RL Restaurant

4.7
4907 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 4907 People Are Saying
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Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservation but sat in the bar. The staff is amazing! Food exceptional!

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CP
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kale salad with salmon was perfect!

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TP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to RL 5 times or so in the past year and a half. . Every visit has been exceptional. Have recommended it to all. See you soon, Trish💋

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OT
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place because of hospitality and elegance plus outstanding food

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c
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Despite reservations, had to wait 25 minutes for a table. Tables so close that when waiter or host serves the next table, you get someone's rear end in your face. Water was spilled on the floor as we approached table. Had to call busboy to wipe up the floor. Food was fair but rather skimpy in portions.

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B
St. Louis
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation but they were backed up 45 minutes. They did offer a complementary dessert though. Service was excellent. Food very good, but not as good as usual.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome vibe. Always crowded but that’s part of the scene.

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BK
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined 5 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
78 reviews
Dined 7 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 on November 13, 2018
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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PB
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I live in Chicago and have been a regular customer for many years. No more. I had a reservation for a business dinner with myself and two other male associates at 8 PM on a Monday night. Upon arrival (onetime), was told that our table had paid their check and we would be seated “in a few minutes”. 45 minutes later, we were finally seated crammed into a corner table for 2. We were seated next to a table for 4 which was vacant when we were seated....and remained vacant during our entire dinner. Then slow service with no apology or accommodation offered.
Never again.

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
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
161 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!!

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P
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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
17 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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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
161 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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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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