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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (112)
Great for Lunch (106)
Good for a Date (94)
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People Watching (87)
Cozy (82)
Good for Anniversaries (82)
Business Meals (80)
Neighborhood Gem (79)
Good for Birthdays (76)
Sunday Lunch (59)
Hot Spot (57)
Fit for Foodies (56)
Fun (53)
Great for Brunch (50)
Romantic (47)
Authentic (44)
Bar Seating (40)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Comfort Food (31)
Notable Wine List (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Vibrant Bar Scene (27)
Happy Hour (20)
Casual (19)
Healthy (18)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Seasonal (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Scenic View (12)
Afternoon Tea (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Waterfront (2)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed it much more the last time I was there. They should remove some tables. Way too crowded, everyone on top of each other. The food and service were terrific.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Best time! Love RL

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful atmosphere and service as usual! Another superb RL dining experience! Especially fun and festive vibe for the holidays!

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall very good! Thank you all so much and God Bless you all!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a pleasure to dine at RL! One of our go to restaurants in Chicago! The food, service, and vibe is great! Our waiter, Jeff, was amazing and fun! Definite request to have him again!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Felt rushed. Prices fit the area but expensive

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great dining experience. Both food and service were exceptional. However, the noise level made it difficult to hear our excellent server

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent treatment all around---especially Greeting Staff, Mollie, the waiter Tom, et al. The bar service top notch and the perch was wonderful. RL is an old favorite that continues to be.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Timeless. I adore everything about RL. For our family, the ritual, tradition of a visit to this warm cozy place is so very special! In an ever trendy world don't ever change RL! Because, in the immortal words of one Mr. Billy Joel, "I love you just the way you are..."

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

RL is superb. :) My Maid of Honor and I went to a special lunch to celebrate the kick off of my wedding gown shopping. We sat inside the cozy little library-esque dinning space, while sipping champagne and eating escargot - reminiscent of our trip to Paris last summer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. Wonderful food and service. Great atmosphere

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

RL is always special - love the atmosphere and the "vibe'. The service and food are very good and the people watching (and listening!) is excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love the ambience, the food and the service.
We will definitely go for dinner next time in Chicago.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Been to RL many times and never disappointed. Our wait staff of Chris and Jafarr were superb. The breads are unparalleled. My guest had the snapper and it was outstanding. I had my favorite of lobster the old way. One of the best dishes anywhere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays and wanted to go somewhere special. We loved the cozy and classic decor, the quiet noise level and the menu. I highly re commend RL.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Gianna, our server, was AMAZING!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My wife and I eat here on almost every visit to Chicago, obviously a huge favorite. I love the chicken hash and noticed it is no longer on the menu. I asked our server about it and he said they could make it but it might take a few minutes longer. It was as delicious as ever. You'll never be disappointed.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I just had to go back to RL when I returned to Chicago this week. I first had the pleasure of dining there earlier this month and so I was very happy to return. It is a wonderful dining experience. Jaffar again was a delight and was careful with steering me again to delicious gluten free choices. The entire staff is pleasant and helpful and I hope business or pleasure finds me back in Chicago before too long as I will return to RL !

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great restaurant, but not for vegans. I love RL. My only regret is that they have no vegan options. They were very good about substituting items on the sandwich I ordered. However, the price stayed the same even though the meat, bacon and cheese had been removed and replaced with veggies. I would not therefore recommend RL to my vegan friends.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

How can you complain? Such a gorgeous place, with friendly service and good food. We come to Chicago from NYC and never fail to eat here.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, People Watching, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Love the ambiance! Great service.
A cozy, clubby feel make this a great spot to break up a day of shopping or touring.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my second time going to Ralph Lauren and it was an exceptional experience. The service was phenomenal and the food was unbelievable as it always is. This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants and I wouldn't dare make a trip to Chicago without stopping here to eat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic food and great service, selections are simple but tasty - emphasis is on the quality of each ingredient. Menu covers all the bases from seafood to steaks to chicken with great appetizers, salads and side dishes.
Space is very tight so don’t expect to sprawl out, you are going to get up and close with your neighbors. Overall, somewhat pricey but well worth it - a great place for lunch and dinner!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, however, we were seated at a single table with one seat along the long couch and the other a chair opposite. There was a table next to us where our waiter obviously knew the guests. He stood between our tables, in a space of about twelve inches, talking with them with his backside directly eye level and in our faces. There was plenty of room to speak to and serve the guests from behind the table. The positioning was exceptionally rude and disrespectful to us.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of the best places to eat in Chicago. The food, service and atmosphere are top notch. Always consistently better than the Polo Bar in NYC. The original RL is the best!

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Traditional after Thanksgiving late lunch. We love that lots of locals dine there too.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had not been to RL in many years.... no good reason, just lots of other places to top and try. We decided to go and we had a very nice meal and great service. We will go back again soon and not stay away so long this time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love RL always a holiday tradition for us in Chicago. Delicious too:)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Worst restaurant I ever ate at booked on open table. Colossal disappointment. The food seemed batched. Not made fresh. Poorly seasoned. Over cooked. I mean I could. Just. Go on and on!!!!!!The table was horrible. My chair was near kitchen exit and was bumped countless times. Ralph Lauren would be ashamed his name is associated with this unfit dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Without a doubt THE best lobster roll I have ever eaten! and I order them any time I see it on a menu. Highly recommend the wedge salad as well... the huge cubes of bacon are divine!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service was great. Food was okay at best

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have been going to RL's for many years and this year it was a disappointment. It was my husband's birthday. I reserved a table and noted the special occasion. The server had no clue of it. No mention of it, no special desert which was a usual for us. We were in and out - very disappointed. The wait staff has changed- not personable like before.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with elegant environment. The food and service is wonderful. They will accommodate all requests.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The best liver i ever tasted

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I went to RL with my fiancé the day I proposed to her. I did tell them ahead of time that it was for a very special occasion and they did listened. They gave us a corner seat and we loved it. The food was delicious. They even gave us a chocolate cake on the house because it was our engagement dinner. I will definitely go back there. Great people great ambiance great service!

They were genuinely happy for us, newly engaged couple!!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

Visiting Chicago

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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