RL Restaurant

4.8
5103 reviews
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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.

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Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter is great

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SW Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Disappointed in the enforcement of the dress code in the main dining room. Open Table sent a dress code reminder. And it was Valentine's Day to boot! The table of 4 men next to us should have been seated in the bar. Certainly not the main dining room! It should be city chic to get in.

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S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL never disappoints! Lobster bisque, crab stuffed avocado, Dover sole.....all phenomenal. Can’t wait to visit again!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables are too close together & the noise
level makes it very difficult to hear my
guests.

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

A great classic spot in Chicago. I love the warm atmosphere.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were celebrating our birthdays together.
One of the things we ordered was an egg white omelette with onions, peppers and spinach. We received a regular omelette, not egg white. They took it back to make a correction but then received an egg white with mushrooms?? Needless to say, I am allergic to mushrooms. Usually don’t have this kind of experience.

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LA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

RL is always a wonderful place for lunch or dinner - great atmosphere and location.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best breakfasts that I have ever had. The service was excellent as well. I will be back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Lots of old people!

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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. Great service. Best clam chowder soup ever, amazing!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to RL Restaurant during a weekend getaway in Chicago. I was worried the place would be too touristic with average food. I was totally wrong. The food was spectacular, the ambiance and decor stunning and the service amazing. Highly recommended! Can't wait to go back next time I visit Chicago!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. It was great!

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M
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way.

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e
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal!

Year after year, RL continues to be a favorite and it is easy to see why. Their scheduling is such that there is never a long wait to get seated. The staff is always wonderful, knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. The food is always well prepared and arrives at the temperature it is supposed to arrive at. It’s not too heavily salted and fresh. Never have had an off meal, And it’s great people watching!!!!! What more can you ask for.

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AG
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I liked the decor of the place and the ambiance. We ordered a lobster bisque and a crab cake (loved them) and also for appetizer we ordered some wagyu hotdogs (good but they taste like an average hotdog, also too pricey) and also we ordered a side of smashed potatoes (not great and too pricey).

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Chicago
168 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful place to celebrate any occasion or just to hang out with friends over a delicious
meal. Great service and food. Elegant surroundings too

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Chicago

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Me and my wife had a good time, it was kind of crowded. Felt like we were enclosed by the bar. Also I said it was her birthday, I thought it would be a lil piece of cake or something with a candle would’ve came out.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My mother was visiting from out of town. RL is her favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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HM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to celebrate anything!

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OT
Chicago
169 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. It is elegant and friendly. The food and service is outstanding. It is a great
place if you want a wonderful meal in great atmosphere.

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v
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It’s always crawded but not much you can do about that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and servers were incredibly friendly and phenomenally helpful and knowledgeable in the amazing food their kitchen had to offer. I, as many others also, would not hesitate to recommend this fantastic restaurant for anyone in Chicago, visitor or resident.

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BT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and server was awesome. A place you could dine at daily. Feels like home away from home

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AN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Extremely attentive service and delicious food. A bit pricey, but worth it! If you have a craving for seafood, this is your spot!

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LP
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

RL is a lovely restaurant with consistently delicious food. Our servers were absolutely charming- however I cannot recall the last time I have ever experienced such an incredibly rude hostess. Our table wasn’t ready, it was Friday night and they were busy- this was no issue at all- but her immediate attitude toward us was outright hostile. “I will find you WHEN your table IS ready” she spat at us. She refused to make eye contact- we were ordered to follow her to our table. She barked “Enjoy your dinner” and huffed off. I do not begin to know what her issues were but she is not suited for a hostess position at any restaurant, and most certainly not RL.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch for my sister

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DE
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Th service and staff are great. Very friendly and attentive. Food always delicious and reasonably priced.

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JB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating friends

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance and attentive service. Great wine list and bar. The food was fresh and delicious. I had a delicious salad with steak that was expertly cooked and the cauliflower side dish was taster and healthy. The menu is very solid (but not creative). I would definitely return.

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HB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is the best of the best. It is my go to place with friends, clients, or alone.

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LR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service! wonderful food... definitely go back! Love this place. !

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Chicago
246 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! Aramis is outstanding server. Love RL!

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MR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff and terrific food (especially the calf’s liver)

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CD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

On my always list whenever in Chicago. Be it a drink, munchies or a full meal I leave happy.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls weekend!

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MH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable surroundings, great food and great service.
Have never been disappointed at RL. Burger, steak, perch and the club sandwich are my favorites.
Had the brunch this past weekend and it was fantastic. My wife and I ordered the omelet and corned beef hash and shared them. Both were delicious!

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

the entrance is tricky to locate and once inside if you are beyond the bar then the atmosphere is better....the place is freezing in the cold temps outside but probably better in moderate temps. Despite this the food and service was amazing!!! I would go back again when the weather is agreeable.

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c
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday lunch with my wife. We love the food, service & ambiance. Always a treat. RL should be on everyone’s list while in Chicago if you like classy and traditional white table cloth dining with quality food and impeccable service.

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Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Sat in front of fireplace on a cold winter day.

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