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LV Restaurant Dress Code Help Needed

Started by veenstra56 on Monday, 3rd February 2014 6:28 pm
Last response by shantytownbrown 2nd March 6:06am

I am an electrician and an inspector. I am not sophisticated. My version of fine dining is a medium-rare steak, a baked potato, and a beer served in a glass. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. I have for years wanted to try some of the many fine restaurants that Vegas has to offer, though, and would like some help on how to dress appropriately. I don't want to embarrass myself (or my much classier wife), but the websites offer little help. I'm entertaining places like Bouchon, Andiamo Steakhouse, CUT, Lakeside Seafood, and Ramsay Steak, based on Chuck's outstanding review.

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 Chuckmonster responded on Monday, 3rd February 2014

shirt with a collar, clean pants without holes, maybe some shoes. you'll be fine.

vespajet, donnymac and spyder wore hockey jerseys to Andiamo... they garnered a cheer when they entered.

its vegas... as long as you aren't a bum and can pay the bills, they really don't care what you wear... except for the three michelin star joints.

 vespajet replied on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Two can play at this game Mr. Iron Maiden t-shirt under an unbuttoned and untucked button-down shirt..... ;)

 Chuckmonster replied on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Dude! I was the one that was cheering! I love you guys! PS. The Maiden shirt is my lucky shirt!

 vespajet replied on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Just busting some chops......

For the record, I had already stashed my jersey back in my room in between end of the VIMFPTUCKY Derby and dinner that night. However, I still wore the fez, which I took off at dinner.

 veenstra56 replied on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Well, I do have an old Yzerman Red Wings sweater, which should go over great at Andiamo.

 Misnomer replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

You wear that Yzerman sweater into Andiamo, they'll probably give you the chef's table.

 thecosmicjester responded on Monday, 3rd February 2014

On behalf of everyone in the service industry, thank you very much for wanting to look decent when you go out. I wish more people would make the effort, especially when dining out.

As you may notice while walking down the Strip, the Las Vegas tourist crowd is clearly unencumbered by such limiting factors as good taste. You *can* go into almost any restaurant in jeans and a T-shirt and fit in with the throngs of tasteless schlubs just fine. However, because you *can* doesn't mean you *should*.

For the restaurants you list, I recommend business casual dress. For us guys, this means a collared shirt (preferably a button-up dress shirt), pants (not jeans; khakis are fine in summer), and non-athletic shoes. Don't worry about a tie unless you want to.

If you want to go the extra mile, add a blazer; dark blue is timeless. Just make sure to leave the bottom button unbuttoned if you go that route. There likely won't be many other gentlemen wearing jackets to dinner, meaning you'll be one of the best-dressed people in the room.

Oh, if you're in the market for a nice shirt, I can speak very highly of Neiman Marcus's no-iron dress shirts. Take it out of the dryer, give it a flick, and it looks like it was pressed. You'll look like a million bucks, and you can pick one up for about $40 at Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet stores. I imagine Saks Off Fifth at the outlet mall south of the Strip would have similar goods at similar prices. Where you got it will be our little secret.

 Chuckmonster replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

great advice.

 GregK responded on Monday, 3rd February 2014

I , like you, am a t-shirt and blue jeans guy. Throw on a nice solid color or collared shirt and you'll be fine. Tender at Luxor and The Steakhouse at Circus Circus are my favorites. Money is green, if they won't take it, go somewhere else.

 salkken responded on Monday, 3rd February 2014

Sure, you can "come as you are," but when you're out on the town at night, it's nice to kick it up a notch. Casual is fine for daytime. The other comments have it right: go with a collared shirt and slacks. Add a jacket for extra flair. Enjoy the meal!

 Chuckmonster replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

couldn't agree more with salkken. ain't nothing like strutting the casino floor looking sharp... you'll look and feel like you own the place.

 vespajet replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

I've been mistaken for casino management a few times over the years when wearing a suit in Vegas.

 levans responded on Monday, 3rd February 2014

Casual works as well as anything as long as you have money to pay for your meal. I sometimes wear a collared dress shirt but have never worn a tie in Vegas. Izod shirts work well anywhere as well as jeans as long as they are neat and not baggy with holes in them.

 mrdowntown responded on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Personally I think it should be coat and tie for the gentlemen. That
went away about 20 years ago. dress pants, dress shirt, and coat will
due just fine.

 pkluvsvegas responded on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

At the very least a button down shirt and well fitting jeans with semi-dressy shoes will do for all but the highest end Vegas restaurants.

Personally when I dine in a nice restaurant, I wear a suit most likely with a tie, but that is just me. I enjoy being the best dressed man in the room.

Ultimately dress in what you are comfortable in and in what your wife thinks is appropriate.

 vespajet responded on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

A decent pair of khakis and a button-down shirt is really about all you need for the bulk of places in Vegas. Unless you're wearing a "Big Johnson" t-shirt and wearing a pair of cutoff jeans and flip-flops they typically don't care (This isn't Myrtle Beach or Panama City Beach circa 1993......) When I ate at Gordon Ramsay, there were folks there that were in jeans and t-shirts. When Donnymac, Spyder and myself ate at Heritage Steak, all three of us were wearing shorts and a button-down shirt.

 levans responded on Tuesday, 4th February 2014

I don't wear a suit at work so I wouldn't consider one in Vegas. Clean clothes and a wallet will get you into anywhere

 Hillybean29 responded on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

If your wife is anything like me, a stay at home mom raising 4 kids, it's nice to dress up occasionally in something other than my best yoga pants. Vegas is the thee place to do that. I've seen people dressed to the nines and others that look like they haven't slept in days (which could be the case) and are wearing the same clothes they arrived in. I'm sure your wife would really love to see you in nicer clothes like the ones suggested. My husband always looks incredible in nicer jeans, button down collared shirts with a sport jacket. It's sexy to see your man dressed up. Whatever you decide you should feel good about it and comfortable. Have fun!!

 Chuckmonster replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

A wise old man once said "It is better to look good than it is to feel good."

 Hillybean29 replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Hence the ridiculous high heels and false eyelashes that we torture ourselves with!

 Chuckmonster replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

I'd wear high heels long before I get up the nerve to poke myself in the eye with make up pencil. In fact, I have.

 Hillybean29 replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Would love to see that! You can see anything in Vegas. "Anyting you want"...name that movie and I might like you even more.

 chrisrobbins1980 replied on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Full Metal Jacket Vietnamese lady in the camera stealing scene.

 Hillybean29 replied on Thursday, 6th February 2014

Nice...but that was an easy one ;)

 lewintn responded on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

I wear suits often for work so the thought of wearing one in Vegas is not very appealing. However, when I go out to see a show and have a nice dinner there I will wear a nice (no holes, not faded, etc.) pair of jeans, a tailored button down, nice shoes, and a cool sport coat. You really do get better treatment and service when you avoid dressing in the new modern standard: the outfit one used to wear to do lawn work and wash the car.

 detroit1051 responded on Wednesday, 5th February 2014

23 great replies. Remember when Bellagio opened? Steve Wynn had a sign outside Le Cirque requiring jackets and ties. That didn't last too long. My uniform in my Vegas days included khakis, blue dress shirt and navy blazer, but I hardly ever wore the blazer.

 vespajet replied on Friday, 7th February 2014

I remember one of the shelved casino projects, Las Ramblas, was going to have a dress code.

 Oskee2001 responded on Saturday, 8th February 2014

In Vegas, I always opt for a jacket or blazer with nice jeans and a nice shirt, and throw in a tie for dinners. I can look like crap at home....in Vegas why not dress it up?

 motoman responded on Thursday, 13th February 2014

Just wanna agree with above posts. Yes, you do get better service and make a much better impression when so attired. I'd even say you're more likely to treat the help with proper respect when you are dressed like you have some self-respect. Which then produces the better results. Feedback loop, so to speak.

As someone who also Works For A Living I don't get to dress it up except for Vegas and Holidays with family. Since the family doesn't care to dress up, that leaves Vegas.

My Vegas "uniform" consists of well-fitting (no saggy butt) khakis year round, button down shirt, comfy ECCO leather walkers that I adore and refer to as my "Vegas shoes." Until recently, never even packed a pair of jeans. Lately tending toward long sleeve shirts; used to favor Hawaiian/camp shirts -- not gaudy bright synthetics, Tommy Bahama at the high end (not embroidered on back), Campia cotton at the low (comfy & inexpensive).

Too many videos out there of unruly & unkempt douchebags populating the high-end room product around town….

 zach1234 responded on Thursday, 27th February 2014

I generally lean towards being overdressed than underdressed when out in Vegas. I always find a nice fitting pair of DARK wash jeans, tucked in collared dress shirt and nice jacket to be perfect. Looks sharp, is comfortable to wear. If you plan on walking around the strip and the casino before and/or after dinner make sure you have comfortable shoes and maybe ditch the jacket if it is overly hot.

 shantytownbrown responded on Sunday, 2nd March 2014

We have dined at many "higher end"(??) places in vegas in the middle of the summer (evenings/nights) in the same shorts and nicer short sleeve button downs we wore all day, we just removed our caps on entering. Never been turned away....now to clarify, these are nicer Tommy Bahama/style shirts, not loud by any means, and very presentable shorts and nice sandals. To qualify a bit, we often just sit at the bar and dine. But, my credit card works, and thats all they seem to care. The bartenders do not ignore us, in fact often engage us actively in conversation.

No offense folks, but when it is 90 plus at 7pm you are not catching me dead in a pair of jeans or long khaki pants...I would look more "schlumpy" that way with sweat pouring off my scalp and dripping into my Manhattan , than being cool and comfortable!

Now, when I have visited in the cooler months, nice jeans and an even untucked but neat appearing button down is all I needed even in Delmonico's or Strip Steak with the 8 guys and large bill we racked up, I dont think they cared. If any of the other patrons were turned of their steak by my appearence, they are paying attention to the wrong people...(semi-rant done)