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Oct 25, 2007 09:27 AM

D.C. restaurant dress code?

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.

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

    1. 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

        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. 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

          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. 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