RL Restaurant

4.8
4767 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 4767 People Are Saying
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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my go-to restaurants when Im visiting Chicago. Unpretentious, friendly and attentive. without being bothersome

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Chicago
153 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

where else can you go and be in elegant surroundings, have elegant service and elegant food? All of these
things are yours for a reasonable price. We love this restaurant.

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Louisville
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We always try to go to RL when we are in Chicago and this was our first time for dinner instead of lunch. Enjoyed it very much although next time we are going to ask for a spot where there is not so much traffic by the wait staff. They kept bumping my daughters chair. The place was packed by the time we left which shows how much everyone enjoys the place.

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JB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous - all around! Our server Arimus was top notch - catering to every little detail of my husbands birthday celebration. Further, additional staff assisted us throughout our meal and made sure everything was perfect.

While my husband has always been a loyal RL shopper and diner, I can now say I've joined him!

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TA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Lots of energy in the restaurant. A fun place to eat.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Some food was very plain but the steak was incredible. Limited wine menu. Appetizer bread hard. AMAZING service!!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and very consistent service. Sadly, this weekends trip was not a great experience. Service was slow and less personal, seat was kicked the the staff on 6 occasions, water was spilled on my back, and we were seated 40+ mins after our reservation time.

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing setting and fantastic service

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect every single time.

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DO
New Orleans
43 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around. IT needs to offer a petite filet.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is my favorite restaurant in Chicago ❤️👍j’adore toute l’équipe de Ce restaurant, very very professional👍❤️the best❤️I love you guys 👍❤️Maud et Robert❤️thank you so much for all your amazing foods and services ❤️👍

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LW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent personality, delicious food

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Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, ambience and great food. Waiter was efficient and funny!

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M
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time dining here and it was for a business lunch. We were seated immediately inside, the wait staff was very pleasant and service was exceptional. It is very cozy, but you are able to converse without having to shout. Food was excellent. Definitely a great pick for a business lunch.

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Chicago
143 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was hosting two friends from Madrid at lunch. The service provided was excellent. Fortunately, we were able to enlist the aid of a Spanish speaking member of the wait staff to help us through menu questions. They loved the key lime pie which they had not experienced before.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had gazpacho which was quite nice but the lobster salad is to die for

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SM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints in terms of food quality. My only negative comment would be that we were seated at a table where all of the food came out and was placed right next to our table while the waitstaff distributed it, so that diminished the enjoyment of our overall dining experience.

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Chicago
154 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. It always is so elegant. Outstanding service and food.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always above and beyond our expectations. We were in Chicago for a brief 5 day getaway and enjoyed lunch, dinner and drinks at this gem.

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St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a long morning of shopping, RL was perfect for a light lunch and a glass of wine. The patio is wonderful - you feel like you are in Paris. Service, as expected, was excellent. The crab cakes were great. The french fries AMAZING!

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m
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ny favorite restaurant in Chicago!! Great atmosphere and wait staff are wonderful!!

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were very fortunate to have Peter A taking care of us. Peter was professional and attentive. He really made the meal.

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f
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was a disappointment and not up to previous visits. Very noisy, good attentive staff but just not worth the price. Many better choices exist in the local area.

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DP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service, excellent food, friendly ambiance

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W
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing! The food is excellent...my most favorite restaurant ever. The open door tables as well as the outdoor seating is lovely. The dining room and bar are beautiful.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome table for three in front room just off patio. Our waiter was off the charts fabulous! He didn’t miss a beat and very honest and helpful when we asked many questions about the menu!! Other wait staff extremely friendly and helpful too! Delicious and wines perfect!! Great cozy lunch!!

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RS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a classy place to eat, with good food, service and ambiance. While it's nice for meetings, it's a little hard to hear important discussions due to the environmental chatter.

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SB
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again wonderful meal. Top quality drinks, excellent service. We had 230p reservation, gets you the lunch menu and not so busy . Dont forget the deserts!

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eveeythinf

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Chicago
154 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love RL and go there every Sunday. Why? Because the food and service are fantastic and
the elegant atmosphere is great. It is a very friendly place!!!!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere.

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MJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I ordered a spinach and cheddar cheese omelet. My omelet had practically no cheddar cheese. It did have lots of excellent spinach. But the water from the spinach had not been drained, which spoiled the appearance of the omelet and made it very unappetizing to look at. My side order of bacon was perfect. Decaf coffee was fine. English muffin had deep grill marks and was not well-toasted. Service was good, although, toward the end of our visit, we were rushed. Only two pastries in the bread basket for two people. Very skimpy. This restaurant used to be five stars in every way. Is no longer.

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l
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Chicago! Great food and service! The decor gives the feel of classic Chicago with its many wall hangings and wooden decór. Captain, Christopher Yum, went above and beyond to make our evening memorable. Looking forward to our next trip out to the Windy City!

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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and plentiful, the service perfect, and the drinks strong. For fine dining it doesn't get any better.!

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EL
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL has the best cocktails! and a great champagne and wine list. We both had the gazpacho which was perfect for a summer starter. Meat and red wine followed - both strong presentations. Desset was ice cream - also a summer indulgence. The only hic-up was that we had our cocktails for awhile before the bread came out. Not sure why a bread basket is not ready made to put on the table very soon after you sit down. The plus was there were yummy (I think new) selections of bread - olive and multi nut/grain!
RL is one of the best places to eat in Chicago!

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! From the always personal and great service by Kurt and Russell and the excellent 'by the glass' wine choices, to the great service and delicious food in the dining room or on the patio. Living in the city, I've frequented many times and each experience has been one to remember. Highly recommend for a date or just drinks in the bar. Just know that the bar area is very small so waiting for a seat is often necessary. Always recommend reservation for dinner- weekends book in advance so plan accordingly.

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RC
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, RL is a great experience! The service and food is outstanding!

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DF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot. Jesus and Alberto are the best waiters! Always a great spot for a bite and great scenery.

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K
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we come to Chicago we eat at RL. Love it!!

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service and food ! EXcellent , excellent, excellent , excellent ,

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