RL Restaurant

4.8
5181 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.
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Miami
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Cauliflower and Stilton soup a must.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience!

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

Nice food 🥘 decor is amazing
Great atmosphere
Staff is

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

The wait staff was incredibly friendly and attentive

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Great food and great service. Wonderful ambiance...

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jeff was awesome!!!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I went for my birthday. The restaurant was empty. I mean no one was there. My mom asked for a specific table. The host insisted we could not get that table. We were a group of 3. We come in regularly. The crab cake was burnt. The sauce was too spicy. The salty dog grapefruit juice did not taste fresh. The brownie they gave me for my birthday (I appreciate), but was too dry. I won’t be coming back for a while as things have seriously gone downhill here.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the food and ambiance is always the best! We never make a trip to Chicago without including RL in our plans. It’s legendary.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a casual lunch or a celebration! Beautiful ambiance

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SJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Really nice decor and ambiance.. perfect for a couples night out

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GA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not quite up to the standards we have come to expect from having dined here many times before.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional! A truly first class dining experience. A ‘must do’ while in Chicago.

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Chicago
172 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Always great food and service. Friendly place in elegant atmosphere

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MA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere energetic!

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S
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time patronizing the restaurant. Nice crowd but the menu could use a tune up. Add a few additional items. With the suggestion of the waiter, I chose scallops and my sister chose
the lamb chops. While tasty, the chops were quite fatty.

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JC
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was the perfect location for our theater event. The food was outstanding! Three of us had the lake perch and it was done to perfection. We will definitely be making a return trip.

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KK
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great experience here! Service is wonderful, food is delicious, and it’s a great atmosphere! Highly recommend!

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JM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed lunch here with the hubby this weekend. We've been fans for years of this place, but omg, this time I had the corned beef sandwich aka Reuben. Literally the most ridiculously good corned beef in the world. Like unreal. Go enjoy a fun, fancy lunch with impeccable service & cuisine. Don't be surprised by the high bill at the end, it's worth it for amazing food, service & atmosphere!

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and exceptional service!

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b
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. Thankfully no music. Excellent service and good food. And they do not rush you. Very elegant without being snooty and a special place to dine without feeling you aren’t cool, or young enough for the venue. Good mix of ages and people. A gem.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the one

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PG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance...my steak was a little over cooked...

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Getting too expensive.
I have several friends who have stopped going because they have raised prices so much.

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DJ
Des Moines
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at RL. From the first sip to the last bite everything was perfect
❤️❤️

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SC
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Top notch. Enjoyed the Dover sole. I would highly recommend it. Green beans and shallots were delicious. The calamari and shrimp appetizer was great too!

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TW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We were fans of the original RL-table side food preparation; a broader menu with all dishes available for brunch, lunch and dinner; more formal waiter attire and top quality cuts of meats. It became more casual as Gibson's management became more involved in the tone and menu for RL. It's as if Gibson's ownership does not want RL to outshine any Gibson named restaurant. RL is not the same: quality of the food and the blandness of the dishes and the removal of so many wonderful dishes makes this a restaurant to no longer put on the "when in Chicago, RL is a must dine restaurant."

Thank goodness the decor has not been altered, because without the familiar intimate, clubby feel, I never would have recognize this restaurant as RL. I was embarrassed that I took my one of my top customers to this restaurant. We both ordered the veal chop-fatty and tasteless; subpar mash potatoes and flavorless spinach. But the pricing suggested I would be dining at a top of the line venue.

Gibson's killed RL and I will never go back because I miss all that made RL special, unique and a restaurant to treasure.

Kim & Tom Wolf
847-612-2222

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JA
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I finally figured out that this isn't really a restaurant, but a team that strives to create the consummate dining experience for its guests. To merely be in the room is to be transported somewhere wonderful, and the exquisite food is the crown jewel in this treasure box. Tying a bow around are the servers, and everyone else helping make this a perfect experience. Extras such as the lighting, the decor, the sound environment (it's not too loud like some places), the coat service, the hostess. RL is a warm spot in the heart of a city that happens to be much too cold right now. You owe yourself an experience at this wonderful restaurant.

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RP
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our standby favorites when visiting Chicago. Great dinner!

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MO
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t know why I haven’t been here before. It is clubby and dark, beautifully appointed. Great service, delicious food, interesting menu that’s (mostly) reasonably priced. In the summer they have sidewalk seating on a nice wide swath of sidewalk. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a fabulous time at RL. The friendly and elegant atmosphere are so enjoyable. The outstanding service and food make it our favorite place in Chicago. We love it!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenon all the way around

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B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best! Peter, our server was outstanding and so welcoming! The management checks on us and are very aware of everything going on. Runs like a well oiled machine - always perfect!

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a
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for a special person or occasion! Certainly not an inexpensive selection, but you are treated very well by the staff. RL is crowded, so if you want intimacy, not here! The art collection is amazing. All in all a lovely place to eat and share time with friends. Certainly recommend. Worth the expense!

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T
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El lugar es hermoso y el servicio es impecable. Los alimentos excelente.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our favorite restaurant! We love it at RL> Fabulous

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MF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious and satisfying meal. The food is consistently tasty and the ambience is warm and elegant. Lovely.

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HM
Memphis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous from beginning to end.
Highly recommend.
Perfect lunch

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, ambience, all perfect.

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BC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went to RL for a bite before seeing a show. We ordered a couple of salads which were very good. The crab salad was awesome! It got very busy and very loud. The tables are close together.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Phenomenal wait staff

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