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
342 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (177)great for lunch (175)great for outdoor dining (122)fit for foodies (120)romantic (120)hot spot (118)neighborhood gem (115)great for brunch (111)notable wine list (75)vibrant bar scene (50)good for groups (38)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (14)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Room, Atmosphere & Food
    WIelTigre
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long time favorite
    WisconsinGirl
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not as good as we expected
    KJ123VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Evening
    Kit123
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place. Awesome every time
    Lewis
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best!
    ChicmVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dineoutdiva
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sjsjds
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely place
    Mostany
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to place!
    Bill
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointing!
    J2TheK
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More than food
    Foodandmore
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You're simply the BEST
    Lese
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Every single time we dine at RL restaurant, it is wonderful and charming experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.