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 May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (171)special occasion (168)fit for foodies (127)romantic (117)hot spot (116)great for outdoor dining (111)great for brunch (104)neighborhood gem (101)notable wine list (69)vibrant bar scene (43)good for groups (36)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (15)late-night find (15)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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..
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    absolutely delectable food- appetizers, salads, desserts we loved it all, service outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy, quality...Special
    TryThisMaybeVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    RL has always reminded me of 21 in NYC. Classy, pure service orientation, excellent food. The ambiance is comparable to fine NYC, or upscale Parie bistro ( with English accent). We ordered salmon ( fantastic), Ceasar salad ( perfect, crisp,) with shrimp done to perfection. The desserts were way too much for one or even two people. Bananas Foster will bring you back to New Orleans memories. Cheesecake is NYC style, with just sweet enough fruit compote. The service is non-intrusive, professional, adult. And finally- it's so ways an interesting to see who you are sharing the dining room with! It's one of Chicago's great restaurants...and it's not part of "the chain" in town. Highly recommend, but do expect to pay for the quality enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makes sense
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for lunch with niece
    RpnzlcpaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We traveled from San Diego and this is one of our destinations. We were thoroughly impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • indianadigger
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Got to see Bunkey! Jimmy at the bar was fun and the Dover Sole was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    Adam
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had Sunday brunch with family; restaurant was very busy, yet the service was excellent. Everyone in the family enjoyed their food selection. The restaurant was noisy however it was an enjoyable energetic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 70th Birthday celebration
    JannieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnniversaryCple
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great restaurant. Food and service were extremely good. Only negative was the noise and closeness of tables. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ralph Lauren never disapponts top notch food and service can't wait until he opens his New york spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Chicago
    LuvGrtFd
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It has become a locals restaurant
    VictoireVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    When we lived in Chicago we would come here for lunch with out-of-town guests. People were dressed more casually, as they were tourists taking a break from shopping. This time, we found it full of locals all dressed up and chatting from table to table. We felt out of place..dressed in shorts. It was classic Ralph Lauren decor. The food is still great, however the Lobster Bisque was lacking lobster bits I was used to.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lobster Bisque only
    Evelin
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a classy, tasty brunch
    KyMike78
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Raydawg
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chicago Restaurant!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harry
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous restaurant
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    RL remains one of our favorite restaurants--it is a true gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ist time and was excellent
    HSJOHN
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Broker's Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    GreatplaceNoflower
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food. Outstanding Bloody Mary. But I had to borrow a flower from the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    southerngirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always excellent service, and perfectly cooked steaks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    DBDtraveler
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at RL
    IEatAlot
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Party
    Inkicat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual
    DougVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I get to RL on every visit to Chicago. The total experience is always pleasant and memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate