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A Running List of LA Restaurants Requiring Vaccine Proof for Indoor Dining

From Westside staples like Rustic Canyon to LA deli legend Langer’s

A side angle look at a cement and glass dining room for a large modern restaurant.
Inside Cassia in Santa Monica
Wonho Frank Lee
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

As the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to race through Los Angeles County, most seriously affecting unvaccinated people, there’s a growing push by some in the restaurant and bar community to move to a vaccinated-only customer requirement. Doing so would mean checking the vaccination status of every diner and drinker (just like checking IDs to make sure everyone at the bar is 21 or older) before serving them; no small feat for a workforce already burnt out from a big statewide reopening, long hours, historically low pay, and occasionally hostile customers.

Still, some feel that going vaccine-only (at least for indoor dining) or requiring proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test is the only way to tamp down on the continued spread of the coronavirus and ensure the safety of those same employees, as the delta variant has proven itself to be capable of spreading to some fully vaccinated people. It’s worth noting that these bars and restaurants are not alone: Some entire regions, most notably New York City, have already begun to mandate being vaccinated for indoor dining (and many other indoor public experiences). Locally, the city of Palm Springs has decided to do the same, per the LA Times.

So which restaurants and bars have started to make the switch? It’s a moving target, with more and more places announcing their plans to go vaccinated-only on social media, but here’s at least most of the places that have made the decision so far. For a look at the first list of bars to go live with vaccination mandates, there’s also a handy lineup of places over at L.A. Taco.

A dim red and black interior of a redone restaurant with lots of throwback touches and a tiki vibe.
Formosa Cafe
Wonho Frank Lee

Here’s the list so far:

1642 Bar, Historic Filipinotown
Akbar, Silver Lake
Bacchus Kitchen, Pasadena
Bar Bandini, Echo Park
Bar Covell, Los Feliz
Bar Franca, Downtown
Bar Henry, Echo Park
Bar Sinister, Hollywood
Bigfoot Lodge, Atwater Village
Bigfoot West, Palms
Birdie G’s, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
Blind Barber, Culver City
Blind Barber, Highland Park
Caffè degli Artisti, Hollywood
Cassia, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
Cha Cha Cha, Silver Lake
Club Tee Gee, Atwater Village
Conservatory, West Hollywood
Crossroads, West Hollywood
Ester’s, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
Footsie’s, Cypress Park
Formosa Cafe, West Hollywood
Gigi’s, Hollywood
Gold Diggers, Hollywood
Gold Line, Highland Park
Harlowe, West Hollywood
HiTops, West Hollywood
Highland Park Bowl, Highland Park
Huckleberry, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
Idle Hour, North Hollywood
Johnny’s Bar, Highland Park
Kitchen 24, Hollywood
Kitchen 24, West Hollywood
L’Antca Pizzeria da Michele, Hollywood
La Cuevita, Highland Park
Langer’s Deli, Westlake
Largo, West Hollywood
Lasita, Chinatown
Little Joy, Pasadena
Lolo, East Hollywood
Los Globos, Silver Lake
Mandrake Bar, Culver City
Melody Lounge, Chinatown
Melrose Umbrella Co., West Hollywood
Milo & Olive, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
Milo SRO, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
n/naka, Palms
Oldfield’s, Palms
Osteria La Buca, Melrose
Osteria La Buca, Sherman Oaks
Permanent Record Roadhouse, Cypress Park
Precinct Bar, Downtown
Redline, Downtown
Risky Business, North Hollywood
Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
Sassafras Saloon, Hollywood
Sogo Hand Roll Bar, Los Feliz
Sunset Beer Co., Echo Park
Tabula Rasa, East Hollywood
Tallula’s, Santa Monica (begins August 16)
The Abbey, West Hollywood
The Airliner, Lincoln Heights
The Falls Lounge, Downtown
The Good Nite, North Hollywood
The Lash, Downtown
The Moroccan Lounge, Arts District
The New Jalisco Bar, Downtown
The Offbeat, Highland Park
The Short Stop, Echo Park
The Thirsty Crow, Silver Lake
Tramp Stamp Granny’s, Venice
Winston House, Venice
Zebulon, Frogtown/Silver Lake

Do you know of any other restaurants that have decided to make vaccinations mandatory for on-site indoor dining? Let us know on the tip line.