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Fuel Cafe

4.3
4.3
662 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Fuel is a hip, funky industrial restaurant serving as Denver's culinary outpost. Driven by the weather, the seasons and the moods of the cooks, Fuel's menu strives to provide a unique dining experience. Lunch revolves around upscale sandwiches, soups and salads among an eclectic mix of diners. Dinner features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, eclectic wines and gracious service. Fuel is a one of a kind space - urban, garage chic, with a beautiful patio with views of the city and the mountains. Only Five minutes from Lodo. Come join us for small plates and a cocktail before a Rockies game, or make an evening with good friends, unique food and inexpensive wines.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Sunday 10:30am - 2pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 296-4642

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bob Blair

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    Washington & Ringsby Court

  • Parking details

    Ample free parking on site

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Entrees

  • Fuel Tacos with Pork, Chicken, or Fried Tofu$11.00

    achiote, queso, avo crema, pickled onion, cilantro, lime, chipotle

    • Hummus Plate$11.00

      falafel, harissa, raita, seasonal vegetables, flatbread, tabbouleh

      • Braised Meatballs$14.00

        flying b bar beef - ricotta - braised greens - anson mills grits - pesto

        • Callicrate Steak Frites$15.00

          grilled steak - fries - chermoula butter

          • Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya$13.00

            steamed rice - tasso - andouille sausage - green onion

            • Linguine with Clams$14.00

              linguine pasta - manila clams - garlic - parsley - white wine - butter - grilled bread - parm

              Salads

              • Shrimp Salad$14.00

                sauteed shrimp - avocado - grapefruit - vanilla vinaigrette - fennel - arugula

                • Roasted Delicata Squash Salad$13.00

                  arugula - pomegranate - goat cheese - pepitas - pomegranate vinaigrette

                  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad$14.00

                    grilled chicken - tender belly bacon - greens - avocado - carrot - cucumber - cherry tomatoes - fuel buttermilk ranch - croutons

                    Sandwiches

                    • Iowa Pork Loin Sandwich$14.00

                      niman ranch pork cutlet - pickles - shaved red onion - arugula - aioli - fries

                      • Croque Monsieur

                        swiss chard or ham - dijon bechamel - gruyere - creme friache - green salad

                        Last updated: April 22, 2019

                        What 662 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                        4.3
                        4.3 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.4Food
                        • 4.3Service
                        • 4.0Ambience

                        NoiseModerate

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                        1. f

                          foodie

                          Denver

                          19 reviews

                          4.0

                          19 reviews

                          Dined on November 14, 2015

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          It was fabulous! Everything we had.. blue cheese soufflé, salad, chix..

                        2. FC

                          FoodieCouple

                          Denver

                          9 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on November 13, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Dined at Fuel on Friday and got to experience their menu for November. Really great. Honestly, the best menu items we've had there --- and that's saying a lot. The Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Stuffed Squash and Adobo Trout really stood out.

                        3. KR

                          KeithR

                          Denver

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on October 17, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          We will be coming back. Great dinner and service!! Thank you!!

                        4. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Richmond

                          35 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          35 reviews

                          Dined on October 17, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great night with friends in this hip spot off the beaten trail. Simply great food and locally sources ingredients so trust your servers to steer you to what you love. Prices are so reasonable you can order lots and lots of dishes and share!

                        5. N

                          Nadijah

                          Portland

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 16, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Love the menu. It changes every month and the staff is still very knowledgeable. Laid back, classy-casual small restaurant.

                        6. r

                          richardm

                          Denver

                          81 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          81 reviews

                          Dined on October 16, 2015

                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                          This was our first visit to Fuel. We promptly but had to wait several minutes before our server made his appearance. He explained in detail the menu and portion sizes. Based upon his recommendations we order 4 items. The first item was mushroom hash. This was a big disappointment as it was fingerling potatoes and a few mushrooms spread around on the plate. I would pass on this item. However the scallops and apples was cooked perfectly and was yummy. Finally we were served the rice paper salmon. This is awesome. The salmon was cooked perfectly and was a highlight of the evening. I forget what we ordered for desert as it was non descriptor. I will try this restaurant again as it has much potential.

                        7. M

                          Mtay

                          Las Vegas

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on October 11, 2015

                          overall5food5service3ambience4

                          Food & drinks were quite tasty. But we had to ask for our drinks a few times. We got two of them mid-meal & the last one when we were nearly done eating. One of the pumpkin spice lattes was mostly foam, which was a bummer because the small part that wasn't was delicious.

                        8. A

                          Alan01

                          Denver

                          47 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          47 reviews

                          Dined on September 30, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          First night of new menu, half off wine bottles over $50, great service. Have never had a bad experience at Fuel.

                        9. GL

                          foodGLORIOUSfood

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 26, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My son loves to try new restaurants so for his Birthday we researched some restaurants that fit our requirements: good food, not downtown, seasonal food, relaxed atmosphere, interesting menu and somewhere with a vegetarian option (my husband is a veg-head). Fuel was an outstanding choice for all our criteria and it exceeded our expectations. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely return.

                        10. L

                          Leigh

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on September 12, 2015

                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                          Loved sitting outside on a perfect Denver night and having such a wonderful dining experience! Came here for a special birthday dinner and it did not disappoint ~ we loved it! And plan to return again.

                        11. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Denver

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on September 11, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Fuel is a gem. The food is always great. We love the patio; but even in the colder months Fuel is a great place to be. Don't miss it

                        12. DS

                          DSAPiano

                          Denver

                          27 reviews

                          5.0

                          27 reviews

                          Dined on September 4, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          The food is always great, the service is always outstanding, effusive, and helpful. Plus, this is the first time I've seen a big crowd at Fuel. The place was close to being completely full. Word must be spreading. As good as the food is, they should be packed every night.

                        13. MF

                          McFood

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on August 27, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Emily/staff service was great. Small plates & entree excellent. 1/2 price bottle wine real bargin. Great job by Fuel.

                        14. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Los Angeles

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 21, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had an absolutely fabulous time. The food was incredible, and I love the ndustrial aspect of the place and the surrounding area. We sat outside , which was perfect. I do not like or will go to loud restaurants, because I like to talk and visit with the people I am eating with. This place was perfect. The wait staff was awesome, awesome awesome! But the food... oh the food was to die for.

                        15. e

                          eshine

                          Denver

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on August 7, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I had only visited Fuel on occasion for lunch and had never been for dinner. I was certainly not disappointed. Not only was the food full of the most unique local flavors, but the service was top notch. The owner was present that evening making sure that every single table was having the best experience possible. This is a place I will definitely visit again and recommend to friends.

                        16. d

                          dalsva6630

                          Denver

                          50 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          50 reviews

                          Dined on August 2, 2015

                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                          Fuel is a kind of oasis in this part of Denver. Situated in the Taxi development Fuel offers a respite from its industrial environment such as the RTD Garage. But being near the South Platt River this restaurant will only get better and better and be even more welcoming and delicious.

                        17. S

                          Swam

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 30, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great food, beverages and service. Thank you. We'll done.

                        18. B

                          Bbyep

                          Denver

                          18 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          18 reviews

                          Dined on July 19, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food was delicious and creative. The location was remote and beautiful without being far away. A surprisingly lovely spot for a Sunday brunch. Very bright and open.

                        19. f

                          foster542

                          New York Area

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 5, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I found this gem on my first trip to Denver and this visit confirmed how amazing the food is! I would describe the whole meal as unique and tasty - from the drinks to the food! The chicken and biscuits was perfectly crispy and had great flavor combinations - ask for the fruit compote! The green chile poutine with braised pork was deep and flavorful. The potatoes were some of the best we have ever had!

                        20. PP

                          PattiP

                          Denver

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on July 5, 2015

                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                          What I like best about Feul Cafe is that they use nearly all organic foods in preparing their dishes. The menu changes every month according to what food is at it's peak and most flavorful. The servers are friendly.

                        21. c

                          coloradosteve

                          Denver

                          116 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          116 reviews

                          Dined on June 27, 2015

                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                          Down to earth, wonderful food, inventive , comfortable, familiar, but surprising ....Bob and his team are the best!

                        22. C

                          Croadie

                          San Francisco

                          26 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          26 reviews

                          Dined on June 25, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          I loved the contemporary and fresh food at Fuel.the Motel gnudi was one of the best dishes ever. Overall a great experience and I lived nearby I would go often

                        23. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on June 24, 2015

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          1. Ramen is not true Ramen-> a soup variation. 2. Would advise to go easy on the salt.

                        24. L

                          Laurie

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on June 20, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          As always, the service and food were great. It was the perfect night for dinner on the patio we all loved the new menu!

                        25. G

                          Gwen

                          Denver

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on June 12, 2015

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          We had dinner on the amazing Fuel Patio on one of the only nights it hasn't rained and it was wonderful. Every single item we ordered was divine, to include the bread plate! I could have eaten a bowl of the red wine butter. We had the broccoli tots. bibb lettuce and green goddess salad, two orders of grilled octopus (the best in Denver in my opinion. It was as good as when I had it on the coast of Portugal) and the trout. Topped off with a mason jar of deserty yumminess. My only complaint is the Rose on their wine list is not good.

                        26. WM

                          WMLS

                          Denver

                          5 reviews

                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on June 6, 2015

                          overall4food2service3ambience4

                          I had not been to Fuel in over a year, but it is a restaurant that I had enjoyed in the past. I like the location and the indoor / outdoor feel of the place, but the food was very mediocre this time around. I would have a hard time recommending for the food right now.

                        27. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Denver

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on June 6, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had four dishes from the spring menu and every one was amazing. It was a magical evening!

                        28. d

                          dalsva6630

                          Denver

                          50 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          50 reviews

                          Dined on May 30, 2015

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          Fuel has a very nice outdoor patio and it's a fun place to come with your dog and eat outside on a cool Colorado night. The staff is very hospitable and the fish is quite delicious.

                        29. C

                          Cami

                          Denver

                          21 reviews

                          5.0

                          21 reviews

                          Dined on May 29, 2015

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          Service was excellent. Sever advised us how best to taste many of the best dishes She was efficient, smart and genuine. There are lots of great restaurants to try in this town - I'd actually return to Fuel.

                        30. C

                          Coskigirl

                          Denver

                          26 reviews

                          4.0

                          26 reviews

                          Dined on May 29, 2015

                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                          Food was awesome. Highly recommend the pork cheek agnilotti and grilled cheese asparagus. But, not only is the noise level high, the tables are so close together there is no privacy. You can't help but hear what your neighbors day was like.

                        31. n

                          novohispano

                          Mexico City

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 10, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          I really liked Fuel café. Their food was outstanding without being pretentious. We went there to celebrate Mother's Day and we had a really good time. The menu changes every month, so we are thinking of coming back to see which dishes are going to be on the menu.

                        32. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 10, 2015

                          overall3food4service4ambience2

                          Brunch menu was great, service was snappy and the food we ordered was really good. However, if you're sat on the side of the restaurant away from the bar be prepared for kid central, loud noise level and feeling like you're really not in the restaurant at all. Definitely asked to be sat in the bar side if you can and don't have kids. The kid side is great for that though- children. They were also out of waffles on Mother's Day Brunch. 3 things on their menu have waffles and with an already small menu, that was a big bummer.

                        33. b

                          beentheredoneit

                          Denver

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on April 30, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          I have frequented Fuel Restaurant several times over the past three years and can truthfully say it is my favorite place in Denver to dine. I have been to several of 5280's top picks for Denver restaurants and Fuel is the ONLY one that has never disappointed. The menu can be scary at first glance, if you are not a "foodie" but all of the entrees are always so delicious! Very chill atmosphere and not for uptight pretentious folks - they need to visit Larimer Square, but for those folks that want a hip place to dine with a quirky low key atmosphere and great food, then Fuel is the place for you! Love it - that's all there is to it!

                        34. B

                          Bobba

                          Denver

                          6 reviews

                          3.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on April 26, 2015

                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                          We had a fine brunch at Fuel. There are a lot of adventurous flavors on the menu, they just didn't always work and execution was just a bit off. It could be a truly great brunch... they just aren't there yet.

                        35. JK

                          JtotheK

                          Denver

                          38 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          38 reviews

                          Dined on April 25, 2015

                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                          I loved the fava bean pasta starter. It was so delicious!! I had the chicken for the main, and though it was good, it was not what I expected. Great wine ...rose, too!! Will definitely go back; Fuel is one of my favorites in Denver.

                        36. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          South Dakota

                          59 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          59 reviews

                          Dined on April 24, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          This is a treat place. Lots of great things from the kitchen - servers are on top of their game and wine and drink lists are updated and interesting. You will not go wrong here. Is a little loud for conversations.

                        37. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Denver

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on March 21, 2015

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Shared several plates with the table and enjoyed everything we ordered. Very fun ambiance and will be wonderful for patio experience.

                        38. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          18 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          18 reviews

                          Dined on March 6, 2015

                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                          We dined here on a Friday night and had a great meal. The food was creative and awesome tasting. The wine list was great and I thought reasonably priced. A friend of ours that dined with us said she came for brunch one time and would highly recommend it. The room was simple but cool. Don't sit in the back room, the front room is where the energy is. The back feels like an afterthought. Service was awesome. Our wait person knew about the food and wine. She was interactive but knew how to serve efficiently. I would recommend Fuel to anyone who wants a great meal at a place a little off the beaten path.

                        39. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Denver

                          21 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          21 reviews

                          Dined on February 23, 2015

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          I looked at lots of Restaurant Week menus and this was one of the most creative and interesting. Our meal did not disappoint. We have always enjoyed our meals at Fuel Cafe and this one was no exception.

                        40. t

                          thatreviewguy

                          Denver

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 14, 2015

                          overall4food5service3ambience4

                          the food here was very good. It was not bar food at all the farm to table that is advertised on their website, is not just an advertisement. The food is very fresh and well cooked. I believe due to the Valentines Day crowd that they had made the restaurant smaller by adding more tables so everyone was on top ofo to the other custom volume disappeared. Other than those two things the overall experience was very The server was also in the weeds do to the other custom volume disappeared. Other than those two things the overall experience was very positive.

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                        Fuel Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 662 OpenTable diners

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                        • Cross street

                          Washington & Ringsby Court

                        • Neighborhood

                          Downtown / LoDo

                        • Hours of operation

                          Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Sunday 10:30am - 2pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Contemporary American, Mediterranean, International

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Dining

                        • Dress code

                          Casual Dress

                        • Parking details

                          Ample free parking on site

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          Bob Blair

                        • Additional

                          Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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