RL Restaurant

4.7
4957 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(312) 475-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Pitts
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Private party facilities
RL Restaurant accepts reservations for large parties. Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Reservationist: (312) 475-1100
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Cross street
Michigan Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking is available after 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Cost is $15.00.
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Public transit
CTA Red Line Rapid Transit
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM

What 4957 People Are Saying
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MD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been a patron of RL for many years and had the pleasure of dining there for dinner and a brunch this past weekend. Brunch is always fabulous with many choices. I had a wonderful Red Snapper dinner, but would have chosen the short ribs if it were still on the menu. I was a little surprised to see three calf/veal dishes on the dinner menu and would have loved to see some additional variety. The dinner was great and the service was excellent as always. We will be back for many more celebrations!

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MS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go after shopping the Magnificent Mile or great for date night

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DD
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have such a great experience at RL! The atmosphere is warm, sophisticated and smells great too. Sort of a combination of the food and candles they burn there I think. We love coming here and the staff is always too notch, entertaining and attentive. Great cocktails and food, of course!

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined here before and love the quaintness of the space, the great food, extensive wine list, people watching, and location. Love this place and will be back again!

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I am in Chicago I always stop by! I’ve actually made friends with the staff. I am from Michigan. They are all wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, service was great and food delicious.

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PK
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been in several years, but the restaurant did not disappoint. Great service without any pretense. Cozy, preppy, environs with fabulous food and wine. Highly recommend.

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H
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place in Chicago! Always excellent! I love the atmosphere, the food and the service is always wonderful! But it's not a secret in Chicago,(a lot of people know this restaurant!) so be sure to book several days ahead!

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B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my fave spot in town!!

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Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Every visit to Chicago I go to RL. I love it.This last trip I had bad table by kitchen entrance and was rushed.
They were very busy and maybe overbooked but the server came by every 5 minutes wanting to take our order. As I respect not to linger when people are waiting this was too much.

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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

RL was a nice experience, food was pretty good but I was expecting to be blown away. Not sure I would scramble to come back with all the other great restaurants in Downtown Chicago.

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SK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful place to go to have drinks, a nice lunch and wonderful conversation

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BO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server , Nicole, was a pleasure! She was personable and attentive.

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Y
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic butternut soup! Please keep it on menu. Yummy mashed potatoes with Vermont butter. Oh it’s a tasty place for dinner or lunch

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came up to Chicago to take our son out to lunch for his 21st Birthday! The staff was incredibly gracious, the food was delicious and it was a memorable day. We were especially grateful for the birthday cake they surprised our son with! We could not have been more pleased with our dining experience.

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DL
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and festive. We had a great time in the very clubby atmosphere.

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DR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The “go to” spot for a classy, flawless lunch experience. High standards and attention to detail, add the professional service, a “correct” menu, and you have a highlight for any day

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ralph Lauren never disappoints. The food is always excellent. The service is always friendly and perfect. The space is beautiful and interesting. Have been going for years and have always had an excellent experience. And, all of this excellence comes at what seem like bargain prices compared to restaurants in this class.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had a problem with OpenTable reservation but we were able to have dinner

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive and polite waitstaff. Beautiful ambiance.

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CN
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The dining experience was subpar. I do appreciate that we were seated at our table on time per our reservation. Our waiter was very nice and professional. However the RL dining area is way too small, they have tables literally crammed in next to each other with only enough room for a person to squeeze by. The noise level is quite loud, as you have to raise your voice a bit to make sure your dining party can hear you. The experience would be better if the dining area was much larger and a few changes were made to the overall restaurant.

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LP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was fabulous. My father is hard of hearing, so I requested a quiet table. They accommodated us in spite of the very busy day. The atmosphere is fantastic and I would recommend RL to anyone for a perfect city dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Hostesses could be better.

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a
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love RL. It is a classic. The atmosphere and service are always perfect. I am a lover of liver, bacon and onions and have had it there before. It was always good, but this time it was sublime. The best I have ever had. I was in heaven. Can’t wait to go back for more.

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l
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we eat at this restaurant we find a professional, consistent and delicious experience awaits. It is a staple for our social dining and never fails to please. Something for everyone in our group and superb service.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy a long, champagne-filled, afternoon lunch during the holidays and RL is the perfect venue! The room is so cozy and we usually get the corner back table. The oysters are fresh and amazing!

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f
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I find it annoying to wait half an hour for your reserved table. Having had a similar experience at the same restaurant to weeks ago in New York City this seems to be a repetitive modus operandi of this company.IThink they should revise their policy

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The waiter rushed us through from the moment we go there until we left. The Cobb salad was small and they only put on four pieces of steak on top.
They did bring my friend a little pie for her birthday so that was nice.
We plan to go back, but will request a different waiter.

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RC
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most comfortable place to go. Great service! Good food! And an atmosphere that makes you want to linger forever.

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LH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Every time we are in Chicago or Paris, we visit. Your menu, good food, and staff make your restaurants our favorite place to eat when traveling. Love your bread basket.
Our only comment on our visit this week was that the Eggs Benedict were over charred/done.
Thank you.
See you on our next travels

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time dining at RL with either family or business associates and I have enjoyed each event.
Great food, staff in a very cozy room.

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BP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the RL Bar and Restaurant. Have been going for years and it never disappoints. This time the service was outstanding - no rush, let us sit and enjoy a wonderful lunch. The food was better than ever. When going to Chicago, I always have made a stop at RL... and will continue to do so!

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PB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic restaurant, service, ambiance and experience - you can never go wrong picking RL for any occasion!

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B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

.Food was fine but it was very important to my elderly father (who was coming in from the suburbs) that we pick a restaurant with valet parking- there was no indication anywhere outside the restaurant that they had valet parking and the valet parker (who management claimed was supposed to be there) was nowhere in sight. RL sits on a busy street and you cannot just stop and put your hazards on and block traffic. My dad had to find a parking lot to park in and walk 2 blocks to the restaurant in the Chicago blizzard- not good. When I brought this up to the manager, he simply said "oh the valet parker must have been parking someone else's car”-- but this does not explain why when someone pulls up to the restaurant, there was not visible indication that there WAS a valet parker- and maybe on cold winter night- have 2 guys working when you are fully booked. Our waiter also forgot to put our (1) dessert on our bill- he ran our bill, let my dad fill out the charge slip- took it way and then, as we were getting up to leave,- he came back telling us that he had put our dessert on someone else's check and had rerun the bill to add it to our bill. REALLY? First off, the fact that you mischarged someone is not my problem. - and the right thing to do there is to simply write it off- not bother the customer over $8. I and after we left it dawned on me that I wonder how he ran my dad’s card again without the card—it is illegal to keep credit card information in the computer- so how was he able to amend the bill and charge my Dad’s card again? In any event, I found the entire scenario to show terrible judgment

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster roll was amazing!

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KD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great interior deco and atmospheric. Dishes very well cooked and tasty. I would expect a bigger variety on beef and lower noise levels.

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SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration with a friend. The service and food were impeccable.

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YT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food is good, but the service is very very long.
I booked at 6:45pm and the dinner finished at 10PM

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F
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Chicago gem! Note...no valet service during the week

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F
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service as usual.

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