What Is Business Casual at Restaurants?

by Christa Titus ; Updated September 28, 2017

A venue that enforces this dress code is intent on creating a dining experience that is a few steps above one that you would have at a casual restaurant chain. The idea behind business casual is that you want to look good in case you run into the head of the company, but the style is relaxed.


Keep accessories to a minimum. Men should wear a few quality pieces, like a nice watch and a ring. Women can add a necklace and subtle earrings as well.

Sport Coats

Sport coats for men are optional. It never hurts to bring one if the meal is a business meeting instead of a casual lunch. Skip the tie, though.

Khaki Pants

Both genders can wear pressed khaki pants. They are stylish enough for the office but still casual.


If a woman wears a dress, she should pick one that would be appropriate for attending religious services or working in an office. A skirt that covers her knees when she's standing and a nice blouse will also suffice.


Women should choose dress shoes that don't have too high of a heel. Men also need to wear nice, polished footwear--no athletic shoes.


All clothing should be clean, ironed if necessary and of good quality. A man's facial hair should be clipped to a short length. Women should use makeup and scents sparingly.

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Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.