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Aug 18, 2008 09:01 AM

Taillevent or Guy Savoy

What is the dress code for lunch here? My husband does not want to wear a sport jacket at lunchtime - is it necessary? Which would you choose?Thank You

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  1. I am afraid he will have to wear a sports jacket at either place.

    I have not yet been to Guy Savoy so cannot comment.

    I once saw a gentleman who took his jacket off at Taillevent and was politely asked by the Maître d'Hôtel to keep it on.

    1. Why not? He will feel more comfortable. For Taillevent there is no specific dress code, but in my experience people generally dress well. It is popular with business executives at lunchtime so a lot of people are in suits. In France people do tend to dress well to go out to eat, it shows respect for the meal, and I suspect you get treated better.

      1. Sorry to correct you both. Men are required to wear a jacket at Taillevent, even for lunch. In fact, they will provide your husband with one if he doesn't wear one. But Guy Savoy wants to be a more relaxed and modern experience and there really is no dress code there, even at night. So: jacket for Taillevent, no jacket for Savoy.

        Oh, and I would chose Savoy, especially for a gentleman who does not want to wear a jacket. Taillevent is for those who want to eat at Ratatouille's Gusteau (nothing wrong with that!).

        7 Replies
        1. re: souphie

          Taillevent is a strange place. We were there for lunch and saw two women wearing jeans while all the men were apparently required to wear jackets.

          1. re: SpudMurphy

            It's just that France had a different dress code. I can't think of a place here where women couldn't wear fancy jeans.

            1. re: SpudMurphy

              I'll bet you could wear jeans with that jacket!!!!

            2. re: souphie

              Souphie - I made my comment about Taillivent based on my experience nearly two years ago. There were definately men there (at lunch) who were not wearing jackets - it sticks in my memory because I was quite surprised.

              1. re: PhilD

                Regardless of the stated formal dress code at either Taillevent or Guy Savoy, I think you do a disservice to the chef, the staff, and your fellow diners if you are inappropriately dressed. For me, that is JACKET and TIE at any of the three star restaurants in Paris.

                1. re: PhilD

                  There are always exceptions. But try going in without a jacket and they'll just lend you one. Same at Ducasse's.

                  1. re: souphie

                    This thread recalls the exchange between Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty in an episode of the second season of The Wire.

                    McNulty: "You know what they call a guy who pays a lot of attention to his clothing, don't you?"
                    Moreland: "A grown-up."