A growing number of Washington, D.C.'s, fine-dining establishments have relaxed their dress codes a bit. Patrons at Prime Rib no longer need to wear ties, and jackets in the dining room at 1789 are now requested rather than required. Restaurants aren't abandoning all standards in their nod to a more casual culture -- guests at Corduroy are still required to remove hats and replace shorts with loaner pants or skirts before being seated.

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