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The smart-casual dress code at Aubergine in Carmel is designed to be in keeping with the setting inside the luxurious L’Auberge Carmel. L’Auberge is part of the sophisticated chain of Relais & Châteaux properties. Breakfast attire is smart casual. In the evening, when chef Justin Cogley serves his tasting menus of California cuisine, the suggested attire is a bit more formal at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. Male diners would feel most comfortable in dress shirts or sports coats and dress slacks. Ties however, are completely optional. Women will want to wear an outfit that blends well with the dining room’s flair. Blue jeans are specifically discouraged for all diners. Dinner at Aubergine is the perfect occasion for guests to put together a classic, elegant look.