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Our power list: restaurants staying open during the loadshedding blackouts

It’s hard to get through a day without overhearing (or initiating) a good old loadshedding rant. Because home cooking has become one of the more aggravating obstacles, we’ve compiled a list of where to grab a meal during those pesky power cuts. Whether powering up with a generator or setting the mood with a couple of candles, these places have got you covered. (Beware that some of them lose the ability to process cards without Eskom playing along, so take plenty of cash along.)

We’ll be adding to this list as we discover more options. Please enlighten us (see what we did there?) by writing about your discoveries in the comments section at the end.

 

Johannesburg

Allora Ristorante (Sandton)
Cooking is not a problem during loadshedding thanks to the wood-fired pizza ovens, so the restaurant trades as normal despite the slightly dimmer lighting. (Card machines work fine, too.)

Beerhouse (Fourways)
Beerhouse have a generator which means they have lights and a full menu during power outages.

Bellagio (Illovo)
This buzzing Illovo spot has a generator and a functional card machine during load shedding so diners can still enjoy their elegant bistro fare.

Bellagio

Seafood pasta at Bellagio. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cafe del Sol (Olivedale and Bryanston)
Olivedale can offer full service and Bryanston has a few menu items that are limited by the lack of electricity for the electric fryers, but has a Josper charcoal oven and grill, gas and a pizza oven.

The interior at Cafe del Sol. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Cafe del Sol. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cafe Hemingways (Midrand)
The restaurant has a huge generator and free WiFi, so everything carries on as normal when there’s loadshedding.

Cafe Mexicho (Melville)
The restaurant has a generator, so guests can expect the usual Mexican fare and tequilas.

Casalotti’s (Craighall Park)
Thanks to a generator, Casalotti’s operates like a champ during loadshedding hours. They continue to serve a full menu of Italian favourites and their card machines are battery powered and operational.

Chief’s Boma (Fourways)
Thanks to a generator, Chief’s Boma continues to operate at 100%. They offer a full menu and credit card facilities.

Coobs (Parkhurst)
The restaurant is fully operational during load shedding thanks to a generator.

Coobs

The interior at Coobs. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Delta Café (Craighall Park)
A powerful generator means this café continues to serve their full menu should loadshedding occur. All facilities, including card machines, are fully operational.

DW Eleven-13 (Dunkeld West)
This Top 10 restaurant is open for service as usual with a generator keeping diners happy.

The interior at DW Eleven-13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at DW Eleven-13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Foundry (Parktown North)
While they do have a generator, The Foundry offers a limited menu, minimising meals that require grilling or frying. They still serve pizzas and salads and continue to prepare ingredients that can be made in the wood-fired pizza oven such as calamari, bone marrow and ribs. All card machines are battery powered so customers can pay as per usual.

The Foundry. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Foundry. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Fournos Bakery (Randburg)
A generator means they can continue to offer a full menu and credit card facilities during loadshedding. They also have backup power for their computer systems so that the cash registers function as normal.

Ghazal (Sunninghill)
The restaurant has a back-up generator, so power cuts have no effect on business.

Gleneagle’s Café and Lounge (Kempton Park)
A trusty generator keeps the kitchen running while candles provide light in the restaurant. The full menu is on offer.

Europa. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Europa. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Europa (Melrose Arch)
This popular Italian spot is lucky enough to have a generator that powers the entire restaurant, front of house and kitchen.

Junipa’s (Bryanston)
A large generator powers the entire Hobart Grove Shopping Centre and ensures Junipa’s operates at 100% during load shedding.

Koi (Fourways, Rosebank, Sandton)
The Koi restaurants are covered with generators, so patrons will hardly realise there’s load shedding while tucking into their sashimi.

The seating at Koi . Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The seating at Koi . Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

La Vie en Rose (Illovo)
A trusty generator means the restaurant is fully operational during power outages. Diners can enjoy a full menu, hot coffee, and WiFi.

Mantovanis (Bedfordview)
Eastgate Shopping Centre has a large generator which powers the entire restaurant during load shedding.

Mastrantonio (Illovo)
This elegant Italian eatery is open for trade during load shedding thanks to a generator.

Mexican Fresh (Bryanston, Craighall, Sunninghill)
A generator means this fun franchise continues to offer their tasty Tex-Mex menu during load shedding.

Perron (Illovo)
Perron is equipped with a generator, which means dinner as usual.

Perron

The bar at Perron. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Piza e Vino (Melville, Rosebank, Waterkloof)
Rosebank, Melville and Waterkloof branches are prepared with large generators so that diners can enjoy the pizzas as per usual.

Pigalle (Sandton, Bedfordview, Melrose Arch)
Thanks to a powerful generator, Pigalle is unaffected during loadshedding.

Primi Extreme Design Quarter (Sandton)
Thanks to a generator, you can enjoy the full Primi experience during power outages.

Pron (Linden)
This eclectic new eatery is not affected by power outages, meaning the noodle orders keep flowing.

Emma Chen's Pron

Emma Chen’s Pron. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Remo’s Maximilliano (Waterfall)
Diners can still enjoy their Italian feasts at this bustling eatery even when the power’s out.

RocoMamas (Fourways)
A generator means this trendy burger joint is fully operational during loadshedding.

Stelle (Parkview)
You won’t be eating in the dark at this Italian spot. With a fully operational generator, diners can still enjoy their pastas and pizzas.

The Local Grill (Boksburg, Parktown North)
All branches of The Local Grill have working generators, so meat lovers won’t have to forgo their steak fix.

A steak from The Local Grill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A steak from The Local Grill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Steamworks Gastropub (Lonehill)
This trendy eatery operates at full capacity with the help of a massive generator, but if that fails, their trusty gas and pizza oven keeps the kitchen running.

The interior at The Steamworks Gastropub. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at The Steamworks Gastropub. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Turn ‘n Tender (Bryanston)
This popular steakhouse has a generator that provides full power to the restaurant. They continue to offer their full menu.

Turn 'n Tender. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Turn ‘n Tender. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Trabella Pizzeria (Illovo)
This Italian gem continues to offer a full menu during loadshedding while the dimmed lighting creates a romantic mood.

VickyCristina’s (Hyde Park)
Tuck into hot and tasty tapas at all VickyCristina branches, which are equipped with generators.

Vini’s (Bedfordview)
Thanks to a generator, a pizza oven and a gas stove, Vini’s is the perfect place to grab a meal during a loadshedding power outage.

Walnut Grove (Sandton)
This Sandton café makes use of candles, their trusty pizza oven and a gas stove. While most of their menu is still available, they can’t prepare deep-fried or oven-baked dishes such as their homemade lasagna, French fries and crumbed Camembert salad. Customers can pay by card, as the card facilities are battery powered.

Warm & Glad (Randburg)
Warm and Glad have a generator that powers the entire restaurant, allowing every aspect of service to run perfectly. They serve a full menu and their card machines are battery powered.

A salad at Warm & Glad. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A salad at Warm & Glad. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Winehouse at Ten Bompas (Dunkeld West)
A generator powers the entire restaurant and hotel, meaning you can enjoy a complete menu and fully operational facilities.

Wombles (Parktown North)
A large generator runs all the electrical appliances, so it’s dining as per usual at this elegant steakhouse.

Wombles. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Wombles. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Ziggies Caffé (Randburg)
The restaurant stays open during load shedding thanks to its ‘monster generator’.

Pretoria

BICCCs (Waterkloof)
The restaurant is fully functional with generators during loadshedding.

Black Bamboo (Ashley Gardens)
This contemporary restaurant has a working generator, which means diners can enjoy their meals without any disruptions.

Black Bamboo interior

The Black Bamboo interior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Brasserie de Paris (Waterkloof Ridge)
At this fine-dining establishment, guests can still savour their Parisian food when loadshedding strikes. Their card facilities do not work without electricity, however, so be sure to have cash handy.

Capital Craft Beer Academy (Menlo Park)
While they do use a generator, Capital Craft Beer Academy has adapted the menu to include dishes that are easier to prepare during a power outage. Their card facilities and cash register are still fully operational.

De Kloof Restaurant (Waterkloof)
This elegant bistro has a generator and is open for business as usual.

The interior at De Kloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at De Kloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Carlton Café Delicious (Menlo Park)
This popular daytime eatery still buzzes with activity during loadshedding hours thanks to a generator that powers the kitchen and restaurant. They continue to serve all menu items with the exception of two deep-fried dishes. The card machines are all battery powered.

Casalotti’s (Centurion)
Thanks to a generator, Casalotti’s operates like a champ during loadshedding hours. They continue to serve a full menu of Italian favourites and their card machines are battery powered and operational.

Forkies (Lynnwood)
A post apocalyptic-themed restaurant would not be complete without load-shedding friendly facilities. There are even old-fashioned plugs to charge electronics when power cuts hit.

Kream (Brooklyn)
A generator and working card machines means diners don’t need to worry about power outages at this elegant restaurant.

Kream interior

Artwork at Kream. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Life Grande Café  (Hazelwood Pretoria)
This charming café has a generator that powers the entire kitchen and restaurant, ensuring that everything runs as per usual during loadshedding hours.

Life Grande Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Life Grande Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Harissa Bistro (Hazelwood Pretoria)
The bistro has a generator that keeps the kitchen and dining area powered during loadshedding hours. Unfortunately, they are not able to serve any meals prepared using the deep fryer, but everything else on their menu is up for grabs.

Priva Gastrolounge (Waterkloof Heights)
The restaurant is fully functional with generators during loadshedding.

Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient (Elandsfontein)
An elegant evening at chef Chantel Dartnell’s restaurant will have no load shedding interruptions with a generator that powers both the restaurant and hotel.

Ritrovo Ristorante (Waterkloof Heights)
Ritrovo is fully functional with generators during loadshedding.

Salt (Hazelwood)
The restaurant does everything by fire when the power is out, and creates a welcoming atmosphere with lanterns. Card machines still work fine, so you don’t have to bring cash.

Cheese board at Salt Eatery. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cheese board at Salt Eatery. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co. (Sinoville Pretoria)
Toni’s has what they describe as a ‘humungous’ generator that ensures every aspect of the restaurant is fully operational during loadshedding hours.

Durban

9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)
A generator powers the kitchen, while candles and solar jars light up the restaurant. All items on the menu are available, with the exception of the deep-fried calamari.

A dish from 9th Avenue Bistro

A dish from 9th Avenue Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Al Firenze (La Lucia)
Wood-fired pizzas keep hungry foodies happy when the electricity goes out. For residents in the area, pick up a quick take-away for a night of pizza by candlelight.

Bar Ba Coa (Umhlanga Rocks)

A small generator powers the fryer and lights, but most menu items are prepared using the gas stove. The only items not served are coffee, the Povoleta Argentina, rack of lamb, deboned half chicken and empanadas. The card machines are all battery powered.

Bar ba Coa. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bar ba Coa. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bellevue Café (Kloof)
Tuck into a comforting bowl of rigatoni while the generator keeps things buzzing at this comfy café.

Billy the Bums (Windemere)
A powerful generator means that this cool Durban haunt can pull off power outages without a hitch.

Butcher Boys (Morningside)
They have a generator that powers the whole steakhouse.

Café 1999 (Berea Durban)
They use a generator and prepare most menu items with the exception of coffee and three oven-prepared dishes. Their card machines are fully operational.

Cafe 1999

A dish at Cafe 1999. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Caffe Italia (Riverside and Sunningdale)
Thanks to a generator, you can enjoy the full Caffe Italia experience during pesky power outages.

Harvey’s (Umhlanga)
Doors are open when loadshedding strikes so you can still enjoy a sophisticated night out, but there’s a limited menu on offer.

Harvey's Restaurant and Harry's Cocktail Bar. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Harvey’s Restaurant and Harry’s Cocktail Bar. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Little Havana (Umhlanga)
Juicy steaks and wine are still available at this Umhlanga hotspot where generators keep things cooking and cooling.

Lupa (Durban North, Hillcrest, Westville)
Generators work hard at all branches of this Italian favourite.

Mamma Luciana’s (Glenashley)
This neighbourhood gem is equipped with a generator so that the kitchen can keep functioning as per usual.

Mo Noodles (Umhlanga)
Diners will enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight, but other than that, Mo Noodles is fully operational during loadshedding.

Old Town Italy (Umhlanga)
At this authentic deli, customers can enjoy their risotto and red wine with the lights still on while the generator does all the work.

the guys at Old Town Italy

Old Town Italy . Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Remo’s  (Umhlanga)
The Umhlanga Village favourite is still open during load shedding with a fully operational generator.

The Dutch (Umhlanga)
A generator at this stylish spot means that after work drinks can still flow while customers munch bar snacks.

The Mad Italian (Durban North)
The team at Mad Italian offer a special load shedding menu featuring grills, seafood and other fare prepared in the gas oven, but unfortunately guests will have to do without pizza, coffee and selected pastas. The lights, systems and credit card facilities remain fully operational.

Pizzetta Pizzeria (Glenwood)
With a wood-fired oven and generator, it’s business as usual at this popular pizzeria.

Pot & Kettle (Botha’s Hill)
The team at Pot & Kettle keep the restaurant running with a generator. Since they operate mainly on gas, they offer all of the menu items with the exception of their pies. Besides that, everything runs as per usual.

Unity Bar and Brasserie (Musgrave Durban)
A generator powers the restaurant and they are able to serve their full menu with the exception of two main courses and four starters. The cash register and card machine are operational.

Unity Bar and Brasserie. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Unity Bar and Brasserie. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Wok Box (Durban North)
While they don’t have a generator, The Wok Box uses gas to prepare a limited menu. Tables are lit by candles and the restaurant accepts cash only during loadshedding.

VickyCristina’s (Hillcrest)
Tuck into hot and tasty tapas at all VickyCristina branches, which are equipped with generators.

Cape Town

Alexander Bar & Café (CBD)
Four hours of silent backup power keeps the music, tills and credit card machines operating, while romantic candles set the mood. The kitchen remains open, but offers a slightly limited menu. If you’re popping in for a show, best call ahead as certain shows may be postponed or cancelled depending on their technical requirements.

Alexander Bar & Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Alexander Bar & Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Aubergine (Gardens)
This elegant restaurant remains open during load shedding. Plenty of candles make for a romantic atmosphere and since dishes are cooked mostly on gas, dinner goes ahead uninterrupted.

The Avenue (Claremont)
A generator powers the kitchen and lights, but the menu is slightly limited during loadshedding hours to allow for easier preparation. The credit card facilities operate perfectly.

Bella Bellota (Belville)
Thanks to a generator and a gas stove, Bella Belotta’s kitchen and card facilities operate flawlessly during a power outage. However, you will have to do without air conditioning.

Bella Italia (Sea Point)
This cosy Italian eatery still serves up its delicious fare when the power is out.

Birds Café (City Bowl)
The café does its best by cooking on gas and lighting candles for guests when the power’s out. You might have to bring cash just in case the card machines are offline, though.

Food at Birds Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Food at Birds Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bootlegger Coffee Company (Sea Point)
A trusty gas oven means they can prepare most of their menu items with the exception of anything deep-fried, blended or coffee-related. The card facilities are still fully functional.

Café Ruby. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Café Ruby. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Borrusso’s (Kenilworth)
Thanks to wood-fired ovens, pizza lovers in the burbs won’t miss out on their weekly fix.  The card facilities don’t operate when the power is out, however, so be sure to bring cash.

Café Caprice (Camps Bay)
While they used to use candles, they now have a single generator that powers the restaurant. This popular venue continues to offer their full menu and customers are able to pay with their cards.

The exterior at Café Caprice. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The exterior at Café Caprice. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Café Ruby (Durbanville)
A small generator keeps a large part of the kitchen running, but the menu is narrowed down to exclude deep-fried dishes such as chips and calamari.

Cassis (Gardens Centre)
The salon is still open, serving French food, pastries and cakes. 

Catch 22 Beachside Grill and Bar (Tableview)
A trusty generator means they are able to serve steaks, seafood, sushi, and cocktails during loadshedding hours.

Chalk & Cork (Gardens)
While they will serve a revised menu, a toasty pizza oven, gas stove, and working credit card facilities keep this trendy eatery open during loadshedding.

Col’Cacchio (Westlake)
This store has a new generator, making the restaurant fully functional.

Da Vinci’s on 2nd (Kenilworth)
Though they have a limited menu during loadshedding, this cosy spot continues to offer their famous wood-fired pizzas as well as other dishes that can be cooked in the pizza oven.

Da Vinci’s on 2nd. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Da Vinci’s on 2nd. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Da Vinci’s on Kloof (Gardens)
Enjoy their famous wood-fired pizzas by candlelight. While they offer a slightly limited menu during loadshedding, you can still enjoy a variety of Italian favourites cooked in the pizza oven.

Da Vinci's on Kloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Da Vinci’s on Kloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Deer Park Café (Vredehoek)
This Vredehoek favourite still serves up hot breakfasts and ample coffee when the power outages hit.

De Grendel Restaurant (Durbanville)
The generator takes 30 seconds to kick in, but once on, the restaurant operates without a hitch. A complete menu and card facilities are available.

Dear Me (city bowl)
This popular city eatery is equipped with a generator so that guests can still tuck into warm eggs Benedict.

Dixies Restaurant and Pub (Simons Town)
This seaside spot has a fully operational generator which means diners can enjoy their pizzas and cocktails as usual

Engruna Eatery (Sea Point)
Engruna Eatery is equipped with a generator, which means burgers are hot and the craft beers are chilled.

Goloso Restaurant (Sea Point)
A bowl of comforting homemade pasta can still be enjoyed at this Italian eatery. A generator keeps the doors open during load shedding.

Hudson’s (Gardens and Green Point)
The Hudson’s branches don’t get hit by loadshedding, which means more burgers for everyone.

Hudson’s on Kloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Hudson’s on Kloof. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Hussar Grill (Camps Bay, Green Point, Rondebosch)
Equipped with generators, these branches are prepared for busy nights as usual.

La Belle (Camps Bay)
This seaside bakery and bistro stays open during load shedding hours with its handy generator.

La Boheme (Sea Point)
With functioning generators, La Boheme ensures diners can still sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a cosy bistro dish.

The Dogs Bollocks (Gardens)
This trendy burger joint continues to serve their full burger menu, with candles providing a romantic setting for an evening out. Bring your own wine glasses for a classier affair.

Easy Dig. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Easy Dig. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Easy Dig (Sunnydale)
Easy Dig doesn’t have a generator, but thanks to their airy space and large windows they only need to put candles out once it gets dark. They can’t serve anything oven-made, but they do use a gas stove to prepare most of their menu items. The coffee machine doesn’t work during power cuts, but the owner has become quite the expert at manually crushing and boiling his own coffee. Please note that customers will have to pay with cash.

El Burro (Green Point)
The restaurant has a generator and runs as usual during loadshedding.

Fish on the Rocks (Hout Bay)
A newly installed generator means you can enjoy a full menu and operating credit card facilities until 8:30pm every evening.

Four & Twenty (Wynberg)
This trendy spot operates with a slightly limited menu during loadshedding hours, but battery operated card facilities ensure that paying isn’t a problem.

Il Leone Mastrantonio
With a trusty generator in place, diners can savour their risottos during load shedding hours.

Issi (CBD)
This urban coffee shop is open during loadshedding, with gas for food (full menu), generators for lights and music, free Wi-Fi, and plungers for coffee (Isabella Blend).

Knife (Century City)
The entire restaurant runs on a generator so guests can expect cheerful lights, a complete menu and fully operational card facilities.

Knife. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Knife. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

La Mouette (Sea Point)
The restaurant trades as normal during load shedding with a generator for the kitchen, but limited lighting makes it even more romantic than usual.

La Vie (Sea Point)
A powerful generator ensures that this Sea Point hot spot never stops buzzing. Enjoy a full menu and operational card facilities.

Lefty’s Dive Bar (City Bowl)
They don’t have a generator at this popular city haunt but they cook everything on gas and candles add a cosy atmosphere.

Lime Tree Café (Bergvliet)
The restaurant’s menu is geared to cook with wood fire and gas, so loadshedding presents no problems. (Apart from the coffee machine!)

The interior at Lime Tree Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Lime Tree Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)
A wood-fired oven means Massimo’s continues to serve delicious Italian fare. Unfortunately, guests will have to do without coffee.

Massimo's pizza

Massimo’s pizza. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Maestro’s on the Beach (Milnerton)
The lights and computers run on two small generators and most menu items are prepared using a gas stove, electric frying pan and gas fryer. Unfortunately they are not able to serve toasted sandwiches, coffee or any blended cocktails during loadshedding.

Nom Nom Clay Oven (City Bowl)
This pizzeria serves wood-fired pizzas from its clay oven, so no power is needed.

NV-80 (Sea Point)
A generator ensures that this popular Sea Point haunt is fully operational during loadshedding hours.

Obz Café (Observatory)
Their trusty wood-fired pizza oven works overtime during load shedding, allowing the popular café to serve a selection of pizzas and salads off their menu. Tables are lit by candlelight.

The Olive Bistro (Durbanville)
While Olive Bistro does have a generator, they do not serve any deep-fried items during power outages. They do, however, put their pizza oven to good use, and their card machines and cash register are powered by the generator.

Olio Pizza (Bergvliet)
The wood-fired pizzas emerging from the oven are not affected by power outages at all.

Pajamas and Jam Eatery (Strand)
Thanks to a generator and gas stove, guests can enjoy lights, steaming hot coffee and a full menu.

Papino’s (Hout Bay)
They have a wood-fired pizza oven and they cook with gas, so most of the menu is available – steaks, pizzas, pastas and salads. Candles offer light and the CC machines continue working, but unfortunately there’s no coffee during load shedding.

Paranga (Camps Bay)
This popular Camps Bay restaurant has a powerful generator which means dinner can be enjoyed as usual.

Peddlars on the Bend (Constantia)
Beloved Constantia haunt, Peddlars, won’t be letting their customers down anytime soon with a large generator that powers the entire establishment. Enjoy a full menu and credit card facilities.

Pepenero (Mouille Point)
With a functional generator, a dinner at this contemporary Mouille Point restaurant won’t be interrupted by power cuts.

Pigalle (Green Point)
Thanks to a powerful generator, Pigalle is unaffected during load shedding.

The interior  at Pigalle. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Pigalle. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Poplars Restaurant (Durbanville)
They serve their #whostoleourlights menu when there’s loadshedding, using gas and Webers to cook.

Posticino (Hout Bay)
Thanks to a wood-fired pizza oven, this popular Italian spot continues to serve their famous pizzas and a full menu during loadshedding.

A busy night at Posticino in Sea Point. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A busy night at Posticino in Sea Point. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Ragafellows (Hout Bay)
With a generator powering this quirky eatery, guests can continue to enjoy their meals when the power cuts out.

Saucisse Deli (Woodstock)
They don’t use a generator, but since they offer a mostly cold menu they are still able to serve their popular sandwiches, wraps and salads. Card machines are battery powered, but they also make use of the SnapScan app.

Seaforth Restaurant (Simon’s Town)
A small generator powers the restaurant, but they are not able to serve any deep-fried dishes. All other facilities are fully operational.

Spiro’s (Hout Bay)
This Greek restaurant is equipped with a generator so that diners can tuck in to their meze without interruptions.

The Local Grill (Woodstock)
The Cape Town branch of The Local Grill has working generators, which meat lovers won’t have to forgo their steak fix.

The Riverway Café (Hout Bay)
This cosy culinary spot is covered by a working generator which means no interruptions while tucking in to a plate of eggs benedict.

The Taproom at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company (Salt River)
Located in the factory-dense area of Salt River, the Taproom is fortunate not to have been affected by loadshedding as much as other areas. When the power does go off, beers are kept cool for a long time as they are set at -1 degrees Celsius and they serve a menu of gas-cooked foods.

The Taproom at Devils Peak Brewery. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Taproom at Devils Peak Brewery. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Terrace Restaurant (Newlands)
The entire Kelvin Grove Club runs on one powerful generator, so The Terrace Restaurant is fully operational during loadshedding hours.

The Woodlands Eatery (Vredehoek)
This charming eatery uses the pizza oven during power outages, continuing to serve pizzas, salads and some desserts. All card machines are battery powered and function 100%.

Tjing Tjing and Tjing Tjing Torii (city bowl)
Both the buzzing rooftop bar and the trendy Asian tapas spot are open during loadshedding thanks to trusty generators.

Umi (Camps Bay)
With a trusty generator an evening of salmon roses and nigiri by the sea won’t have any load shedding interruptions.

Zenzero (Camps Bay)
A generator means that cocktails and Italian fare can still be enjoyed at this sea front spot.

Winelands

96 Winery Road (Stellenbosch)
This country-style restaurant continues to offer their full menu during loadshedding.

Avontuur Restaurant (Somerset West)
A large generator powers the entire Avontuur estate, including the kitchen and restaurant. They offer a full menu and card facilities.

Babel (Franschhoek)
With a fully operational generator and functioning card machines, a lunch at the picturesque Babel won’t be interrupted when loadshedding occurs.

A salad at Babel. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A salad at Babel. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bistro 13
A visit to this beautiful spot in the winelands will not be interrupted by loadshedding as they are still fully operational when power cuts take place.

Bread & Wine (Franschhoek)
The Moreson farm is equipped with its own generator, which means that service is unaffected by loadshedding.

The interior at Bread & Wine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Bread & Wine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet (Stellenbosch)
These artisan ice cream producers continue to serve their famous ice cream and sorbet during power outages.

Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
The whole estate is run via generators during blackouts, minimising the impact of loadshedding and allowing the restaurant to run as usual.

Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Delaire Graff Estate Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

eat@simonsvlei (Paarl)
A generator supplies power to the kitchen, allowing the restaurant to continue serving their full menu.

Equus at Cavalli (Somerset West)
Generators kick in immediately when loadshedding occurs, allowing the restaurant to function as per usual. They still offer the full menu, and the cash register and card facilities are fully operational.

Equus at Cavalli

Equus at Cavalli. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Foliage (Franschhoek)
The emergency lights go on as soon as the power is cut and candles are placed in front of house, dining room and kitchen. As all meals are cooked using gas, the full menu is available during load shedding, as are all card facilities.

A flower pot on the counter at Foliage. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A flower pot on the counter at Foliage. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Gino’s (Stellenbosch)
Gino’s ensures sports fans don’t miss a single rugby game with the help of a generator that powers their televisions, fridges and facilities. They still serve a full menu with the help of a gas stove and have emergency lights that go on the second the power goes off. Unfortunately, their coffee machine is not operational during power outages.

Glen Carlou (Klapmuts)
Glen Carlou has a generator that services the entire property and ensures the restaurant operates at 100%.

Hudson’s (Stellenbosch)
The new burger joint to hit Stellies will still be buzzing while the generator keeps the burgers coming.

A burger with potato wedges. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A burger with potato wedges. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Indochine (Stellenbosch)
The whole estate is run via generators during blackouts, minimising the impact of loadshedding and allowing the restaurant to run as usual.

Makaron
This elegant Stellenbosch restaurant is powered by a generator which allows diners to continue enjoying their fine-dining experience.

Oude Wellington Restaurant (Wellington)
Oude Wellington have used load shedding as an opportunity to host a magical dining experience with lanterns, fairy lights, handwritten bills and a special menu. There is plenty of ice to keep the wine cold and emergency lights to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Skilpadvlei Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Thanks to a powerful generator, this restaurant is fully powered during load shedding hours. You can enjoy a full menu and functioning card facilities.

Taste Bistro (Somerset West)
The restaurant cooks on gas and has LED lighting and candles, so guests can enjoy full service (and pay with cards as normal) apart from coffee, as the espresso machine runs on electricity.

Surf and Turf at Taste Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Surf and Turf at Taste Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Trading Post (Klapmuts)
A generator powers everything with the exception of their imported coffee machine. While there’s no coffee, you can enjoy a full menu and operational card facilities.

Wagon Trail Brewery (Klapmuts)
The generator ensures every aspect of service remains operational. Enjoy the full menu and continue to make use of the card facilities.

West Coast

Castella Amare (Melkbosstrand)
Even when the lights go out, this spot continues to bustle with customers. As all preparation is done by candlelight and meals are cooked using a gas stove, they have been forced to cut down their menu quite significantly. While the card machine still works, orders are processed manually and bills are hand written.

Castella Amare. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Castella Amare. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Damhuis Restaurant (Melkbosstrand)
Load shedding hours usually falls between 12pm and 2.30pm on the weekend, so the team at Damhuis make an effort to call their customers who have booked tables in advance to warn them of possible power outages. While they don’t have a generator, Damhuis has a special ‘Eskom menu’ featuring a selection of salads and their Moroccan and Greek platter. Please note that customers will have to pay cash during this time.

Overberg

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley)
A generator provides power to the Newton Johnson property. While their regular menu will be served, there may be a slight delay with regards to music and the printing of bills.

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Garden Route

Emily Moon (Plettenberg Bay)
A huge generator means the restaurant is fully powered during loadshedding hours.

The interior at Emily’s Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Emily’s Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bloemfontein

Bella Casa
The restaurant has a small generator that runs lights, tills, music and credit card facilities. (No deep-fried foods while loadshedding, though.)

Port Elizabeth

Le Med Mediterranean Taverna (Port Elizabeth)
While guests will dine by candlelight, back-up power keeps the kitchen fully operational during loadshedding. The restaurant continues to offer a full menu, including coffee.

Countrywide

Col’Cacchio
Some stores have generators, but all pizzas, salads and pastas and desserts will be available. CC machines work (battery charged), but unfortunately coffee machines do not work. 

Do you know of another restaurant that’s staying open during the load shedding? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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