Fuel

4.7
202 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
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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vipRebecca
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves Fuel, we’ve been fans for years! We go for special occasions or date night. The menu is sophisticated and changes based on what’s seasonal. Fuel stands out, one of North Shores best.

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Rick
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great gem in Wilmette! Excellent, fresh food, and attentive service.

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vipJaneF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy dinner!!!!! I had fish and hubby had pork. Each had beet salad. Everything SO GOOD. BYOB Works fir us, so we drink exactly what we like. We’ll be back soon.

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EvanM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. I do not always think of this place for dinner but the experience was top notch. Will continue to enjoy the amazing brunch foods, but will certainly keep Fuel in mind next time I am booking a dinner out.

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vipCharlesF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the chicken saltimbocca and it was fabulous.

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vipMargaritaB
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is definitely a case of "appearances can be deceiving". Fuel is a tiny restaurant situated right next door to a detail carwash business. It's on a quiet little cul-de-sac (Washington Court) just east of the Wilmette Metra station parking lot.
This is a no-fuss, laid back place, but the food is impressive.
We ate outside, on the front sidewalk because of Covid-19. Looking at the dining room from the outside, it appeared to be rather plain - it does not appear to do justice to the very talented chef. The burrata appetizer was lovely & delicious. The beef bourguignon and the salmon entrees were well-presented, generous and delicious! The warm bread pudding with vanilla ice cream was also very tasty. Service was personable & attentive. We were there at 5pm on a Friday night, but by 6:15pm most of the outside tables were taken and quite a few cars had pulled up for sidewalk pickup dinners. I would certainly recommend it. We will definitely be back to try more of their dishes! Also great: BYOB!

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PhilR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Nice place with nice people. Small but varied menu. Food was outstanding and service was ok. We sat outside and it rained most of the evening.

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Esquared
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the simplicity of this place! BYOB with great local wine shops. This is going to be a place I dine at regularly!

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vipKevin
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a perfect neighborhood restaurant. Great, fresh ingredients. Very friendly staff and service. Excellent, reliable food. Perfect for an impromptu date night or just a night out for great food and service.

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StaySpicy
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Outdoor dining on a very pleasant evening. We both had the top sirloin, very well prepared with a red wine reduction; delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic.

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vipfabio
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had dinner outside. Great service and excellent food. Everything was really good

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vipMlenox
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always the best prepared and presented choices. Every dish is reminiscent of a much more expensive restaurant. I ordered the steak which was perfectly cooked with thinly sliced Brussels sprouts (I still don’t know how they did that!). My wife’s favorite are the short ribs which melt in the mouth. Our appetizer was a burrata cheese with perfect toast points sitting on small tomatoes drenched in balsamic. Outstanding.

Tim and the crew are friendly and always attentive.

Please note though that this is BYOB, so pick up a nice Pinot before you go!

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vipFrancisC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our Valentine dinner. The food was delicious 👌👌, the service great and the value really good. We eat here frequently and love the specials.

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KatW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I had passed this restaurant several times on bike rides, but decided to give it a try after reading positive reviews on Open Table. The décor is a bit sparse and tables were a little small for my tall teen children. Our waitress was absolutely lovely, helpful, funny and perfect level of attentiveness. Overall our food was excellent. I have been a vegetarian for over 40 years and rarely find a pasta dish that is new, but the butternut squash ravioli appetizer was fantastic. I am embarrassed to say, my family did not get any! I ate it all. All of us enjoyed our main courses and will definitely be back. It is BYO and my husband was in the mood for beer rather than wine. He was surprised by the corkage fee for his beer, but that was the only down note of our overall excellent dining experience.

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vipGerryS
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fuel is a unique and quiet spot for dining in Wilmette!!!!

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vipSPICY
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fuel is conveniently located in downtown Wilmette with ample adjacent free parking. The atmosphere is plain, and it is BYO. The limited menu is well-prepared and reasonably varied.

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vipMiddleAgedFoodie
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Clearly the front of house staff was overwhelmed when we arrived at our reservation time. Every seat was full, and food was coming out faster than the front of house folks could deliver it, much less take checks and clean tables. So we were a bit worried. But the rush cleared out about 10 minutes past our reservation time, and then everything was great. We were waited on right away, brought set ups for our wine, and the food arrived promptly. We got the short ribs, and they were perfect -- the meat was tender and seasoned beautifully, the mashed potatoes creamy and flavorful, and the celery, carrots, and micro greens just the right touch. I wish we had had enough room to try dessert, but we were completely full. I will definitely go back next time I am in the area.

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vipMlenox
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very underrated for dinner. Fuel has some of the best cuisine out there for evening dining. BYOB. Family friendly too!

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JohnT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dinners I've had in a long time. I can't wait to go back and try their breakfast - if its as good as their dinner; what a treat that will be.

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FoodieFan
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fuel is a delightful go-to for our family that more people should really know about and frequent. The chef is always outstanding no matter what comes to the table and the wait staff are sincere, energetic and great at what they do. As usual our Thursday night dinner for four was terrific.

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vipGerryS
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fuel is a wonderful neighborhood dining experience in the heart of downtown Wilmette!!!! If you live in Wilmette, Fuel is an eating experience you have to enjoy!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I came here for dinner with two other people. The food is delicious and the ambience with jazz playing on the stereo was very relaxing. I will happily come again.

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MarionG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Fuel for great food/presentation and a cozy spot to spend an unrushed dinner. The ingredients are from organic farms. Service is personal and great. A great spot on the Northshore.

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vipCharlesF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful,meal,at this BYOB dinner. My tenderloin was fabulous. The burst ya was delicious and our friend loved their pumpkin ravioli. Highly recommend for dinner.

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vipChicagoMike
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner stopped by numerous times to see if all was satisfactory ! Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I had Mushroom soup which was very good. My friend had the sea bass which she said was both tasteless and fishy. My chicken was very tasty. I guess it is hit and miss. I tried to get my friend to say something about her $35 Sea bass she was not enjoying, but she refused. I’m sure they would have done something for her had she said something. Over all I thought it was good but a bit pricey for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu contains many unique and innovative dishes, all of which were prepared and presented beautifully. But the quality goes way beyond choices and appearance. The food quality was outstanding, the sauces were amazing and the sides were exquisite. The restaurant is small but the care given to the preparation of each dish by the chef is obvious. Try the tagliatelle with shrimp and pork belly (yes that's "shrimp and pork belly"), the duck, the sea bass or any of the vegetarian dishes. Accompany with a Caesar salad containing warm and cold ingredients you wouldn't expect in a Caesar salad - totally unique and delicious. Service was outstanding as well.

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MarkN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We were greeted at the door, promptly by the owner. He asked if this was the first time we were dining at Fuel.
It was.
We ordered a Caesar salad. We eat Caesar salads almost every time that we dine out. ( half dozen times per month). The salad was extremely spicy. Caesar salads should not be spicy.
We pointed this out to the owner and were told that jalapeño peppers are very “ hot” this time of the year. Caesar salads do not have jalapeños. No mention of jalapeños by the waitress when we ordered ( remember this, and read on).
So, during the meal, something was burnt in the kitchen and the dining area filled up with some smoke. It was bothering our eyes, as well as the eyes of the family dining at the table next to us. We all moved to tables outside.
The other family orders a Caesar salad.
The waitress explains to the family, “ the Caesar is a tad spicy , due to fact that it has jalapeños in it and it’s a extra spicy time of the year for jalapeños.
Apparently, our comment to the owner, was relayed to the waitress , after our complaint.
We were surprised and disappointed that my wife wasn’t offered another salad without the jalapeños.
Not very “ diner friendly .”
The other items we ordered were very well prepared and very tasty. We thought that prices were a tad high.
We each had a salad. One appetizer and the Vegie meatballs and a chicken dish. The bill was $108 with tip.
Would we try them again? Probably.
Just make sure you ask a lot of questions about what you order. Might get a flavor surprise !!

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food pleasant ambiance. We ate outside had everything was excellent.

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vipKevinC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot. Will go back for sure. Nice setting (outside especially) and great food. Just remember the byob

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vipFrancisC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Always delicious food and great service. It is a small space and the owner is there greeting and checking on it all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice experience. Ahi tuna was too thin and in parts over cooked. Pork chop not flavor ful enough.

RB
vipRonaldB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best restaurant on north shore. Armando the chef is outstanding. Most creative dinners around, using fresh ingredients in most interesting ways. Breakfasts also outstanding. A must try!

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vipTack
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service.
good menu.
great parking.
sophisticated chef.

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vipJohnB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner here. I would put this place in the very top of my list of excellent restaurants in the Chicagoland area. My first time in Wilmette. Parking was super easy for dinner.

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vipGreatsharablesmallplates
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to FUEL prior to heading downtown for a late concert. The menu had something for everyone. Three of us shared several small dishes, and it was wonderful and filling. The hungry man that was with us had the crab cakes as an appetizer, and the duck as main course. Both were outstanding. The passionfruit cheesecake was light and delicious. Service was great, and the intimate setting was perfect for conversation.

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vipFrancisC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always a delicious meal

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susanneH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our evening at Fuel. The food was delicious. We had a variety of dietary needs and their menu accommodated everyone. The BYOB is an added bonus. We had a large group and we were seated in a space that slowed us to have conversations and hear everyone easily. I highly recommend Fuel and will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This has been a favorite brunch spot for us for years but now we will be returning for dinners too. The quality and preparation was outstanding. It is BYOB and when we arrived without a bottle,the owner called the wine shop around the corner and had one delivered to us! What great service and a truly delicious meal. I had the NY strip with chimichuri and a delicious avocado and corn salsa, Brussels and crispy fingerlings. My husband had prime rib with mash and asparagus. Really good!

FAQs

Fuel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 251-3835.

Fuel is rated 4.7 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.