We were staying with other family members at the Mission Inn and decided to go to Duane's one of the 4? 5? restaurants at the Inn. The dining experience was like that I recall from the 70s in a high end restaurant -- the head waiter in uniform and multiple people providing service throughout the meal; ambience is dark and luxurious. So given the memories of days gone by we ordered the chateaubriand. While at first it might seem pricey, given that this is indeed dinner for 2 AND includes a delightful array of fresh vegetables, it actually is something of a bargain. For other meals, all vegetables are a la carte. Everything was beautifully cooked and the table-side chef accommodated our different preferences to steaks (medium versus medium rare.)
The only glitch was before we even got into the restaurant! We were having pre-dinner drinks in the lounge just outside the restaurant; I notified the maître d' that the 7:30 party of 4 was in the lounge and available for seating at their convenience. The maître d' said, "I notice that the gentlemen in your party are wearing shorts. Long pants are required in the restaurant." Now, these were not casual or short shorts, but what I would consider to be "dressy," certainly so given the casualness we have experienced elsewhere in California. Luckily we were staying in the hotel so our gents could change. While they were away the woman came and asked, "now they won't be wearing sandals will they?" Once we were in the restaurant, I quite agree that the fellows would not have been comfortable, given the environment, even in their dressy shorts. However, I wonder why, when we made the reservation, we were not alerted to the dress code. And I wonder, "what would they have done with gentlemen from Bermuda whose suits include shorts?!"
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