RL Restaurant

4.8
5294 reviews
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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 and utilized for waiting guests.
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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL never disappoints! Excellent food and warm ambiance. Best place in Chicago for champagne and burger! See you next time.

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WS
Detroit
145 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corner table was great! Best to book in advance on OT. Soft shell crab, lobster roll and the liver were amazing! Service always great.

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WM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food while feeling like your in your cozy living room! Service was great!

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

The restaurant was bustling. Very busy, very noisy. It was difficult to get attention of a waiter or a busboy.
The food, however, was delicious. I’ve had the steak salad for lunch before but this one was outstanding. My friend said she had the best club sandwich ever. Yummy desert of brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
The food is great. The scene can be Is frenetic. Not the place to go for a quiet relaxing lunch.

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M
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the restaurant was busy at lunch, but the service was excellent. The menu has changed a bit: the chopped vegetable salad made me feel like I was sitting in a garden on a summer day. Fresh, colorful, delicious. Love RL.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place. Awesome food . Outstandig Service. As always

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TS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business celebration at the restaurant. We told the wait staff that we wanted the chef to bring out his best meals. with a little guidance for preferences, we had the best meal in Chicago. It was busy but the service was unequaled. The food was high quality and the atmosphere was lively.

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

We always love this place for lunch (or dinner)! The food is good, staff attentive and ambiance lovely.

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AP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is always amazing!!! Great service, martinis, menu. We love it there!

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KK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites! Old school ambiance and service but rivals today's new age restaurants.

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D
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. Perfect for special occasion or celebration.

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F
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding. The initial greeting was underwhelming. The greeter was preoccupied and not friendly.
The rest of the staff made up for her.

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EA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! So lush and decadent! Definitely a treat!

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H
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about this restaurant. It is an absolute must when we are in Chicago!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aniversario

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chicago Ralph Lauren Restaurant is so much better and far less pretentious and fake than the NY restaurant and the food is much better too. Skip NY and Paris and enjoy a wonderful experience in Chicago at the original RL Restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner for a friend

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at RL was very well prepared and very tasty. The temperature in the dining room was stiflingly hot. Very uncomfortable.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service warm and efficient it at times over attentive. Superb atmosphere though a little compressed. Food was delicious with no complaints though my veal chop was slightly undercooked. Wine list unexciting and there is a dearth of whites. Feels good but not for the gourmand.

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B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL Bar is a lovely, elegant and appealing restaurant. One of the best spots in town!

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B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, service, cuisine. And incredibly consistent year after year. A must. Feels like you are a member of a high class club in London

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Z
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RL is an institution in Chicago - can’t go wrong always good

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E
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Just too noisy for a nice visit with a friend 's Birthday. Outside would have been OK except it was cold and rainy.

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L
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

RL is a wonderful choice for an evening out in Chicago. It is a beautiful setting, modern but based in the best traditions of fine dining. The menu offers a nice range of plates all beautifully prepared. The service is attentive and gracious.

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MC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant overall was wonderful. The food was delicious, but the waiter talked too fast, hard to understand.

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SP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! Food fantastic. Loved the Liver and Onions and the Crab Avocado salad.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and excellent service

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MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above and beyond. The entire team did an exceptional job. Lucas did an excellent job, along with the maitre'd, the server assistants, the GM and the hostesses. The room is stunning, the shellfish platter was incredible in both flavor and presentation. The arugula and pancetta was a perfect mid course. The bone in Prime Ribeye and the crab cake were a dream. Perfectly executed, elegant, gracious and genuine hospitality. I will be dining here during every visit to Chicago!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st Anniversary , they did a great job!

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another meal that did not disappoint. This restaurant is on my list every time I am in Chicago.

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SN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic RL vibe. Feels like a Good food, good

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff food ambience best in town..

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J
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son oysters, beef tartare, filet & Tuna..the ambiance & service amazing (as always) and the company tremendous. Always a fabulous time at RL. A MUST in our City!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and location!

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p
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Average food at exorbitant prices in a lovely room.

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OT
Chicago
181 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Outstanding food all service. Very friendly. Place

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SW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

My first time to RL for dinner (have been there many times for lunch).....the service was not great...not enough staff and staff was definitely the “B” team opposed to the lunch staff. Will absolutely return for lunch but not for dinner.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. A little disappointed that the baked brie was currently off the menu but food made up for it. Server was a bit busy but the manager made up for it by staying attentive as he seemed overwhelmed. Overall great night and good food this is always a stop for us when we stop in Chicago.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and especially the bar area. The staff is amazing, Russell made our experience that much better and I just want to be a “regular” at this local spot, where everyone knows your name!

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OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a girlfriend for lunch. Great ambiance and menu. The chopped veggie salad is incredible!

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