants in the neighborhood. I will definitely keep it on my list of places to bring friends and family who are visiting from out of town."
    Dined on 6/9/2014