Originally Posted by Roikins
Yeah, I believe a large part is due to the fact that many of the diners there are international travelers staying in the hotel whom are more accustomed to formal dining. And the food was fantastic -- too bad Siegel will be leaving, but hopefully it'll make the new Myth even better.
I recall the Dining Room at the SF Ritz when Siegel was still at Masa's. The room was filled with ancient people, about 400 years old, dining with their grandfathers. For fun, I paid the harpist to play Stairway to Heaven. Food was only okay for the price (Masa's at that time was better), but they served NV Krug champagne by the glass which I liked. The dress was old money conservative, with the emphasis on old.
The French Laundry was more relaxed. I was there last summer, and the dress was somewhat casual. Khakis and sportcoat (or ... just khakis). Suits were rare, but it is wine country after all. Food was better 10+ years ago. Once I got complimentary Billecart Salmon champagne while waiting.
Restaurant Daniel was more formal. I was there about a half year ago and saw most men wearing sportscoat or suit. A few were wearing suits sans tie. The formality was on the same level as the Ritz Dining room (when I visited), but in a totally different century. The food was probably better than the French Laundry a few months earlier, but neither that great.