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RL Restaurant

4.8
4406 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
What 4406 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This is always on our restaurant list when we come to Chicago. An incredible place for lunch or dinner. On this occasion we were seated almost 40 minutes after our reservation time. However, Camille, the hostess made it seem like ten minutes. She was incredible. They comped our appetizers and desert. Not requested but greatly appreciated.
As a note to all restaurants RL is a business who realizes the importance of putting a qualified person up front like Camille.
Thanks to our waiter Tom for his awesome work.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

It is a great place to get together for extended lunch with drinks.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Dover sole was wonderfully done.
Dry aged steak great.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great lunch!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Close to perfection in just about every way! Attentive but not intrusive. Oozes class and quality, and in culinary terms, a big impact with a relatively limited range of choices. Wine selection shows thought.

Always a real pleasure to indulge and be indulged at RL.

A lunch date as you would always wish it to be.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very enjoyable for lunch.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely fabulous all around.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The host that day wasn’t very nice , actually she was n’t kind ....and look at me in a bad way .

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always great service and food at RL. The quality is 5 star!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Like always it is a great experience to be at RL. The outstanding service and food make cut delightful. A very elegant atmosphere too

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Nice room if packed. Bad salad (old greens, soggy) inattentive service at times. Would not go back for brunch.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We’ve been there many times and always enjoy it. The only drawback this visit was that we were at a table right next to the kitchen. It was on a corner and very tight so a bit distracting, but the service and food were fabulous!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We went on a Saturday for a late lunch to celebrate a birthday. Service was not good, very loud and crowded, but the food was great!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Can always count on a great meal here. Its my go to place for colleagues in town.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My wife and I have been to RLs numerous times even though we don't live in the area. Always a great meal and we request to be served by Chris Yum and Jaafar. Bread is over the top wonderful. My wife got the snapper special while I got the legendary Dover sole with lemon butter sauce. Both dishes were fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excelente servicio, muy buena comida. Recomendaría éste restaurante a todos mis amigos.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This restaurant was recommended by one of the doctors at University of Chicago. She said it was one of her favorite places to stop in for lunch - so we went!
It is a very small restaurant. Reservations are recommended for the dining room, but the bar area (which is still lovely) is open seating.
The restaurant was decorated very stately, apparently what Ralph Lauren likes (thus, the RL Restaurant). It feels like you are dining in his private study.
The service was fabulous! We enjoyed the bread basket that came, complementary. The giant crisps were delicious!
We had the Pigs in a Blanket appetizer - they were wagu beef hot dogs wrapped in philo dough served with a lovely zippy, mustard. For our lunch, we split the POLO CLUB ROASTED CHICKEN, BACON, LETTUCE & TOMATO WITH CHOICE OF HAM OR HARD-COOKED EGG ON TOASTED BRIOCHE $18 and the Steak Salad special. Both were tasty and filling.
We would highly recommend this restaurant. It is not cheap, but quaint and unique.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great lunch spot with beautiful English country home decor

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We were in town from Milwaukee shopping and ate at RL-wonderful from start to finish, including a really great waitress. We had soups and salads and were very happy. Fun to be in the warm homey setting!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

While the setting at RL restaurant is very "RL," the noise factor is quite something. Tables are comfy but very close to one another so don't say anything you wouldn't want others to hear. The food is expensive but satisfactory. Service is quite good.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Bar seats are nice and the bartenders are super friendly. Ideal spot for Solo meal.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Delicious food

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Once again wonderful meal and service, excellent drinks! Cant wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Delicious food with many options. Friendly and professional wait service. Can't go wrong.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

RL is very elegant and has an atmosphere of happy hospitality. The outstanding
food and service make every visit a great experience. I enthusiastically endorse
it as a wonderful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was wonderful. Our servers were very accommodating. I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a good meal or in need of a restaurant for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great restaurant in a terrific location downtown. The brunch was wonderful and i recommend the Crab Cake Benedict and the Gold Coast Benedict.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Design of space typical Ralph Lauren, which is not necessarily a negative ... food was not particularly inspiring - I had fish fingers & a traditional sundae ... a few of staff on pretentious side, which is not unusual for a Ralph Lauren environment...

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We always enjoy the professional service and great food.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was our second trip to RL. We like be it. The environment is warm. The staff...professional. The food is amazing... everything on the menu is incredible! Thanks RL for making our dining experience exquisite!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic. The food is always reliably good. This is a favorite spot for my Sister and I when we go “out for lunch”. It is a little crowded at times but that is also part of the “Cozy ambience.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Wonderful stylish restaurant and crowd.
Delightful and not pretentious.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Planned on brunch, but apparently they don’t service brunch on Thursday, good news, the lunch menu was above par! We had the newly added pigs in a blanket for appetizer and the lobster rolls for main course, plus mimosas for beverages. Yummy! Also our waiter and associate, Geoff and Luis were attentive and humorous, and could pass a knife like no other pair (inside joke =). Def worth a return visit to try more on the menu.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I’ve been dining at RL regularly for 15+ years and it continues to be a favorite and is always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food and service were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We always have a wonderful meal and service at RL. The attention to detail and level of service is outstanding. Very reasonable and yet always feel pampered here

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was a great dining experience. Loved the food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

delightful easter brunch visiting our daughter!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

One of our very favorites for a date or with the kids and family. Always delicious and great service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We have been coming from Michigan to Chicago to RL. It is our favorite restaurant in Chicago! Love the Steak Diane so much, we order it every time.

Thank you for serving great food and wonderful service!

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