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Binkley's Dress Code?

Random987 Jun 5, 2008 04:59 PM

We have reservations this week at Binkley's and I am wondering about their dress code. Their web page said resort casual, would this include a nice set of jeans with a collared shirt? Just don't feel like putting on wool trousers right now....;)

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  1. drewb123 RE: Random987 Jun 5, 2008 05:41 PM

    I would reccomend nice dress shorts for a man and button down or nice jeans and button down as the most casual.

    I guess I am basically saying your fine. I have seen people in suit jackets I personally have my husband wear nice jeans and nice shirt or black pants and shirt....

    1. Beach Chick RE: Random987 Jun 5, 2008 05:48 PM

      smart casual..
      This is a wonderful restaurant and the Cave Creek area is gorgeous..
      Please report back..I'll be there again for the 4th of July weekend..

      1. Bill Hunt RE: Random987 Jun 5, 2008 05:52 PM

        I've alway worn a jacket, but then I do that for almost every upscale restaurant where we dine, even AZ, New Orleans and HI. However, I see plenty of gentlemen in slacks and a collared shirt.


        1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: Random987 Jun 5, 2008 06:19 PM

          That sounds just about perfect to me. "Resort casual" in Phoenix is pretty relaxed; you can wear shorts if you want, especially in summer.

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          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
            Bill Hunt RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jun 5, 2008 08:17 PM

            Yes, dining attire in PHX is rather relaxed, especially in the Summer.

            I think I have told this story on this board, but first dining trip to PHX, back in the mid-90's, I had chosen a spot, that suggested "formal attire for gentlemen." I packed my black suit, as we would be dining there well after 6:00PM, and did not feel like packing my tux. Mentioned to our hosts, and the guy had me call the restaurant, to inquire on what "formal attire" really meant. At his urgings, I called and asked. The answer that I got floored me, "it means collared shirts... " OK, my introduction to fine-dining attire in PHX.


          2. 3star RE: Random987 Jun 5, 2008 07:46 PM

            I wouldn't recommend jeans, but you don't have to wear suit and tie either. Nice slacks or a nice pair of shorts will be acceptable, I preferably would not wear jeans.

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              crsin RE: 3star Jun 7, 2008 12:32 PM

              I agree. While I've never been to Binkley's, I always interpret "resort casual" as essentially a notch above jeans (particularly since Binkley's is one of the highest-end restaurant in the valley). Jeans are simply casual (about as casual as you get), and usually not really appropriate for a fine-dining restaurant, even in Phoenix. I would second the idea of slacks, collared shirt (can even just be a polo or short sleeved button-down, really), and a decent pair of shoes. Not sure what that translates to in women's clothing.

              Obviously, they aren't going to kick you out due to what you're wearing, and you probably wouldn't be the only one in jeans if that's what you feel like wearing.

              1. re: crsin
                drewb123 RE: crsin Jun 7, 2008 12:53 PM


                I hate to sound controversial but I think depending on what type of Jeans you wear whether they are designer or cruddy you can wear designer jeans to binkleys with a nice button down shirt as a male.

                Being denim is considered dressed up in this day and age. As you can see all of hollywood wears it to events and so forth. You most degintiely can wear denim and fit in like a glove to Binkley's. Just IMHO.

                1. re: drewb123
                  ejs1492 RE: drewb123 Jun 7, 2008 02:33 PM

                  I totally concur. There are "jeans" and there are "nice jeans"....although I am generally in favor of looking nice when I go out, I'm someone who likes to wear jeans, I find nice jeans completely appropriate at Binkley's. Just take a look at Amy Binkley herself....she runs one of the best places in town but she never hesitates to show off her tatoos. And many of the servers don't fit the mold of 'fine dining servers"...they are slightly funky and have lots of personality. Especilly the bread steward....he's great.

                  It's that juxtaposition of elegant against "slightly alternative" that gives Binkley's its character and, in my humble opinion, makes "come as you are" perfectly fitting there. There is something truly great and egalitarian about some of the best food in the State (or region, or country) being served in an atmosphere where it doesn't matter how much your outfit cost.

                  1. re: drewb123
                    Bill Hunt RE: drewb123 Jun 8, 2008 06:03 PM

                    I guess that I am just a bit more formal, but that is a personal choice. I'm not likely to be found dining at a "fine-dining" restaurant, wearing jeans. However, I am definitely NOT Hollywood, or Nashville, or any segment of the TV, motion-picutre, or recording industry.

                    I attend a lot of black-tie events, where these folk are definitely in evidence. You can spot them a mile away. They will be in their flip-flops, jeans with holes, dress-shirts with the tails out, and jackets. In other social settings, and in years past, I would assume that they were the delivery people, bringing some item into the gala. Now, you know that they have some "celebrity status."

                    From the "old guy" in the group,


              2. ejs1492 RE: Random987 Jun 5, 2008 07:53 PM

                I have been many times and never worn anything but jeans, and never felt out of place. It's a funky little place...and they welcome all types regardless of what you wear, part of why I love it!

                1. ipsedixit RE: Random987 Jun 6, 2008 06:32 AM

                  Short of flip-flops and a tank top, you'll be fine.

                  Enjoy your meal.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    boingo2000 RE: ipsedixit Jun 6, 2008 08:42 AM


                    It's one of the things that I love about living in AZ.

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                    CheesemongersWife RE: Random987 Jun 6, 2008 10:13 AM

                    We are BIG fans of Kevin Binkley! Binkley's is a must stop for us every time we visit my in-laws. Loved him at the Laundry and we are so excited b/c we are moving to Carefree in August. We have always dined very casually there. From what I can tell, Kevin and his wife are not sticklers for this sort of thing. They just want everyone to enjoy the food and have a good time. Word on the street that he started a lunch spot: Binks. Anyone been?

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                    1. re: CheesemongersWife
                      hohokam RE: CheesemongersWife Jun 6, 2008 10:47 AM

                      Some reports on Cafe Bink in these threads:

                      For other threads where it has been mentioned check the place link:

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                      emmaAmethyst RE: Random987 Jun 6, 2008 01:23 PM

                      My most frequent male dinner companion has linen trousers for summer & wool blend for winter, & solid-coloured, collared shirts in linen & silk. I can't think of any restaurant in town for which that's not totally appropriate.

                      (The only place I can think of that was serious about "jacket required" -- at least in the last 30 or so years -- was Orangerie at Biltmore. But they were very gracious about it -- they had a rack of spare loaner jackets & a maitre d' with an impeccable eye for men's sizing. :-) )

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                        firecracker RE: emmaAmethyst Jun 6, 2008 07:15 PM

                        OMG. I had forgotten about the Orangerie! That was THE place to get engaged, celebrate a birthday, promotion, divorce or whatever...

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