Fuel

4.5
155 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Thu 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Fri 5:00PM - 7:00PM

What 155 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s dinner was great! Intimate and food was delicious - especially the gnocchi.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful Valentines dinner at Fuel. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding!

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always outstanding, creative and delicious. A real gem. BYOB

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall great. Food is excellent. Easy to hear when your with a lot of people.

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NF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An excellent find. Very comfortable and great food.

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NC
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a true "neighborhood gem." Very small space, tucked away by a Metra parking lot and car wash in Wilmette; BYOB. We've visited Fuel for their delicious breakfasts, but this was our first time for dinner. We enjoyed an excellent burrata and tomato salad, very good crab cakes, and excellent bouillabaisse full of mussels, shrimp and fish. The place was pretty empty this Friday evening; the server was very attentive, helpful and friendly. Wish we lived closer because we would come here once a week; but we definitely will visit Fuel again, for breakfast and for dinner.

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c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food preparation. BYOB is a real plus. Ample parking. Next to Metra.

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LC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding dinner! Food & service both excellent. Had roasted pork shank - delicious!

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EE
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to Fuel, but it certainly will not be our last! The food was outstanding. The level of sophistication in both the menu options and the food preparation far exceeded expectations. The service—however—did not match the quality of the food. We were celebrating friend’s’ anniversary, and had brought two expensive, “special occasion” bottles of wine. After finishing the first bottle, we asked our waitress for fresh glasses for the second (different vintage) for the second bottle. That request was ignored. After a little while, we then asked the owner. He said he would rinse out our existing glasses. They were brought back to the table very wet on both the inside and the outside. So, we dried them with our napkins. We remained mystified by that rather rude decision, as there were only 2 other tables occupied in the restaurant. They were most certainly not out of wine glasses.

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W
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Don't sit across from the bar...used dishes sit there too long and you'll be staring at them too long - not a pretty sight. Ask for the desserts to be described so you aren't surprised! We had an ice cream brownie...brownie seemed to be brownie crumbs with lots of ice cream and whipped cream; would have liked a real brownie with the ice cream!

Overall GREAT! Don't miss FUEL!

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MM
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was flavorless and over salted. Staff was unfriendly.

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NK
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always absolutely delicious... and beautiful. It’s cozy and comfortable. They are attentive and do everything to make the experience pleasant. And it was.

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NS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding food. Would go back in a heartbeat. BYOB made it incredibly affordable.

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BF
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

BYOB great tasting food well prepared. Comfortable neighborhood spot. Easy parking. They were busy w/ 1 wait staff person so service was a bit slow. But if you’re not in a rush it’s great!

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L
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Little neighborhood gem. Creative fare and October's BYOB makes it a wonderful find.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, friendly service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and creative. Owner spent time sharing with us the restaurant's farm to table concept and made sure he was aware of any and all dietary restrictions and preferences. A cozy place and a suburban gem. Definitely recommend!!

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D
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fuel is a terrific local breakfast/lunch spot conveniently located near the Wilmette train depot. But wow! Weekend dinners are special. Chef Armando Equivel really gets to let his creative juices flow for the Th-Sat evening meal, and the results are better, we think, than many of the finest restaurants in the Loop. He is a genius with fish, especially, but we have never had anything—steak, duck, lamb—that was less than spectacular. As of now the place is rarely crowded at dinner time, so we love it for a quiet dinner for two, but in our opinion, it should be impossible to get a table here. It’s that good. This is a rare time when I would say, please come to my favorite local restaurant! But I really want others to appreciate this hidden gem.

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M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Hidden gem for really fresh food. Every meal is a nice surprise.

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D
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fuel is the best-kept secret on the North Shore. The chef is a genius. I mean it, genius. The food is so good you would think you were in one of the finest restaurants in the city eating a $300 meal. And yet it’s just a cozy neighborhood place, so ... easy and comfortable to walk over in jeans, or call a friend up last minute. Amazing breakfast, too. Amazing. We love this place.

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GS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fuel is one of the restaurant GEM's in Wilmette and the North Shore! The delicious and healthy choices make this eatery's menu special for its patrons.

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VB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful, both in taste and presentation, and the service was outstanding. The only thing that kept this review from getting my highest rating was the noise level inside. With lots of hard surfaces, and the open kitchen, there was a lot of noise. I would go back.

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l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizers and entrees delicious, especially the halibut. Perfectly cooked, very fresh. Same with vegetables, salad, all in season. Nice wines. Only hiccup: dessert. At height of peach/ berry season, only fruit dessert was a not-quite in-season-yet apple tart that was overwhelmed by caramel. No matter, we just won’t order dessert there again. Everything else was delicious.

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PK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect! It was a quiet Saturday nite so we had extra special attention.

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B
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was hoping to get something special at Fuel but it was not to be. The food is good but not great. The value is lacking as the entrees come with nothing but water and bread. I loved the bread by the way. The server was a little laid back and casual for $25 an entrée for risotto and enchiladas.

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AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great selection of entrees with a specials list. The wine was very good and the seating outside was great. Service was very attentive. It was my first time eating there it was a fantastic little gem!

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TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6/30/18 birthday with friends. First time for dinner. It was delicious, elegant and enjoyable!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful place - excellent Chef and engaging owner who was very attentive. Server was outstanding and made for a great dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent (dinner). No full bar (beer and wine only). Feels a little tentative overall but quality is there.

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S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really delicious, fresh, well prepared food! Watermelon salad was delicious. Bacon wrapped dates prepared in tomato sauce was different and excellent! Chicken dish was also very tasty!

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RJ
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed Our meal. All the food was fantastic. The service was attentive but a little weird in that someone would come and tell us the specials and then someone else came and repeated it. This happened several times. We will definitely return. Great value for the price

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JH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is excellent. We had dinner and it was a hot evening and they do not have air condition since it is an open concept. So basically, everyone sweats together:) The band was nice to listen to for the evening!

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Everything was hot and delicious, and great service.

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PK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently great food!!!

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MW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled on Fuel, and so glad we did. Such a nice surprise! We loved everything about it and will definitely be back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Mothers Day Dinner with MIL and daughter. Food was wonderful.

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T
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Excellent selection and food preparation and presentation. We had swordfish, Amish chicken, and beef tenderloin--all excellent with interesting special preparations--the light cream sauce on the swordfish, a light curry sauce on the chicken and a delicious mushroom gravy on the tenderloin. Acoustics are a big problem here--we could hear the conversation of the loud couple sitting at the table next to us better than our own. Some tables are just pushed too close together so you have no real privacy for a dinner conversation--too bad. We loved the food, but will be careful about who we bring there because of the poor ambiance. Owner was attentive and did a good job of helping out the waitress who was slow to return to our table at the right times and left us hanging waiting for them to pick up our credit card when we wanted to pay and leave. High rating is predicated primarily on quality and variety of dishes offered which is outstanding.

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D
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The steak special was indeed special. We started by splitting the Burata salad. It was great and just enough for the two of us to split without being too stuffed to eat our main courses. The steak was outstanding. Perfect medium rare and so tender we could’ve cut it with a fork. The wine selection was basic and great server was “industrial” but adequate. She needs trained. The plastic tables are uninspiring but all of this is overcome by the fantastic entrepreneur. With a little bit of work, server training and some easy attention to cozy dining Fuel can be outstanding. We will try it again.

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m
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really great food! My husband and I went with my parents. We shared the fresh mozzarella and roasted tomatoes appetizer, which was excellent. We split 2 different salads, which were also very good. All 4 of us loved our entrees. Food was impressive and we will be back soon.

Service was friendly and attentive. Decor is minimal but pleasant.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem. Cozy and inviting. Terrific food. Highly recommend.

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