Cracking Local Restaurants’ Dress Codes

Cracking Local Restaurants’ Dress Codes

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Following the rising trend all over the U.S., most restaurants in Cincinnati have no specific dress code. Restaurants usually won’t turn down a hungry patron, no matter what their attire. Hence, the demise of the dress code. Instead, restaurants in the Queen City simply offer attire recommendations letting you know what they “prefer” you to wear to their establishment.

We know you’re classy, Cincinnati. So show off this city, and your wardrobe, no matter what the style! Enjoy our list of restaurant favs and put on that designer bib; it’s time to talk food fashion!

CASUAL COMFORT – Many restaurants in the Tri-State consent to casual comfort apparel. Casual style is informal and embodies an “anything goes” fashion ideal that is appropriate for the restaurant setting. When visiting the following restaurants, you are able to walk in off the street right to your own delicious dining pleasure. Here, their understandable request is that you at least wear clothing when entering the premises. Sorry to all you streakers out there.


Restaurant Location Cuisine
Allyn’s Café Columbia Tusculum Cajun, Mexican
Covington, KY American
Greenup Café Covington, KY French
Price Hill Chili Price Hill, Westside Chili, American
The Polo Grille Deerfield Township American
Willie’s Sports Café Kenwood, Mason, West Chester, Western Hills, Covington, Independence, Hidden Valley American


012808FASHION2.jpgGET DOWN TO BUSINESS, CASUAL – A step up from casual attire, business casual is a new trend in the workplace, as well as delicious dining establishments. Between casual and dressy casual, business casual basically means you must put away your hats, sweats and jeans. On the flipside, try not to dress too formally. Stay away from cocktail dresses and tell your man to leave the tie at home. Opt for clothing that is appropriate for the business setting; skirts, dresses and blouses, in comfortable materials. The same goes for your guy; khakis, button down shirts and slacks will help him work the room in style.


Restaurant Location Cuisine
The Celestial Steakhouse Mt. Adams American
Jag’s Steak and Seafood West Chester Steak & Seafood
Mesh West Chester Contemporary American
McCormick & Schmick’s 5th St., Downtown Seafood
Nicholson’s Tavern Walnut St., Backstage District, Downtown American, Irish
One Restaurant & Lounge
Mason Modern American
Primavista Price Hill Italian


012808FASHION3.jpgDRESSY MY BEST CASUAL – Restaurants that prefer “dressy casual” garments basically want you to present yourself a little more chic than business casual, while not being too overly formal. Woman should wear dresses, slacks or skirts made of elegant (a.k.a. less comfortable) material. Although jackets are not required for men, some recommend it. This is a time when your date should ditch the khakis and pullovers, and stick with slacks and button down shirts. In most cases, the atmosphere is more elegant, so you should be, too. While the restaurants listed will accept business casual, they are a great place dressy your best for the evening. We know our readers have that inner elegance; time to bring it out and enjoy fine dining in style! Remember, don’t overdo it, but kick it up a fashionable notch!


Restaurant Location Cuisine
Aqua Restaurant Mt. Lookout Square Japanese, Sushi
Boca Oakley Italian
DaVeed’s at 934 Mt. Adams American
Pigall's 4th St., Downtown French
The Precinct Columbia-Tusculum Steakhouse


Our mood guides our style and can lead us to a particular place to dine. Whether you’re in the mood for comfort, grabbing a bite after work or ready to paint this town a fashionable shade of red; there is a restaurant for everyone in Cincinnati. If you are unsure about the dress code of a particular restaurant, check out their Web site, or (an online restaurant reservation service that often offers dress code information), give them a call to ask or make your reservation in person so you can scope the place out prior to your big night.

While the restaurants listed have no strict dress code, enjoy our recommendations on how to dress to impress and satisfy your belly to boot. Bon appétit!