View Full Version : Dress Code ? From A Shorts & T-Shirt Girl

06-29-2007, 01:08 PM
This is the first time we are using the DDP and figured it would be a good time to try some new restaurants. Are there any Disney restaurants that have dress codes that I should avoid? I am a shorts and t-shirt gal on vacation and have no desire to dress up, do hair or make-up while I am not at work. Now, I'm not sloppy sloppy; I just like to keep it casual and comfortable.

06-29-2007, 01:12 PM
The only ones that I can think of off hand might be Victoria and Alberts, and possibly the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

06-29-2007, 01:36 PM
Disney's Signature Restaurants have a "Business Casual" dress code. These would be the 2 TS restaurants.
They include: Jiko, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Narcoossee's, Flying Fish, Artist Pointe, California Grill and maybe others that I am forgetting.

06-29-2007, 01:39 PM
signature restaurants outside theme parks to be more precise. V&A also, but it's a more strict code.

06-29-2007, 01:42 PM
Disney's Signature Restaurants have a "Business Casual" dress code. These would be the 2 TS restaurants.
They include: Jiko, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Narcoossee's, Flying Fish, Artist Pointe, California Grill and maybe others that I am forgetting. Citricos too.

There is a 2 TS restaurant that doesn't have the dress code: The Hollywood Brown Derby. That's because it's located in a theme park, where people are expected to be dressed in very casual attire.

However, other than at Victoria and Albert's, all of the other restaurants that have a dress code are still pretty casual. Dress shorts are acceptable, for example. Here's the actual wording from the Disney website:

Dress Attire is Business Casual
Men: Dress slacks, jeans, trousers, or dress shorts, short or long-sleeved shirt with a collar required. Jackets are optional.
Ladies: Jeans, skirts, or dress shorts with blouse or sweater, or a dress required.
Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimming suits or swim suit cover ups, t-shirts, hats for gentleman, cut offs, or torn clothing of any kind.

Again, this only applies to the restaurants mentioned above.


06-29-2007, 03:49 PM
Thanks. I want to know where to avoid before making my ADRs.

06-29-2007, 05:01 PM
Keep in mind if you chose a collared shirt you'd fit into those dress codes (like a golf or polo shirt). I too like to keep it casually comfy on vacation!

That's just in case one of those menus really appeals to you!

06-29-2007, 07:16 PM
I'm surprised to see jeans on the list, however I think it will be too hot for them. What exactly is "dress" shorts? Like a trouser type that you would wear to work or can it just be like a khaki or a skort of any material? And what about for the men's "dress" shorts? I think I might have something passable, but I'm not sure on my DH and are kids held to the same standard? I would assume so but it doesn't hurt to ask.

06-29-2007, 08:39 PM
Dress shorts to me would mean, not athletic (ie. basketball, workout or running shorts). Shorts that are more like pants, golf shorts. For us girls I think any non workout shirt or short is fine, probably not Daisy Dukes though.

We have dinner planned for Narcoossee's. I will probably wear a wrap skirt, dress t-shirt and flip flops. That skirt isn't much more than wrapping a towel around my waist, so its very comfy. My 5yo nephew has his "in case I need something nice to wear" outfit planned, khaki shorts, polo shirt and white sneakers!

I think your low stress approach is right on.

06-29-2007, 10:20 PM
Perfect. I think we all have something that will do. I didn't even think of golf shorts. And sneakers are okay on the kids? But not on the adults? Sorry for so many questions but if I decide to make an ADR somewhere I don't want to get the boot when we get there.

06-29-2007, 10:47 PM
Dress code doesn't exclude sneakers on the adults. I will wear my sneakers in the park, but I'll be in flip flops or sandals most other times. Just what makes my feet happy.

Let me know if you pick one of these places and I'll let you know how Narcoossee's was. We'll be there on Aug 30th.

06-29-2007, 11:24 PM
I was going to try the Concourse Steakhouse but now that I see we'll fit in clothing wise, I'm leaning toward the Yachtsman, but Flying Fish and Narcoossee's menus are looking really good. Maybe I'll pick two.

06-30-2007, 07:12 AM
To all this I'll just add that the dress code is rarely--if ever--enforced.
See this clothes report from my May trip:

It's best to try and comply with the code--but just don't be suprised (or get mad) when you do and others do not.

06-30-2007, 08:46 AM
Last year on the way to Beaches and Cream, I "peeked" into the Yachtman Steakhouse and I was surprised to see some women with tanks and shorts on; and they weren't dress shorts or tops either. I wonder if you'd actually be turned away? I think my biggest concern would be feeling a little out of place.

But at least now we all know! :)

06-30-2007, 09:02 AM
At this point in time, the dress code seems to be in place essentially to keep out folks in bathing suits and torn/ripped clothes. Almost anything else seems to be allowed, in spite of the wording of the dress code.

06-30-2007, 09:24 AM
When we ate at Narcossess' last month everyone seemed much more overdressed than I. I had on nice sandals, dress slacks and a sleeveless sweater with the outter sweater over my shoulders. I did feel a little underdressed. The couple in front of us at the podium was checking in and the man had a hat on. The CM/seater came up to him and loudly said, sir you will have to remove your hat before I can seat you. He did quickly and was seated. I ate there twice and everyone was dressed very well. I was only one of a couple of ladies that was not wearing a dress. I will eat there again, and will probably continue my style of dress, but did not see anyone in shorts, other than some men in dress shorts (docker style) and button up casual shirts. Since this was a resort restraurant I'm sure the standards are a little higher than the park ones.

06-30-2007, 08:53 PM
To all this I'll just add that the dress code is rarely--if ever--enforced.
See this clothes report from my May trip:

It's best to try and comply with the code--but just don't be suprised (or get mad) when you do and others do not.

Then why even have a dress code? I would never think of taking a chance like that or going somewhere inappropriately dressed. I usually just avoid those types of places while on vacation. I personally would be a little upset if I decided to make the effort only to find that I didn't really have to. I wonder if it has to do with what CM is working or how busy it is? Like, if it's not busy they just take what they can get?

07-01-2007, 09:28 AM
A question that only Disney can answer. Actually at the places we dined it was packed--and the dress code wasn't enforced.
And have a look at this:

The dress code has a collar "required" for men. Yet in the picture, you'll notice that the man has on a non-collar shirt!! Not a t-shirt to be sure, but still-- no collar. So even on their own website there is inconsistancy.

07-02-2007, 12:11 PM
I ate at Artists Point during my trip last Dec. Knowing the dress code I purposely left the park early to go back to the room to shower, apply makeup and change. When I got to Artist Point the hostess said I was too early to check in, so I had to stand around a little while. I usually don't pay alot of attention to what people are wearing, but noticed the family just behind me was not dressed appropriately. The mom was dressed nearly identically to what I had been wearing in the park: cheap flip flops, pull on shorts, and a Disney T shirt. The dad was in a Disney T shirt, cargo shorts, and sandals, while the teenage son was in flip flops, flowered swim trunks (maybe board shorts), and a sleeveless muscle shirt. I was surprised when nothing was said to them. Everyone else I saw was dressed appropriately, so this family really stuck out. It was obvious they had just came from the parks.

Rereading this I just realized how snooty I sounded and I sure didn't mean to. However, you could tell this family had made no effort to even clean up from the parks. They all had that frizzy messed up hair, gritty, sweaty, red faced look that we all have coming from the parks.
They just stood out from the rest of the diners.

07-02-2007, 12:45 PM
We just returned from WDW last night and ate at the Yachtsman with 2 other couples during our stay. While our party was dressed in polos, dress shorts (for the men), capris and nice tops (for the ladies); we saw many families with park attire such as athletic shorts, disney tees, tank tops, etc. I was actually very surprised and wondered why they even have a dress code if they are not going to enforce it. We like to shower and change before going to dinner so we always wear nicer clothes to the signature restaurants, even if there wasn't a dress code policy.:)

07-02-2007, 01:00 PM
I suspect that sometimes people are rushing straight from a park across property to make an ADR. If you've just been on splash mountain and got stuck in lots of traffic while leaving a park, you could arrive for a signature meal looking a little frumpy. I think Disney is fairly lenient when it comes to dress codes. I personally like to go back to my room and shower and change clothes before a nice dinner. Sometimes, though, you may lose track of time and find yourself rushing to make that ADR. I think if you feel comfortable in what you are wearing you should be able to enjoy your meal. I also don't think that I would plan a meal at one of the nicer restaurants w/o giving myself plenty of time to clean up beforehand. I wouldn't book a signature meal where I had to arrive straight from a day in the parks.

07-03-2007, 05:20 AM
I think that is about he size of things. There a # of folks who just can't (or, won't) sacrafice valuable park time to go back to the hotel, shower, change and then go to dinner. Disney wants this percentage of the Signature restaurant business and I think that is why they don't enforce the dress code.

07-03-2007, 08:29 AM
I don't see how one can be comfortable in that type of setting without a shower and change of clothes. I know I couldn't be. Even at home after a day in an air conditioned office if we are going "fancy" for dinner, we shower and change.

07-03-2007, 08:22 PM
I just read on the Mousesavers newsletter that the dress code now allows t-shirts.

07-09-2007, 12:20 PM
The dress code at signature restaurants doesn't always make sense to the average person and is enforced sporadically and illogically. For example, they never bothered me at the California Grill when I wore a Disney logo T-shirt (having gone there directly from the MK). At Artist's Point, however, they made me wear an ugly, stained, baggy men's polo shirt over my fashion Tee (no logo), while many others around me were wearing patched, dirty jeans with holes in them and what I would call tank tops, which are also supposed to be banned. There was even somone in there with a bikini top and denim shorts and there were also many others in polyester Tees. When I complained, I was told that, because my Tee was cotton, mine was considered a T-shirt and thiers was not. I was also told that wearing an open sweater, jacket or collared shirt over a T-shirt - even with a logo showing - is OK.

It seems that enforcement of the dress code is strictly according to the tastes of the hostess and/or Maitre 'd.