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Dress code guidance, please

I am finalizing the dining picks for the trip that I am taking with my friend to New Orleans... It is just a week and a half away! I was hoping that someone could give me a little dress code advice. Coming from NYC and SF, I'm use to women dressing in more of a "trendy" manner in restaurants, but after reading some of the postings, it seems like New Orleans is more formal. Given that it is summer, could someone give me some guidance on the dress code for women at the following restaurants:

Dante's Kitchen (dinner)
Commander's Palace (Sunday brunch)
Patois (dinner)
Boucher (dinner)
Brigtsen's (dinner)
August (lunch)
Galatoire's (Friday lunch, hopefully)

For the daytime restaurants, do women have to wear dresses or will nice pants/capris and a nice blouse work? Are nice jeans with a nice shirt/blouse ok at any of these places (dinner or lunch)?

Thanks!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Personally, I would not wear jeans to any of these restaurants. Nice pants with a blouse would be fine for Patois, Dantes, Brigtsen's and Boucher. Commander's, August and Galatoires are places to be seen and a nice pants suit, linen outfit or a dress would be appropriate.

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    Galatoire's Restaurant
    209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Brigtsen's Restaurant
    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    1. re: TaTee

      I think that you are spot on except the pants suit at Commanders or Galatoire's or, in fact, any other of the Big Ones...a pants suit in those places would be akin to a man in a "leisure suit". Horrors....

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      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. Here's a mid-20s female New Orleanian's opinion. I'm pretty much in agreement with TaTee in that if I know I'm going to any of these places (except maybe Boucherie) I'd probably skip jeans and go for skirts/dresses. But, like I said, maybe being from here has just rubbed off on me...I (mostly) secretly glare at people in shorts and baseball caps like it's my job.

      You would be fine in nice jeans at Boucherie (I assume you meant Boucherie on Jeanette, but if you meant Butcher on Tchoupitoulas, jeans/shorts of any sort are fine) and Dante's.
      You could get away with nice jeans at Patois, but I personally wouldn't, and would go for the pants/capris/skirt option.
      I'd say jeans are a no-go at Brigtsen's, but nice pants/capris sounds fine.
      Similarly, nice pants would be fine at Commander's brunch (and same with August for lunch), but there will probably be more skirts & dresses.
      For Galatoire's, go for daytime faaancy, it'll be more fun.

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      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Brigtsen's Restaurant
      723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

      Boucherie
      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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      1. re: culinas

        Thanks culinas… Your insights on dress codes are very helpful, but don’t worry, I’m not even packing any shorts and baseball caps!

        Dante’s is the place that I would like to wear jeans b/c we are planning on going to the Maple Leaf afterward, and it seems to be pretty casual from the pictures on its website (or am I incorrect in this assumption?) Also, since during the day we will probably go straight from sightseeing and trudging around the city to lunch, it would be nice to wear something that is a little more comfortable than a “dressy” outfit. I don’t mind not being the most dressed up person in the room, but I also don’t want to stick out like sore thumb for being too casual.

        I’m still trying to get a handle on Galatoire’s Friday lunch… Would a summer dress and some ballet flats be daytime fancy enough? Also, and I know this is a little off topic, what time do we need to show up to get in line? I’ve heard anywhere from 8 am to 11 am.

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        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: jeannkate

          There will definitely be folks in jeans at Dante's, you'll be fine, it's not really a dressy place. I'm just personally probably a half-level more formal than my friends my own age.

          A (non-mini) summer dress totally works for Galatoire's. I would just throw a little cardigan or something on if it's strapless/spaghetti strap. Unfortunately I have no advice on the line thing. 8am sounds excessive. Maybe make that a quarter sightseeing morning and swing by a couple times to scope it out?

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          Galatoire's Restaurant
          209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: jeannkate

            The time to arrive is a crapshoot. but my friends who do go there for Friday either show up or send someone to stand on line at about 10:15...they open at 11:30 Tues-Sat (Noon on Sunday). If you don't get the "first seating" then you can go back around 2:30 or so when some of the folks who are going back to the office will begin to clear out. There are times when people are down there at 8:00 but that is likely to be a special occasion. I have seen concerted efforts by regulars to prevent the place from being swamped by tourists by, say, a Super Bowl event. People just join foprces and get there as early as possible on whatever day is chosen, maybe Friday, maybe not.

            Personally, I think you do better to go for about 2:30 or 3:00 and even then it is likely to be rather loud.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Thanks, that's very helpful! Given your advice, I'll shoot for 10:00 to get in line. I have to admit that while I chose the other restaurants based on a lot of research regarding the food on this and other websites, I chose Friday lunch at Galatoire's more for the experience (though it sounds like the food is going to be pretty great too). So, I don't mind a loud and raucous room... I'm almost looking forward to it! I'm just glad that I won't have to get up at the crack of dawn to get in line!

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              Galatoire's Restaurant
              209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: jeannkate

                If you have not done Friday lunch at Galatoire's, the tableau is well-worth the effort. If you have done it, then reservations upstairs is not out of the question.

                Enjoy,

                Hunt

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                Galatoire's Restaurant
                209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. Just returned from a wonderful (but too short) trip there this past week, where we did lunches at both Commander's Palace and Restaurant August. My girlfriend and I couldn't get into Commander's Palace because she had shorts on, but they were apologetic about it and offered to hold our reservation while she changed. Luckily, our hotel wasn't far, so about half an hour later, we were back (gf in jeans this time), and there were no issues. I saw other women in flip flops and tennis shoes, and I also saw a range of jeans, skirts, etc.

            After that lunch, we didn't test Restaurant August's dress code and instead went better dressed. However, it seemed as if there were also a variety of casual footwear and jeans on display, so I'm sure what you have in mind would work.

            Btw, both lunches were great, especially August for their $20.11 prix fixe.

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            Restaurant August
            301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Commander's Palace Restaurant
            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: mikeop34

              Sorry that there are still some dress-codes out there, but at least they were kind and thoughtful.

              Just returned from San Francisco, and encountered two restaurants, where gentlemen were required to wear jackets. At least I had the blazer in tow for each. The local press even mentioned that this was almost an oddity, in this day and age, but did correctly list both as having a requirement.

              Enjoy,

              Hunt

              1. re: mikeop34

                OMG, I would Never have tried to go to CP in jeans, shorts, or such even in my Cajun country youth! I'm really sorry that they let you in the second time. And I'm not trying to be rude, honest.

              2. I think there is a big difference between jeans and sneakers and jeans, heels, and a really dressy top.

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                  1. re: BlueHerons

                    There is a difference, particularly with a nice pair of dark jeans. Torn up faded jeans? Not so much.

                    1. re: BlueHerons

                      Hmmm . . . I confess I've never worn jeans with heels -- or a really dressy top. On the other hand, I have worn jeans with an oxford button-down and a corduroy sports coat. Then again, this WAS in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

                      Speaking of San Francisco, I've even seen (idiots) wearing jeans at Gary Danko, but -- it's really not done. I think that was more of an accommodation for out-of-town tourists. But one can (and I do) get away with wearing jeans to restaurants in the San Francisco/Berkeley area that I would *never* wear jeans to in New Orleans (i.e.: similar restaurants, etc., etc.). Sure people dress more casually over all today than, say, 50 years ago, but I still wear more slacks and shoes in New Orleans than I do jeans and sneakers/running shoes.

                      Cheers,
                      Jason

                      1. re: zin1953

                        Heels, nice blouse, and nice heels is easy for a girl to pull off, but it must be in the appropriate setting. I'd wear those to Luke, Mr. B's, Cochon and the like... I'd never wear anything involving denim to August, Galatoire's, Commander's, Stella, Brigtsen's, etc.

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                        Cochon
                        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                        Galatoire's Restaurant
                        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                        Brigtsen's Restaurant
                        723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118