Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Sakenat, Apr 10, 2012.
Does my DH have to wear pants and a collared shirt?
Probably is a good idea if he wears pants of some sort.
Shorts are not against the signature dress code unless they are cutoffs.
Tee shirts are also not against the signature dress code unless they have "offensive" slogans or graphics.
So if he goes in shorts and a tee shirt they will not kick him out, but it's probably best if he at least tries to look as though he didn't just come in from the swimming pool.
The only restaurant on property with a dress code that requires slacks and collared shirts is Victoria & Albert's.
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Ive seen a mix of outfits. Ive seen a lot of men in khaki shorts with polo shirts and sneakers.
As long as he isn't wearing what is actually "not permitted" in the dining room, he'll be fine.
And what is not permitted is a very short list of items.
My DH usually wears a pair of khaki shorts with a polo or button-up short sleeve collar shirt with his gym shoes and we've been to every signature but V&A.
DH always wears a pair of khaki dress shorts and a collored jersey or a sport shirt. He wears dress (leather) sandals.
Will you DH be allowed in without a collared shirt - probably. Will he feel comfortable in a Signature Restaurant dressed that way?
You will see a variety of dress in the Signatures.
. . . Dress Code? We don't need no sticking dress code!
1) Is there a dress code for signature eateries?
3) Is it enforced?
4) With exception of V&A, no.
5) Unless really obscene, almost anything goes.
After eating at a number of the signature restaurants, I was quite surprised at how unenforced the dress code was. Personally, I always think it's nice to make an effort when you visit these places. On a previous visit to The California Grill, I wore a casual shirt (untucked and no tie,) with some smart dark coloured jeans and shoes. I felt overdressed. Sure, there were people wearing formal attire there, but they were few and far between, with most of the men at least wearing t-shirt and jeans with trainers.
I think its a personal choice, but as long as you aren't wearing shorts or t-shirts with offensive graphics on them you are pretty safe.
Shorts are part of the suggested dress code--at least dress shorts. But cargo shorts are just as (or more) frequently worn.
I do Signature restaurants exclusively. Keeping in mind that the Disney Dress Code is/are actually Disney dress recommendations, the code as it pertains to what is actually NOT PERMITTED in the dining room IS enforced. That would just mean torn clothes, cutoffs, swimwear and t-shirts with offensive logos. And hats on men. Can't recall seeing any of those things in any Signature restaurant in many years.
Anything else is presumably permitted and therefore beyond any formal enforcement.
I always wear jeans, a polo shirt, and black sneakers, and I feel appropriately dressed. I see a lot of guys wearing shorts and/or tee shirts, and also a decent amount wearing khakis or slacks and a button down shirt. I'm right smack in the middle of the range. Even the black sneakers aren't necessary, but after a day of walking in the parks in my white sneakers, I like to switch to the black for a different feel on my feet.
As the PPs have said, you'll see a wide range of clothes at the Signatures. In my experience, earlier in the evening you see more casual clothes and as the night progresses, things get dressier.
Ditto as to the way my DH dresses.
Have you been to both California Grill restaurants? I noticed when I went to DLP that the people at their California Grill dressed almost exactly like the people I see all the time at the Florida namesake. So there is no "smart casual" dress code enforced at either.
As long as people aren't wearing bathing suits, torn clothing, flip flops (not the upscale ladies thong sandals, but pool flip flops), tank tops (usually code enforced with men) and generally sloppy, those codes tend to be more enforced at WDW.
I usually do mainly Signature restaurants every night when I'm down there. I normally wear a sundress and sandals and my husband wear khacki pants and a button up collared shirt.
I've only seen people turned away twice at a Signature restaurant. The first time was at Jikos. A young couple showed up directly from the pool. Both still had wet hair. He was in flowered board shorts and a t shirt and she was wearing a midthigh length lace coverup with a flowered bikini under it. She tried to argue that the see through lace coverup was actually a dress, despite it being a very large open lace design that you could see straight through to the bikini she had on underneath. Both also had on the cheap rubber flip flops. Despite their arguements that they were dressed appropriately they were turned away. The second time, I saw a couple turned away at Yachtsman. The woman had on a very pretty sparkly top, high heel sandals, and a pair of dark blue jeans that were ripped and were full of holes. When told the jeans were not appropriate attire, she got really irate and yelled out, "Do you know how much these jeans cost? probably alot more than you make in a night!". A manager came running out and another arguement insued. The manager did not budge though and I heard him say he was sure the dress code was explained when they booked the reservation and any clothing were holes in them were not allowed, no matter if they were expensive and the holes had been placed in them intentionally.
I have seen alot of people that I personally thought were way too underdressed (still sweaty from the parks, wearing Disney t shirts, cargo shorts, and cheap flip flops), but they were always let in. As long as you don't wear anything that is specifically against the stated policy you should be fine.
In March, I wore cargo shorts, Keens and a polo shirt to LaCellier without a problem.
Just keep it neat, clean with no holes or potentially offensive sayings and you'll be fine.
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