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Old 03-04-2007, 08:46 PM
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Attire for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse?

Plan on going to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for the first time next week and I was looking at their site to get an idea on what to wear and I must say, it's a bit complex.

The site says "smart casual" (who comes up with all these terms?!) which I then went to the Wikipedia definition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_casual

Now for the confusing part, Wikipedia says a jacket is generally needed while the restaurant website says it's not. So exactly what IS smart casual?! Khakis or jeans? Polo shirt or button down? I'm not looking to be the best dressed in the place but I definitely don't want to set the night's bare minimum attire either... Anyone who's been to the place have any input?
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:50 PM
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Call them and ask whether a jacket is required.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:55 PM
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Well the website explicitly says a jacket isn't required here: http://ruthschris.com/news/details.php?id=69

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*Suggested attire: Casual to dressy; jackets not required; no beach attire
So great, I know that a jacket isn't expected... Now what is?
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:56 PM
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I walked in wearing black jeans, a sport shirt and running shoes. Nobody gave me a second glance.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:00 PM
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Wear a jacket and tie. It's about as classy and expensive as chain restaurants get, IME, and although they may not turn you away for less, you'll fit in best in jacket and tie.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:03 PM
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First, wear clothes within your comfort level. If you're not comfortable in a 3pc suit, don't try to pull it off because you'll look and feel awkward all night.

Second, I am neither Ruth nor Chris, but to me, smart casual is khaki's and a button down shirt. You can substitute good fitting jeans, but I would add a casual sports coat to finish the look.

I've been to Ruth's Chris several times and at no time did I feel like they were all about a dress code so relax and enjoy one of the finer steaks you'll find.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:23 PM
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Minimum would be khaki slacks with a button down long sleave shirt, no tie, nice shoes.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:45 PM
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I wore a pair of blue jeans and a henley style sweater and this fit in well with most of the diners, it was in Seattle after all. I saw everything from jeans and t-shirts to 3 piece suits but did notice the more nattily attired were seated at the better tables.
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:05 PM
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Thanks for the input everyone!
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:26 AM
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Basic rule - when in doubt, tuck in your shirt!
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:59 AM
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Basic rule - when in doubt, tuck in your shirt!
And go ahead and pull up your pants while you're at it.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:10 AM
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And go ahead and pull up your pants while you're at it.
And get your hair out of your eyes. How do you even see through that?
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:17 AM
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I walked in wearing black jeans, a sport shirt and running shoes. Nobody gave me a second glance.
Exactly the same thing happened to me (in downtown Seattle). If a restaurant doesn't like my black jeans and a sport shirt, they can find their customers elsewhere. They are doubtless overpriced and may well not be that good.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:30 AM
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I walked in wearing black jeans, a sport shirt and running shoes. Nobody gave me a second glance.
Yeah, but sometimes you want people to glance at you.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:33 AM
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First, wear clothes within your comfort level. If you're not comfortable in a 3pc suit, don't try to pull it off because you'll look and feel awkward all night.

Second, I am neither Ruth nor Chris, but to me, smart casual is khaki's and a button down shirt. You can substitute good fitting jeans, but I would add a casual sports coat to finish the look.

I've been to Ruth's Chris several times and at no time did I feel like they were all about a dress code so relax and enjoy one of the finer steaks you'll find.

This is really the best advice. It's hard to say that X article of clothing is acceptable, because there's so many different variations on X and so many different attitudes towards X. For example, hipsters around here would fit right in wearing a $120 pair of blue jeans and an $80 untucked button down shirt from some fancy store. Does that mean that everyone can pull of jeans and an untucked shirt? Obviously not... jordache and cherokee aren't gonna cut it. Gleaming white $34 reeboks or even $120 jordan high tops might look out of place, but I wear tasteful, stylish sneakers to expensive restaurants all the time.

So just wear what you'll feel comfortable in. If you feel over or under dressed, regardless of whether or not you actually are, you're going to be more of an eyesore to the restaurant than if you're comfortable. Besides, it's a steakhouse... flannel and cowboy boots should be mandatory.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:46 AM
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Besides, it's a steakhouse... flannel and cowboy boots should be mandatory.
Steakhouse rules don't apply at Ruth's Chris Steak House...

They don't have a bucket of peanuts on the table.
They scowled when I brought my own.
They almost threw me out when I tossed the shells on the floor.


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Old 03-05-2007, 10:24 AM
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Yeah, but sometimes you want people to glance at you.
If I had worn my usual attire, they would have had to pass out sunglasses to the other patrons!
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:26 PM
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Mmmmm- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, if and when I ever get back under 200 lbs, I am treating myself there.
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:23 AM
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So Brandon, what did you wear and did you enjoy the steak?
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:50 AM
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That means no shorts and wear a shirt with a collar. No "thug" attire, either. Shoes, of course.

Last edited by DrDeth; 03-15-2007 at 02:53 AM. Reason: clarification
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Old 03-15-2007, 03:20 AM
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And go ahead and pull up your pants while you're at it.
Pants? You're supposed to wear pants there? Is there no end to the bullshit regulations?

I mean, the signs always say "shirt and shoes required", is that somehow not enough anymore?
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:50 AM
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Try a pair of mutton slacks, with a fine veal shirt and a buttered jacket topped off with a porkpie hat.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:45 AM
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The times I've gone to Ruth's Chris were business occasions (recruiting students), and I just wore the usual business casual that I wear to work (button-down long sleeve shirt, khakis, belt, shoes, etc...) and was probably as dressed up or more so than the majority of the people in the place.

As for the food... it's decent for what it costs you, but for a similar amount of money, you can usually do better, or at least you sure can in Houston, Dallas or Austin.
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:24 AM
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Usually nice dress pants/chinos and a collared shirt are the way to go. Make sure your shoes match your belt (which you will be wearing).

Wear a sportsjacket if you like but it's not like some snooty French guy is going to be like "excuse me sir...".


No sports attire
No sweatshirts
No shorts
Avoid cargo pants

Basically you don't need to get that dressed up, but you want to avoid looking like a slob.
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:31 AM
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Well, if you are going to the one is Austin, go ahead and wear shorts. Flip-flops too if you want. In fact, you can wear shorts and flip-flops to any establisment here year-round. We still have that little bit of weirdness that hasn't been diluted out by all the newcomers.
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:54 PM
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I was at the one in San Diego in January. There were more jackets than usual for a restaurant in California, but no one in my large party wore one, and no problems. No one wore shorts either, but it was cold and rainy.
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