RL Restaurant

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$50 and over
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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 chopped vegetable 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.

Please note reservations are for the dining room only. Bar and Patio are first-come, first-serve and utilized for waiting guests. We are an upscale establishment and require guests to dress for the occasion.

We now offer Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Sun 10:00AM - 11:00AM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:15AM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 11:00AM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What 5904 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OT
Chicago
229 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great way to start a week. Walking into RL and receiving warm welcomes from the hostesses and then having Joseph as your server! His hospitality and professionalism make each visit a
Happy and pleasurable dining experience.

From start to finish it is always a memorable time. Flavia comes each time to greet us and welcome us. She adds such a positive and glamorous aspect to being at RL.

RL with Joseph, Benny and Flavia is akin to visiting with family and friends and having great times with them.

BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is amazing, always making my family feel special. No one does it like RL!

SP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very positive experience! Noted:prices increase and smaller portions but service makes up for it ...

BC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Great service.

PS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Blonde curly haired girl who was the hostess seemed a bit on edge for some reason. Service industry people should not be like that and smile sometimes.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RL reserves us a great corner booth table. Service by Joseph and the food was excellent. Great atmosphere.

EL
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

RL - like other establishments and food companies - are maintaining prices and reducing portions. Less lamb, less liver, less scallops. Gibsons should know that frequent patrons notice.

That said, you cannot beat the ambiance of the restaurant or the staff, both of which is superb. The bartenders also make fabulous drinks!

MN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great experience. Love the ambiance.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was our second visit. We came back because at our first visit we had a great dining experience.
Beef carpaccio was very good as well as the Stilton cauliflower soup. We split those items as well as the special of the day-lobster sandwich with arugula and truffle aioli. I would not order the lobster sandwich again due to the lobster being overcooked and served on multigrain bread, which had burnt edges. It also lacked flavor, so we asked for more aioli sauce as well as Dijon mustard. The waiter looked puzzled at me when I asked for both....he didn’t ask why, which is unfortunate, because I would have let him known that the lobster was overcooked.
The decor is beautiful and opulent; seating is tight.

AM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very Clubby. Great food and service. Old school but modern, too. Well done. pricey.

MK
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our Captain David was wonderful, he made us feel very special. Food quality was well below expectation. We had the seafood tower for 2, veal chop, side brusssels sprouts, and coffee ice cream.

Seafood tower- product quality was very low, watery crab, low quality shrimp, very small portion relative to other options in the city

VEal chop - quality and cook was good, seasoning was poor, dish lacked acid

Brussels sprouts - over cooked, very small amount of bacon, overly sweetened

Coffee Ice cream - Low on coffee flavor, cookies lacked texture

F
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and a day off of school. Lunch at RL was simply delicious. Our server was attentive, food was tasty and the atmosphere is always appealing.

MB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time the food was so good, will definitely be back!

c
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a classic, perfect experience. From beginning to end. Great service. Great food. Great ambience. RL never gets old.. if you haven't tried it yet, you are missing out.

F
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love RL, an all time favorite for years.

OT
Chicago
230 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavia ensured we had excellent service with Jose. Joseph was on vacation. Jose did a good job and so did the others. Of course there is NO substitute for Joseph but Jose held the fort admirably.

P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The hostess wasn’t the most friendly person. She had an attitude and wasn’t welcoming. Once we sat down the experience was terrific. Our waiter was attentive and the food was excellent. I highly recommend the crab cakes.

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Not much flavor in the turkey burger and it was very dry.

BM
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Brooke for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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p
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. We sat near the back and really got the whole view of the place. Great customer service, food was fresh and beautifully prepared.

d
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal. Service was excellent. Seating is tight.

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Debbie for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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LB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this very intimate place. Friendly bar with well made cocktails, a super bartender who knows his stuff Danny Danny is a very nice musical. The food and service is excellent. We booked our next event here for March and can’t wait

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. Danny is a great team member and we are lucky to have him. We will pass on the kinds words to him. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant in March Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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B
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! A little noisy.

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, very attentive and the food was delicious.

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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EM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great corner table. Service was prompt and the food was delicious and hot. Noise level was perfect to converse in a normal voice level Cozy and good people watching. I’ll be back

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Elizabeth for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We always strive to provide great service and delicious food. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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VW
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated my son Maxwell to lunch and he loved it. He's at school in Champaign Urbana and just getting to know Chicago. Thanks for taking care of him. VW

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Vance for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. Please bring Maxwell anytime so we can help show him what Chicago has to offer. We look forward to hosting you both again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place! Service is incredible, unobtrusive. Noise level is low even when restaurant is full. Atmosphere is like clubby English library & food is great.

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Marcia for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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AG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite in all of Chicago! Best food, ambiance, and service!

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Andrea for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We are honored to be one your favorite places in Chicago. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

RL delivers on old school level of service that is rare to find! Loved our waiter Aracely and the front desk staff! Always a treat!

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you Tamryn for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. Aracely will be very happy to know that she delivered great service during your visit. We look forward to hosting you again at the restaurant very soon. Sincerely, Michael Orona Manager

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WS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5