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Jun 28, 2012 05:49 PM

La Pergola - dress code

I've got a reservation at LP coming up (thanks to all the discussion here) and was wondering...

I know that the jacket is required, but I run hot, especially when eating a large meal. I don't mind starting out in my jacket, but usually I end up taking it off after a couple courses... think this would be OK? Last year, I ate at Joel Robuchon LV and they tucked me in a corner so I felt pretty comfortable taking off my jacket (and I was STILL hot...)

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  1. To my knowledge, you are to keep your jacket at all times.

    1. @randomthoughts, looks like you need to invest in a light linen model for this occasion!

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      1. re: jen kalb

        @ randomthoughts
        Just take your jacket off when you become hot. What are they going to do to you, throw you out?

        1. re: allende

          yes. rules are rules and you should not be pushing people to break them. That is their policy: if you don't like them, don't go!

          1. re: cristinab

            You said "to your knowledge you need to keep your jacket (sic) at all times."

            Are you sure that is the rule?

            1. re: allende

              usually "rules" like this are enforced at the door - while it may not be the norm for a man to take off his jacket while dining, it is hardly likely that he would be reproved or ejected if he took it off in the middle of the meal. In the US ties are still the norm with jackets but would you say that ties would be mandatory with the jacket at a place like La Pergola?

              Still, Id advise looking for some kind of light linen jacket and summerweight shirt to avoid any discomfort (psychic or physical) in these kinds of situations.

              1. re: jen kalb

                It seems they enforce the rule throughout the dinner. I am not sure how they would handle rebel customers!

              2. re: allende

                yes, let's move the topic to something else, such as how sure I am about what I say :-) Yes, I am sure. You've got to keep the jacket on throughout the dinner. No tie is required.

        2. Thanks all. After reading your advice and spirited posts in other threads, I will dress as lightly as possible and I'll forgo any wine that might make me hotter. If I'm uncomfortable despite all precautions, it'll unfortunately be pretty obvious and I'll throw myself on the mercy of the servers and ask them.

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          1. re: randomthoughts

            sounds like a plan and I hope we will hear about its success and more importantly your meal!

            1. re: randomthoughts

              Good luck. Jackets required is such an archaic rule - I never dine anywhere that has it.

              1. re: Harters

                Thanks guys, I'll be sure to report back. I'll do just about anything for great food. However, if the rule is for a jacket and I'm obliging, then you can be sure that all of the optional clothing will be as comfortable as possible! ... I'll concede to wearing pants though ;)

                I went shopping today and the linen jackets were still too hot (but I bought one just because it looked sooo flattering - maybe for fall). But as it turns out, I found a textured COTTON jacket that is half-constructed (not lined at all) and is practically see-through. And it's that casual-formal style that will look great with a t-shirt and slacks, which will hopefully get me through dinner cool - I definitely can't take off my jacket if I'm wearing a t-shirt.

                Thanks all! I can't wait to try the food.

                1. re: randomthoughts

                  Just heard that on the terrace you do not need to wear a jacket!!