RL Restaurant

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5289 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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place. Awesome food . Outstandig Service. As always

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TS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
18 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aniversario

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S
New York Area
8 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
26 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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SP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! Food fantastic. Loved the Liver and Onions and the Crab Avocado salad.

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

Very accommodating and excellent service

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MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above and beyond. The entire team did an exceptional job. Lucas did an excellent job, along with the maitre'd, the server assistants, the GM and the hostesses. The room is stunning, the shellfish platter was incredible in both flavor and presentation. The arugula and pancetta was a perfect mid course. The bone in Prime Ribeye and the crab cake were a dream. Perfectly executed, elegant, gracious and genuine hospitality. I will be dining here during every visit to Chicago!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st Anniversary , they did a great job!

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another meal that did not disappoint. This restaurant is on my list every time I am in Chicago.

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SN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic RL vibe. Feels like a Good food, good

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff food ambience best in town..

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J
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son oysters, beef tartare, filet & Tuna..the ambiance & service amazing (as always) and the company tremendous. Always a fabulous time at RL. A MUST in our City!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and location!

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p
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Average food at exorbitant prices in a lovely room.

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OT
Chicago
181 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Outstanding food all service. Very friendly. Place

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SW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

My first time to RL for dinner (have been there many times for lunch).....the service was not great...not enough staff and staff was definitely the “B” team opposed to the lunch staff. Will absolutely return for lunch but not for dinner.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. A little disappointed that the baked brie was currently off the menu but food made up for it. Server was a bit busy but the manager made up for it by staying attentive as he seemed overwhelmed. Overall great night and good food this is always a stop for us when we stop in Chicago.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and especially the bar area. The staff is amazing, Russell made our experience that much better and I just want to be a “regular” at this local spot, where everyone knows your name!

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Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a girlfriend for lunch. Great ambiance and menu. The chopped veggie salad is incredible!

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Much improved over three years ago. Kitchen paying better attention to important details.

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M
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I’m a fan I have been in this particular location several time before and I have been in every single one from Laris to the polo in New York City but to night at the RL Chicago was a very disappointing experience service was horrible timing was a disaster !!!
Are they losing their quality of level of service I don’t know
But is a fact today was a disaster!!!!
RL Chicago I will thing twice next time competition is hard I just a loyal customer but no need anymore!

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been many times and always love the atmosphere, food and wonderful service. What was disappointing was our wait. We had a 7 PM reservation and arrived on time, we were not seated until 7:40 PM. It was frustrating since a table was being held for another party all during our wait, they were seated and then left within 5 minutes and we were told due to an emotional issue that happened in their party. We were the only guests waiting for a table with the bar full, not a great place to wait. Will we go back, absolutely.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic meal from start to finish. Service was impeccable from the hostess to the busboy to the waitress. The manager (I think) came to each table to thank them and check in - nice touch.
The food was divine. The lobster bisque soup gives restaurants in Maine a run for their money. The burger was buttery soft and perfectly cooked. My cocktails were excellent. The coconut cake to finish off the meal was excellent - perfectly made. The price was fair given the environment and quality of food and portion size. I can’t wait to return! HIGHLY recommend.

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I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good food and great service. People are quite attentive to customers. We were there when it was not a full at all. It was a quiet night. A must stop when in Chicago.

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