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Mar 24, 2009 06:52 AM

Dress code at August?

My family has reservations at August tonight. None of us has been there before, and based on the posts I've read, I'm really looking forward to it.

One question though... When I first looked online and saw the dress code, it said "business casual," which I took to mean dress pants and a button-down dress shirt. I've since seen "dressy casual" listed on other sites, which sounds more formal to me. I didn't bring a sport coat or blazer with me on this trip, nor did anyone else in my family. Will we be better off making reservations elsewhere tonight, and trying August on a future trip? Does it make a difference that our reservation is on a Tuesday night?

I saw a Chowhound post from 2004 that said coats might be a good idea for the guys, but that they weren't a requirement. Even if they're not required, will it be uncomfortable to eat there without one? Will we feel underdressed?

If you think we should make a reservation elsewhere, can you recommend another place for a special family occasion where our attire might be more appropriate?

Thanks very much for your help!

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Dress pants and button down shirt is certainly exceptable. I've eaten there 5 times and have never worn a coat or a tie.

    1. We ate there two weeks ago and my husband wore khaki pants and a button down shirt. I also saw a few people with "dress" (designer jeans) and a nice shirt. Noone was too formal, save the people who were perhaps coming from work directly. Enjoy!

      1. Fantastic! Thanks to both of you.

        1. Too late to help you with a comment, but I hope that you will report back.

          At restaurants of this level, I always wear a jacket, and often a tie. When we dined there, about 80% of the gentlemen had such, with about half of those in suits. OTOH, the rest were in nice slacks with dress shirts.

          So, not required, though not out of place. If one does not have a jacket, they will likely not be alone and no one will poke fun at them.

          Hope that the meal lived up to all expectations.

          Please drop back in and do a review,


          5 Replies
          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Glad to see this post. I agree with you in that I always wear either a jacket, suit and/or a tie to the upper level restaurants. I think it shows respect for the restaurant, the chef and the service. Plus, I believe that you get better service. If people want to wear jeans and I don't care how much they cost that's their right. It will just never be me.

            1. re: hoppy2468

              Very true. We tend to be a little more formal, but I was simply reporting what I have seen on the two occasions I have eaten there. I will add the "gentlemen" (or perhaps not) who were dining in jeans both had sports coats on. I guess it simply depends on where you are from and what you perceive business casual to be, which in my husband's case is khaki pants and a button down shirt. I am certain the meal was fabulous as our experiences have been each time we dined at August.

              1. re: ScarlettNola

                Do not worry. You were making an observation, and that is (or should be) to the OP, plus others, who might find this thread and need the same info.

                "I guess it simply depends on where you are from and what you perceive business casual to be" This is so very true. We get a lot of this, or similar, with regards to attire. In the West, it means one thing. In NYC, another. Hollywood, well yet another. I usually go with a bit more, than I anticipate the suggestions to really mean, but that is just me.

                Your personal observations are very important. What I wore is no more than a suggestion, based on my personal choice. That's one reason that I tried to make some observations of my own, on what others were wearing.

                Though I grew up in those very environs, I realize that things have changed over the decades. I also choose to err on the side of formality, rather than the other way.

                Thank you for reporting. Down the line, someone will find this thread with the same question, and you will have answered it for them. That is one of the beauties of the Internet. The data and the information can benefit folk in 2020.


                BTW the clothing does not MAKE a gentleman. There are likely to be "pretenders," who are no more a gentleman, than the young punker in the torn jeans with the baseball cap on sideways. Matter of fact, I've dined amongst many men, who were dressed in a fashion that I was enviable of, but who comported themselves as drunken sailors, making port for the first time in many years.

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Absolutely true! We travel quite frequently (as I know you do) and some people may be shocked at what certain people believe is business casual. I was brought up in a very proper southern home and my own parents sometimes dressed for dinner at home. My husband came from a similiar enviroment and as we married and began to raise our children we relaxed our standards somewhat. But I do so love to see men dressed for dinner on a spring or summer evening, in linen or seersucker suits. It adds flair to the evening. It makes me miss being home and long for a room full of elegant people enjoying good food, good conversation, and fabulous cocktails. (I should have been raised in the 30s or 40s : ). I am glad to know that their are people like my parents who still dress for dinner and I think that next time we are at August he may as well. I so enjoy reading your blogs on the site! Thanks for your input and safe travels!

                  1. re: ScarlettNola

                    Yes, I still "shock" some folk in AZ, when I wear my Haspel searsucker (pin-feather), or white line suit. They just do not get it.

                    I remember my mother wearing almost opera-length gloves and a hat, when we'd take the train over to NOLA, for lunch at the dining room at D. H. Holmes. My wife grew up with similar dress-codes, though her gloves were probably more appropriately sized.

                    Heck, I remember when ladies at Ole Miss could not leave the dorms on the weekends in jeans!

                    I'm not saying that I want those times to return, but only that they shaped me. That's probably why I dress a bit more formally, than many others.

                    For some, "dressing for dinner," meant not being nude. For me, it was a bit different. Had my mom not been a DAR, things would likely have been different.