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

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CP
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bloody Mary was too spicy and when I complained and got a 2nd one it was like water down tomato juice.

DR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

To be the flag carrier for a global brand requires close to perfection day in, day out. This time the mark was missed by two avoidable missteps.
I ordered oysters, or they should have been oysters. The presentation was sumptuous but the oysters were minuscule. One, shell included, was smaller than a quarter. Impossible to get that delicious saltwater bite from something so tiny.
I also ordered the lobster roll, but declined to have the “included” fries. The server offered a few leaves of salad instead. I was shocked to be charged a $3 substitution charge, especially as there was no credit for the fries (side order price $10). The server gave the impression he paid the $3 himself when he presented the revised check. He clearly did not understand it was about class, not $3.
Small things, but ones that detract from a great lunch on our birthday

BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the city, a few miles north of the Gold Coast, but try to get to RL Restaurant several times a year - usually with family visiting, especially with kids visiting. For all of its fancy portraits and tableware, it's fundamentally a restaurant with really good food and really good service. The "classic" dishes stay pretty much the same and the quality of the experience is reliably excellent. When we're down at the MCA or buying the kids new school clothes at Uniqlo, why would we eat anywhere else? We wouldn't. : )

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the lady who checked us in to our server, who never mentioned his name, we had a wonderful experience yesterday at RL. Everything was delightful!

4
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere. Waiter forgot to bring soup and got the bill all wrong. Other than that was very nice.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience, one of my favorite spots in Chicago!

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Far too crowded and noisy for a restaurant with a price level as high as RL's. Food was good, but by no means exceptional.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Was ok have had better very noisy my friends martini wasn’t right they did remake it .

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday lunch

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening

WR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

s
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, great food, great service. What more could you want!

NM
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the country!
Always a lovely pleasure to enjoy RL Grill. ❤️

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to RL since it opened. Amazed that every experience is excellent--the service, the room, the food. One of the best places I've ever been too, and the prices are great for a place of this quality.

h
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Alwats love this place. Lambs chops great although all the food was oversalted. However, ambiance makes it forgivable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent.

JR
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The tables were cramped into the dining room leaving little room to get by. The food was very good and the service was better. How I think the food was overprice and there were limited choices on the menu. The valet for parking was missing for a substantial period on both arrival and departure from the restaurant.

RL Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review on your recent dining experience at RL. We truly appreciate your feedback and are addressing some of the issues you have brought to our attention. Please contact me for any future reservations so we can make sure your next experience is special. Best, Michael Orona Manager 312.475.1100

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OT
Chicago
219 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You always know you are going to leave RL with a smile on your face. Why? Because Joseph is there to provide our every need. He cheerfully explains entrees and adjusts them to either include something I need for my food plan or remove an item that is not on my food plan. His pleasant demeanor and excellent service are the reason we go to RL every Sunday.

Flavia is also a reason to go to RL. She ensures all is going well. She takes time to visit each table and her pleasant personality is always welcoming people and ensuring all is great.

These two make RL RL.

We love them both . And of course RL.

And let’s not forget Angel who is just like Joseph He fills our coffee cups and glasses assiduously. You feel like royalty at RL!!!!

SI
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place loved it

MD
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in the city! A warm and cozy atmosphere with impeccable service and amazing entrees. The crab cakes, salads, burgers, and steaks are perennial go-tos, but the chilean sea bass and daily catch are musts! Excellent cocktail and wine menus top off a perfect evening at RL.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such fun - great service, good good, classic Ralph Lauren ambiance!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was so good

DW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way - good, service and atmosphere

k
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic!

M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got seated right at our reservation time even though it was crowded with people waiting. Server Erica was helpful with the menu, and provided great service. Food was excellent and flavorful. Always a great experience.

F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treat you like family. Great place with excellent food and service. Gem!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous.

C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was a significant factor in our enjoyment of our time there, but the quality of the cooking elevated the experience to a high degree. Both of us were raised in France and have had exceptionally good food throughout our live’s, but RL didn’t disappoint at all. I am impressed by the chef and would happily return to sample more of his food.

OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was exceptional!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give more stars - I would. Jaafar was one of the most exceptional servers I’ve ever encountered. His recommendations were superb, and he did such a nice job of making us feel like his highest priority table, giving us a world class experience. If you can sit in his section, DO IT.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. The dining room is very crowded. The service and food were just outstanding.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is outstanding !! Food as well!! Love RL

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependable. A classic “go to” when in Chicago. Family and friend favorite.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was excellent. Highly recommend. We had brunch and a great way to start the day.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cozy and warm. Lively. Steps from mich ave miracle mile. Staff were friendly

TR
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall it was great. Our server was good and attentive and the food was delicious. We had Lobster Bisque and the Waldorf Salad. Both were amazing.

Our only drawback was that we arrived 15 minutes early as requested and had to wait 35 minutes for
Our table. Our reservation was for 1:30. We arrived at 1:15 and were seated at 1:50. The bar area, if you would call it one , is tiny and we were constantly being shuffled for people leaving, coming in, checking coats and waiters serving food and cleaning tables.

Once we were seated though, it was a nice atmosphere and the food was delicious.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb! The service was great. I have always had excellent food at Ralph Lauren Restuarant.

BK
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service and the food were fabulous. Always a treat to go to RL’s. Our waiter Alberto always remembers us and provides the best service with style and humor. Looking forward to our next visit.

MP
Adelaide / SA
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place! Never have had a bad experience. Can’t wait to go back!

K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Chilean sea bass and farmhouse chicken
Staff was so accommodating to my daughter’s food allergies.
The service was impeccable!
The ambiance was lovely!