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RL Restaurant

4.8
4476 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
What 4476 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always excellent service and outstanding food. It is an
Elegant and fun place

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

I have been going to RL for years and have always been very pleased with the service and food. This past Saturday, however, I was very disappointed and embarrassed, also because I had VIP guests with me. We had 7:45 pm reservations. I knew we were in trouble when we got there a few minutes early. There must have been between thirty to forty people waiting to get seated. The waiting/bar area is tight and we had no choice but to stand sandwiched against each other. We were not seated until slightly after an hour of our reservation, during which hour we remained standing pinned against the wall. And when we were seated RL had placed a third more tables in the dining area than usual so we also ate our dinner sandwiched against each other. Plus we got jostled all evening long by fellow diners as well as waiters as they tried to navigate their orders through the dining area. I was embarrassed and very annoyed. Will think twice before going again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our server Kyle P was excellent!
Recommended the Chilean sea bass, which was the so delicious. All our meals and Cocktails were amazing.

Loved the key lime pie and of course, the homemade chocolate cake.

Thank you so much.
Marti K

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I absolutely love RL Grill. I have enjoyed several meals here and it never disappoints. Was only in Chicago for a few days and was so happy to get a reservation!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous!!!!!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Despite having a reservation we were ignored for 25 minutes before being seated

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Food came out cold Service was excellent as always.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous...as usual! Peter Axelsen was our outstanding waiter. Thank you for such a special lunch experience!

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Well we (our 4-top) showed up for our reservation 10 minutes early because I am restaurant investor and right away I noticed that they were disorganized with a tiny waiting area and bar they said they would let us know when our table was ready then more folks showed and it’s wall elbow room only in the waiting area and then they started seating some of the folks who showed after us ahead of us and now it was 40 minutes so I finally had enough I told the manager this is no way to treat your diners and explained that her hostess was seating people she knew that came in after us and she in not soo many words said I was wrong and lying but she would check it out the check in times knowing that I don’t lie and am a capital investor in many National upscale restaurants I waited to see what she did well surprisingly she admitted that they had in fact done what I said and apologized but now it’s almost an hour wait and the table we finally were given was on top of the service station and their staff constantly stood over us and kept bumping into my chair as they went by this was without a doubt the worst dining experience of my adult life I would only go back to this restaurant with a formal apology and a guarantee that they would be nice and respectful the manager gave me her card and I have advised my staff to find out the ownership group and advise them personally of this let’s see how they react as I of all people i understand catering to your locals who are there year around to support your restaurant but you simply do not disrespect your customers it’s the golden rule you don’t break as you never know who that customer is so as I am in Chicago a lot for business I will wait to see but there are so many good restaurants in Chicago to chose from be careful with this one as you too may end up with being treated like you don’t matter

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

42 year anniv

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had to wait 1hr 15 minutes after our reservation time to be seated (thankfully we grabbed seats at the bar for cocktails!). However, it was a crazy rainy day, so it was understandable that people wanted to stay here late since it is such a cozy, welcoming, warm place <3

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

RL is always good. The “fish sticks” ( lake perch ) never disappoint. The service is is among the best- hostesses always welcoming. Our lunch stop when we’re in Chicago.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very cool place and very professional staff. Good food and great vibe!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Favorite place for lunch when I visit the city! Did not disappoint! Crab cake delicious!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Like walking in to a Ralph Lauren Ad...in the best possible way. Just lovely, but not just flash. The food is excellent and of the highest quality. Old school standards, as example, the Liver and onions is best in Chicago. Service impeccable and two different hosts checked in on us. Dress like a celebrity and be treated like one.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent food, service, and ambiance! Friendly staff and beautiful restaurant. Would definitely return and recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Outstanding service with a wonderful menu that has something for everyone

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch! Everything met and exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I love going to RL every time I go to Chicago. The atmosphere is so cozy and warm and the service is the best. The food is good but the main attraction is the beautiful room and impeccable service.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It’s has a glossy, sleek interior but that can’t mask the appalling food and lackluster service. Oysters were tiny (little finger tip size) and tasteless. Liver and bacon was grossly over portioned and drowned in a salty, gelatinous gravy (vs a reduction as promised). Wine was plonked on the table with no decorum. We were seated 40 mins late and received a huge wedge of cheap tasting chocolate cake as an apology when by then all we wanted to do was leave.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have been to RL many times even though I am not local to Chicago. This one night I brought my youngest daughter who was in town with me to see Hamilton. We were seated at a table that was next to a corner table where they placed three people and my daughter felt very crowded. They have almost always sat me at that corner location, which is where I thought were headed at first. Otherwise it was a pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food; great service. Everything was genuinely impeccable. I was surprised and pleased. Had the salmon - was cooked perfectly. Restaurant was a bit on the noisy side, and very busy, but I’d go again for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

RL is an institution just off Michigan Avenue. We have been there many times while visiting the city. It is always crowded, so be sure and get a reservation if possible. The tables are close and the noise level is high but not uncomfortable. The food is always good as is the service. We were there for lunch, I had the salmon which was perfectly done and seasoned. My wife had the Ahi salad, done to her liking with an excellent dressing.

The decor is dark mahogany and seating comfortable. We recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Lovely atmosphere!!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a reservation but they made us wait about 20 minutes. We were not happy with this because it was very crowded and it was not comfortable to be standing.

Noise level is too high.

Food was perfect and service good once we were seated.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

It’s always a great experience

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent service and delicious! Great place to dine with friends or significant other.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

First time there and it was pretty good. Very good food. Good service. Nice looking place. Would def recommend to anyone I know. Def going back.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our waiter was awesome!!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent in every respect

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. We had a fabulous evening from start to finish. We were treated like celebrities. The staff is world class.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I've dined at RL in the past and was pleased with the service and the food. My daughter in law was visiting from New York & shopping on Michigan Ave. I thought this would work perfectly.

The service was so so, our waiter did not check back to inquire if we had any needs or how the food was. My daughter in laws tuna was cooked WELL DONE not medium, my sister's chicken was dry and I had to ask some else if they could bring me horseradish for my steak sandwich. It just did not compare to what I had experienced before, and I'm really not sure if I will return.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

It's everything that is the best of Ralph Lauren...elegant, classy, with well heeled clientele and great food. What more could you ask for.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This restaurant gets better each time we dine there. Love that they tweak the menu to keep it interesting for those of us who are regulars. The service is impeccable and the food delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

RL never disappoints, just a lovely experience all around. The decor in the room is so welcoming, the surrounding tables are not terribly close. The sevice is impeccable, the food delicious, the ambiance is delightful. It's a great place to impress out of town friends. Always a treat.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It is a classic and you would have a hard time finding a better lunch spot in the city. I prefer the winter when the fire place is going but the outside in the spring and summer is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great little gem. Delicious, had the crab and avocado salad and the club sandwich. Also, the French fries are so crispy. I love the decor and ambiance. We will definitely be back next time we are in town. I recommend a reservation, it has been packed both times we ate here.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It was perfect and we have very nice dinner
I recomended for all ocasion

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

RL burger was so good. Espargot was AMAZING. Great outdoor seating area. So classy and luxurious.

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