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Fuel Restaurant
Fuel Restaurant

Fuel Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fuelmaine.com/home
  • Phone: (207) 333-3835
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Justin Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Lyceum Gallery is Fuel's private dining space. Seating 30 or under, this beautiful space is an art gallery by day, private dining facility by night. The gallery and dining space is located in the same building, right next to Fuel's main dining space. Reservations required. Please call us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Palmer (After 3:00 PM) (207) 333-3835

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main (202)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is typically plentiful on Lisbon Street, right in front of the restaurant. If not, a parking garage is very, very close. Go to the end of Lisbon Street, take a right on Main, and a right on Park. The Park Street garage is on your left. Come out of the garage and walk straight through the Courthouse plaza (a small park), and you will find Fuel straight ahead. The garage is free after 6:00pm
A word from Fuel Restaurant
Fuel Restaurant is a Modern Bistro and wine bar. Specializing in country French cuisine, we offer steak frites, coq au vin, braised beef short ribs, and other traditional favorites. We also offer a 4 course tasting menu, which is designed specifically for your table. Our award winning wine list tops 126 bottles, and we offer 24 wines by the glass. Our atmosphere is "urban cozy", and we welcome casual, and business casual diners. The dining space is bistro style, with tables arranged in long rows. Or, try our chef's table, right in our kitchen. Our music is ambient, featuring Telepopmisik, Stephane Pompougnac, De Phazz, and others. Diners with special restrictions or requirements are welcome. Come see why Yankee Magazine awarded Fuel an Editor's Choice Award, and why Downeast Magazine calls Fuel the "Best Dining in Lewiston".
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Diner Reviews
  • "Being in Maine all summer every summer, Fuel is a real treat! The food is so good and the ambiance is so nice - it brings us back home for an evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Is has been a while since we have been at Fuel. We were quite pleased with the menu, service, and the food. Our waitress, Becca, was outstanding. Great personality, very attentive, good humor. We will return in the future."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food is always fantastic! We return annually for our anniversary!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I should have said, "Awesome Again!" My wife and I live in Cumberland and opt to drive to Lewiston, over Portland, to visit Fuel when we want, "that special night out". This is hands down the BEST restaurant for our tastes in the area! Service is always excellent, food is incredible and that wine list..."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The service and ambience was amazing! I really appreciate the attention to detail and making us feel special! The signature macaroni and cheese is addictive! We will definitely be back !"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fuel is an attempt at an upscale restaurant in the Lewiston/Auburn area. All in all, the food was just adequate, the service just ok, and priced beyond the value."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We arrived late and had to be out in time for a performance, but the hostess and our waitress had paid attention to the note we made on our reservation and were focused on our schedule before we could mention it. The menu had added a 3 course tasting menu with lots of great sounding options. We overcame our choice anxiety and fully enjoyed each of the 3 courses we chose. Everything was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The food was served in a timely, but not rushed, manner and we were out with plenty of time to make our show. The only reason I marked them down on service was a somewhat annoying (to me) tendency of our waitress to address us repeatedly as "my friend". She was so good otherwise, I can forgive her for that."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "From the moment we entered the door we were treated like royalty. The service, atmosphere, and food were all outstanding. We highly recommend the filet and New York strip steaks. This was our second visit and will be back for more. Truly a gem in downtown Lewiston."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • " From arrival, the staff/family @ fuel was very attentive to what my wife and I needed. Far from over-bearing, they were sensitive and professional. Our server introduced herself, and throughout the evening knew exactly when to engage us, and when to let our experience be "our" experience. That alone, is a priceless factor. Then the entrees came out. Here is where "attentive" got intense. The braised pork shank must have been doted over in that kitchen. The presentation was dramatic, and still was over-shadowed by it's tenderness and flavor. When I return to FUEL, I will have a hard time venturing another entree. It definitely made its impression. Thank you so much Fuel staff/family for being a cut above in every way. See you soon. -Pele"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Perfect restaurant for a date night! The ambiance is hip, drinks are modern, and the food delicious and worth every penny! I had the white sangria - bubbly, minty, light, and absolutely refreshing! My hangar steak frites was cooked to perfection and finished with a bed of greens dressed with a fresh and light summery dressing. We splurged on dessert, which was dark chocolate crepes layered with rich salted caramel mousse. My husband ordered the pork shank, the house specialty. The shank is brined and cooked until it falls off the bone, served over a brussels sprouts, sweet potato, bacon hash and a rich sauce. He had enough for 2 additional meals! Who knew such high-class food could be found in Lewiston Maine?"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "fabolous french food. great beef dishes. great soup. great salad. excellent chocholate mouse."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We celebrated our 16th anniversary at Fuel while on vacation. The restaurant was a pleasure. As soon as you walk in the hostess was right there to greet you. The bartender made excellent drinks and had suggestions for the indecisive. Good and service were awesome. Only complaint was the green apple sorbet at dessert was a little too tart. Fondue. Excellent. Braised pork and short ribs were done to perfection. We had a semi private fining table in the rear of restaurant and Autumn our waitress was very attentive yet not intruding. Overall a definite recommendation for all."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This restaurant has an interesting menu. Would like to see more vegetarian options. Best martini I've ever had! Very freshly prepared. Would highly recommend - especially for special occasions as it is pricey!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Fuel is a stand out in the southern Maine area. Dependably excellent food, generous portions, creative dishes and service that gives just the right amount of attention. What's not to love? In addition to the ever-changing menu are the Plats d'Jour. These change occasionally. My current favorite is Saturdays' Braised lamb shank. Tender, falling off the bone lamb in a savory sauce. Heaven. Go to Open Table and set up a reservation, you won't be sorry that you did."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was my first dining experience at Fuel. It was highly recommended to me by friends. The service was attentive and prompt. The menu offered several choices that you don't find at other local restaurants. I'm a bit of a foodie, so I tried the braised lamb shank. It was very flavorful on it's own and needed no further seasoning. I look forward to next time I dine at Fuel."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I know some people feel that gigantic portions mean you get your money's worth, but to me fine dining is as much about appropriate portion size as it is flavor, service, and ambiance. We definitely enjoyed our meals, but I have enough leftovers to feed me lunch for three more days. I had the braised pork shank, which was succulent and delicious--just in Fred Flintstone-sized proportion. My husband had the pork belly which was incredible...but was about a 3x5x3 block. (Don't even want to know the calorie count on that one!) the cocktails were invetntive and delicious, and the desserts as beautiful as they were tasty. The price was also very reasonable (with tip, three courses, and drinks, only $140). In all, a lovely meal--just go hungry!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We don't usually head to the Lewiston-Auburn area for dinner dates - we were in the area on business and decided to find a nice restaurant to celebrate a momentous occasion. We were very pleasantly surprised! We will definitely eat there again!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great place for fine dining! Elegant, delicious and intimate!! Took my Dad, mother and husband there for Father's day celebration and we had a great time!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "All the food was great, fiddle heads were awesome. One disappoint was that I ordered the sweet beet martini and I could not get it. Would still recommend!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Spectacular food and personable server - a perfectly lovely dinner experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent steak, potatoes, soup and dessert. Gourmet with French flair. Extensive wine and drink list."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Took family that had not been to Fuel, told them how we enjoyed the restaurant and how good the food was, no one was disappointed."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "If you are the parent of a Bobcat you need to know Fuel. Get your reservations early for parent's weekends or graduation (and I mean EARLY), or give giftcards to your Bates student for special occasions. While Fuel stands out in Lewiston/Auburn (not a dining mecca) it would hold up well in areas with more competition. The menu is varied and well prepared. The staff is always helpful and quick moving. In the four years we frequented Fuel while our child was obtaining her degree it was always dependably satisfying--at moments brilliant but always at the very least solid and satisfying."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This Memorial Day weekend was the second meal we had at Fuel. The meal was spectacular (petit filet for me, pork belly for him) and the service attentive and knowledgeable. Meal of two entrees, two cocktails, two desserts, and a bottle of wine was $140. Easily would have paid twice that in Portland or Boston for the same quality of food and service. This place is a gem and we hope to return many times. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Fantastic dining locations in Maine are not that easy to find. We recently visited Fuel after looking on Trip Advisor for recommended dining locations in Lewiston, Maine. The ambiance, decor, lighting, table spacing, etc. were, in my mind, a prelude to a well run restaurant. The wait staff was superb - attentive without being pushy, a nice smile helps too! Our appetizers, the charcuterie and fiddleheads were very good. My only minor complaint was the ginger biscotti that was erved with the Creme Brulee. The biscotti was soft instead of the expected crispiness. My wife and I would come back to Fuel in a "heart beat"! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try Fuel for a long time. I heard great reviews. I was told it was a bit pricey but the food was fantastic. I took my family there for Mother's Day. We ordered one of their signature apps. The Cheese Fondue. It was ok, nothing spectacular. We all ordered burgers and fries. The actual tastes was good and I believe if the food wouldn't have come out cold we would have had nothing bad to say. Cold food for the price we paid is unacceptable. Sorry, I will not hurry back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fuel is my favorite restuarant! The food and service are top notch. You'll never be disappointed if you choose fuel. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was not the disappointment. The service was fair, uneven. Our wine order was a new experience. Our chosen wine was on "tap" and when it came it seemed more like apple juice. Our waitress did her best to fix and then deliver a different wine. Various parts of the order were delivered incorrectly.. The ambiance was disappointing. It was noisy, crowded and lighting was too high for a Saturday night. We even now continue to want to like Fuel but our first visit was a big disappointment. I believe we each liked our dinner, even when incorrectly offered."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Whenever we know we will be grabbing dinner in the L/A area we go to Fuel. From the minute you walk in you're greeted with a friendly smile. If it's just the two of us we'll usually sit at the bar (our favorite spot) but this time we were with a group so we sat in the dining room. Our company had never been to Fuel so we were so excited to bring them. As expected, everything was incredible from the service, food, and delicious martinis. Also, portions are very generous (martinis too!) Our company was ready to make their next reservation they loved it so much! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a great dinner with friends and family. There were 7 of us. We shared the cheese fondue and charcuterie apps and both were very good. Five of us had steak (one filet, two steak au poivre, and two plat du jours{16oz ribeye}). We all ordered steaks rare to med rare. All were perfectly cooked except for mine, it was med well. The waiter immediately took it back and less than 10 minutes later I had a perfect rare-med rare steak. I felt the kitchen redeemed itself getting a great steak out as quickly as they had, but the waiter said the owner, Eric, insisted on taking my steak of the bill. We had a fantastic dinner and will return soon."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I was put off by the name of the place, but the decor is splendid, the acoustics perfect, the menu unusual (country French) and perfectly prepared and presented. Try the scallops."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time the waiter was very knowledgeable, respectful and paced the meal just right!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Perfect spot for a really nice dinner while visiting our son (@Bates). The bread came often and quickly. The salt and vinegar frites were perfect for sharing - they were gone in minutes! The main dishes were delicious - pork, scallops and pepper steak. The service was excellent (we were there for an early dinner) The vibe was relaxed and fun. Nicely upscale but casual and upbeat."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were disappointed with the limited selection available on the menu. Most of the dishes were beef or pork. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The service and selection of food and wine parings made for an outstanding dining experience. Each course and paired wine was explained well. The courses were all each very different, flowed well and really hit high marks. The friendliness of the staff and the owner calls for more visits on our part. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went on a Tues. night and the place was very quiet. Meal was very good but the entree did not show up for an hour and a half from the time we were seated"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Quiet, intimate dining experience. Food superb, server Autumn was attentive. Seated promptly. Our 1st experience in dining room was memorable. We will return!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been to Fuel several times and while the service has gotten a little better (faster), the food is not for me. They are trying to be French and New York Chic? but it doesn't work as well as it could. There aren't many choices in Lewiston, so I think this is how they get away with it. The food is just drenched in oil. Even the wilted spinach I had was floating in oil. The food is rich and heavy. Just ok."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Our group shared the fondue for four as an appetizer. This was as delicious but there was an excess of bread and not enough cheese. 2 of our us ordered the filet and it was enjoyed immensely by both. Another person had the salmon and said it was incredible. I ordered the hanger steak which came with house made frites and a small salad. The frites at Fuel were in credible ! I can't wait to go back and try bacon dusted! The steak with my meal was tender and juicy but would have benefited from a sauce ( a borderlaise or perhaps a bernaise). The salad which accompanied the meal was lacking in flavor . As always, I ordered a side of their hash made of Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, and bacon whic was amazing as always."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was great, prices are a little bit high, but considering its location in Lewiston it is Justified."
    Dined on 3/18/2014