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Mar 20, 2011 10:15 AM

Dress Code

Simply put: What restaurants in Paris require jackets ?

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  1. Here is a partial list from a fast Googling: Ledoyen, Lasserre, Taillevent, Pré Catalan, Grand Vefour, Hiramatsu, Guy Savoy, Le Cinq, Passard...

    FWIW, Yelp lists if a dress code exists for each entry. LIke this:

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    1. re: mangeur

      Passard does not require a jacket. Le Cinq, Taillevent, will provide it. Taillevent, Ducasse, also require a tie.

      Bottom line: you're going to have to call those guys.

      1. re: mangeur

        Just bring your ow jacket, Cheese. All men look better in one...

        1. re: Parigi

          Gotta agree with Parigi - I feel odd in a fine dining spot without a jacket.

          1. re: uhockey

            As a former "suit'" with business interests in France, I feel more comfortable in the higher-end restaurants wearing a coat and tie. I believe that helps in table selection and service. Can't prove it, of course. It does show common courtesy and respect, characteristics often missing in some of my fellow countrymen.

            And as an aside, if one is having trouble conversing with the wait staff, yelling at them generally does not help.

            1. re: Oakglen

              You bring to mind a vignette from some years back. My husband, son and I were standing in line at a hot, no reservations restaurant in Florence. The maitre d' approached, looked down the line and motioned us forward. When we were seated, our son asked,"What happened back there?" My husband answered, "Do you remember when I told you that tonight we were wearing jackets?"

              ETA: My husband is a 501 Levis 24/7 kind of guy. However, he always has a good wool jacket in winter and linen in summer. What's the deal? As Parigi says, you look really cool in a decent jacket.

      2. Lunch or dinner...? I believe some have different codes depending on the meal.

        1. I was made to feel pretty comfortable having lunch at Savoy without a jacket... the atmosphere wasn't formal at all.

          1. Oh it's that dress code again.

            Again and again: aside from some specific addresses mentioned above, there is no dress code in Paris. There is only a dress instinct.

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            1. re: Ptipois

              "There is only a dress instinct."

              Easy for you to say. You're French ! You've got the DI in your DNA.

              1. re: Parigi

                Another way of putting it is that dress code is far less of an important topic in France as it is in the US. As long as you have a jacket you're safe. Ties are very seldom required. The number of ties you see at lunchtime only means that some men have to wear ties at work, not at restaurants.

            2. imho, anywhere in the world, when in doubt, wear a jacket and tie.