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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (107)
Great for Lunch (105)
Good for a Date (95)
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Neighborhood Gem (87)
People Watching (84)
Good for Anniversaries (84)
Good for Birthdays (83)
Business Meals (81)
Cozy (79)
Hot Spot (63)
Sunday Lunch (61)
Fun (52)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Romantic (50)
Great for Brunch (48)
Great for Outdoor Dining (43)
Bar Seating (39)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Authentic (38)
Notable Wine List (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Comfort Food (31)
Worth the Drive (28)
Casual (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Healthy (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Good for Groups (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Scenic View (12)
Afternoon Tea (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Seasonal (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The service was AMAZING!!!!!

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·Dined 3 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

Impeccable service and always delicious food

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

A beautiful dining room with outstanding food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Berkshire)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A great place to people watch, together with great food and friendly service. We reserved a table ahead and were given a great table spot on time.
We had a pre dinner drink at the bar - again great service and great cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love this lovely classic spot!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Last minute drop in for dinner after a day in the city. Service was excellent as usual as was the food. This is my go to spot!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants -- the food is always well prepared and presented..

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The liver is one of the best dishes I ever ate! The lobster bisque was very good. Beautiful but tight restaurant very loud. 16 dollar for a valet that was not even there when we arrived is not Ok!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Had a wonderful time, service was impeccable! Sat at a table of 4 and everyone loved their meal, wine selection was on par! Tasty!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Mobile)·Dined on October 30, 2017

this was our 2nd time at RL for lunch. we have been seated outside before and this time we enjoyed the indoors. almost like being at two totally different restaurants. the lobster roll was great - my husband loved the burger.
can't go wrong inside or outside.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

It was my daughter's post wedding lunch with the MOB and her sisters. The food, service and ambiance was great. And we could easily hear ourselves talk.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

LOVE this restaurant each time we come to Chicago for vacation! Superb service and outstanding food ! The lake perch is especially yummy.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a wonderful meal this past week, including two different main courses and one appetizer. Oh particular note was the incredible service provided by Nicole Teoh.. She was friendly, knowledgeable and thorough in ever aspect of her service. I would recommend the restaurant for it food and absence, but also for the wonderful service by Nicole Teoh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service, as alway was great. I had my favorite crabmeat eggs benedict.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We love this place because it is elegant with excellent food and service. It has a very friendly atmosphere Our favorite place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinner could not have gotten off to a worse start. We arrived on time at 9 PM. The two young hostesses could not have been ruder. Forget an apology for not having a table ready, one said, "go over to the bar to wait." (Not 'would you like to wait at the bar?)" It is a small bar and there was no room or seating. There were two open, not set up bar tables next to the entrance, so we sat there. A waiter started setting it, and then one of the girls ordered us to go to the bar. When I pointed out that there was nowhere to wait there, she said, "there are two ladies who have been waiting for this table - we won't give it to you. Get up." I thought it was an open bar table, and had no thought of dining there. I told them that they were being downright rude. They said nothing, no apology, nothing. I have been to many restaurants of all types, and have never been treated so rudely - ever. At this point Abdel Afkir, Assisstant General Manager, saw there was a problem and tried to help. He was very nice, had us sit at a table the two ladies were now leaving, and we ordered drinks. He then arranged for a nice table in the main dining area, and later comped us the bar drinks. But it was a remarkably unpleasant way to begin a dinner at what is supposed to be a fine dining restaurant that is also rather expensive - meat dishes about $50, wines start at $70, so the whole meal was over $300. You deserve a little common courtesy at such a place. The sadder part is that the food was actually quite good. The lobster bisque was reasonably good - not enough lobster and flavor a bit bland (could have used some sherry). The veal chop was very well prepared, and the key lime pie was outstandingly good. So it could have been a perfect evening were it not for the two girls and their 'greeting.' And they did not seem to even understand what they had done. I don't say this often, but they should be fired. People make mistakes, but they did not care or apologize.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have dined at RL restaurant several times, and I tend to take out of town visitors there. Last couple of times I dined there I was made to wait around a half hour or more beyond my reservation time to be seated. The last time was particularly unpleasant. No one offered to take our coats and we were seated at the worst table in the house by the kitchen entrance. I had to hang my coat on my chair where waiters going back and forth kept running into it and knocking it to the floor. The servers are nice and the food is very good, but one of the receptionists had a somewhat indifferent and arrogant attitude. At the prices they charge at RL, one would expect better treatment. I might still go to their bar to eat a burger once in a while, but I won’t be taking guests to dine there any more.

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