RL Restaurant - Chicago
Don't be surprised if you spot a celebrity settled in at one of the luxurious booths in the dining room of this Magnificent Mile steakhouse. RL, named after American designer Ralph Lauren, is adjacent to the eponymous high-end boutique, which boasts several levels.
The likes of Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Maria Shriver and many others have been seated directly across some of Chicago's biggest power brokers for steaks, chops and more. The menu almost never changes, with favorite entrees ranging from generous portions of bone-in ribeye to the garlic-parsley roasted lamb.
RL's setting is classic—in true Ralph Lauren style—yet very clubby and contemporary. It also manages to serve as a hot spot yearround. During warm months, socialites settle into the luxe patio seats situated right in the action of the upscale Mag Mile shopping district. And when it gets cold, the most coveted tables in the space are near the fireplace in the front room bar.
The front room bar is also a magnet for local residents and workers, who fill up seats immediately after work. Here, guests may order from the full menu or indulge in cocktails or wines by the glass. The area is also especially popular during brunch hours for “RL classics” like crab cake Benedict, the lobster club and top sirloin with grilled onions.