RL Restaurant

4.7
4899 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located adjacent to the Ralph Lauren Chicago flagship store on Michigan Avenue, RL Restaurant features the vision and décor of Ralph Lauren in a modern club atmosphere.

Guests first enter the bar, where they can enjoy a selection of cocktails and light fare, at the bar or on aged leather banquettes by the cozy fireplace.

RL Restaurant offers classic American cuisine inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal favorites. Seasonal dishes range from a colorful beet salad and crab cakes to a corned beef sandwich, dover sole and steaks. On the cocktail list, guests can choose from classic drinks and a diverse selection of wines and other fine spirits. RL Restaurant offers a comfortably luxurious setting for food and drink in the heart of Chicago.

Please note reservations are for the dining room only. Bar and Patio are first-come, first-serve.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(312) 475-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Pitts
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Private party facilities
RL Restaurant accepts reservations for large parties. Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Reservationist: (312) 475-1100
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Cross street
Michigan Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking is available after 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Cost is $15.00.
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Public transit
CTA Red Line Rapid Transit
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM

What 4899 People Are Saying
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BK
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL’s is always wonderful. The service is always tops (Jesus and Alberto) and the food superb! Our favorite restaurant!

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l
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Presentation of the perfect. Gluten friendly. Loved everything about this place—very charming and a hidden secret!

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always hopping! No place to wait when it’s crowded but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

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JV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The room was very very limited in space per customer. Noise level was extreme comparable with stadium cheer. There was a dog behind me. Never so disappointed. We left because of all of this. We had dinner at a chain restaurant where all of of this was not the case and with much more satisfaction, also price wise.

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EK
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have been more pleased with the food, vibe and service. a favorite that we never miss when traveling to Chicago. Highly recommend

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OT
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it at RL. Always elegant and great service and good. The staff is very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!!

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P
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had Brunch to end our Girls Trip.
Everyone enjoyed!

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I bring my sister every year to celebrate her birthday. We love the ambience, the people watching, the food. Everyone seems so happy to be there!

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L
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Even though we had an open table reservation we were made to wait for a table, we got seated 30 minutes after our reservation time and we had arrived 5 minutes early.

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NW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful setting. Good food . Issue with reservations we had to wait just a bit but no place to stand or sit.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A classic Chicago experience. Highly recommend!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome on all levels. One of our favorites in Chicago!

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MS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest and I had a fabulous time! Great food and great service!

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L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Lake Perch (aka Fish Sticks) in the Tri State area

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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and charming, RL is a step back into a grand style of food and service. Clubby casual with impeccable graciousness. My husband would say: Go for the Dover Sole. As a vegetarian I also had many choices. I hope RL is on this esteemed Chicago corner forever!

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f
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My friend invited me for lunch to RL. I had never been. When I got there, I checked in with the hostess for my 1:15 open table reservation. I believe she forgot about us because 15 mins later I approached and reminded another hostess that I had been waiting. They were seating others before us who arrived after I checked in. I ordered the lobster bisque soup which was delicious and then ordered the veggie burger which was not very tasty, dry and lacked flavor as well as presentation. It came with fries which tasted as they had sat for awhile. They were not crispy or hot...just warm. I just ate the inside of the burger because I was hungry. I did share my concerns with the waiter when he asked about my meal but said nothing when I told my burger was dry and lacked flavor. My friend ordered the avocado crab salad and her dish was appealing and tasted good. A bit overprice for what you get but it is a place to see and been seen. The restaurant is small but cute and had a nice ambience to it.

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant in every way;great food & outstanding service!

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Chicago
160 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place. We go every Sunday. The food and service are outstanding
and it has an elegant environment. All are friendly and we always leave happy!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Very accommodating and great quality food.

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MF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, can count on great service, delicious food and a fun experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Very memorable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was phenomenal!

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T
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food selections! Always a favorite dining spot for our family when visiting Chicago. Reservations are a must :)

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BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go every two weeks. That should say enough. The Lake Perch is my favorite dish.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We waited half hour fir our table despite our reservation. We were seated at a tiny table right in a traffic pattern. My husband was bumped by waiters and diners passing by throughout our meal. We will not be returning to this restaurant

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SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The room was too loud for conversation and we could not hear each other across the table. My chair was bumped all night by wait staff and people walking in . The entree prices are high. They have too many tables crammed into the room to deliver the ambience and service to match the prices they are charging. I was disappointed that I came with my out of town guests for what I thought would be a quiet evening because we couldn’t talk. We left after the main course and went across the street to the HyAtt for coffee and dessert.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining at RL. It has a great ambience, fabulous food, fantastic service and is consistently wonderful. One of my favorite places in Chicago.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch. Great service and experience as usual!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The waiter was funny and engaging but they wanted us to eat fast so they could turn the table. He kept coming asking if we were finished and pushing for us to move. Not ok.

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KM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit family in Chicago and love coming here every time.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lunch with my 6 year old son

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K
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a drink at the bar - Russell was helpful and attentive. He suggested we eat at the bar and we did. My wife had a beet salad which was delicious and, at Russell’s recommendation I had the red snapper which was excellent.

As a Floridian who fishes and cooks his catch, I am extremely particular about seafood preparation- most often overcooked and dry. Russell got me over my phobia about seafood in the midwest and I was very happy he did.

We frequently visit Chicago and always stay at the Park Hyatt. R-L is across the street and will become a regular stop for me.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Steak was not made as requested. While the steak was remade the party was not able to enjoy their meal together. Definitely ruined the social occasion.

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g
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite dining spot. Food & and beautiful surroundings are fabulous!
Take into consideration that prime time is a challenge to get a reservation.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly and knowledgeable staff. Top class basic ingredients cooked simply to perfection. Dishes arrive straight from the kitchen. Crowded in the evening but not too noisy. Our fourth visit and never disappointed

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ZA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Haven't been there in a few years. It was very crowded with tables very close together and the noise level was much greater than I would prefer. Food was good.

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DF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tables are to close together. Kept hitting chairs in other tables

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OT
Chicago
160 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. We go every Sunday. The service and
food are wonderful. There is a great atmosphere, too.

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