Do you prefer to eat at a restaurant that enforces a dress code, and if so, why?

Do you prefer to eat at a restaurant that enforces a dress code, and if so, why?

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  1. To some extent I do.
    I don’t want to go out for a nice meal and be presented with the sight of some guy’s hairy armpits and chest hair (because he’s wearing a sleeveless tank top) or his grubby feet and toenails (because he’s wearing flipflops). I also don’t want to be flashed by some girl in a micro-mini (who forgot to wear panties) every time she crosses or uncrosses her legs.
    There are extremes that should be avoided. That doesn’t mean we should always have to dress like we’re going to a black tie event at the Kennedy Center. Clean, presentable casual wear should be all that’s really required in most cases. It should be a common sense type of thing rather than something that’s mandated. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
    Dining in a restaurant often means you’re in fairly close proximity to other people. That also means you can smell their BO if they are allergic to soap and water. Most people are considerate of others in these respects, but again unfortunately, it’s not a hundred percent.

  2. Yes, I do. My traditionally favorite restaurant near my home was purchased a few years ago, and the dress code became a thing of the past. When the restaurant was owned by the family who established it originally, in the 1920s through a few years ago when it changed hands, admittance was denied anyone wearing shorts or a collarless shirt; hats were not allowed worn indoors, by men; jackets and ties were required to be seated in the dining room.
    Now, in that restaurant, as well as in one of the other prime establishments in our area, it’s not uncommon to see patrons dressed in shorts, t-shirts and/or wearing baseball caps indoors, and I find it sad & ridiculous to accommodate people dressed as if they just completed performing yard work, to negatively affect the dining experience of more considerate patrons, just because these rattily-dressed patrons can afford their prices.
    I was once exceedingly embarrassed when I picked up a friend, to attend one of these restaurants, and he was wearing jeans, approximately 6” too long, and worn to literal shreds at the cuffs, with a pair of canvas Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers; I noticed the looks he received from the staff, and, as I am a regular patron at that establishment, I gave him 2–3 pair of dress slacks of mine, along with a suede jacket, asking him to wear them, if we went there together, again.
    We haven’t gone there since, as he has proven to be more than someone who is just committed to dress raggedly; he proved to be a passive-aggressive individual, who intentionally goes out of his way to irritate people who won’t accommodate his anti-social behaviors; he insists his manner of dress, wearing shredded pants and torn t-shirts are his means of “self expression.” Sadly, it proved necessary just to avoid him, despite the fact we were good friends for over 40 years, than it is to accommodate his intentionally disgusting purposely aggravating behaviors; apparently, day-long drinking of alcoholic beverages, every day, for over 40 years, develops behaviors which don’t fit well into normal society.

  3. No. I dont go to fancy restaurants. My favorite restaurants tend to have oil cloth or wax paper on the table for the food and a paper towel roll on the table.
    This is The Boiling Pot Restaurant, Rockport, TX. Note the brown paper towel.
    They do advise deck shoes, the floors get slippery.

    Do you prefer to eat at a restaurant that enforces a dress code, and if so, why?

  4. No, I would rather not have to worry about a dress code. Also, the restaurants that enforce a dress code usually also charge much more for the food, which I find to be a waste of money. To me food is fuel, I find no reason to pay any more than needed.

  5. >> Do you prefer to eat at a restaurant that enforces a dress code, and if so, why?
    If a restaurant has a dress code and doesn’t enforce it, then there is no dress code. Only what is enforced is the de facto dress code.
    So, let’s say we’re in a fine dining restaurant. The dress code says jackets for men. Someone decides they’re too cool for a jacket and his wife should be allowed in wearing shorts and a halter top. If the restaurant refuses to seat him, they’ve protected the interests of the other diners who have an expectation re decorum. If they acquiesce, the restaurant is now ruled by a bully and loses respect of the other customers.
    Outrageous? Not really.
    Let’s go to the other end of the spectrum. This is a waterside restaurant, near the beach. Their dress code is that all swim attire will be covered by pants, dresses, shorts, shirts etc.
    Same thing as above happens.
    Now, a resort place doesn’t have regulars, as much as the fine dining place. However, Mr and Mrs Took-the-family-and saw-the riffraff-in-charge tell their friends to avoid the place that let’s anyone wear anything.
    BTW, these people who ignore the dress codes tend to be more obnoxious than just wearing the wrong attire. They tend to be argumentative. They tend to make these decisions based on alcohol-induced bravado/ Not all, but more likely than the people who are respectful of the wishes of the restaurateur.

  6. I prefer to eat at a restaurant where the code is “Dress to Disappear.” I love feeling like I’m the only one there, and everyone working there is just for me.
    1 – Cover Up: Skimpy attire on anyone (gorgeous or gross) is distracting and detracts from my dining experience.
    2 – Clean Up: If you can afford to eat out you most likely have access to a shower and washer. They’re for regular, not occasional, use. If I notice your appearance or your odor, it’s time.
    3 – Cheer Up: Your attitude is also part of your attire. I’m eating out to celebrate. If you’re not, please keep it to yourself. If I’m sitting next to someone who is complaining or even commiserating, I’m not having a good time.
    Bon appetite!

  7. This question answers itself. If a restaurant has (and enforces) a dress code, it’s more likely to have higher standards and higher prices. When you’re in the mood for that sort of thing, go.


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