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About 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.

1222 Washington Ct
Wilmette, IL 60091
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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.

Cross Street:
Lake/east of greenbay

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 251-3835

Website:
http://www.fuelwilmette.com/

Parking Details:
Amazing parking, right next to metra train station....best parking in Wilmette

Public Transit:
Wilmette metra 50 step away

Private Party Facilities:
Rent the whole space for a special dinner we customize a menu for your event.

Private Party Contact:
Tim Lenon: (847) 251-3835

Additional:
Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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Details
Thu 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Fri 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Fuel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

3.2

value

3.6

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Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Great for Brunch (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Cozy (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I think Fuel breakfast is unsurpassed so I decided to try it for dinner. I was disappointed! We had pumpkin ravioli which was SWIMMING in oil. It really wasn't good. The salad was good, I thought, but my friend said the dressing had little taste. We had a wedge of lettuce with a few cranberries and nuts on top (very few).

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very eclectic menu and quite fresh salad and creative chicken. Only one brand of beer. No cocktails

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had to eat outdoors in the dark because the restaurant was too hot inside.Could not see what we were eating nor could we see the menus w/o using our phones. Noisy with the trains going by very close to the restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fuel (food you eat locally (I think)), is a small and somewhat upscale neighborhood restaurant with a limited but fresh menu of seasonally available ingredients. We ate outside on a lovely late summer evening. Service was attentive. Food was delicious and nicely presented.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Nice dinner outside

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Finally tried Fuel. The food was amazing and the owner was so nice as he kept coming by to make sure we were happy. We will definitely be back, this time bringing our friends. Just wish they could spruce up the inside a little, but honestly the food makes up for it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

They did not have items shown on their menu

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Very disappointing as a dinner venue. The space was so warm it was uncomfortable. Table service was chaotic. VERY limited drink options. They're great for breakfast and lunch but not great for dinner. Farm to table is a great concept but the food was average in flavor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Dirty walked out. Did not have open table reservation

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent dinner outside, with superb food and service. We brought friends who were very impressed as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

When we got there and the place was empty. My husband got the short rib risotto and it was ok. I had the halibut. It would have been great if it wasnt so salty. The sons pasta dish was delicious but that was a kids plate. On a positive side you can tell the freshness is there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food here is always excellent. The calarmari appetizer, chicken enchiladas, and crabcakes were all delicious and fairly priced. Staff is welcoming.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was great, staff very accommodating, nice outdoor seating if you like that. Inside decor a bit sparse, but clean and well kept. It seems they do a nice seasonal menu because some of the specials were going to be moved to the seasonal menu so I guess they were trying them out. The salmon was delicious. Super selection of salads. We had the blue cheese and it eas plenty to share. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Really enjoyed the food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Fantastic food and service. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vegan, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Well, we knew it was a little odd when we walked into an "upscale" restaurant at 6:30 on a Friday night, and we were the only ones there. That's right, there were 2 servers, 2 cooks and the 2 of us... that was it!
The decor felt as if we were in an IKEA showroom. It was trendy looking, but very cheap feeling. Not bad, but not what we were looking for in an upscale establishment. The menu was a onexpage affair, on oversized paper. Again, very cool look for a trendy place, but the menus were all crumpled up and had food and drink stains on them. There was a pretty small wine selection and ONE beer choice (which they were out of).
The servers (who were both new, one was on her first day there) were excellent. Very attentive, friendly and polite. But again, we were the ONLY customers. They were out of one of the specials, and one of the appetizers. We only stuck around for appetizers, cause it was getting a little awkward being the only ones there, and we didn't want to see what else they were out of. The food was ok, but a little sub par for a trendy place.
We might go back in the future, but will wait a bit so they can restock, update (and replace) the menu, bring in a couple beer options, and actually have them at the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent food. Simple decor. Quiet and perfect for catching up with friends.
We'll definitely be going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I would recommend this restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Very small space...not very cozy or warm. All the food is locally sourced and for the most part it was good. My husband's pork chop was way over cooked and my girlfriend and I ordered Opa (a fish) and they too were over cooked. The restaurant replaced my husband's pork chop no questions asked and it was perfect. The price of our meal was high for the taste and ambience of the place.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 23, 2017

One of my favorite places to dine!!!! Excellent service , excellent food1

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Pleasant small space near Wilmettte Metra Station. Ordered Arctic Char which was perfectly prepared as well as a light and tasty chicken pot pie. Very friendly, attentive and appreciative staff. Excellent value for the money as well. Will be back.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

While it is a bit difficult to find (attached to a carwash) and looks unassuming from the outside, once there the food is unexpectedly excellent. We had two large appetizers (salad and pasta) and two entrees, which was one dish too many. It is a small restaurant with a modest sized regular menu, but don't overlook the daily specials on the blackboard. The restaurant was only half filled for dinner, but we understand that brunch there is very popular.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Great little place

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The ambiance isn't great if you want a sophisticated dining experience but the food was terrific. Hard plastic chairs and bright white/stark storefront setting makes it feel like a sandwhich/pizza joint as you first enter. Of course once inside you see the plastic feel is contrasted with the linen table linen along with the formal place settings. It's a bit confusing in terms of what they are trying to say to their customers as they walk in for the first time. 4 tops make up the bulk of the seating.

The food was terrific. Pumpkin ravioli and crab cake appetizers had 5 star plating and were delicious. The Salmon was recommend and also didn't disappoint. A strong endorsement on the food. Would came back in an instant given the right occasion.

I would say if you are looking for a casual dining experience and aren't interested in a romantic or sophisticated ambiance this is a great neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Nice spot for a good meal and conversation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Excellent meal!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Outstanding meal from start to finish. Unassuming interior with gourmet meals. The service was excellent as well. This one is a keeper.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2017

This is a hidden gem, and I mean hidden. I live less than 2 miles away and didn't know its been open for 7 years. Had a great meal. Very fresh. Very good dervice. Decor is rather sparse but food and service definately make up for lack high end furnishings. They should consider BYOB with less than a $20 corkage fee.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We like Fuel's convenient access (my wife is in a wheelchair), but it really shines when you enter the door. The staff is very accommodating and anticipates your needs before having to ask. The decor is simple, bordering on boring, but that lets one focus more on the delicious menu and the well prepared dishes. The food is excellent, locally sourced and impeccably prepared. I recommend Fuel to friends without reservations ( no pun intended)!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Always a fantastic meal. Fuel has been consistent since it opened. Very glad they decided to offer dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2016

First time going for dinner which is only offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lots of options and great food. Would go back again. Owner was very friendly and told us the story of creating the reasturant. Organic and local.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Had a very nice pumpkin ravioli dish with a grilled romaine caesar salad - both were excellent.
Beef bourgignon was good but a bit on the less creative side compared to the other dishes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Very creative food prep but decoration and ambience doesn't match the food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The food was creative. The best. Effie's I ever tasted! Bread was to die for. Attentive service. It not overbearing!

Tags: Seasonal, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Exceptional food and attentive service. Loved it for lunch and was not disappointed for dinner. Beer and wine served and can byob spirits if inclined. Can't wait to return!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We were the only customers on a Saturday night. Food was good, desserts were terrible. Service was not great and we were the only people in the place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We had a great meal. The sea bass was delicious, as was all the other foods we tried. It was wonderful to go as a party of 6 and be able to hear each other!!
The service was so attentive and all of us said we will be going back soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Fuel primarily does breakfast/lunch business but the stay open for dinner Thursday - Saturday. Everything is fresh and natural, farm to table, and delicious. They don't seem to do a very big dinner business, but people don't know what they are missing. It's a small menu, but there is something for everyone - beef, chicken, fish, veggie - and it's all supurb.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2016

This was our first visit to Fuel. We arrived at 6PM and were the first diners seated inside; service was prompt and efficient. Our food was very tasty, including one everyday menu item (salmon) and one special (pork chop), and a nice salad with young greens, candied pears, and blue cheese. We both found the vegetables/sides and the locally-baked bread most enjoyable. We will add Fuel to our regular restaurant rotation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Food was great and we were surprised it wasn't crowded for a Saturday nite. Its a little bit of the main drag but I thought it was a good find.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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