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  • Spike Oct 17, 2011 10:13 AM
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Any restaurants in New Orleans still require jackets vs. business casual (dress shirt/slacks)?
I didn't see any mention of this but thought I'd ask in case any of them required a jacket...(most places up here in Boston are pretty casual now)...

Planning on hitting August, Emeril's Stella, Muriels's, Brigsten's, possibly Herbsaint and Boucherie...

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. The dress codes have collapsed in recent years although 50+ year old New Orleanians still tend to dress in coat/tie. A friend ate ate August about six weeks ago and said he felt underdressed without a jacket. Commnder's "prefers" jacket at dinner. Galatoire's requires a jacket after 5:00. At the "higher-end" places the locals will appreciate the effort of a coat-and-tie.

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

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      We had dinner at Commanders a couple weeks ago. I was astounded at the audacity of the attire some folks felt appropriate. Several couples wearing jeans, no jackets for the "gentlemen". While waiting for the valet, a jean clad couple entered. The "gentleman" was wearing a white v-neck undershirt. I can not fathom why such offenders are seated.

      1. re: JazzyB

        It seems to get worse by the month. Terribly dispiriting.

    2. Agree with Hazelhurst's assessment of the dining scene. In August, Emeril's and Stella you will
      be more comfortable wearing a jacket.

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      Emeril's Restaurant
      800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: TaTee

        Hit August for an early dinner and yes, it would have been better in a jacket (which of course I didn't bring because I ran out of space in my carry-on)-:
        Emeril's was ok in business casual at lunch...Muriel's was also ok for an early dinner since it's in the middle of a tourist zone (Jackson Sq).
        Stopped by Stella's to see if they had any openings for an early dinner and got an eyeballing (we were planning on coming back, but were in jeans at the time :-)
        Herbsaint was also ok for an early dinner w/o a jacket.

        Will write up my experiences in a bit. Emiril's was far and away our favorite, w/ Herbsaint a strong 2nd. August was a bit disappointing surprisingly...not great..just good.

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        Emeril's Restaurant
        800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. Restaurants just call it "business casual." But they really should call it informal.