RL Restaurant

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$50 and over
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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 chopped vegetable 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.

Please note reservations are for the dining room only. Bar and Patio are first-come, first-serve and utilized for waiting guests. We are an upscale establishment and require guests to dress for the occasion.

We now offer Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.

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1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 10:00AM - 11:00AM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:15AM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 11:00AM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What 5664 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EZ
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

RL is consistently friendly, elegant and cozy. The food is classic and delicious. It’s great for a special occasion or a dressed up shopping day. It always puts me in a good mood to come to this restaurant for a meal or drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great birthday, good food. Delightful cocktails

TT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited the Ralph Lauren Restaurant for the first time Saturday night and it was everything we hoped for. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Tom the waiter and Brian the captain were so helpful, made a great team. We got there early, ahead of our reservation, and hoped to get in the bar but it was packed. Instead, the host at the door found us a table and we were pleasantly treated the entire night. We have a new favorite restaurant in Chicago and can’t wait to return there.

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, wine and food!!

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kyle, our server, made the evening! Loved every thing about RL

RK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

This is the tale of two worlds...before 5:00 p.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Long story short, we made an error when we made early 4:30 pre-theatre dinner reservations. I should have known better. Upon arrival at 4:30 the room had an atmosphere close to a food hall. The lights were on full bright, children were walking through the aisles, shopping bags everywhere, etc. The room is very tight. We were directed to a table next to the servers station. Though they tried not too, it was near impossible for the servers not to bump into my wife throughout the night. I actually tried to talk my wife into leaving and looking for another place. We decided to stay. After the first half hour, the night did become better. Once the clock struck 5:00, the lights were dimmed, most of the day crowd left and the dinner crowd began to arrive. A very different atmosphere, still boisterous and loud, but better suited for a nice dinner. The food was excellent. The Dover Sole and Lake Perch were as good as we've had. The Escargot was great. Our server and the wine steward made a very good recommendation. The service was very good. Long story short, we will try RL again, but at a more appropriate dinner hour.

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place and decoration, exquisite food, can be very busy and have to be able to have patience since waiters can take very long.

g
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First time dining at RL and I would certainly return my next time in Chicago. Service was perfect. The only reason that a five-star was not provided was because we had nearly a 30 minute wait, but the management was truly apologetic and provided our table free appetizers for our inconvenience. Christopher, our Captain, was in control of our table and was friendly and a true professional. Every dish presented was outstanding. My only other small concern is if you get there early to enjoy a drink, the bar is quite tight. However, true class and style at RL!

RC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! I'd say one of the best restaurants in the city!

J
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely "clubby" setting.
Excellent food with a varied menu. Service is gracious.
Expensive, although worth it for the right occasion.

MB
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place. The food has a home cooked quality. They have the best crab cake in town. I love the lobster bisque and key lime pie. Everyone is so friendly.

PA
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

If you're traveling to Chicago put RL on your list.
It's a charming restaurant with great style

RD
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend is from Ohio and is an accomplished horsewoman. She moved to Chicago a few years ago yet had never been to RL restaurant. I felt it was a fitting setting for her birthday celebration. Wine selection and the specialty cocktails are impressive. But what I really loved was the fried calamari with shrimp appetizer. We have a picky friend who won't eat calamari but the combo allowed us to order and satisfy all 3 packages. Their perch us a must have classic, the halibut special was perfectly done, and my short rib special made me keep eating even though I was full. We ordered the coconut cake for dessert and all I can say is it is the best I've ever had. RL never fails to impress and as always, the service is top notch.

PC
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An experience not to be missed on a visit to Chicago

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff and outstanding food and ambiance!

OT
Chicago
207 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every Sunday we are astonished at the poise and grace of our waiter Joseph. He is such a gentleman. He also makes it always a fun experience. Look around the room. His customers are the happiest !!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

great food

TH
Columbus
76 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always look forward to dining at RL when we are in Chicago.
Great ambiance, service, and food - you must try the Lobster Roll for lunch if you love them like we do!

FU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We always enjoy ourselves here. Food, service, and overall experience are stellar. The only issue we encountered on our recent visit is dealing with bees. Not that it's RL's fault - but they might need to find a solution for it - if it's going to be a recurring problem. It bothered a few patrons as well.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, Attentive staff, comfortable setting.

GJ
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy our evenings at RL. Excellent food; great service and a warm ambiance !

PJ
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I are old souls and find the decor and setting absolutely wonderful. The drinks were fabulous (gin martini & bourbon old fashioned) and the food was superb. The Dover Sole is as good as Wilton's Restaurant in London. The service matched the drinks & food and our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. The corner table (to the right as you enter the room) has a great view of the restaurant, but was a little uncomfortable as the table was off center (a little too far away). Overall, it was a great experience! We are well traveled (London, Paris, etc.) and RL's in Chicago is as good as it gets! It's at the top of our list and we hope to return as often as possible!

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience. I go each time I’m in Chicago and it’s always great. Wonderful food and service. You can’t miss with this restaurant.

NB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere never disappoints! The food was delicious and service impeccable. Always a favorite stop when in Chicago.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very very good

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I love this restaurant and have gone for years. I was, however, taken aback at the salmon special that I ordered which was about a 1-1.5 inch wide sliver of protein for a hefty $39 price tag. If I were a man, I would be starving! Premium price should yield at least a moderate, not slight, portion. Thank you!

JL
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Very disappointed in the service. Not at all what I expected for an expensive lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had 9 o’clock reservations, were not seated until way past 10 PM. Then we sat at our table for about 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us. Got up and got our own waters. When our waitress finally came over she was frazzled and looked like she had more than she can handle. Food was great. They did give us a couple of sides, dessert and coffees at no charge but still not worth coming back.

OT
Chicago
208 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time we leave RL we have smiles on our faces and feel that we have had
a wonderful time. Why? Because our waiter Joseph always ensures we have
excellent service and a wonderful dining experience . He is the best waiter in
Chicago.

RG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

I have dined at RL so many times and our waiter was absolutely terrible. We are not high maintenance and waited for 10 minutes for him to come to our table for our drink orders.

PV
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner at RL. Loved the ambience and decor, the food and wines were excellent, the place was buzzing and service great. Highly recommended for a special night out.

MM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely restaurant that reflects the Ralph Lauren branding very well. True professional staff classically and beautifully attired. We had one of the best waiters ever. Our water glasses seemed to magically refill and used plates / silverware disappeared immediately which is how it should be. I'd recommend this as a classic, steakhouse experience that you won't regret. That being said, I would not rave as some other reviewers have about the food or drink. Filet was very good and loved the port wine sauce. Perch was good, not great. The cole slaw side was bland. Cocktails were honestly, just OK. My martini was large but not perfectly chilled. I've had better at several other places. End of night upper/downer: This was our anniversary and thought it was so sweet when they brought us a little brownie after dinner. Not so nice surprise was that even though we didn't order this, it appeared on our bill.

EL
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is actual heaven, spending time here over a great meal is an absolute pleasure.

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waitstaff. I had the best chicken hash I have ever had--and they said they would make it again for me!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service and food!

M
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. The only problem was the noise level was so loud that we had to yell to be heard.

E
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food and service couldn’t of been any better.
Looking forward another visit.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Got sick to my stomach after eating a burger

p
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Love the food - way too noisy!!!!

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