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Aug 26, 2009 09:49 AM

Ray's The Steaks - Dress code?

Going to Ray's the Steaks this Friday with my Dad (who's been living in Southeast Asia for the last 3 years and probably hasn't had a decent steak in at least that long) and was wondering about the dress code.
All my research comes up with "Casual" but that's has a TON of variation to me. Basically trying to figure out what's conventional at Ray's...are we talking jeans and a polo shirt, khakis and a buttondown shirt, etc.? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks very much.

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  1. nothing fancy at all, jeans would be fine. get the hangar steak.

    1. My guess is a shirt is required, but shoes are optional.

      I could be wrong though... a shirt may not be required.

      1. I was there a few weeks ago, and saw everything from men in tee shirts, shorts & flip-flops to jacket & ties. Predominantly, khakis or jeans and a polo shirt for men.

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        1. re: weezycom

          Perfect. Thanks very much for all the replies.

        2. if i were a man, i'd feel best in a nice dress shirt (maybe a blazer) and slacks or good jeans, and closed shoes. polo shirts are fine, too, if it's hot outside. and i guess you can always go in the d.c. uniform of khakis and a button-down.
          as a woman, i wear nice jeans, heels, a nice blouse or sweater, and good jewelry.

          i always think one gets better service if one is more presentable. i despise flip-flops for anywhere except the beach. and shorts would make one feel a little out of place, imo.

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          1. re: alkapal

            I wore shorts there a few weeks ago and got great service. Didn't wear flip-flops though.

            1. re: alkapal

              you do realize that Landrum walks around in shorts all the time right? I get the impression actually he's actually against the kind of statement you're making.

              1. re: xdcx

                the only time i saw him he was in pants and a loose linen long-sleeved shirt.

                i just think shorts in a nicer place are out of place. i realize many folks are less formal than i am. but i wouldn't recommend shorts to someone who hasn't been to the place, and they wear them, and are really uncomfortable because of the general dress of other diners who are more dressy.

                and i wish mr. landrum would call me out on it. then i could gripe at him about the still-awaited "ray's the net" -- or whatever it's supposed to be called.

                1. re: alkapal

                  Blame President Obama for the non-opening of Ray's the Catch. The TRIPLED traffic at Hell-Burger forced Landrum to use the space for Hell Burger until he can figure out how to manage the crowds better.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    well, i wish mr. landrum would take advantage of other commercial kitchen-resto space, then, and still open ray's the catch in another locale. that old bennigan's at seven corners is still up for lease! ;-)).

                    thanks, mr. obama!

              2. re: alkapal

                I ended up going in dark jeans, a polo shirt, and sneakers and felt totally comfortable. i felt like most other people were a tad bit more dressy than I was, but not in a significant way.

                had an awesome dinner as well...bacon wrapped scallops and "house special" strip. sort of unbelievably (to me at least) we were in and out in just over 1 hour (without dessert), but didn't feel rushed at all. great overall experience.