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About RL Restaurant

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.

115 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 475-1100

Website:
http://www.rlrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available after 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Cost is $15.00.

Public Transit:
CTA Red Line Rapid Transit

Executive Chef:
Ryan Pitts

Private Party Facilities:
RL Restaurant accepts reservations for large parties. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Reservationist: (312) 475-1100

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 10:00AM 10:30AM - 10:30AM 3:30PM - 3:30PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 4:30PM - 4:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:00AM 3:30PM - 3:30PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 4:30PM - 4:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM 9:30PM - 9:30PM

RL Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (92)
Great for Lunch (89)
Good for a Date (76)
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Cozy (71)
People Watching (67)
Business Meals (60)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Neighborhood Gem (58)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Romantic (51)
Fun (47)
Sunday Lunch (47)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Great for Brunch (46)
Bar Seating (38)
Authentic (37)
Hot Spot (33)
Comfort Food (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Notable Wine List (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Seasonal (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Afternoon Coffee (14)
Casual (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Scenic View (9)
Late-night Find (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was on par with the most excellent food and drinks. We were seated promptly and given an appropriate level of attention throughout. The wine recommendation was spot on and the dessert was perfect. This is a place we will return to often.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a wonderful treat. Fabulous service. Fine food. Fantastic ambiance.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

RL was everything we had hoped. The ambience is cozy and clubhouse feeling. The food was very good and the service was top notch. They struck the right balance of attentive without being annoying.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

food is great, but service has definitely gone down hill since I was last there about a year ago. had to waive down our waiter every...single...time... we wanted to order something. Even when I ordered drinks at the bar, the guy brought me the check then said, "what else do you need?" (ummm, perhaps the drinks i paid for???) Coincidentally a friend was there the following day and had the exact same experience. Not sure if it's under new ownership, but for the price, I wouldn't recommend going back here. something is different. it was slightly embarrassing to bring my date here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was AMAZING! The best crab cake I have ever tried. Their wine list has nice choices at all price points and they also have a full service bar. Everyone was friendly and helpful and the bar tenders let the kitchen know that we were celebrating our anniversary (which was so nice, but not necessary!) and the chef sent out a dessert for us with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. Very nice surprise. You feel like you are dining in Ralph Lauren's private home library, which was AWESOME. The atmosphere and decor were great! Will definitely be dining here again!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

RL has been a favorite of mine since the day it opened. Always delicious, always great people watching, inspiring interiors, and the best service in any restaurant ever. I want to move in. This is a restaurant I always suggest to any OOT guests, tourists and anyone from the area. A SURE THING.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined 4 days ago

RL restaurant was worth every penny. Chris Yum and his wait staff made the experience impeccable. The filet was awesome and was mice we could split but still have it cooked to our individual liking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Our server was excellent.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Our fav place - an always perfect choice. Great selection for lunch and dinner. The crab cakes are like no other in the world! Make a reservation - it’s easy to get in then. The waiters are thoughtful and attentive. Weather permitting we love to sit outside. Please RL- don’t ever leave us!

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·Dined 5 days ago

This is a great place! My girlfriend and I came here for her birthday, and it was a hit! I highly recommend the RL Restaurant for any reason.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We've been going to RL for over a decade and it never disappoints. One of the best rooms in the City. Simply classy with world class service and a timeless menu. A little pricey for us so we reserve it for special family occasions or a business dinner when we want our guests to be comfortable and feel a bit pampered.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent! The only issue was the organic chicken while delicious was $26 with NO SIDES. That I’ve never ever seen, and I think is a very poor value. Otherwise everything is top notch and the wait staff couldn’t have been more courteous! 6 people said “have a good night and thanks” on my way out!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

A favorite dining place of Gold Coast Chicago. A lovely clubby feel, excellent food and polished service. The only negative is the noise level but that seems to come with success these days.
Do try it if your wallet doesn’t mind, a terrific look at Chicago’s finest.

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·Dined on February 14, 2018

Lunch with son who works in downtown Chicago. Waitress was exceptional and food including dessert was everything we could have desired. We visit downtown Chicago several times each year and always include the Rl restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

February 14th was my 1st time at the restaurant. i really liked it. atmosphere is really nice; their design is very warn and cozy. great service, very good food. the only one thing i did not like is that sitting area is very tight.... tables stand next to each other. you pretty much seating with unknown people.... and it is pretty loud when restaurant is full... also if you have coat, there is no place to put it if restaurant is full... so probably brunch time will be better, not that busy...

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyable as always!
A good time!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Every visit to Chicago begins with lunch, and champagne at RL. We are already fans. This last visit was exceptional thanks to the incredible service by our server Nicole. She was pleasant, engaging, attentive and brought a sense of humor that made us laugh. Thank you Nicole!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, ambience and service. Have never had a bad meal here.

Only drawback is the noise level which can make it difficult for a bigger group

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My favorite place in Chicago! Incredible service, great fun, and a beautiful interior. Perfect place to cozy up in front of the fireplace with a big glass of wine and delicious food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Since we moved to Streeterville, RL has become our “go to” spot. Great atmosphere, friendly attentive service and menu choices for everyone.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As a local we frequent the restaurant often. RL is always at the top of their game. The food and service never disappoints. A

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and ambience! We enjoyed our waiter with the service being excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My husband and I were there 2 weeks ago & had an amazing meal. While the service was stellar, I ordered the same BLT salad that I had 2 weeks earlier & was disappointed that some of the lettuce was old and brown. It didn’t stand up to my expectations. I was very disappointed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We experienced the most perfect lunch. The food and service was outstanding. We are going back next week to have another afternoon of dining and quality time in the best ambience off of Michigan Avenue. Many thanks!.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Love the atmosphere and food. Bustling and a bit loud but fun. Pricey but terrific overall!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Perfect!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The lobster bisque was very good. Waitress was very attentive to special requests by my guests. I had a steak sandwich that was not good. It had a fatty substance that was extremely hard to chew and swallow. I was with clients so I did not alert the restaurant, however I was disappointed compared to past visits.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was beautifully done. The sommelier was magnificent and recommended the perfect wine at a great value. The bone in ribeye fed two of us!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and service.is consistent with great service. Friendly bartender with great selection. Bar area is far too small to have a cocktail prior to dinner or waiting for table.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Experience was great as usual. That's why I come back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always a joy to eat at RL. Service (Jaffar and/or Kyle) is top notch. It was my daughter’s birthday and I mentioned it to Jaffar and surprised her with cookies and a dessert on plates that read Happy Birthday engraved in chocolate. She loved it. My only sour note the hostess can be a little more friendly.

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 (London)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Super plush and swanky environs and atmosphere as always. Great oysters, great food, top wine list. Totally recommended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our favorite restaurant by far in Chicago. Please bring back the Grasshopper pie!!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent service and a wonderful corned beef sandwich. Unfortunately with the tables being so close together it made our lunch less enjoyable because of a loud conversation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great for to see power players have a power lunch. Classic setting. Food and service is not as good as it has been

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

RL is pricey, but worth it. The food is always great, the service impeccable and people like Manager Molly help put it at the top of the list of upscale Chicago restaurants.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Sat at the bar for a while while I waited for my partner to show up. The house old fashioned was terrible, so much so that I had to switch to bourbon on the rocks. After listing to the wasted regulars cuss vulgarities for about an hour and When my significant other arrived they quickly sat us and were overly rigid with their seating and meal instructions. In the end I bought a rare $25 burger and $50 over cooked sole. Will not be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband really enjoyed his birthday dinner! The food was scrumptious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

RL is reliably wonderful always from the service to the ambiance to the food. Thank you to management and staff for such wonderful consistency.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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