RL Restaurant

4.8
5308 reviews
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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 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 and utilized for waiting guests.
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R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible. Not a lot of room to move around. Lady to to us almost knocked the candle lamp over twice getting out of her seat. It is a bit dark and the noise level was loud for a place of its kind. Service was amazing. They cater to you constantly. Price is high but the food is delicious.

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WB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here are simply beyond compare. The staff is intelligent and affable, and willing to accommodate any special requests. We started with amazing cocktails (the Brown Derby, a twist on the Old Fashioned with RL's special bourbon, and the Purple Label, made with Persimmon juice. Our exemp[lary waiter gave us all the time we needed to enjoy our drinkss and the ambience before ordering. I had the piece de resistance, the Dover Sole, presented then fileted by the waiter at the table. My wife had the halibut which was perfectly cooked--light and flaky. Key Lime pie for dessert. Everything was superb, relaxed, and though the room was filled, quiet. Very rare in restaurants these days to find all three. An excellent experience I can't wait to repeat.

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It is expensive for what it offers. Cocktails were very good, food was good.

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EW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the food, service, and our table tucked in a corner. Our dessert, the RL brownie, was absolutely decadent!

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

I loves thé decoration and the staff has been very kind ! Delicious crab cake !
Sophie Lammertyn

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

Great people and atmosphere, unfortunately had to wait 30 minutes for reservation

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

We enjoyed our lunch very much and the service was great!

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RW
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will love this classy upscale restaurant. The food is excellent and Juan was an awesome waiter.

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SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive waiter! Great food. One of our favorite restaurants!

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MF
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need reservations
Nice but pricey...you should expect that for the location.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! I visit every time I am in Chicago. I have hosted work dinners, gone with friends etc. The room is very comfortable, the food is great and the staff is highly professional and very friendly.

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BB
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good bistro food in a nice environment. Service is always pleasant and discreet.

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A
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL never disappoints! Excellent food and warm ambiance. Best place in Chicago for champagne and burger! See you next time.

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OT
Chicago
184 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love RL. Why? Because it is a fun place with outstanding food and service. The place is
elegant and yet very friendly and welcoming. The food is always great. It is our favorite place. We recommend it to all we know.

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JA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is a go-to for us. It is consistently a great experience.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaafar Sabbar and the Captain who worked with him the night we were there, I don't remember his name, (SORRY) were outstanding! We had a great experience all the way around! Thank you!

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WS
Detroit
148 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corner table was great! Best to book in advance on OT. Soft shell crab, lobster roll and the liver were amazing! Service always great.

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WM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food while feeling like your in your cozy living room! Service was great!

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R
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was bustling. Very busy, very noisy. It was difficult to get attention of a waiter or a busboy.
The food, however, was delicious. I’ve had the steak salad for lunch before but this one was outstanding. My friend said she had the best club sandwich ever. Yummy desert of brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
The food is great. The scene can be Is frenetic. Not the place to go for a quiet relaxing lunch.

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M
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the restaurant was busy at lunch, but the service was excellent. The menu has changed a bit: the chopped vegetable salad made me feel like I was sitting in a garden on a summer day. Fresh, colorful, delicious. Love RL.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place. Awesome food . Outstandig Service. As always

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TS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business celebration at the restaurant. We told the wait staff that we wanted the chef to bring out his best meals. with a little guidance for preferences, we had the best meal in Chicago. It was busy but the service was unequaled. The food was high quality and the atmosphere was lively.

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F
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We always love this place for lunch (or dinner)! The food is good, staff attentive and ambiance lovely.

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AP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is always amazing!!! Great service, martinis, menu. We love it there!

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KK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites! Old school ambiance and service but rivals today's new age restaurants.

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D
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. Perfect for special occasion or celebration.

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F
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding. The initial greeting was underwhelming. The greeter was preoccupied and not friendly.
The rest of the staff made up for her.

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EA
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! So lush and decadent! Definitely a treat!

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H
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about this restaurant. It is an absolute must when we are in Chicago!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aniversario

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chicago Ralph Lauren Restaurant is so much better and far less pretentious and fake than the NY restaurant and the food is much better too. Skip NY and Paris and enjoy a wonderful experience in Chicago at the original RL Restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner for a friend

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at RL was very well prepared and very tasty. The temperature in the dining room was stiflingly hot. Very uncomfortable.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service warm and efficient it at times over attentive. Superb atmosphere though a little compressed. Food was delicious with no complaints though my veal chop was slightly undercooked. Wine list unexciting and there is a dearth of whites. Feels good but not for the gourmand.

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B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL Bar is a lovely, elegant and appealing restaurant. One of the best spots in town!

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B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, service, cuisine. And incredibly consistent year after year. A must. Feels like you are a member of a high class club in London

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Z
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is an institution in Chicago - can’t go wrong always good

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E
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Just too noisy for a nice visit with a friend 's Birthday. Outside would have been OK except it was cold and rainy.

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L
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

RL is a wonderful choice for an evening out in Chicago. It is a beautiful setting, modern but based in the best traditions of fine dining. The menu offers a nice range of plates all beautifully prepared. The service is attentive and gracious.

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MC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant overall was wonderful. The food was delicious, but the waiter talked too fast, hard to understand.

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