Restaurant Dress Codes [General]

2008 Feb 26
Back a few years (circa 1985), The fancy pancy restaurant at the top of the Westin Hotel (I think it was called Season's), had a dress code.

I took a girlfriend there on a date, one evening. When we met the Maitre Di on the way in, he informed us that the dinner service requires a suit or sports jacket. I was sooo embarrassed, espcially with the condescending tone from the Maitre Di. I already had a nice shirt and tie on, so he gave me a 'house supplied' jacket to wear.

Once I got over that fact that no one was starring at me, We both ejoyed our well prepared French nouveau cuisine and .... my date ended up marrying me a year and a half later.

Does anyone know of any existing dress codes, at any of the Ottawa restaurants ?
Or maybe would like to share a similar experience.

2012 Aug 15
Johanna: From my view, and in all seriousness, you have exactly pointed out the issue here:

I have also been fortunate to travel at least some of the world, and am regularly impressed by how presenting yourself in a dignified, respectful and polished manner is something that isn't solely or even largely linked to your economic status - its merely expected as the adult thing to do.

Canadian society is wonderfully progressive and has achieved a lot of good things and we have a lot to be collectively proud of. We don't suscribe very much to class-based judgment (in comparison to other societies, that is), and we are a relatively relaxed, informal people. We also, by and large, dress like slobs.

Apparently, when scanning the comments above the reasons for this are myriad: "I want to be comfortable", "Why should I have to kowtow to 'THE MAN'?", "I'm the customer, it's my money", "I can do what ever I want, it's my right", "Nobody can judge me", etc, etc, etc. Puke.

Personally, I see it as a result of living in a relatively affluent society that (recently) places a lot of value on individualism - it is considered a grave injustice to expect someone to subjugate their own desires (i.e.: dressing however one wants) in order to participate in society (i.e.: a dress code or in the least an expectation of a polished appearance). In other, less fortunate parts of the world, people still relish the opportunity to look their best when the opportunity presents itself.

I'm not even willing to say that this is unequivocally a good or bad thing; it's my mere subjective observation.

And finally I do not accept the argument that this is a financial issue...people having much less than us in previous generations could always find a way to look as sharp as a razor...

2014 Mar 6
OSoloMeal Wow! Talk about taking my comments out of context... All I meant to say is that those of us over a certain age are used to dressing accordingly when we eat out in a fine dining establishment. Most diners seem to be loosening the dress code nowadays but on the other hand Ottawa diners have always dressed more casually anyway. I don't see that as the moral degradation of society - that's just how fashion is evolving these days and it doesn't bother me abit. I dress casually most times I eat out but I do like to indulge in a meal in a fancy restaurant on rare occasion and get all dressed up for it and to see other diners who also like to dress to go out.