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

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AB
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere very chic place to dine anytime

b
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my table. Loved the always pro and delightful service. Loved the Bollinger Grande Année (though I definitely didn’t need a champagne 101. got that covered ;)). LOVED that mushroom and kale salad. Made two more lunch reservations for next week!

FW
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine and beer list! Today enjoyed Moody Tongue Carmelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter brewed in Chicago! Delicious! Enjoyed the Clam Chowder! And Chicken Salad!

WG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Something has changed- not sure what.

Fries were really terrible - better available in McDonalds.

Steak and fish were excellent.

Did somebody change the chocolate cake?

L
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, great service and the best lake perch in the Midwest!

MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

MB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I lunch here at least once a month and it never disappoints. See you next month!

CS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love RL when in the city
Great place to see and be seen ❤️
Don’t we all want the RL lifestyle
#veryralph

AM
Chicago
236 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wrote in our Gold Coast posting requesting what we thought was our favorite restaurant and I posted RL. In the space asking why I said because of Joseph and Flavia plus the other waiters and servers who all make it a great experience. You haven’t dined our until you’ve been served by Joseph!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and overall good service. I’m definitely coming back for more!

s
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Ambiance and service were great.
Food was really average.
Tuna tartare was blend and totally uninspired... pieces of raw tuna with pieces of avocado on top of over salted fried cresson...
the calf liver was mushy and tasteless
Same thing with the beef tartare...
but hey the oysters were fabulous
Wait... that’s the only thing the chef didn’t actually make!
;)

EV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic atmosphere that invites all to experience their food and excellent service...

RH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service was very good. Had to wait about 20 minutes for our table and they stuff absolutely as many people as possible into the room.

KW
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to RL many times. I've reviewed it before. Simply put, It is our favorite restaurant in Chicago, the one place we go every time we are in town. My favorite is the Crab and Avocado Salad. It was excellent again (an avocado half piled high with lump crab meat with lightly dressed greens).My wife likes the Filet and the burger. She got the burger this time and it was perfectly cooked and seasoned. She also lived the Brussels sprouts. Always good. Consistent. We love the atmosphere and the location is great for us.

n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The room was uncomfortably warm and overcrowded. Remove at least two tables to improve the comfort of your diners and please regulate the heat of the room. Those two factors significantly distracted from the quality of the food, which was pretty good, and the service.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Loud, greasy fries, my chair was bumped all night by people passing by.

P
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is NEVER a time you can be at RL and not feel good! My favourite spot in the city. I’m going again tomorrow and it makes me smile just thinking about it.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food great wine great dining experience

VB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch for my birthday. It was the perfect spot- 11am, downtown, on a sunny Winter day. I had the chopped salad, smoked salmon with dill cream w/caviar, the paperdelle vegetable pasta- magnificent For desser, the coconut cake- delish! Our sever was Jose Vazquez- excellent knowledge of wine pairings, the menu, and regular visits to the table to make sure I was enjoying the meal and the RL experience! I’d come back again and again. Highly recommended!

TK
Hokkaido
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is a go to restaurant for us when we visit Chicago. They seemed a little overwhelmed for a Thursday night. We had a reservation for two, but waited 30 minutes to be seated, and ended up in a corner booth which was difficult for the waiters to get to, and as a result, the service was average at best. We have always had a great experience at RL, and the food is consistently very good. It can be tight quarters at times, so hopefully management can make sure they aren't overbooking their space based on table turnover.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service (friendly staff, food & drinks were brought out with perfect timing), cozy atmosphere, and food was really good. A bit cramped in terms of seating and may be a bit loud if there are tables next to you with large parties. But definitely would recommend and would also go back again!

C
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The filet and Baby calves liver were fabulous. However, the seating was way to crowded for our liking as we were so compact to the tables on either side of us. We were so close to two ladies who were good friends with JB Pritzker (Illinois Governor) and hearing their BS all night really put a damper on the meal. I'm not saying I wouldn't go back, but I'm not going to go out of my way to return.

k
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at RL. The ambiance is chic and cozy, the staff is attentive, the food is fabulous.

TM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

STILL my favorite restaurant. All class; no attitude.

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F
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic RL decor. Classic food great drinks. Always busy especially in the Summer. A must do when in Chicago....

RM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved celebrating my birthday here!!! The experience food and host were all amazing

AM
Chicago
237 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You walk into RL and are greeted by friendly hostess's and Flavia. Then, Aramis, Tom, the waiter's assistants and then Joseph!!! What a warm and friendly place. The welcome mat is always there. Flavia comes around and it is such a nice event. She adds to the charm of the event. And of course, Joseph is the best waiter in town. I just mentioned that in the Gold Coast neighborhood post. We love RLl

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was mouth watering good. Overall great food and even though i had a 9pm reservation and got there an hour early i was able to sit within 15 minutes so was thrilled about that. Valet parking was spot on and no long wait.

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the Best restaurants in the city of Chicago.
Management, service, food over the Top.
Great Atmosphere!!!!

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salmon and the NY strip steak was delicious. The staff was friendly and professional. I will definitely go back again.

O
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were first time diners celebrating my daughters upcoming wedding The staff was great from start to finish. The food was superb and the ambience was what we expected for a full house on a Saturday evening. My daughter received a special dessert celebrating her visit and we thought this was the perfect dessert before we ended our visit.
Definitely will recommend to others as well as return again for our next special occasion.

t
Chicago
56 reviews