FareStart
FareStart

FareStart

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.farestart.org/
  • Phone: 2062677601x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 am-2 pm; Dinner: Thursdays, 5:30-8 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: FareStart Catering provides formal and informal services for a variety of occasions, including multi-course dinners, cocktail parties, and business lunches. Whether the event is in one of FareStart’s banquet rooms or at your private location, we are committed to providing the highest quality service and customer satisfaction. FareStart Catering will provide everything you need to make your event a success.
  • Private Party Facilities: When you hold your events at FareStart, your dollars provide culinary job training and support to homeless and disadvantaged people working hard to transform their lives. Private banquet rooms, and the entire restaurant, are available for your events.
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Lunde 8885037931

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and Virginia
  • Public Transit: Routes 17 and 23 have stops at the intersection of 7th, Westlake and Virginia and many additional stops within a 2 block radius. Click on the Metro King County transit trip planner for specific route information.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage Parking for Guest Chef Night is available in the 1918 8th Ave Parking Garage. The garage is located on Virginia St, just across from the police station, between 8th & 9th Ave. Parking for our guests is $6.00 from 4-10 pm with proof of patronage at FareStart. Please provide your receipt to the parking attendant upon exiting to receive this special rate. Valid Thursday nights only.
    There are also several area lots, garages, and accessible street parking available during the day.
A word from FareStart
At FareStart, food is the tool that transforms lives. FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. The FareStart Restaurant, located at 7th & Virginia in downtown Seattle, is open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11am–2pm, and for Guest Chef Night dinners on Thursdays from 5:30-8 p.m. All proceeds from the restaurant go back into the program to support FareStart’s job training and placement programs.

Held at the FareStart Restaurant, Guest Chef Night is a weekly highlight for the FareStart community. For FareStart students, it is a unique opportunity to work with Seattle's premier chefs. Every Thursday night, a different local chef works with students to prepare a delicious three-course meal. Guest Chef Night is $29.95 per person. For a calendar of upcoming chefs, please visit www.farestart.org.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
FareStart reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (72)fit for foodies (69)good for groups (58)neighborhood gem (48)special occasion (32)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (6)romantic (5)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Feel good food!
    jiminseattle
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I took my husband and some friends to Fairstart for his 52 birthday and it was such an enjoyable experience. The volunteer waitstaff that night were from a local law firm and we loved our waitress we told could always fall back on this if the legal thing didn't work out. She and the food were delightful. I had called aheaed of time to tell them it was my husband's birthday so they brought out his dessert with a lit candle on it and even helped us sign him Happy Birthday. Even if the food wasn't excellent - or in addition to it - it felt good to support a resturant that helps train folks living on the streets and many others to cook and get something solid on thei resume. We will make this place a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great community
    mitimar
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The night was a community effort by the chefs, guest chefs, and servers . The service that this restaurant provides to homeless individuals along with the delicious food makes it a winning combination. In our group we had a visitor from out of state. He was so impressed with the good will hand-in-hand with the good food that he is going to tell restaurant owners he knows back home all about FareStart. The serving staff were delightful and informative; add that to the delicious meal, and it was a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good works
    JPWhitlark
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Farestart is notable for its good works and its programs to help the disenfranchised find their way. The food is well prepared and the presentation was fabulous. I will be back again and I will recommend Farestart to all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three Old Guys Having Lunch
    Carioca
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    For three old guys having lunch, Fare Start was a mixed but mostly positive experience. I tried adding a lot more to this sentence but was unable to submit it because it was "too long." Until this unhelpful length restriction is lifted, I guess I must keep details of my experience to myself.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    luv2celebrate
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I loved being seated with my party in the space between the back dining room and the front dining room of the second level as we were in a sound buffer area making it easier for my guests to have a comfortable conversation. Your staff made our party very special with the presentation of complimentary champagne! All the service staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. We all enjoyed our pistachio butter with the roasted beets and Mt. Townsend Cirrus Cheese. The silky fennel cream made the Fisherman's stew very elegant. Although the applesauce cake was very tasty, it was a little too rich for my tastes. My companions were happy! I found it to be a very sophisticated and affordable fine dining experience. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I have heard and driven by many times. This was a first time experience for all three in the party. I was pleased beyond expectations! Great program. Keep up the wonderful work. We shall return! Donald Skillestad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farestart
    Diviner
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Don't just go for the food. Feel great about what's happening in our community. The place is filled with people who are there to support Farestarts mission and it's exciting to be part of that. I guarantee the short graduation ceremony will make you feel happier than any "feel good" movie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat attenders!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We try to remember Farestart every time we're in town. We think its a great cause, great service and great food. We were seated right next to some other folks that felt like they had to shout over everyone else in the room, other than that it was just what we expected and liked. Highly recommend the Blackened Salmon sandwich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    lunchhog
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great food, great service, great cause. Win, win, win. 'Nuff said.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is always a great place
    lovnlife
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This is always a great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing evening!
    Allie
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Absolutely love Fare Start and it's guest chef nights. The food and ambiance were both superb, we will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Nice
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    You had a great service and delicious food. Everything was so nice. Will come next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal...wonderful cause
    enjoyableVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We enjoyed our guest chef meal produced by Jason Wilson. They did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kudos to FareStart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Service was warm and attentive; all three of us were delighted by our entrees (tomato basil soup!); and the shared pumpkin spice cake dessert was both beautiful and sublime. The noise level was on the high side but not annoyingly so. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very inspiring!!! Tge volunteers
    Bellaluna
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Very inspiring!!! Tge volunteers were great servers as well. The food was terrific!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Fantastic food, a wonderful cause - and quite reasonable!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a great spot for
    MamnoonFan
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    This was a great spot for lunch: good energy, not too crowded, quick service, and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FareStart is a great business
    FlyBoy
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    FareStart is a great business lunch venue, and I sometimes eat there as often as 2x per week. Food is reliable and fairly healthy, although a bit heavy on sandwiches. Their social mission (giving people a fresh start -- especially the homeless) does not get in the way of running a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a look
    SweetPea77
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I've heard from many people how great Farestart is,so I took my boyfriend for Valentines' Day. I also likes how they have helped the community and given so many people a chance to grow. I will keep the review short, but the place is beautiful yet relaxing and not stuffy. The food was delicious,but not filling and they take vegetarians into consideration which was fantastic for my boyfriend. The service was attentive and kind. I say give it a try and support a great place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fare Start Chef Instructors night
    YumYum
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! All three courses were delicious and for only $30--what a bargain! We loved every bite and we are already planning our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 star dining at 1- $ price!
    luvgudfud
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Now that Farestart has its own beautiful restaurant, there's no excuse not to visit there as often as possible. Dine on 4-star chefs' menus, a different one each Thursday, for less than $30 for each gourmet, three-course meal. By far, the best deal in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a perfect dinner
    HungryinWS
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The dinner didn't have a guest chef this evening but it was absolutely perfect. The appetizers were delicious and cooked perfectly, the dinner was creative and also delicious, and the dessert was one of the most beautiful desserts I've had in a bit. And for the money it's exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine Menu for a NonProfit
    Andrew
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Farestart is a nonprofit that provides culinary training for homeless people. In addition to having a good cause, they have a noteworthy wine menu for their Thursday evening dinners, and the food has always been very good. Furthermore, the prices are also very reasonable for Seattle and the service tends to be very enthusiastic, likely related to the fact that they are acting for a cause. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Service, and Cause
    Chuck
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I have eaten at FareStart more than once and every time I go there the food and service is quite good. Never has there been a time where the food was not correct for our entire party. And the Cause behind the FareStart system is one I can definitely support. I would highly recommend making a reservation because the fill up fast. Hats Off to the whole staff at FareStart.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    Kristi
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    There are not many places where you get such good food and service and an opportunity to contribute to community development.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food better lives
    sandy
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Eat here for great food and support a great cause.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waitress forgot our apetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The waitress forgot our apetizer and we were served after others around us who sat later than us. I didn't think the chicken salad sanwhich was that good but it wasn't horrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Chef's Night
    Neil
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Farestart's Chef's Night is a great Seattle tradition for my wife and me. We try to go at once a month. The food is almost always fantastic, and the organization does great work. There are 1-2 trainees graduating each week and their stories and achievements never fail to be impressive and heartwarming. This is a rare opportunity to feel like you are doing good by eating really well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad it was recommended
    Kario
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The menu is terrific, the food well-prepared and delicious, the wait staff were attentive and friendly, and I got to know that I was supporting a local non-profit group while I ate. I would absolutely come back to Fare Start again and again. It is close to shopping and office buildings downtown and I saw folks having business lunches, friends meeting socially, and large groups celebrating. What a terrific find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch
    Judy
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Nice vegetarian choices; my hamburger was large, lean and cooked perfectly as requested. Love the concept of helping those who need a fresh start. Good spot for lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Good food at reasonable price and a great organization and cause.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were very disappointed
    samIam
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We were very disappointed in our food, much of it we simply didnt like. Even though we had to get our meal boxed to go, the presentation was very poor, given they were $30 meals. The food was simply thrown into a box; no foil or parchment.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer
    BobbyO
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Asked a local customer for advice on a local restuarants for lunch. Farestart was recommended and I went online to learn more about it and was very impressed. I love the whole idea of giving new opportunities for those who have experienced life's speed bumps. The lunch was very good, with many choices for healthy dieters! I will return with other family members and share this with others! It nice to know of the secret dinning areas in Seattle! BobbyO
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspiration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I think the cause behind this restaurant is very commendable and would like to see more restaurants with this reason for existence. In light of the good food I would recommend this restaurant and frequent i again just because of what it stands for in the Seattle community.
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  • Excellent service and food
    RinaVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    A good place to spend your money to help people get back on their feet. The food is good and service excellent. I highly reccomend Farestart.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Sabr
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    The food was fantastic, and surprisingly, there were a lot more options for vegetarians than I expected. The staff were all extremely friendly and provided great service. I would highly recommend stopping by for lunch! Also, I've used FareStart for catering and I have to say that the food was fantastic and the service was also great. All around, this is a wonderful place to support and you will not be disappointed with anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FareStart - Eat well and feel good!
    adizzle
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    When good eating supports a great mission, you really can't go wrong. FareStart has courteous, friendly staff and a perplexingly delicious menu. I recently enjoyed the vegetarian polenta dish, which was more tasty than I could have imagined!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch
    jdeeVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Nice ambiance for lunch: comfortable modern furnishings, high-ceiling spaciousness, interesting street views through the big windows. A surprisingly large and varied menu, offering something in about every category. The chicken salad sandwich on brioche bread was all fresh ingredients, well-prepared, and nice; the "field roast" vegetarian reuben was thin slices of the flavorful field roast, a good sauerkraut, russian dressing, and good rye bread; also very nice. And all in service of a very good cause. . .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are so many good things
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    There are so many good things going on at this restaurant. It is a great dining experience and a very satisfying life experience - something everyone should do - and enjoy frequently. There are so many good things going on at the place with such outstanding food - yet the food is just one of the great facets. We will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food for a great cause!
    ProvenceNWVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The lunches and dinners I've had at FareStart have always been very good, well presented and well served. It's a privilege to be part of someone's training for a better future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.