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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (115)
Great for Lunch (108)
Good for a Date (93)
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People Watching (90)
Cozy (84)
Neighborhood Gem (81)
Good for Anniversaries (79)
Good for Birthdays (79)
Business Meals (76)
Sunday Lunch (63)
Fun (59)
Hot Spot (59)
Fit for Foodies (56)
Great for Brunch (54)
Romantic (51)
Authentic (46)
Bar Seating (40)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Notable Wine List (35)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Comfort Food (33)
Worth the Drive (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Happy Hour (23)
Casual (19)
Healthy (18)
Afternoon Coffee (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Seasonal (15)
Afternoon Tea (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Scenic View (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Waterfront (2)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Great surroundings. Fabulous wait staff. Food well prepared and tasty. Wine list very adequate. Convenient location for downtown hotels. We’ll be back. Over all it was a great experience for us.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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·Dined 2 days ago

What a splendid evening! The food was delicious. Everything about the this restaurant is well done from the artwork to the service to the tableside food preparation. Highly recommended the Dover sole. Great evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome place

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

RL always provides an excellent experience. The ambiance, the drinks, food, decor and waitstaff are perfection.
This is my “Happy Place”. We have been celebrating special occasions here since it opened. The cozy interiors are perfect for a romantic winter experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Too many tables were placed in a limited space. Noise level very high. Not the relaxing get together we envisioned.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We left. Too loud, too crowded, rude server
Uggghhhhhhhhhhhh

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Nothing better along Mich Avenue - have been coming here for 12+ yrs - made a tradition to do spouse lunch date with shopping every yr - a must to not miss! Great food, service, ambiance ,value, wine, and of course both waitress and host superb.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always perfection, and the attentive wait staff is unsurpassed!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We waited 25 minutes for our table to be ready. (7 pm rez, 7:25 pm seated) Others had the same wait. Once we were seated all was very good- service, food, ambiance- fun, lively place! Good food!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was fabulous. Everything we ordered was seasoned so well. It was a 40th birthday and the kitchen prepared a beautiful dessert plate with a chocolate signature saying Happy Birthday. The decor is warm and cozy with a lot of artwork and wood paneling on the walls with rich jewel colored walls. I would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Christmas celebration with friends.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Always wonderful. Love the ambience! Food is outstanding...

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Always the best in service and superior cuisine. Have never ever been disappointed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful.., we did six appetizers tapas style and wonderful Malbec for a fun holiday meal

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything about my experience at RL was fantastic

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was “OK”. Service was good but rushed. Lovely room but tables were so close I felt like I was dining with the next table. Holiday time so very crowded.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always a must when visiting Chicago! Nothing better than their Bloody Mary to get you in the shopping mood!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

I have been here twice for lunch recently &the noise level is unbearable. Very difficult to have a conversation. Granted it IS the holidays, but this week my table was between 2 of the loudest groups I have ever encountered in a restaurant in my life. A table of 4 & a table of 8. Clearly, each table had been overserved. It was so bad, I wanted to be moved. My daughter &my niece who share a birthday would not hear of it but their lunch was completely spoiled. When noise is at this level, I think it is the responsibility of management to contain it. What a shame for all of us. You expect more from a restaurant of this caliber. Taking it off my special occasion list. Great service, good food, wonderful ambiance, but if you can't enjoy it, you simply must move on.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Best time! Love RL

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We loved it for brunch a few years ago when we were seated at a cozy banquette. Not as pleasant at the little table near the back where waiters were constantly whizzing by. It is a lovely place, and we would go back, but I would definitely request seats around the periphery of the restaurant. And on a banquette.....

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Classy, always crowded, excellent service,
Rich library-like dining room, small bar but fun, people-watching and great food! One of my all-time Chicago favorites!!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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 on December 6, 2017

Felt rushed. Prices fit the area but expensive

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 on December 6, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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 on December 4, 2017

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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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place!

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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

Our favorite restaurant. Wonderful food and service. Great atmosphere

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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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vip
 (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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