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Like many fine-dining establishments nowadays, the official dress code at The Dining Room at Clifton Inn is business casual with the emphasis on feeling at ease. That said, at dinner, ladies almost invariably wear soft dresses that accentuate the romantic tone of Southern gentility radiated by the restaurant at Clifton Inn. Gentlemen usually begin the evening in tailored jackets sans tie but lose the extra outerwear quickly in the summer. Guests of the inn can be seen hiking the grounds in shorts, but they are a bit too casual for dinner at the Charlottesville restaurant. If you choose to wear shorts during the day, plan for a quick dress change before dining at the elegant eatery.