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socaldiner Jan 16, 2008 09:11 AM

Weird - it looks like my original thread has disappeared.

Anyways, I was asking if anyone can recommend restaurants in L.A. or Orange County where a dress code is enforced and jeans are not permitted. Suggestions I've heard so far include the Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach and Billy's in Beverly Hills (while I think is now closed). Thanks!

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    kedric Feb 26, 2008 09:55 AM

    The outstanding Studio restaurant at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach does not allow denim pants. I wonder how they feel about denim skirts? But I digress; they do have basic slacks for those guests who forget this rule.

    And apropos of nothing: the Edison club in downtown L.A. (nightlife, not dining) does not allow sneakers, no matter how trendy and expensive.

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      ks in la Jan 17, 2008 10:10 AM

      Not a restaurant as such, but a teahouse. Lady Effie's enforces a strict no-denim policy for its tea service. I very much enjoyed the tea and food when I went a couple years back, but they did really look us over at the door to make sure we were appropriately dressed.


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        trojandude Jan 16, 2008 08:05 PM

        No dress code, but you're unlikely to see jeans at the Water Grill. Mostly business suits and opera goers.

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          Diana Jan 17, 2008 10:53 AM

          I find Providence for weekend dinners seems to be similar (no opera crowd) People tend to dress well there.

        2. purplescout Jan 16, 2008 06:41 PM

          Try the Turf Club at Santa Anita. I'm pretty sure they still have a dress code. Yeah, it's a "club" but you don't have to be a member as long as you pay. I haven't been there for quite a while, but they used to make a delicious (and fattening) chicken kiev.

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            michelle in laguna Jan 16, 2008 05:01 PM

            It was Jimmy's not Billy's. A landmark; since changed to "Jimmy's Tavern" ? to keep up with the times (not sure why, but original post erased).

            40 S Locust Ave, Breakers Hotel, Long Beach, CA 90802
            · 562-983-2703
            dress code strictly enforced.

            Also, The Sky Room at the Mondrian is nice
            (Have seen many turned away for dress code).

            8440 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, California 90069
            Tel. 323 650 8999 Fax 323 650 5215

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              justagthing Jan 16, 2008 06:38 PM

              Actually, at the Mondrian, isn't it called the Sky Bar? Also, the restaurant there is called Asia de Cuba and their dress code, if they have one, is not strictly enforced.

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                SauceSupreme Jan 16, 2008 08:49 PM

                The Sky Bar is adjacent to Asia de Cuba, both at the Mondrian.

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                  justagthing Jan 16, 2008 09:13 PM

                  yes, but entrance into the sky bar is not included with dinner at ADC

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                    michelle in laguna Jan 17, 2008 10:46 AM

                    apologies, yes the sky "Bar". Couldn't give answer on ADC. Haven't been in there. Sky "bar" was very nice though.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 17, 2008 10:48 AM

                      everyone wears jeans to asia de cuba.

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              Itslikeimsayin Jan 16, 2008 04:32 PM

              The restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air had (and I assume still has) a jacket and tie dress code last time I ate there, but that was more than six years ago.

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                goodhealthgourmet Jan 17, 2008 10:48 AM

                the hotel bel-air has relaxed their dress code...the only no-no's now are flip flops & t-shits.

              2. SauceSupreme Jan 16, 2008 03:11 PM

                No dress code at Craft, but damn that's a lot of Armani flying around.

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                  socaldiner Jan 16, 2008 02:32 PM

                  I know Crustacean used to have a dress code? Do they still?

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                    PrettyPlaty Jan 16, 2008 02:43 PM

                    They technically have a dress code but I've never seen it enforced.

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                      Servorg Jan 16, 2008 03:04 PM

                      And they fail on the good food component too.

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                        PrettyPlaty Jan 16, 2008 03:20 PM

                        Yah- I probably should have mentioned that since this is a "food" forum. I don't know why my out of town guests ALWAYS want to go there, ...

                  2. David Kahn Jan 16, 2008 01:45 PM

                    The places I know of that have dress codes are all private clubs. The Jonathan Club and the California Club downtown, for instance, both have pretty good food and neither permits jeans. The Magic Castle also strictly enforces its dress code, but you probably wouldn't go there for the food. Otherwise, I'm afraid that even the most expensive, elegant restaurants in LA will pretty much seat anyone who shows up and can pay.

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                      Das Ubergeek Jan 16, 2008 07:35 PM

                      I forgot about the Jonathan Club, but that's private anyway.

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                        ausfrench Feb 26, 2008 10:23 AM

                        I found the food at the Jonathan Club pretty much inedible....

                      2. The Chowhound Team Jan 16, 2008 11:42 AM

                        Folks, if you've got a restaurant recommendation where they have great food and the atmosphere socaldiner is looking for, please post them. Posts debating whether dress codes themselves are a good idea or not, are off topic and will be removed.

                        1. Das Ubergeek Jan 16, 2008 10:35 AM

                          The Queen Mary requires jackets and ties for men during dinner. Good luck trying to eat that heinous food.

                          I haven't ever seen a dress code enforced in LA other than that one and, for a short period, L'Orangerie, which is now closed.

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                            SauceSupreme Jan 16, 2008 03:15 PM

                            Another case of dress code + bad food... The Magic Castle. Good thing the close-up magic room more than makes for all the other annoyances.

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                            AGENT FOODIE Jan 16, 2008 10:28 AM

                            i havent been to a restaurant anywhere in LA any time in the last few years where they actually enforce a dress code

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