I want to compile a list of restaurants that still have actual dress codes. By this I mean a jacket or -- if any still exist -- a jacket and tie. Restaurant "dress codes" like "clean trainers" are just too painful to contemplate.
What got me going is an experience I had last night. There is a restaurant that I have gone to on occasion. It didn't have an actual dress code but it had a very pleasant, wood-paneled space and decent food. I wouldn't really call it elegant but it was . . . nice. Well, I dropped in last night and the management had decided to effectively turn it into a sports bar. They had put flat-screen TVs everywhere. I could see -- in fact I could not avoid seeing -- six from where I was sitting. These TVs had been cleverly positioned throught the restuarant so that there was no place whatsoever -- including the bathroom -- where they were not visible. I was unthrilled. But I have noticed this trend towards sportsbarification, especially lately. Well, it's time for the counter-revolution. Somehow, someway, we have to preserve at least the possibility of enjoying a sense of occasion. Everything need not be reduced to the lowest common denominator.
So please list restaurants that have actual dress codes. They need not be where you live. I am particularly curious if anyone has run across a restaurant applying an economics approach to dress codes, e.g. offering a 10% discount if you were a jacket and an additional 5% if you wear a tie. I've always thought this would be great. To get started, here are a couple I can think of off the top of my head. I think these only require jackets, though you certainly see a lot of ties as well.
Charleston, South Carolina The Chop House, Savannah's
Chicago Spiaggia, Tru
Colorado Springs, Colorado The Broadmoor
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire (Also the first place to vote in a U.S. presidential election -- I've got to visit this place.) The Balsams
London Wiltons, Le Gavroche, Ritz, Le Caprice
Mackinac Island, Michigan Grand Hotel, Homestead
New Orleans Galatoire's
New York Per Se, Upstairs at 21 (21 Club), Auavit, La Grenouille, Le Perigord, The Carlyle (Carlyle Hotel)
Philadelphia Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons
San Diego Old Trieste
San Francisco/Napa Valley Benu, French Laundry, Masa's, Tommy Toys
Washington DC Prime Rib, Marcel's
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Greenbriar
Wilmington, Delaware Domaine Hudson (Apparently offers discounts to people wearing pocket squares!)
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Edited by Bounder - 4/12/12 at 2:40pm