RL Restaurant

4.8
6260 reviews
$50 and over
American
A Special Message to our Guests.
Thank you for choosing RL Restaurant for your dinner reservation. We do not accept walk-ins, and we no longer accept cash payments. We kindly ask that you wear your mask when not actively eating or drinking at your table.

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.

RL Restaurant offers classic American cuisine inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal favorites. Seasonal dishes range from a chopped vegetable salad to a lobster roll sandwich, grilled fish of the day and steaks. On the cocktail list, guests can choose from classic drinks and a diverse selection of wines and other fine spirits.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6260 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipTeddy
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is quite good, as always. Some of the service was a little long. It seemed like any request had to go through another person, or two people.

The above said, with outdoor seating only, maybe things are inside and just take a while.

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vipNomadEater
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, ambiance, food, wine and overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicago has a restriction that you can’t indoors, but RL made sure that every table had a heater and was more than warm. It was my boyfriend’s birthday and they brought out a free desert with a candle - so sweet! Everyone was so friendly and the service was incredible. Food, as always, was amazing.

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vipNancyS
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always special

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite, and we were safe and warm outside.

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vipTolerBear1
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here for the first time ever, on Saturday Jan. 2nd—celebrated my birthday in advance here, with my aunt, who’s dined here for a long time! Great experience! We had lunch in the well-heated outdoor area! We each had lobster bisque and a chopped salad. My aunt had the lobster roll; I had the RL Burger! All our food was great!! Our server was great too—friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Liked his drink recommendation too (I had the Bugatti coffee-flavored cocktail, which was really good!) I would definitely come back! I do wish the menu had more creative, higher-end, less-mainstream selections (especially if you’re promoting the Ralph Lauren brand’s eclectic, hoity-toity, country club image)—but overall, the food was fresh, flavorful and served quickly and efficiently!! Glad I remembered to dress head-to-toe in Ralph Lauren that day!! :-)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much! Food is excellent and staff is very welcoming and service is fantastic

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vipSkip
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The ambiance of the inside of the restaurant is beautiful, but unfortunately we had to sit outside due to Chicago Covid restrictions. They had heaters, but it was 30 degrees.

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vipJules
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always. RL never disappoints, even in a pandemic.

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RyanH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RL is doing outdoor pandemic right. Tons of space heaters - we were very warm. Food was fantastic and our server, Aramis, was awesome. I've eaten here before and remember the drinks being great but the food was meh. Not so this time: everything was phenomenal.

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alfonsos
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was a great experience. Food was delicious. Only issue was the hostess, I found her to be somewhat rude. She wasn’t very accommodating either. Our server was great though.

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vipAndi
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had to wait 25 min for a reservation we arrived on time for, but once we were seated it was fantastic. $34 for a lobster roll seems like a lot but it’s one of the best in the city. RL did the best possible with Covid circumstances and we appreciate it. Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
294 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RL never disappoints even during a pandemic. We had an incredible evening and the service and staff cannot be any finer. Food is perfectly prepared. Everything is first class. We love it and continue to go back. They always make our 7 year old feel welcome. You guys are the best!

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vipDaddyyes
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was excellent. The food was great!

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vipSuzanne
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday of a friend

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vipMaryM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good social distancing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! We dined outside but did not feel the cold at all, those heaters really work! The staff was very helpful and nice, from the manager, to the server, to the busboys. We had the steak and the lobster rolls - best lobster rolls I’ve had in a long time! The apple pie dessert was very delicious as well! I also recommend the mezcal cocktail, love it!

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vipKarenA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy patio experience during the holiday season. Just perfect.

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vipNancyS
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you again! Absolutely the best!

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vipDinah09
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary lunch at RL last Sunday. Outdoor dining in December was made warm and cozy with their attention to diners’ needs with an overhead awning and heat lamps well placed between tables. Distancing was appropriate as tables were spaced more than 6 feet apart. The service was outstanding and attentive. The menu had a number of choices, and we had the salmon. Perfect! We look forward to our next visit.

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vipMMMM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great food! Was nice on patio even though it was chilly out (nice lamps!). Very happy with the lunch out!

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MattF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and i have lunch at RL the friday before Christmas every year, this year with indoor dinning shut down in Chicago we knew it was going to be a challenge for RL to deliver a great experience.
But as always, they did not disappoint!!

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ConnieG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors on Friday, 12/18 and it was magical! The weather was perfect (no wind) and they had plenty of space heaters to keep everyone cozy. Wait staff was outstanding and friendly. Overall, it was a wonderful lunch and eating outdoors allowed us to continue a Holiday tradition!

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vipNancyS
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! My covid country club. Thank you for staying open .. it helps!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good decision for a meal at RL!

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StephenH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service. Would recommend RL to everyone!

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JodiL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

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vipRichardD
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Even with heaters it was cold and i had a large quantity of water hit me in the head and go down my neck and back from the umbrella.

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vipPriceless
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in such a hard time, and with cold damp weather. RL managed to deliver an elegant and delicious evening as they always do. Kudos to their team.

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vipSG67
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banning indoor dining is ridiculous! Thanks everyone at RL for making us feel welcome despite the nonsense you have to go through.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipJHBChicago
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside.

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Marie
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a lunch outside, in December? ... who would have thought a year ago?
Even more so, with weather playing along, we enjoyed excellent Lobster Rolls and the perfect protocol RL has in place. Felt very safe.

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vipBlairE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was good! Ambiance is my favorite in the city, especially around the Holidays. The servers were very helpful and kind, but didn't frequent the table enough. Definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always.

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Raul
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I’ve been coming to RL more so since indoor dining is no longer available. Three of the last four times I’ve been, the same hostess continues to tell me, in a less than polite way that they need the table back. I’m well aware of the 90 minute limit and have no problem with it. All three times she’s come to our table, I’ve been waiting for my bill or was waiting on the server to bring my a dessert to go. She’s not aligned at all or in communication with the servers.

The hostess does not reflect the Ralph Lauren brand of high quality service provided by staff at the store or even what the servers provide-Very polite and hard working servers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Te obligan a salir del lugar en 1:40 min. no te dejan terminar tus bebidas y comida.

Pésimo servicio del gerente

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arisella is an absolute ASSET to this already wonderful restaurant 😊😊

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from RL Restaurant using the Order Online button. RL Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 475-1100.

RL Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 6260 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.