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Mar 11, 2014 03:00 PM

Jules Verne Eiffel Tower dress code?

Can anyone tell me what the dress is like for the Jules Verne restaurant in Paris? Both for men and women, dinner and lunch.

Thank you!

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  1. Dress for the occasion.

    Men: nice pants, shirt (tie for the evening), dressed jacket, nice shoes.
    Women: nice pants/dress/skirt, nice shoes.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      A tie? do you really think that's necessary?

      1. re: Arago

        And is it jacket requited or suggested (especially for lunch)? I've heard of people getting turned away for wearing jeans and I know no shorts but beyond that, how strict are they?

        1. re: parnes77

          Dress to match your surroundings. Try not to be an eye-sore. Not too much to ask.

          1. re: Maximilien

            I'm not looking to push any boundaries but I haven't worn a tie for over 10 years. During that time I've eaten at various starred restaurants including Le Cinq & Le Louis XV, albeit for lunch. I get the impression that 'smart casual' is acceptable just about everywhere, that would normally include a jacket for dinner, except on a really hot summer evening, although not necessarily a suit.
            Quite a few years ago I had tea at the Ritz in London in a polo necked sweater and an extremely smart Kenzo jacket. My wife and I stuck around after we'd finished and decided to stay on, without moving from our seats, and have an early evening drink I was pretty surprised to be told I couldn't be served as I wasn't wearing a tie, although they did recognise the situation was slightly absurd and subsequently relented.
            An acquaintance went to Lasserre some time ago and was handed a tie to put on. Do they still do that?

      2. Sorry folks;
        in 1954, men wore suits and ties, lunch and dinner,
        In 2014, men wear teeshirts and jeans and
        women for 60 years have dressed elegantly.
        There's a David Brooks column here.

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        1. re: John Talbott

          I was dining at Le Jardin des Sens last night and there were about 50 diners in the room. None, absolutely none of the men wore a tie.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Hey, it's in the Midi. I arrive in Dockers, a designer shirt and dress sandals - even to the best restaurant in the world when it was open down here.

              1. re: collioure

                Oh well, "then" and "now" I suppose. I still wear a coat and tie on an airplane, even flying peasant class. My late father would not step onto a Paris street (or allow me to) unless in a suit and tie. As un-natural as it seems to others, it is perfectly normal to me.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Traveling in a country that will remain nameless here, I wondered if the people were taking out the garbage and suddenly changed their mind and hopped in their car to go to the airport to fly across the country, or dine in a fabulous restaurant, or shop at Loro Piana.
                  I am certain it was not you, hazelhurst, that inspired my thought.

                  1. re: Parigi

                    Offtopic, but Loro Piana is amazing. Best quality I have ever seen, at least since now that they are bought by LVMH.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      I think I know the country you refer to. My best was a family of 6 in Adidas track suits at a very nice two star - at least they were matching black track suits with gold stripes and coordinated shoes so they could have been a 1970's olympic team.

            2. re: John Talbott

              Well, I work in jeans/t-shirt every day, and when I go to a high-end restaurant, I dress up to the occasion.

              I wear a tie in the evening, not completely "tied up", but it is there and goes with the outfit.

            3. I went for lunch wearing just a polo t-shirt (not the brand polo) and I was very good in there.

              I guess in some other places like Plaza Athenee or Meurice a suit would be good. Wear a tie only if you like ties.

              In Le Louis XV in Monaco as I remember most diners were in suits and ties, but next to me there was an asian guy eating alone with a red casual tshirt. Again it was lunch.

              There are very few strict about the dress code places now on earth. I can think of The Ritz in London and some starred restaurants in New York.

              1. For those who won't wear ties, a jacket makes amends and does not require any special treatment. (Wear it on the plane and when necessary in town or country.) DH has one wool that likes to travel and a linen for summer. No brainer. He says he feels better in a jacket than not.

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                1. re: mangeur

                  As you know, I not only wear a suit on the airplane, I wear a tie; old habits die hard. And to stay on topic, I wear the same my first day home (that is in Paris.)

                  1. re: mangeur

                    Mangeur - good advice. My guideline in France for men in grand restaurants (women don't need advice, they just understand) is to:

                    1. Dress up to make yourself feel special but do not feel constrained by convention, do it because you are treating yourself, dress up to feel good.

                    2. At lunch the only people in ties will be businessmen with clients (if in fact they choose to wear a tie). Note, suits worn casually are more a common business casual than chinos and polos. And suits are definitely on the way back - not wearing one may soon start to mark you out as unfashionable or over 30.

                    3. Jackets are very common, linen in the summer is good. But suits are not common, unless #2. Most places don't require them but you won't feel out of place wearing one.

                    4. Very old fashioned places may still require a tie - there maybe one or two of these left in Paris but AFAIK nowhere outside Paris is still like this. However, if they do they will have spares in a drawer for you to borrow - but obviously a collared shirt is a sensible precaution.

                    5. If you are over 25 a t-shirt is no longer a rebellious statement. Jeans are only OK if they cost more than a weeks wages and you have an agent.

                    6. Shoes - definitely required, but not socks. Sneakers should be left in the hotel room with the rucksack, bum bag, and water bottle.

                  2. I have a second idea for Jules Verne.
                    Navy togs!