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Jan 13, 2010 02:04 PM

Restaurant Dress Code

I haven't been able to find a thread strictly about this topic.

Although our trip next week will be our third, we are hitting a few places that are more upscale than we usually frequent, thanks to DAT.

We live in the SW and jeans are acceptable at almost every restaurant. Nice jeans, nothing ratty, no holes, etc.

So, will jeans [with a nice sweater for me; collared polo shirt for husband] be ok for the following?

Brunch -
Foreign Cinema

Lunch -
One Market

Campton Place
Fifth Floor
Fish & Farm


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  1. I would say yes to everything except for Campton Place and Fifth Floor, and only because I haven't been to either of them and they are both a little upscale, so I'm not sure. Jeans are more than fine everywhere else, and possibly fine at those two as well.

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    1. re: JasmineG

      I've eaten at Campton Place and have seen Fifth Floor. No to jeans on both of these for dinner. They probably wouldn't throw you out, but you would probably be the only people in jeans. Don't need a suit but something between nice jeans and formal dress. As mentioned by others, nice jeans are fine for the rest.

      1. re: rworange

        My feeling was that Fifth Floor and Campton would be slacks not jeans. Just wasn't sure about the others. Thanks for helping me. I'd hate to look like some country bumpkin slob.

    2. Check the restaurants on Open Table where they actually show dress code. Examples: Fifth Floor, business casual and Campton Place, smart casual. There doesn't that help?

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      1. re: wolfe

        oh no, now I will need a definition of business casual and smart casual....

        1. re: DebitNM

          Google image examples of 1. business casual and 2. smart casual.

          Don't you just love it?
          PS. I usually wear land's End dark chinos, a knit shirt and a sweater and find I am overdressed compared to some of my fellow San Francisco diners.

          1. re: DebitNM

            All this is true ---- but some extra color ----

            I've found, in general, that pants matter less than tops, for guys. There's also a soft spot here for jeans, given that it's Levi's HQ and Steve Jobs wears jeans and a turtleneck habitually.

            Knit polo shirts are considered very casual around here, though. Guys should wear a dress shirt or similar, or throw a sportscoat over. Wearing a sport coat's a good idea around here simply because it's often cold when you come out of the restaurant, and it's chivalrous to supply your jacket to your dining partner.

            I would also go up to smart casual for One Market.

            1. re: bbulkow

              Exactly. I usually wear jeans combined with a dress shirt and a nice jacket to places like Aqua and don't feel out of place. For a more formal place without a bar scene, like Masa's, I'd probably dress up one notch.