RL Restaurant

4.8
4696 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • People Watching
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 4696 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Such a lovely brunch!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Really, really great. The hostess, Carissa, couldn't have been better or nicer. Our waiter was amazing, too. Great atmosphere ...and the food was very good.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Service great as always, pricey but ok if food lives up to it. Did not this time. Veal chop was just average, calamari just average. Crab cake and lake perch fingers were very good as was the sea bass. Wine is a little pricey also by about 10%

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We try to get to RL occasionally. Our visit this time was a good one. I had the lobster bisque as a starter and while the flavor was good, the temperature of the bisque was bit on the cool side - would have preferred it to be a bit warmer. Both of our entrees were tasty and with nice presentation. Our server was good. There was another person helping and her personality did not match what I expect at RL - she was a bit arrogant and aloof. All that said, we will return again.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Wait time for our reservation

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was peak dining at 8:30pm when I arrived for my reservation. Though I waited about 20 minutes it was well worth the wait!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing Dover sole and quality cocktails make this a very special place.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The comfortable, classy dining room is a comfotable oasis on busy Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. Polite service and a nice selection of tasty dishes make the RL Restaurant a place where we look forward to dining.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Always classic
Warm, cozy, ambience
Good food
Worth the price for a special lunch

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was outstanding. It was a little crowded but all and all a great experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I can’t say enough good things about RL from the gracious staff to the always delicious food. I think I may have found my favorite steak in all of my travels of the US!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Somewhat limited menu, but everything ordered was well-prepared and tasty.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Our favorite restaurant. We go there every Sunday. Great service and food.
It is an elegant place and is a lot of fun. Very friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Once again another fabulous brunch at RL! This time we celebrated our daughter’s birthday and both the service and food were impeccable. We’ll be back next time we are in Chicago!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I love going to RL. Food is always good. I usually request a specific servicer but his tables were full. Service I received was “ok”. A little slow. Sat outside very small table. Requested to move to the table next to me once it became available but was unfortunately denied. It won’t prevent me from returning. Was just disappointed that I wasn’t accommodated.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Enjoyed having Saturday lunch outside. Very nice! Quality food and service!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Incredible..

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Pre-theatre lunch with friends

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Staff was INCREDIBLE. So nice. Decor is great. Food is fantastic--made to order. This makes it very easy for people with allergies to enjoy menu options.

Only negative was space--we had no room to move our chairs in and out or sit very comfortably because our table was in a very cramped position.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Always great. Abdel and Chris always friendly and knock themselves out. Professional warm service

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Wow! This place is amazing. Very polite staff, great food, perfect ambiance all equates to the ideal restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Service was great and so was the food! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

RL is one of our favorite places for a special lunch! Food and service are always exceptional :-)

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Food is overpriced for what it is. Salad wasn’t much better than something from a salad bar and salmon was undercooked. Gazpacho had little flavor. I remember this restaurant being much better than my recent experience here. Many better options for dining in Chicago for much better food at less or comparable price.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Superb service and the food was cooked to perfection, we had the scallop special with corn. The RL burger was delicious... don’t forget to go shopping before or after, won’t be disappointed....

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This was the most disappointing fine dining meal I’ve had ever. Started off fine, our order was taken our appetizers came out, then the problem started. After waiting 25 or 30 minutes for the entrée. The waitress came over and said the meals would be out in five minutes. After another 30 minutes and not even being able to get the waitresses attention the entrées were served. Two of the three entrées re-ordered or cold. When the waitress deliver the entrées she said desserts on Me. No apology no I’m sorry this took so long, NOTHING. When I took my first bite of cold steak I had had it. I loudly asked for the waitress who finally stopped ignoring me. She eventually had to maître d’ come over. He gave us a very phony apology. Very surprised a restaurant of this Nature would not have way better service. Very poor experience.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

For a pricey restaurant, the service was extremely disappointing. The waitress seemed put-off that we weren’t ready to place our dinner order the minute that the appetizers arrived. Then we couldn’t find her when we were ready to order our dinner. The food was good except that the steak was way over cooked and our waitress never bothered to ask how our meal was after it was served and we couldn’t find her to complain. We advised the waitress when we ordered that we were sharing a dinner but we still had to ask for an extra plate - so they brought a tiny bread plate ?!? RL has lots of well dressed people who work there standing around in clusters but they didn’t help. Bottom line, we expected much better service at what is a very expensive restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Excellent! It is always a pleasure visiting LR for the experience.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We have been selecting RL as our special occasion spot since the doors opened...it has never failed us in the slightest. Our server last night was Nicole Teoh, and she was fantastic. Charming, knowledgeable and her perfectly timed attentiveness added to our experience. My husband ordered the bacon cheeseburger on the summer menu and he said it was the best burger he has ever had in his life. ( He has consumed MANY high-end burgers to compare against) Always our first choice for Chicago dining.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Go there every time we’re in town on our girls shopping trip

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

A beautiful place for dinner. Our food and service were excellent. Highly recommend the ahi tuna burger!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

When so many restaurants today don't know that dessert gets served with a fork (except in a few instances), it was special being served properly. But then, everything was done perfectly, the food, the ambience, the service. Thank you for a delightful dining experience!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

There were much better tables in the restaurant. Those tables sat empty. We got stuck right by a service booth where staff were banging dishes about three feet from my head.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We love the food and outstanding service. It is an elegant place with a lovely menu to accommodate your every need.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The service was most excellent; provided by a waiter that has been there since the opening. That says a lot right there. The food was very good and we loved our seat in front of the open air windows. The only thing that was very minorly annoying was the 5 fire trucks/emergency vehicles that went past with VERY loud sirens blaring. The cocktails were excellent and in summary, a fine time enjoyed by all!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Despite having a reservation, we had to wait for quite a long time and then we were seated by the kitchen on the smallest table I have ever seen. So despite the wonderful atmosphere and overall enjoyable meal, we felt a little like sardines ready to go on toast! My advice is to arrive early, and ask not to be seated by the kitchen. The chicken Milanaise was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The service at RL is amazing. I was late to my reservation due to terrible traffic. And RL could not have been nicer to me. They seated my guest and made sure she was comfortable. When I arrived they knew I was stressed with traffic and they came right over to the table when I arrived and were so thoughtful. The server was knowledgeable and courteous. He also picked up it was my guests birthday and he surprised us with a beautiful birthday cake with a candle. The food is always great at RL. The atmosphere is wonderfully vibrant. And the service is second to none. I’ll definitley be back

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Same old good
But we felt rushed .
Let us enjoy a before dinner cocktail and give us a break before dessert is offered.
A few current items wouldn't hurt to freshen up the tried and true

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