RL Restaurant

4.8
4837 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • People Watching
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

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 4837 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a cozy Saturday night

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OT
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience as always. Best feeling for a lunch or brunch or dinner experience in town. Terry at the RL bar is best in class in this city for bar hosts & cocktail makers. Always know what you’re going to get with him and with RL in general.

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Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love having lunch at RL.

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s
Salt Lake City
62 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant excellent food

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food , service and ambience are predictably fine for an expensive night out.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Long wait even with reservations. 20 minutes after being seated we learn they are out of the grilled fish. No one came by to go over specials, etc. Very mediocre and generally seem accustomed to making people wait saying the holidays are already starting (October 17.)

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h
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ate dinner at RL on the recommendation of the concierge at the Conrad. Did not even know the restaurant existed and now we are obsessed! It was incredible.

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BW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The 30 minute wait after the time of my reservation was not acceptable.

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BS
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RL delivered a great special lunch experience. Only question is why it took me so long to get back.

The salad we shared was lovely. Parmesan cracker bread is delightful- crunchy and flavorful. The lunch beef special, braised short ribs with roasted mini vegetables were incredible- lots of intense flavor. Meat was fork tender. Side portions are for sharing sized. We got mashed potatoes which meant no room for dessert. The wine list had several viable choices to go with including some favorites

Wait staff is knowledgeable and unobtrusively takes good care of you.

The restaurant was quite busy mid week at 2:45 so think about making a reservation. The room is lovely in a clubby sort of way but easily gets noisy if there are one or two loud groups

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Muy agradable el ambiente. El personal muy atento y la comida exquisita, salvo la hamburguesa.

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Savannah
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had lunch there twice recently and both were great. The crab and avocado salad was fabulous. My wife had oysters and she loved them. We came back for Sunday brunch. It was great, except that my Belgian Waffle did not have enough strawberries.

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JA
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful and cozy restaurant. Had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation seating, so a bit disappointing even before we were seated.

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Was it a bad night for RL or a downward trend? What Happened RL? Usually our favorite “go to” spot. Dinner was bad. 30 min wait for reserved table. Bad seating-table actually uncomfortable-where was the cold air coming from? and table so tight nowhere to put left foot, couldn’t sit comfortably. Restaurant has tight quarters, but this was silly. Bread not served, cocktail order not taken, just poor service. Food not good - beet salad mostly vinegar in dressing. cold soup, too sweet. Fish over cooked. Lamb was cold. Sadly, Not good.

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MS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beyond amazing. Can’t recommend it enough. Service, food, ambiance were all excellent and exceeded my expectations.

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JO
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RPM Steak is one of Chicago's best and never disappoints.

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DL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great buzz, autumnal decor, delightful staff. Food was all very good and nice range of choices.

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HS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I happened to be dining outside during disturbance by kids! A bottle was thrown into the terrace landing under my chair! The whole evening I kept furtively looking around wondering what was next! Very uncomfortable!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service that I have in RL IS THE BEST. They really treated people nice and friendly. The food there is fantastic. I recommend the Oysters for starters. It is very fresh and taste good. For the main entree, I highly recommended the crab cakes and the lobster roll. I give it 5 because I think they are worthy.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good. Will return

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite places !!
Will certainly plan to return next time we are in Chicago !

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EL
Chicago
101 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New fall menu items are fabulous - butternut squash soup and short rib. Both very rich and very good! Top it off with a fall apple pie / crisp with ice cream.

RL never disappoints!!

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TS
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down one of the best dining experiences. Ralph is a genius when it comes to creating an ambiance. One of my favorites and the adjacent store is a dream.

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GB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RL Cafe is a must for anyone visiting Chicago. I've been going since the week they opened in the 90s and I can tell you, they are consistent in superior service and quality of food! The atmosphere is among the best that I've ever encountered and I'm from NYC!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicioso, buen ambiente y excelente servicio!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Muy mal servicio, espera a pesar de ir con reservación. Atendían a otras personas asiduas al lugar pero que iban sin cita. No nos gusto la forma de atender de la señora que asignaba las mesas. La hostess Camila no debería trabajar ahí.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Don’t count on making reservations, the place was packed and you could still do it on open table. Besides that everything was good and the staff tried hard to arrange things the best possible way!!

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RL was fabulous! Interesting design(of course)! The food was creative and delicious!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great setting and luxury service. Crab cake was too crusted on bottom.

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BG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Don’t bother making a reservation, you’ll stand in a stuffy waiting area for 45 minutes past your reservation time getting bumped into by rude staff and shuffling around with all of the other annoyed patrons. The host is miserable, our server had to be reminded of several things and our drinks came out after our food.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joseph was our server and was excellent! Great place for a ladies’ lunch.

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our only issue was we waited over 45 min for our table to be ready. But we had a great time.

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s
Chicago
183 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone can find something they like. It is beautiful and the service is warm and attentive.

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazing lobster roll with succulent and abundant lobster in a delicate aioli inside a buttery toasted bun. Delicious!

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N
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot to have a few drinks and wonderful lunch before launching out on the Mile. Leisurely walk back down to the river

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. I had the Dover Sole and it was delicious.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

This is one of my husband’s favorite restaurants. So, I decided to surprise him with a post-theater dinner to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. The food here is always good. This was no exception. However, since we did have a later reservation, the staff was more focused on turning the resataurant over for Monday’s lunch than providing excellent service to the few guests left in the dining room. Also, our special occasion (noted in our reservation) was not recognized.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really beautiful place and delicious food. The service was exceptional, not only friendly but also a great guide. This is a must stop for any visiter to chicago.

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a 5* experience in every way! Perfect food, ambience, service and hostess staff. Thank you.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very old crowd Tables very close to one another Food was very good and so were cocktails

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! We usually go there for Saturday dinner or weekend brunch! Everything fantastic

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