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

What 5880 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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d
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal. Service was excellent. Seating is tight.

B
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! A little noisy.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, be Rey attentive and delicious food.

EM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great corner table. Service was prompt and the food was delicious and hot. Noise level was perfect to converse in a normal voice level Cozy and good people watching. I’ll be back

VW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated my son Maxwell to lunch and he loved it. He's at school in Champaign Urbana and just getting to know Chicago. Thanks for taking care of him. VW

MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place! Service is incredible, unobtrusive. Noise level is low even when restaurant is full. Atmosphere is like clubby English library & food is great.

AG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite in all of Chicago! Best food, ambiance, and service!

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

RL delivers on old school level of service that is rare to find! Loved our waiter Aracely and the front desk staff! Always a treat!

WS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to RL on many occasions. Service always great and never a surprise.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service! We had a baby with us and the restaurant couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful!

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server Aramis was the BEST. We also had him last time we were there and luckily got him again. Food was the very best. I was with my sisters and had a special time.

MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There is reason why this place is always busy and people want to return year after year. There are no "bad" seats, the service is consistently wonderful and the atmosphere is lively without being too loud. The food is very good - although the prices are high. Lunch for two - kale salads with salmon and sparkling water and total bill was $89.00. You pay for the location and atmosphere. Great people watching and an experience worth the price.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by our server.. nice personality, attentive, great representative of RL

t
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit, don’t know how I missed it in the past. Will be back.

VK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above and beyond. We enjoyed our time at RL. The staff was extremely professional and welcoming. The ambiance, food, and service were all excellent.

MT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to RL since it’s opening...and have always had a wonderful experience!

ZW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Went on a date with my husband and he choked on a hair in his burger. I love Ralph and everything he stands for, but not this.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was wonderful!

NS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hate the banquet style seating along the walls. The couple next to us were bickering and the tables were so close you hear everything. It was distracting. The service and food was wonderful though, we’ll go back.

w
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service in town !

N
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and ambiance exceeded expectations and the food was done perfectly. Michael, one of the managers, granted an ask to get a table at the bar after dinner. Everyone working there has service top of mind.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the RL Restaurant for my mom's birthday lunch and it was such a wonderful experience! Not only was the food delicious, but the service was also absolutely incredible! In fact, this may have been the best service I have ever experienced. Our servers Joseph and Rodrigo were extremely kind, helpful, and went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. Joseph was so knowledgeable about the various dishes and took the time to give us recommendations that did not disappoint. The cauliflower soup was out of this world, I definitely recommend it. The lobster roll was great and we also really really enjoyed the steak sandwich! Also, the coffee is phenomenal- and you can even buy a bag to take home. Overall, this was a wonderful experience- I will be back next month for my birthday lunch! If you are in Chicago, RL is a must!

OT
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Fading Star.
Not what it used to be.
Not sure they care, either.
Smaller portions and higher prices.
Stale bread, small portions, less pride and much less special than it used to feel.
What a bummer.

m
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE! Understated and festive

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for leaving a positive star review at RL. Thank you for celebrating the new year with us. We look forward to hosting you at our restaurant very soon. Best Regards, Michael Orona Manager

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

RB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place to dine! It is the quintessential Chicago dining experience. My husband and I have been eating at RL for years. We still love the attention to detail, the consistency with the food, and the staff, in particular, Jaafar, Chris, and Russel, who welcome us as if it were their home.

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you Renia for leaving a positive star review at RL. It is always a pleasure to hear that Jaafar, Chris and Russel make you feel just like at home. I will pass on the praise to the team for making it one your favorite places to dine. We look forward to hosting you at our restaurant very soon. Best Regards, Michael Orona Manager

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MM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Although it is a bit tight inside it is always worth it. Love the menu and the ambiance is a favorite.

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you Michelle for leaving a positive star review at RL. We appreciate that you love the menu and ambiance. We look forward to hosting you at our restaurant very soon. Best Regards, Michael Orona Manager

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FK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

BW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RL is one of our favorite spots in the city and we’ve lived here for over 12 years and are always walking away in talks about how good the food is, how much we love the feel and the staff!

FB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes yes this is our favorite restaurant the service is the best the food outstanding perfect people watching we go once a year for my birthday celebration

RL Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive star review for our restaurant. We are glad to see that you enjoyed yourself on your birthday. Best Regards, Michael Orona Manager

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OT
Chicago
227 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Joseph, Benny and Flavia are a team that makes every dining experience fabulous at RL

Joseph's great memory along with understanding of my food plan makes it easy for me to make
selections and adjustments to the menu. Benny is right there with ice water and coffee throughout the meal and Flavia adds a friendly welcome and adds so much to the entire RL experience. What a great
team, and Angel, when there is also like Benny. We are so lucky to have RL and these people who
ensure we are happy about the entire experience.

JA
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent always very good. Uses fresh ingredients. The crab cake benedict was to die for.

WE
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service 👏 Thanks!

KG
Oklahoma City
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining here when we visit Chicago, and this trip was no different. A wonderful experience

HM
Chicago
137 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, super consistent quality on foodstuffs, knowledgeable service team. We always can rely on their oysters, and their accommodating nature’s.

SE
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great job ! Thank Tom

KC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, great service! Highly reccommend!

AJ
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster bisque is a must. The service was great wonderful.

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