About RL Restaurant

A warm, rich interior, RL Restaurant houses an art collection that reflects and represents a lifestyle vision of quality, integrity and timelessness - the design and cultural aesthetic of Polo Ralph Lauren. The food is not based on how exotic the chef can appear with his creativity, but on how finely tuned and balanced are his compositions -- renditions of ideas that have a history on the American Table. ****Please note that reservations are for dining room only. Bar and Patio are first come first serve.******

115 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 475-1100

Website:
http://www.rlrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available after 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Cost is $15.00.

Public Transit:
CTA Red Line Rapid Transit

Executive Chef:
Ryan Pitts

Private Party Facilities:
RL Restaurant accepts reservations for parties up to 20 guests. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Reservationist: (312) 475-1100

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 10:00AM 10:30AM - 10:30AM 3:30PM - 3:30PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 4:30PM - 4:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:00AM 3:30PM - 3:30PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 4:30PM - 4:30PM 5:00PM - 5:00PM 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM 9:30PM - 9:30PM

RL Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (113)
Great for Lunch (110)
Good for a Date (96)
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Neighborhood Gem (90)
People Watching (86)
Good for Anniversaries (85)
Good for Birthdays (85)
Business Meals (82)
Cozy (80)
Hot Spot (65)
Sunday Lunch (63)
Fun (54)
Great for Brunch (53)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Romantic (51)
Authentic (42)
Great for Outdoor Dining (42)
Bar Seating (41)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Comfort Food (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Worth the Drive (28)
Casual (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Healthy (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Good for Groups (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Scenic View (12)
Seasonal (12)
Afternoon Tea (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was great. Food was okay at best

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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Great atmosphere...very Parisian. Arrive early and chill with the bartender Jordan!

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·Dined 3 days ago

RL Restaurant came highly recommended by a local friend for my recent visit to Chicago. I didn't realize it was such a hot spot until I went to book reservations 3 weeks out. I was only able to get a lunch reservation on the days I was in town. It worked out perfectly since it gave us a much needed break from shopping on Michigan Avenue. The food was delicious and the staff was outstanding. Since it was our first visit to the restaurant, I didn't realize there was a coat check room. Our waiter offered to take our coats and check them for us. It was a truly wonderful dining experience, even for lunch, and will definitely dine their on my next trip to Chicago.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined 3 days ago

Visiting Chicago

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·Dined 3 days ago

Six people in for lunch. Overall experience was amazing as always. Food, service and ambiance was perfect. We enjoyed Caesar salads, soups, grilled cheese, burgers and wine. Everything was great.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 3 days ago

We have had better dining experiences in this restaurant on previous visits.
The food, crab cakes, a reuben sandwich and an omelette were good but
nothing special. The service was a bit lacking. I had to track down my waiter to get the iced tea that I had ordered. My biggest criticism was that the restaurant was so crowded that
the wait staff and other customers banged into the back of chair at least 20 times. This was
very annoying and interruptive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Very very disappointed. We were rushed through our dinner. As soon as we finished our salad, they placed our main course in front of us. Then immediately gave us the dessert menu.
After 2 minutes, waiter wanted our dessert selection. Very embarrassing for a “high end” restaurant. We had friends from Australia and I can’t imagine what they thought.

Also, they should address the restroom issue. Taking a small elevator to a creepy lower level is uncomfortable. Take part of the Ralph Lauren store and make a respectable restroom.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Started our girls weekend at RL with lunch. We were greeted immediately and asked if we would like our bags, coats and umbrellas checked. After being seated, the wait staff took care of our every need and offered suggestions to my daughter with an avocado allergy. Our meals were both beautiful and delicious. Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

There were way too many tables shoved in the restaurant. We were a party of 5 and we could hardly hear each. Waiters crawling all around us because they had no space to move and serve. It was chaotic. The restaurant was full and not a desirable place to be. The food was great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

As usual, RL was the perfect dining experience from the moment we stepped thru the door. The cozy and classic ambiance, the veteran waiters with world class service, the divine dining, and excellent wine list and cocktails.

RL is our trusted go-to for special dates and long dinners, each and every time it always impresses, and we leave wanting more.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great spot. Wonderful atmosphere and very good food. Something for everyone....excellent service. One of our regular haunts

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I had an 8:30 reservation and we arrived a bit early. The lounge and bar were packed but we luckily got seats at the small bar while we waited. The hosts and bartender were very accommodating and it was a very good Moscow Mule. We were seated at about 8:40. Our original table in the main dining room was very tight/not private and the room was loud. The host re-seated us in the lounge by a window which by that time was private, quiet and perfect. We had a delicious dinner with good service.

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 (Memphis)·Dined 6 days ago

So happy to have had an extra evening in Chicago after a business meeting and to get the chance to enjoy RL. Seriously one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. The wait staff was terrific. The actual wait past the reservation time was under 10 minutes for a very popular restaurant. The food was fantastic ! Jaffar steered me safely to a memorable gluten free dinner. The professionalism is very evident in all of the Restaurant. They do genuinely care about your satisfaction. I will be back as soon as I can !

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

The service was AMAZING!!!!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

We love Russell!! Always have a great time!

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·Dined 7 days ago

RL is not what it used to be. Decent at best. They took the ribeye off the menu & the ambiance was different than it was a few years ago. The dress code was not upheld & pretty loud. What used to be a luxurious restaurant is now a a casual dining. The pricing & value was not on par with the original dining experience. Really disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always spot on from the start . Great ambiance and they never rush you

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Every facet of the lunch was wonderful. The service was attentive and friendly without being overbearing or intrusive. The food was exceptionally delicious and well presented. The ambience was wonderful, buzzing even though we had a nice and quiet corner. RL is an easy and very reliable classic, and it is always a pleasure to visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is an elegant restaurant with outstanding food
It has a very friendly atmosphere and the waiters are great

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Gorgeous Place with good food. Service on point. Very large portions so no desert, but they looked delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Impeccable service and always delicious food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have dined in both the bar and the dining room. Love both places...but the bars atmosphere was Exceptionally fun and friendly ! Our waiter was also the bartender who was absolutely excellent. I wondered how he did both so effortlessly. Our food, as always, was cooked to perfection and delicious!

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a thoroughly delightful evening and dinner. Everyone in our party loved their choice of appetizer and entre and most were different.
The room is noisy but we still could visit quite well.
Wish we could have had an earlier reservation but our fault for not calling earlier. A week out is not enough!

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful time. The staff made us feel very special. And! The food was awesome. This is a very elegant place to eat.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A beautiful dining room with outstanding food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The bone in rib eye for two is always our favorite but the additional of the mushroom bread pudding was a delightful match.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had great hopes for this place, but were disappointed. Table was OK, but the half booth was not comfortable. Two small tables placed together had large pedestals, not much room for legs. Appetizers are limited. Had calamari and shrimp, calamari was good but the shrimp were not de-veined. Tasted the squash soup. Waiter was adamant I would love it and did not take it well when I ordered the clam chowder. Think liquid pumpkin pie filling. Way too much cinnamon and nutmeg. Chowder was pretty poor for the caliber of restaurant. Entrees were red snapper and dover sole. The snapper came buried in halved cherry tomatoes and could not be seen until you scraped them away. It was OK but not the greatest. The interesting part of the meal was the dover sole. Waiter showed me a beautiful whole fish and then took the fish halfway across the dining room and did the tableside preparation of my dish a good 20 feet away in a narrow walkway next to the waiters station with guest being walked to tables just inches away. I was in fear of hair and debris from coats. Waiters were reaching over my plate getting napkins and other things from the station. We had a lot of room next to our table. It could certainly have been done tableside...but at a minimum how about back in the kitchen?! The dover was good but the lemon/butter sauce was watery and tasteless so, basically, I was just eating a broiled fish. We barely saw our waiter. He was very impressed with himself and the RL restaurant in general. Less concerned about our experience. As the meal continued we were helped more by a different fellow who was assisting. Our waiter had moved on to better things I guess. This restaurant is in a nice, but small, room. They think a LOT of themselves but the food and service do not live up to expectations. There are a great many finer restaurants in the same area. We have eaten at most of them over the years. Not going back to RL.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service and excellent attitude of service. The crabcake with poched eggs were totally amazing. We can go back always here for them

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is a cozy, friendly place that balances traditional classy service with relaxed attitude. Great, attentive waitstaff that allows the meal to unfold naturally.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

As usual, RL was great. The food was excellent and the service was incredible. I always have a great time when I am there. I highly recommend it if you have never been there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Service, food quality, and desserts were fabulous! Thanks for the great experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Just one word...fabulous! Iconic RL with great food and service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Groups, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The best cozy, classy, Chicago Gem. We first went here back in 2000 shortly after it opened. We had a vodka martini with blue cheese stuffed olives that was awesome. Fast forward 17 years and YES, they still serve it. Great NE Chowder and real Lake Superior Pike for dinner. Waiter very informative. And a trip to the bathroom down the elevator, truly old Chicago. We highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great place to bring out of town friend and to people watch

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Favourite neighbourhood Restaurant which consistently keeps the standard.
Never disappoints - this time especially great service and a lovely clam chowder..
thanks!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We have been to RLs many times over the past 20+ years. A treat whenever we are visiting Chicago. Service always top notch and love the clubby atmosphere. Excellent wine list and bar service. Menu has been significantly pared down since we were last here a few months ago. Preferred the more expanded offerings. This was first time the kitchen staff did not know what the dish lobster the old way was so couldn't order it (sad). But did get nice veal Milanese, breaded and fried flattened veal chop with arugula salad on top. Very good. My guest loved the snapper entree. We'll be back and hopefully different kitchen crew on that day.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It is the best place for an elegant and delicious experience while eating. It is s very friendly atmosphere. Wonderful food

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Light decadence must be the theme of this place. Everything was outstanding and can't wait to come back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were very impressed with RL Restaurant. The service was phenomenal and so was the food. Enjoyed the entire experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

You wouldn't expect anything less from something Ralph. The decor was amazing (how could it not be?!), the service was great, the menu was perfect, the food was amazing. The mignon sauce for the oysters was the best I have ever had. Vibrant is how I would describe the ambiance. A real restaurant. We LOVED it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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