RL Restaurant

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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

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OT
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely room but so crowded I had to be conscious when cutting my meat that my elbow didn’t hit a waiter serving the next table.

JF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

All good, except that $52 filet was on the tough side.
Cooked med/pink, which was what was ordered.

$19 filet expected to be tough, $52 filet not so much.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! Red snapper was the special and it was excellent. The overall experience was exceptional.

S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service wasn’t what we were used too, but the food was spot on.

OT
Chicago
209 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poor Joseph still suffering. We missed him so much. Tom was our replacement and did a good job. We hope to see Joseph next Sunday.

JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I've been to RL several times over the years. What stood out this time was that the service was very short staffed and they were only and I do mean only concentrating on their regulars. It was painfully clear. We had to stop both the waiter and bus person to take our order and refill waters while they fawned over and sat down with (hostess and front of the house manager included) tables to the right and left of us. I have no problem with that type of hospitality, but one must service the other customers as well even if they are not regulars.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had to wait 30 mins to get our table!
Other than that, everything was superb
Would definitely recommend

O
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best experience, great food and great service in an intimate space.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Chicago RL restaurant is so much more comfortable and delicious than the New York Ralph Lauren Restaurant. The staff is super nice, they are diverse and not clicky like the NY Polo restaurant. My guest loved his dinner, I loved my Sole, the salad was delicious, the green beans were heavenly and the chocolate cake was incredible! Five Star's!

RS
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG!!! Lovely ambiance, old school service and the food DELICIOUS!!!
Kyle, our waiter, made sure we were happy and he did a very good job recommending us what to order.
A MUST in chicago.
BTW the key lime pie is THE BEST!!!

BH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is an epic restaurant in an epic city. Everything about this place is amazing from the host, to the ambiance, the food, to the phenomenal service! My favorite restaurant in all of Chicago and I bring everyone I know here. I could not recommend RL any higher on the star chart. You will not be disappointed.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

S
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Kyle was outstanding!

s
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and fantastic food with impeccable service!

J
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for my friend’s birthday. We shared a burger and all got salads. They were a bit on the small side. Our server was fantastic and the atmosphere was warm and cozy on a cool Fall day.

t
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food!!! Will always go to RL

J
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and ambiance are all excellent. Nice job

L
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dover sole was wonderful as well as the cauliflower. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun way to eat with the family.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our most favorite spots in Chicago. Everything on the menu is delicious (the grilled cheese and tomato soup are incredible!), the bellinis are amazing, and the service is unbeatable. Truly a fantastic place for lunch or dinner!

EZ
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is consistently friendly, elegant and cozy. The food is classic and delicious. It’s great for a special occasion or a dressed up shopping day. It always puts me in a good mood to come to this restaurant for a meal or drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday, good food. Delightful cocktails

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The waitress and other staff were friendly and excellent. I had the kale Ceasar salad with grilled chicken. The salad was good but the dressing was too much. The chicken was the worst-rubbery and lacking in taste. Great location but not worth the pricing. Many other fabulous restaurants with better food!

OT
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What!!!!!! Joseph is sick with sciatic nerve and had to go home!!!!!
Thank God for Flavia and Kyle who kept the place going.....
We truly miss Joseph and are hoping and praying he can return next Sunday.
In the meantime, Kyle was doing his best for us.

TT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Ralph Lauren Restaurant for the first time Saturday night and it was everything we hoped for. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Tom the waiter and Brian the captain were so helpful, made a great team. We got there early, ahead of our reservation, and hoped to get in the bar but it was packed. Instead, the host at the door found us a table and we were pleasantly treated the entire night. We have a new favorite restaurant in Chicago and can’t wait to return there.

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, wine and food!!

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle, our server, made the evening! Loved every thing about RL

RK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This is the tale of two worlds...before 5:00 p.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Long story short, we made an error when we made early 4:30 pre-theatre dinner reservations. I should have known better. Upon arrival at 4:30 the room had an atmosphere close to a food hall. The lights were on full bright, children were walking through the aisles, shopping bags everywhere, etc. The room is very tight. We were directed to a table next to the servers station. Though they tried not too, it was near impossible for the servers not to bump into my wife throughout the night. I actually tried to talk my wife into leaving and looking for another place. We decided to stay. After the first half hour, the night did become better. Once the clock struck 5:00, the lights were dimmed, most of the day crowd left and the dinner crowd began to arrive. A very different atmosphere, still boisterous and loud, but better suited for a nice dinner. The food was excellent. The Dover Sole and Lake Perch were as good as we've had. The Escargot was great. Our server and the wine steward made a very good recommendation. The service was very good. Long story short, we will try RL again, but at a more appropriate dinner hour.

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and decoration, exquisite food, can be very busy and have to be able to have patience since waiters can take very long.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The acoustics is legendary bad, but very friendly staff and efficient service. Though the quality of the food doesn't match the price level.

g
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time dining at RL and I would certainly return my next time in Chicago. Service was perfect. The only reason that a five-star was not provided was because we had nearly a 30 minute wait, but the management was truly apologetic and provided our table free appetizers for our inconvenience. Christopher, our Captain, was in control of our table and was friendly and a true professional. Every dish presented was outstanding. My only other small concern is if you get there early to enjoy a drink, the bar is quite tight. However, true class and style at RL!

RC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! I'd say one of the best restaurants in the city!

J
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely "clubby" setting.
Excellent food with a varied menu. Service is gracious.
Expensive, although worth it for the right occasion.

MB
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food has a home cooked quality. They have the best crab cake in town. I love the lobster bisque and key lime pie. Everyone is so friendly.

PA
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

If you're traveling to Chicago put RL on your list.
It's a charming restaurant with great style

RD
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend is from Ohio and is an accomplished horsewoman. She moved to Chicago a few years ago yet had never been to RL restaurant. I felt it was a fitting setting for her birthday celebration. Wine selection and the specialty cocktails are impressive. But what I really loved was the fried calamari with shrimp appetizer. We have a picky friend who won't eat calamari but the combo allowed us to order and satisfy all 3 packages. Their perch us a must have classic, the halibut special was perfectly done, and my short rib special made me keep eating even though I was full. We ordered the coconut cake for dessert and all I can say is it is the best I've ever had. RL never fails to impress and as always, the service is top notch.

PC
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An experience not to be missed on a visit to Chicago

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff and outstanding food and ambiance!

OT
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every Sunday we are astonished at the poise and grace of our waiter Joseph. He is such a gentleman. He also makes it always a fun experience. Look around the room. His customers are the happiest !!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great food