FareStart Restaurant

4.8
1852 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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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

New Opentable password being required in not a pleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great experience and good cause.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Had a great experience with the location and food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Guest chef night!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Guest chef night was super fun and the business model is really admirable.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fare Start is a great spot for lunch with friends. The food is good, and the menu creative. We shared 2 desserts among 4 friends and if we had to go it again, we would have ordered another!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Brought tears of joy, graduation ceremony did. We were looking for dinner. The reason for Fresh Start was the inspiration. Yes the food and ambiance was perfect too.

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