Ralph Lauren’s restaurant “Ralph’s”, all-American style in the City of Light.
Ralph’s is the all-American restaurant opened by Ralph Lauren three years ago inside his elaborately appointed new store on the Boulevard St.-Germain, his second after the original RL Restaurant opened in Chicago in 1999. His success in Paris has not exactly been a secret. Reservations can be hard to come by, ever since the French accepted the designer, who took great pains to renovate the Left Bank building respectfully and has committed millions of dollars to the restoration of the amphitheater of a landmark arts school nearby, as one of their own.
The place is a 17th-century town house that looks like fancy French stables on the inside, and is full nearly every night with Parisians who’ve become obsessed with elements of contemporary American foodie culture, like artisanal cocktails, brunch and Brooklyn. The seats overlook a courtyard where the tables and iron garden chairs are arranged under enormous canvas market umbrellas around a backdrop of exotic greenery, rose bushes, topiary and taxidermy. Dining at Ralph’s is a very international experience, though people go there to experience a meal in a restaurant that is designed by an American fashion icon, with steaks that come from cows raised on Mr. Lauren’s Double RL ranch in Colorado. Some customer reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp note that Ralph’s serves the best hamburger in Paris, and even Mr. Lauren has said that he goes to Ralph’s in Paris for the burgers.