FareStart Restaurant

4.4
1855 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 am-2 pm; Dinner: Thursdays, 5:30-8 pm
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Phone number
(206) 267-7601
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
FareStart Catering: (888) 503-7931
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th and Virginia
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!! Love the concept! The food was amazing!

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PS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful opportunity to experience foo-foo gourmet food without the foo-foo gourmet price while helping those less fortunate to re-establish themselves. An all-around wonderful cause and experience!

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EN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My guest was very impressed with the mission, the menu and the sophisticated operation of FareStart. It was, as usual for me, a great lunch experience. The only issue was somewhat pushy waitstaff, making it feel like she wanted us to eat fast and turn the table over.

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SR
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy supporting the mission behind FareStart and invited a friend to meet there for lunch. While most of the lunch was good. The caprese salad was very salty. Otherwise, it was a pleasant experience.

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e
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal, great service. Thx for what you do. That’s it.

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Q
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Walked by one day and had heard about it so I went in - it smelled like heaven. I told my husband about it so we tried it - we like to eat early - hence the no people in picture. We shared crispy pork burger and Ceasear salad. The burger had two generous slices of pork so I had one slice with salad, my husband had the burger with the other slice of pork with some salad. I had to salt my pork and I was happy with the meal. After we left my husband told me his bread on burger was dry. They did not tell us at the beginning or we didn’t read it anywhere the gratuity was added in. It would of been nice if they would have said at beginning.

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JG
Seattle
71 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another wonderful chef's dinner. What's better than eating delicious, creative food with friends and improving the lives of people? Nothing.

I love FareStart!

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TA
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fare Start always delivers! Awesome food. Terrific service. You can’t go wrong. All for a good cause! Love that they have expanded, check out Maslow’s. Same place, different name! The chefs are doing awesome at Fare Start. We and my peer had a salads and they were terrific!

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N
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great ambiance. The service was a bit slow but otherwise excellent!

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A
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Entree salad was generous in portion, nicely presented with all ingredients fresh, clean and tasty with exception to the bay shrimp. Poor quality.

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LH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our lunch was great and our server amazing. Sweet, calm, efficient and knowledgeable about the food.

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DR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great dining experience and great value. They do such amazing work and community

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AJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aside from having excellent food and service, Farestart is one of very few restaurants in downtown Seattle that accepts lunchtime reservations. Yesterday I easily got a table for two and was served and ate in 30 minutes (although I could have stayed longer had I wanted to). Great food, great service, eminently convenient, and all for a good cause. What more could you ask?

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LW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a fan of Chef Eric's so I wanted to support him and his efforts at FareStart. The food was delicious and my friend and I enjoyed our evening.

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g
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a totally enjoyable eating experience! The food and service was excellence with the bonus being it is a great program helping a needy population begin a new career!!

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OT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It had been awhile since I visited FareStart for lunch. The menu has expanded quite a bit. Despite the tempting new choices I went with the fieldroast sandwich and salad, my old favorite. Still excellent.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good spot for lunch. Limited evening hours. Love to support an organization like FareStart and they have solid food options to boot!

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SS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant. Comfortable space. Very good food. Outstanding service.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Opentable password being required in not a pleasant experience.

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LC
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to meet for lunch. Good menu selections and food and service are great. It's also a plus that you are helping a good cause.

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CD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good food, exceptional service, great place for lunch. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was very good, the service was excellent and we were privileged to see a graduation. A lovely evening.

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H
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, as always. I didn't see the hazelnut field roast on the menu, but the blackened salmon sandwich was delicious.

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JO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time and we’ll go back. Two of us had the blackened salmon sandwich, 1 with soup, 1 with Caesar salad - great sandwich! salmon cooked perfectly, fresh roll, great sauce, lentil soup too thin, not enough lentils and temp could been hotter - roasted salmon - fresh and cooked perfectly, size a little small. Server was awesome - genuine, smiled and efficient. The person who brought the food just set it down and left without a word which was strange. Our check was brought before asking if we wanted anything else. Knowing the mission, we consider any missteps minor and part of the learning. Good job you guys.

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BS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and good cause.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guest Chef night was amazing! Great food and fun environment all for a good cause.

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AB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was really a great meal. I love their tomato soup as it is so thick and delicious.

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience with the location and food.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the dining experience at FareStart was outstanding. And the student graduation was a highlight of the evening. How can you not love an organization that helps disadvantaged adults obtain training and employment in the food service industry. We'll definitely be back!

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RG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best deal in downtown Seattle - 3course of delish and aesthetically-pleasing meal for a good cause, served by friendly and attentive volunteers! We can't wait to go back soon!

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D
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and love the Fare Start goals. Good was great.

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated quickly, excellent service, delicious food. Visited for a business lunch and will definitely be back.

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

we always love supporting FareStart ,love food . disappointed with the lack of service from our server never came to check on us never came to refill coffee till we asked several time. We have never had this experience in all the many times there won't keep us away,however.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond an incredible mission of helping people get back on their feet, the menu is creative, well executed, and just plain delicious. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great lunch that will impact people's lives long after you finish dessert.

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

Guest chef night!

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DP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FareStart is a great place for lunch. Great food and a great cause.

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PT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! We were there on graduation night with a local chef. The food was outstanding and what they are doing for the community is incredible! Very impressive!

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RH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FareStart has always been an exceptual place to eat and guest chef night has a place in my
heart, listening to graduating students, how they got there and a greater hope for their future
There is truly a Mission here!!

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have lunch here when I am in Seattle. I love that fact that the restaurant does outreach to the homeless and unemployed and trains them for restaurant service.
The service is impeccable, the food is tasty and very vegetarian friendly.
The carrot cake is the best I have ever eaten including the base of white chocolate.

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C
San Antonio
83 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Elisha was a great waitress! But restaurants are all about the food, and it doesn't matter if it is organic, sustainable, local, etc. etc. if the taste isn't there. My hamburger was okay, but nothing special. A trendy sauce of carrot to dip the fries in was elevating, but still not enough to make me want to go back. My boyfriend's catfish was also okay, but again, nothing special. A salad of greens with chicken ditto. And the most rude young ladies at the front desk!!!

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