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Jul 10, 2011 04:37 PM

Commanders and Jackets

Will we be comfortable at Commanders without jackets?

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  1. Depends upon you. or, perhaps, upon how you perceive other view you.

    It is a matter of comfort. I am comfortable in a suit and tie. I spoke today with friends who were a[[alled at Commander's Palace some months ago. My friends were in the downstairs room. Suddenly, a group of eight people were seated nearby. My fried said that the men were wearing shorts ad t-Shirts. He said that the food was "off" that night but he could not state for sure if it was the kitchen or the disresfectful charaters nearby.

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

    7 Replies
    1. re: hazelhurst

      Good story, thank you for your spot on response. We are visiting soon and have a few members who would certainly dress nice and are comfortable in jackets, but are wavering on packing a jacket.

      1. re: yehyourite

        From their site: "no t-shirts or shorts, jackets preferred at dinner".

        1. re: JazzyB

          I will tell that to the people I referred to above. I'll see them next Friday.

          1. re: JazzyB

            I have seen them very politely tell people they can not be seated in their attire...shorts. Most people make reservations for the next day and come back to enjoy the wonders
            of Commanders.

            I would be shocked if they have relaxed this rule.

        2. re: hazelhurst

          I'm currently employed at CP, and can assure you that the dress code of no shorts, no flip flops is enforced, especially in the evening for dinner. Jackets are definitely preferred but business casual is perfectly acceptable. As we are all human, an occasional mistake occurs, ie: it is often difficult to see over the front desk to see if all guests are dress code compliant. And of course, the kitchen staff can have an off night but it is very rare. Hope you come in and enjoy the dining experience!

          1. re: poca504

            I saw the deponents of that story last weekend and they elaborated, saying that it was their impression the mob referred to were part of some movie being shot nearby and that rules were bent (abandoned). But being part of a movie crew or even The Star was no excuse in the minds of the aggrieved.

            1. re: poca504

              That is good information, and is greatly appreciated, plus very likely useful to diners at Commander's Palace.

              As things change, it can be tough to keep up with the details, and only observations are of much use - until one gets the information from the restaurant.

              Thank you,


              PS - yes, there can be exceptions, or overlooked details. We just returned from Blackberry Farm, where all gentlemen are required to have jackets for dinner. Over the 8 days, there were about 4 exceptions, though I do not know the details. Also, one gentleman did take his jacket off, but the "Tack Room" was rather warm that night. Let's just say that I would never arrive without a jacket in tow. [Grin]

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

          2. If they let you in, then it is all about you (or your posse). If all others are in jackets, or suits, how will they feel about not being so attired?

            I would say if they are completely comfortable, then go with the bare minimum, and do not worry about what everyone else thinks.



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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              I always wear a jacket and tie, and I'm always glad I do. Similar to hazelhurst, I was once seated near a foursome dressed in jeans and plaid flannel shirts. They stood out, and not in a good way. (It didn't help that they were also loud and apparently drunk) My wife often says that being properly attired shows respect for the restaurant. Commanders is worthy of respect. Enough said.

              1. re: bill1jan

                Though a very personal reflection, I think that it shows respect for one's dining companion, and one's self... but that is just me.

                I've mentioned this episode in other CP threads, but many years ago, I was asked to secure a table for 13, during a busy time. I pulled strings, and got that table. One male in the group was totally adverse to wearing anything beyond cargo shorts, and rag-wool socks with his Birkenstocks. I was surprised, as he was the CFO of a major hospital. Before we left the hotel, I pulled him aside and informed him of the "jacket required" aspect of CP (remember, years ago), and sent him upstairs for long pants, and proper shoes. He was slight of build, so one of the ladies in the group lent him a blazer. As we were being seated, two men were being escorted out, because they had no jackets, and had refused the jackets from the rack. When we were seated, he thanked me for insisting that he change.

                That was then, and this is now.


                1. re: bill1jan

                  That's how I feel.
                  \/ That's us on the way to CP for lunch.

              2. Thank you all for your input, if jackets are not packed, we will not go!

                1. In the almost insufferable summer weather of the Big Easy, a jacket is not easy. But a silk jacket and golf shirt are the best solution.
                  And Hunt, tournaments at English Tern in July were a bad idea in the first place...

                  5 Replies
                  1. re: Veggo

                    I believe this is a generational issue. I have been there several times wearing a either a buttondown or a polo shirt and khakis, and never felt out of place. Business casual attire is perfectly acceptable.

                    1. re: paz5559

                      Especially at lunch. Neither my husband nor son felt uncomfortable wearing polos Friday afternoon.

                      1. re: JazzyB

                        Jacket and tie is always the way to go for the upper echelon places in New Orleans you can never go wrong that way.

                        1. re: joedontexan

                          agreed. since nobody plays polo I'm not sure why they are so popular, other than being what many men wear to work. I don't find polos and khakis to be dressed up (guess what the work uniform at Target is) nor do I enjoy wearing this golfers-uniform. but hey that's me, I also dislike suburban living and strip malls.

                          1. re: kibbles

                            My point was not that a polo shirt and khakis met anyone's definition of "dressed up", but rather that one need not feel the need to wear a jacket anywhere other than Galatoires unless the special gathering you were attending (eg. a business meeting) required it.

                            My 90 y/o grandfather would wear a jacket and tie, as that's how he'd be comfortable. My 25 y/o nephew would wear a buttondown and khakis. BOTH would be dressed appropriately