Fuel
Fuel

Fuel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fuelwilmette.com/
  • Phone: (847) 251-3835
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast/Brunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm.
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Facilities: Rent the whole space for a special dinner we customize a menu for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Lenon 8472513835

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake/east of greenbay
  • Public Transit: Wilmette metra 50 step away
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Amazing parking, right next to metra train station....best parking in Wilmette
A word from Fuel
Locally sourced restaurant in Wilmette featuring seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday/Friday/Saturday. All of our dishes our prepared fresh everyday. We have many options for gluten free diners. Weekly specials are displayed on website. We are also available for private events from 20-50 people.
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Fuel reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (7)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Not ready for prime time
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was good, but not great. I felt like we were eating in a high priced diner. There seemed to be kitchen issues. Wine prices were not on the menu, and they had to run out to a store and buy beer. The server seemed to be doing us a favor by waiting on us. Maybe they were too busy to give us reasonable service.
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  • local place great food hard to find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant only serve dinner on Thurs, Friday and Saturday. Lunch and breakfast regular. But we stop in to try and it was outstanding dinner. It next to Wilmette train station (east side of track) and across from Chase parking lot, in the building with the car wash
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JnJ11
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had an amazing meal on a quiet week night at the restaurant. We were warmly reveived and from salad to entree to dessert enjoyed a comfortably paced dinner with great service. We chatted it up with the owner and the chef. The food was simply delicious. I had duck risotto that was out of this world. Not only have I already spread the word, we plan to go back and bring friends!! Yummy food; laid back ambiance; great service!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little neighborhood spot
    CloverMayVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was uncertain what to expect from the wide range of reviews. I think many of the negative ones were based on unclear expectations. Fuel is a small neighborhood restaurant using the freshest ingredients. While it overlooks the trains station and parking lot, there is less traffic than if it were on a sidewalk, and maybe 2 trains an hour at most. The server was knowledgeable and very speedy. We loved our food and will definitely be back again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, no ambiance
    r199VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Good, reactive food, this breakfast/Baruch place had excellent dinner options Thu.-Sat. nights. Absolutely no atmosphere. Tablecloths nod some wall or window decor would help. It was sad to enjoy creative, fresh, beautifully plated on Formica tables in an almost empty restaurant. Would go Bach for the food but I know others have not even tried the dinner - they look into the large front windows and decide to dime elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MDW
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had dinner here on a recent Saturday night. While the decor wasn't extremely appealing, the food was exceptional. I had the salmon and my husband had the scallop special, and both were fantastic. Service was a little rushed (entrees came out before we had finished our salads) and since there were only a few occupied tables, that was irritating. Would definitely go back....wonderful menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I shouldn't say this but..
    Munchkin514VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always a breakfast and lunch neighborhood favorite, I am always questioning why there isn't a line around the block for their Thursday - Saturday dinners. The brief menu and specials, beautifully presented, never disappoint and the service is friendly and efficient, more in keeping with expensive fine dining than the local treasure that Fuel is. That said, I actually don't mind being one of the few who get to savor an almost private dining experience on Thursday or Friday evening. If you do come for dinner, you'll know me. I'm the one going, "yum, yum, yum, yum...."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was delicious, and the management was gracious and accommodating. Liked the outdoor possibility, even as it looked out at the Metra.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance2.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Fuel reviews archive.
  • Don't SIt in Back
    SAltman
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Was seated in a back room with a very unappetizing view of the restrooms. Avoid.
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  • Good local find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good food, well prepared. Good casual spot with thoughtful preparations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite date night place
    CCaf
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Fuel has fresh, organic, healthy and delicious food. It is our neighborhood gem. Great for date night dinner. We also really enjoy their brunch menu. The owner is friendly and so are the waitstaff. Fuel has a small outdoor eating area. Inside is clean and modern, but not fancy. A place you can dress up or go casual and feel comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had heard about fuel but never there before. Stopped for dinner on the way home, after being at Wrigley all afternoon. We wanted a relatively light and healthy meal. We got that and much more. Food was delicious - very well prepared, complex combination of flavors, delicious and attractive. Will definitely be back and will bring friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We enjoy trying new restaurants but this was a disappointment. We were fortunate to sit outside on a nice night, but the parking lot view did not add much to the atmosphere. Food and service was fair at best. There are many better options in the area.
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  • highly enjoyable meal
    Munchkin514VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was beautifully prepared and presented. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUEL DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Totally choose this restaurant thru Open Table review. What a wonderful surprise. Immaculate facility and the food was wonderful......we enjoyed everything. Had a slight problem when the chair collapsed with our friend in it. They need to purchase some sturdier furniture. Everyone there is super friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is hands down our favorite spot for brunch! We love the kind and professional wait staff and the food is always delicious! How lucky we are to have Fuel in our neighborhood. We've been many times for dinner, too-delicious! Don't miss out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • OK
    yumyum2VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Nice small neighborhood place. Menu is short, interesting, and very pricy, $10.95 for a side salad! Only 4 other tables were filled with customers on a Saturday night. The staff consists of 1 waiter, 1 cook, 1 other guy, maybe a busboy, and a maybe owner who arrived 45 minutes after we did for our 6PM reservation. He tried, but the waiter was an amature at best. I had the steak which was tasty but tough. My friend had the salmon and risotto which he liked. It was a not bad place, but an odd one. I hope they get it together because the food was pretty good. 1
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Strangely good
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This quirky little place hidden behind the Wilmette train station deserves a try. More like eating in a kitchen than a dining room, the staff of two scramble around efficiently. There are maybe 5 apps and 5 entrees with a few specials. My wife simply loved her salmon and I was very pleased with my potato gnocchi. The wine list consists of 3-4 of each color and NO PRICES! ($10-13 per glass) and if you want beer, you better want Stella, because that's all they have! All in all, it was fun, weird, value-priced, and we'd go back!!
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    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A better lunch spot
    PuppyLove
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Fuel is very small and more like a cafe than a dinner destination. The food was very good and the prices reasonable. (They were out of soda which was disappointing.) If you're looking for more of a typical Sat. night dining experience, I would opt out and stick with Fuel as a lunch spot.
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    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice spot in downtown Wilmette, with good food and good wine. Brunch is delicious too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We didn't know what to expect when we booked the reservation. But everything was so good. Great wine, salads, main course and great bread too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    jimfromevanstonVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My wife and I have gone to this restaurant several times, and honestly, we have never had a meal that we both didn't really enjoy. The restaurant is almost hidden by the Wilmette train station, and when you look in the window from the outside it really doesn't look like much, but don't let that deceive you. The menu, although limited, always features some daily specials, and I have loved every single thing I have tried here. I know a lot of people come here for breakfast because of the proximity to the train station, but if you are looking for a wonderful dinner, at a reasonable price, without much of a wait (if any), this is the place to go. The phrase may be overused, but to my wife and I this place is the local hidden gem in Wilmette!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential
    EMcKChicagoVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Imaginative menu. The whitefish was nicely done. I would have rated the food higher, but for some reason both the fish and the sweet potato hash on the side were swimming in olive oil. Definitely not my thing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoughtful Menu
    JFBGVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    With attention to freshness and detail- our entrees were delicious. I had the Special- Arctic Char and my friend had the Steak- off the menu. Generous pours on wine by the glass
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try this
    Linda
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Excellent food very accommodating. small but varied menu
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent but ambience
    opentablelvrsVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Food was excellent but ambience was poor given bright cafeteria-type lighting. Wine glasses were also cheap quality. Regardless, we could definitely return because of the food!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Parking Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Hidden on one side of the Wilmette Metra parking lot, Fuel is easy to get to by train or car. Although primarily a breakfast and lunch spot it is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday. The chef Armondo has a long background with high end restaurants in the area and produces food that belies the simple "diner" environment. We have been fans for a long time.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Exceptional Food
    Alan
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Small restaurant behind the Wilmette train station. Greeted warmly and service was good. Ambiance is a little lacking, but the food makes up for all of that. Exceptional taste. Staff accomodated spouse with a portion of lentils as a vegetable which was part of one of the specials for the day. Lentils were excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Lacks Ambience
    WilmetteTravelerVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Fuel serves delicious food in a bare bones facility next to a car wash in a hard to find corner of downtown Wilmette. My companion and I both enjoyed our meals which were superbly prepared and served promptly and cheerfully. The restaurant has a concrete floor and formica table tops and a generally hard and less than cozy ambience. There is no wine list but they have about 8 types of wine they serve by the glass. An unusual but generally pleasant experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small out of the way place
    WorkintheloopVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Outstanding food and service. Plays well above what you'd expect from sight, especially in unique, local sourced menu. Recently changed from small plates to also have a selection of entrees. We go here at times when we need a quick meal, at a place that kids can handle as well, but are looking for something special. The menu is small and focused, and very, very good. Similarly, wine choices are limited by design, with great selections. Although not a great place for kids, they go out of thier way to accomodate. Very close to the train station, so very convenient when coming home late (for those living in the area); or an easy place to hit without having to drive if not local. Have a small outside seating area for the warner months.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu in an unassuming spot
    dreytuchVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Little restaurant situated next to a car wash is a tasty find. Interesting, sustainable menu, but WAY overpriced on the salads. Hubby wanted the Caesar salad non-grilled, and enjoyed it. The lentil soup was chock full of lentils, delicious, not soupy--more like spooning lentils. The butternut squash ravioli was rather oily and a little dry/flavorless, as if it had been sitting for several days before serving. All in all, we tried it, but no need to rush back. Looks like a good place to try for brunch, though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet