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Girlfriend's cousin made reservations for chef's table at the Gordon Ramsay at The London. Dress code, according to the website is "smart, with jackets required for gentlemen."

What does Jackets required mean, exactly?

I'm from California and have never been to a place where jackets are required? Have any of you chowhounders been here? Can I get away with a suit jacket? Help?

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  1. Can I get away with a suit jacket? Yeah. What the hey, why not wear the whole suit?

    You could not get away with a Raiders jacket

    1. Very few places in the city require jackets. My SO would wear a suit and tie but as long as you wear a collared shirt, slacks and jacket you should be fine. I'm with FrankJBN go for the suit . . .

      1. When a restaurants requires a jacket, it is definitely not required that you wear a suit. Smart business casual = dress jacket, long-sleeved dress shirt and slacks. Tie is optional.

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        1. re: RGR

          Jacket required means just that, but you could probably skate without a tie. On the other hand, there are so few places where people dress up that it's nice to do so once in a while.

          If you don't wear a jacket, they might give you one from their supply, which could be icky, like a hotel bedspread.

        2. Unless they specify no jeans, I think you can get away with jeans, tucked in shirt w/ blazer (nice shiny shoes, of course!). If you want to be on the safe side, I'd just put on my suit minus the tie...

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          1. Trust me-i went there w no jacket and friend showed up casual w jeans!!! they wont make a fuss but dress as smart as possible just so u dont look or feel like a hick-