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Steakhouses in Vegas - dress code?

I am going to Vegas this July and am trying to figure out what to pack - with more airlines charging for additional bags, space might be a premium. What is the usual "dress code" for a Vegas steakhouse? Normally, I go around in a polo shirt, khakis, and cross-trainers, but something tells me that's a little underdressed for most steak places that suggest "business casual", but is a suit and tie overkill? How "casual" can I take it without sticking out like a sore thumb?

(I'm not interested in the really upscale places (e.g. SW at the Wynn) - I'm targeting something along the lines of the Pullman at Main Street Station, The Steakhouse at TI, or The Strip House at Planet Hollywood.

-- Don

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  1. Wear a decent pair of shoes instead of sneakers and you'll be fine. We were at StripSteak at the Wynn a week ago and a lot of guys wore a nice pair of shoes, nice jeans, and a trendy longsleeved shirt.

    1. no sneakers or athletic wear and you'll be fine

      1. A bunch of guys ate at the Strip House in January after watching NFL playoff games all day and wearing jeans with varying degrees of shirts. Although I felt uncomfortable enough upon entering to ask the hostess if we were dressed appropriately, I was told we were fine. Put on a better pair of shoes and you'll be fine.


        1. At the places you're referring to, you'll have no problems with the crosstrainers, anyway. Because of a physical problem, I often have to wear athletic shoes to upscale places, and I've never had a problem anywhere, actually.

          1. Unfortunately the dress code, in most LV restaurants, is causal slob.

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            1. re: The Old Man

              Prime, at Bellagio, has a no jeans/no sneakers policy - how rigorously it is enforced I have no idea. (I certainly had no trouble wearing a pair of black sneakers).

              My own packing philosophy for Vegas - reinforced by the expensive anarchy that constitutes flying these days, and by the feeling "who the hell am I trying to impress ?" - is to bring hand luggage only. For a three-night stay I pack a couple of polo shirts, folded in plastic, one button-down, ditto (and I wear one along with a pair of cords); a dark pair of chinos and that's it - throw in socks, underwear and toiletries along with some reading matter and you've got an unstuffed carry-on. Now if I were clubbing, I might feel different...

              1. re: Bigtigger

                What "The Old Man" said. And I personally find the dress habits annoying, rude and extremely classless.

            2. Even though I am sure this will attract negative comments from those who desire a dressier Vegas, I am often the guy in shorts that everyone points out as proof of dress code laxness. And when I mean shorts I mean shorts at Cut, N9ne, etc.

              I do wear fairly nice polo style shirts with collar but not a pocket. They are Ralph Lauren type of shirts with no statement on them like "I'm with Stupid", etc.

              If you want someone to blame for Vegas' perceived lack of class I think I am responsible for at least most if not all of the guy in shorts derision, especially at the steakhouses. Now for Robuchon, I wore a disguise with a buttoned shirt and dressy slacks that temporarily confused my girlfriend of 7 years but thankfully I always carry ID.

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              1. re: masstech

                Yes I would like to go on the attack, but you did it yourself--so I'm, with difficulty, letting it go.

              2. Summer dress in Las Vegas is very (excessively) casual. I think that what you describe will get you into practically every restaurant in Las Vegas. I have even seen folks at Picasso and Prime in shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops.

                I have been to the best and most expensive restaurants in Las Vegas and I rarely see suits-and-ties. I don't remember the last time I wore a tie to dinner in Las Vegas (sports jacket yes; tie no).

                That being said, I think that resort wear for dinner (and Las Vegas is a resort town) is nice slacks, nice shirt (I usually wear a linen or silk shirt in the summer - they're cooler and easier to pack), and a nice pair of leather shoes. I often wear a light sports jacket simply because the air conditioning gets so cold that the jacket keeps me comfortable.

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                1. re: Adept1958

                  Really, flip flops and t-shirts at Picasso? This is not an exageration?

                  1. re: The Old Man

                    Got to be an exaggeration. Same with Prime.

                    I'm not saying that there's no way adept1958 saw shorts and flip flops at Picasso or Prime because there's ALWAYS exceptions ( especially in Vegas ). But I do know for certain that those particular restaurants do have a dress code and that shorts & flip flops do not fall into the code. If a sighting like that was truly made then it was a rare exception and in no way constitutes normal dress code for those restaurants.

                    Long story short - to the OP ... Yes. You can wear slacks and a polo to most if not all of the Vegas steakhouses. Sneakers could be a problem depending on where you go and how good a mood the manager is in. The real issue arises when you get there and see everyone else dressed to the 9's ... do you feel uncomfortable? If not, then no big deal.

                    1. re: azbirdiemaker

                      It's also extremely suspicious that he chose the two upscales right next to each other. And claimed they BOTH allow shorts and flip flops. I'm going to go on a limb here and say he's misspeaking (or lying as we call it in the real world).

                      1. re: azbirdiemaker

                        Azbirdiemaker- the answer to your question as to whether one would feel uncomfortable coming casual to an upscale Vegas steakhouse when "everyone else [is] dressed to the 9's" is no. Yes, in New York or indeed most other places in the world. But in Vegas, where I am comped because I am spending/risking a good deal of money on games designed to take it from me - ie, so that I lose - I feel that what I where is my business, and I certainly won't feel uncomfortable no matter what I choose to wear, especially at a steak house, which almost by definition, has a different vibe from a place such as Le Cirque or Joel R et al.

                        That said, shorts and flipflops aren't my usual attire - so you won't see me in a steak house wearing them. But jeans? for sure ! And I mean my Lands End or LL Bean jeans worth $25 or whatever, not the absurd $350 ripped "design" ones some people like to buy for reasons that elude me.

                        I expect to be treated like a king esp when the res notes house guest; I will behave in my usual civil way - and I will be clean and showered, of course - but how I dress is essentially between me and my guests !

                        1. re: Bigtigger

                          Look - it really doesn't matter to me what you wear or where it is that you wear it ... but don't think that just because you lost ( or won ) $1000 ( or $1,000,000 ) that it gives you the right to disregard etiquette and, even worse, disrespect the restaurant.

                          If a restaurant has a dress code ( most nice places in Vegas DO but are very lax regarding the criteria ) it's not just to see if they can get you to dance like a monkey. It's to allow everyone dining to fully enjoy the experience and keep the restaurant up to it's standards.

                          I remember once when I lived in Vegas and was managing one of the high end places on the Strip. A guy came in wearing shorts, sneakers, and a tee shirt. I told him that he'd have to change in order to dine because he was out of dress code.

                          "What? Don't you know who I am? I'm in the penthouse!"

                          I had a gentleman over at one of the tables ( dressed appropriately ) who had just rung up a $24,000 bill ... and this guy wanted to talk to me ( try to impress me ) about his $500/night room. Heh.

                          With all that being said, I'm a jeans wearer to pretty much all the restaurants in Las Vegas ( not sneakers, but jeans for sure ). However, I will definitely put on a suit or something equally as classy when dining at places such as Picasso, Alex, Guy Savoy, Joel, etc. Not only to enjoy the experience ( I, for one, definitely feel more like I'm being pampered at a restaurant if I'm dressed accordingly ), but also to respect the establishment that's catering to my every whim as well as everyone else dining there. But that's just me - I tend to give thought to the comfort of others.

                          Bottom line to the OP ( AGAIN ) is that: YES!, you can get away with just about any type of dress in Vegas especially at a steakhouse. But just because you CAN do something doesn't necessarily mean you SHOULD do something.

                          "I expect to be treated like a king esp when the res notes house guest"

                          Heh. You & Vegas definitely deserve each other.

                          1. re: azbirdiemaker

                            AZ, dress in the end is a matter of taste. But I defy you to argue logically your statement that the purpose of a dress code is "to allow everyone dining to fully enjoy the experience." How on earth does my dress (I will grant you it and I should be clean and not odiferous !) affect the enjoyment of your experience, which surely is dependent on the company YOU choose for your table, the food you choose to eat and how well the restaurant executes your order and provides for your and your guests' needs ? Aren't you concentrating on your guests ? and, if you care, on your own and perhaps on their appearance ? Or are you looking around at different tables to check what I have on my feet or with what shirt I cover my chest ?

                            1. re: Bigtigger

                              100% wrong. Yes, I'm at Picasso, I've dressed for the occasion and you're sitting there in a t-shirt and shorts, yes it is hard to ignore you. Yes it does take something away from the experience. Does it ruin it? No. But it does take away from the experience.

                  2. Last week I was excoriated for "dressing down" the "dressed down" at Le Bec Fin in Philly, so, tempted as I am to join forces with The Old Man, I will sit this one out and lick my wounds. (But he has my complete sympathies!)
                    I think most Vegas joints would take you naked with a credit card in your plumber's crack.

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                    1. re: Veggo

                      "I think most Vegas joints would take you naked with a credit card in your plumber's crack." I laughed, and then cried when I realized you're not far from the truth.

                    2. As a non tourist who doesn't spend a load of money at the tables but enjoys a great steak once in a while in a nice place, I would never walk into a nice restaurant in town in shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. I am not saying you can't...its just have some self respect. Nice jeans and a nice button down shirt tucked out with some great shoes seems to be the outing uniform of guys on the strip. If I want to wear shorts -- I will cook a steak on the grill myself or go to the sizzler (ok just kidding about the sizzler)