or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Restaurants with Dress Codes: Take Back The Night!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Restaurants with Dress Codes: Take Back The Night! - Page 14

post #196 of 202
Whenever I've been to a higher-end restaurant in London I can't say I've seen any of these sartorial disasters that you're all banging on about. Everyone either dresses "appropriately" anyway, or at least has made an effort. Not necessarily jacket and tie, but dressed at some sort of level that's vaguely compatible with the general atmosphere of the place.

There are very few restaurants in London that really impose any sort of dress code beyond the nebulous. Some might say no jeans or trainers, but that's the extent of it. The only real hold-outs are the likes of the Ritz who apparently have a rack of old jackets and ties they'll foist upon you if you haven't got one.

On a similar issue, I'm going to a wedding in a couple of weeks. Reception is at the Connaught but there's no dinner and a long gap between the end of the service and the start of the reception to (1) get changed into dinner jacket, and (2) have dinner. So it'll be an early dinner at a restaurant for me and the wife in black tie. It is tempting to reverse the trend by turning up to McDonalds in black tie but I can't quite bring myself to do it.
post #197 of 202
^^ haha @ the McDonalds idea But, I'm not sure I completely agree that not many restaurants in London take dress code seriously. For example, the old boys' joints like Simpsons-in-the-Strand definitely require you to wear jacket & tie. And even modern restaurants like The Square (off Bond Street), certainly require a jacket and proper shoes. I ring up and ask about the dress code very often because I'm pretty young and go with other young friends that aren't all that clued up dress: and nearly every good restaurant I've been to over the last year has said no jeans or trainers, and most of the smarter ones also add jacket & tie to their demands.
post #198 of 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loathing View Post
^^ haha @ the McDonalds idea

But, I'm not sure I completely agree that not many restaurants in London take dress code seriously. For example, the old boys' joints like Simpsons-in-the-Strand definitely require you to wear jacket & tie. And even modern restaurants like The Square (off Bond Street), certainly require a jacket and proper shoes. I ring up and ask about the dress code very often because I'm pretty young and go with other young friends that aren't all that clued up dress: and nearly every good restaurant I've been to over the last year has said no jeans or trainers, and most of the smarter ones also add jacket & tie to their demands.

Ah well, think that'll be probably because I tend to go to more modern restaurants rather than the more old-school places. That, and when we go out my friends tend to wear jacket and shoes anyway so it was never really an issue.
post #199 of 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bounder View Post
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, The Carlyle (Carlyle Hotel)

Paris
L'Astrance

Philadelphia
Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons

San Diego
Old Trieste

San Francisco/Napa Valley
French Laundry, Tommy Toys, Benu

Washington DC
Prime Rib, Marcel's

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Greenbriar


Editing History
1/31 -- Added Restaurants. Added cities. Removed Oak Room


Galatoire's in New Orleans is a nice place--I felt overdressed in a suit, though. Everyone else was 65 and older, and just wearing a sportcoat / khakis or slacks. 22 year old in a navy pinstripe suit was a little bit more contrast than I was hoping for, but the food was amazing!
post #200 of 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by sw20 View Post


At Daniel/Per Se, etc those wearing ties are almost always codgers and/or lower-income salesguys of some sort (i.e., investment bankers, CEOs, lawyers, media execs, etc)
 
Can't speak to Daniel having only been once (not being huge on french), but at Per Se this is quite true. 


 

 

post #201 of 202
Thread Starter 
Updated OP. Does anyone have anything to add to this list? Or to remove, it's been a while. I am surprised there is still nothing in Boston.
post #202 of 202
Quote:
Originally Posted by RSS View Post


Quote:


Originally Posted by George View Post

I didn't take you for being a Studio 54 regular, RSS?


I wasn't so much ... but my younger sister was. Even at 50+ -- uhhh ... I mean 39 -- she is still quite attractive ... but back then she was stunning.


We always arrived by car with a driver ... and she was always dressed to the nines. As she emerged ... she'd pause briefly ... basking is the gaze of the throngs in that eternal que. Then she'd toss her head back and make a b-line for the door ... never pausing for a moment ... never worring about the possibility she might not be allowed in. No one dared stop her.


I'd tag along. At least I was well dressed.

See now this requires a thread all of its own...happy.gif

I like the idea of Flashmobbing Maccy D's in black tie, as long as one doesn't order the food ...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Restaurants with Dress Codes: Take Back The Night!