We will be coming to New Orleans for 3 days, and in packing we were hoping to pack as little as we can.
Which popular restaurants in and around the FQ would wearing nice jeans and decent top(not T shirt) not be acceptable?
There are a few...
For starters, you can get by with that at Muriel's, especially for lunch.
Also, Bourbon House.
See my trip report on the board not too far down.
There are dress codes, and then there are places where I wouldn't wear jeans though they wouldn't refuse to seat me. What restaurants are you interested in? We can tell you what is normally worn.
Jeans would definitely not be out of place at K-Paul's. Also, as a woman, I can wear very dressy jeans to places my husband would not wear jeans. IMO, anyway. If you could pack a pair of khakis instead of the jeans, it would be much easier to fly under the radar at dressy places.
I would definitely feel out of place at Arnaud's, Antoine's or Galatoire's in jeans.
Actually, we wore jeans to K-Paul's for dinner and got seated in the back near the kitchen. The service was good and the food was great (although I think I picked the wrong entree), and my husband even got to meet Chef Paul which was great!
But I think we would have gotten fewer stares, and been seated better if we had opted for khakis and polos and the like.
This recent visit, I packed a pair of thin black slacks and a couple of nice shirts that could have been worn with either them or jeans. I only took one pair of shoes...a shiny pair of black Skechers. With the right accessories, make-up and hair-do...pretty simple ensemble can be dressed up. My husband took a pair of dockers and a nice collared casual shirt, belt and black shoes. It got us in to most places comfortably.
Some of the very nice, upscale places require a jacket especially for dinner.
I think you would be limiting yourself without just one nice outfit. That means no Galatoires, no Clancy's, Herbsaint, Bayona, Peristyle, Cuvee, August, etc.
But, if you do insist, the Redfish Grill is very casual and quite good. I think GW Fins would not insist on any dressy clothing either.