I went to the Ruth's Chris in Pikesville, once. Their steak wasn't seasoned enough and I never went back, because it just wasn't good enough for the price point. My wife had an excellent tuna steak apparently. Neither here nor there.
Dress codes are really a "your mileage may vary" type of thing. If the dress code looks like it's trying to keep out a certain type of people, they probably are. But I'm not against dress codes, per se. It's really a gut feeling.
Agree with your Ruth Chris take. We occassionally take a client there and I always feel like the food is over rated and too expoensive.
Dress Codes often raise debate. Honestly until this thread, I have never really considered they were aimed to keep people out. Most of the Dress Codes have been relaxed over the years.
Funny story, we were in New York, many years ago for a ball game at old Yankee Stadium. We were with clients (Yoo Hoo Beverages) and after the afternoon game, we wanted to get an early and nice dinner. We were dressed, in business causal type attire and had windbreaker jackets on. We went to a place in NY called Sparks Steak House. Sparks has long been a top notch place to eat, with many of the rich and famous as frequent visitors. At the time, a jacket and tie was a must. We got there around 4:30 PM and they seated us. We had dinner and were just sitting talking. There were 6 of us and we plunked down almost a grand for dinner. The owner came over and said we were not dressed properly as the dinner crowd was coming in. They covered our jackets with white napkins and nicely but firmly asked us to be out in 30 minutes. Given the dress of the crowd coming in, I did not get that upset about it, but they did wait until they had our money before asking us to hurry up. We walked out and Mariano Rivera and Paul O'Neill were coming in. Mo did not have a tie on. They let him in. I guess his cutter was better than mine.