Are there any restaurants left that do? I think the last time I wore a jacket for a non-obligation dinner, it was at one of Boulud’s place in Vegas a few years ago. I did their tasting menu by myself and thought I’d make myself look somewhat presentable at least. After that, the rest of the week, I was in shorts and a tee.
But otherwise, even the nice restaurants in LA and most parts of the country, I can get away with slacks and a button down long sleeve if it’s a “nice” place. In LA, non holey jeans, nice shoes and a long sleeve button down covers just about any occasion. When it’s cool, I’ll throw on a blazer, but that’s about it.
Still, I enjoy casual mom and pop or hole in a wall places best anyway. I’m happier hunting down a taco truck over the latest hot high end restaurant.