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D.C. restaurant dress code?

tubbytoast Oct 25, 2007 09:27 AM

Hi, our friends will be taking us to L'Auberge Chez Francoise and Clyde's Tower Oaks for dinner. We're visiting from L.A., where no restaurant dare enforce a dress code. Are either of these restaurants jacket and tie places? Thanks for your help.

  1. monavano Oct 25, 2007 09:35 AM

    Clyde's is a nice area chain and is casual.

    1. ktmoomau Oct 25, 2007 09:46 AM

      L'Auberge while as I remember they don't require jacket and tie (it has been years since I have been so you might call), you will probably feel a little out of place dressed causually. And DC restaurants do dare enforce dress codes. It is a nice place so I would reccommend a jacket or tie, slacks, shirt (even polo this is regular VA attire) and jacket would be fine, even if they don't require it, and of course it is rather cold so I probably won't need to say no flip flops, I think that is one thing that really bugs some restauranteurs in DC.

      With Clydes I would say shirt and shoes required is probably their only dress code.

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      1. re: ktmoomau
        Joe H Oct 25, 2007 10:13 AM

        You will feel very out of place dressed casually at L'auberge. It is a restaurant which is a long time Washington tradition which attracts an older crowd. Almost all men will have jackets with many wearing a tie also. Washington is totally different from L. A. Clyde's Tower Oaks is much more casual.

      2. d
        Dakota Guy Oct 25, 2007 12:26 PM

        Most gentlemen will be wearing jackets despite no requirement to do so at Chez Francois. I don't always wear a tie but I do wear a jacket when I visit.

        I have never been to Clyde's Tower Oaks but I dress business casual to the other Clyde's that I have visited.

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        1. re: Dakota Guy
          jaydreb Oct 25, 2007 01:11 PM

          I don't wear a jacket when I go to L'Auberge. I usually wear a nice pair of slacks and a button down dress shirt.

        2. m
          MakingSense Oct 25, 2007 01:31 PM

          Why should you have to worry about this? You are going to two very nice places as the guests of friends.
          Wear a stylish sports coat which will guarantee that you will be suitably dressed. Few places absolutely require ties any longer and will lend you one if they do. Or you can carry one in your jacket pocket if you have lingering doubts and don't want to chance wearing a garish borrowed-tie-of-shame.
          The jacket will probably feel comfortable since it's Autumn here and likely cooler than you're used to in L.A.
          Why worry? A nice sports coat gets you into any place. You can always take it off if you're overdressed which isn't likely at any upscale place in Washington

          1. t
            tubbytoast Oct 27, 2007 07:31 PM

            Thanks to you all!

            1. w
              Wgold20107 Apr 28, 2011 10:36 AM

              L'Auberge Chez Francois......Friend...This "ain't" McDonalds that were talking about, it's one of Washington's "Finest".
              Feel good about yourself afterwards and don't leave "Red Faced"

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              1. re: Wgold20107
                Teddybear Apr 28, 2011 12:06 PM

                I'm afraid he left over 3 years ago.

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