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FareStart Restaurant, Seattle, WA

FareStart Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1425 Reviews
$30 and under
American
FareStart’s flagship restaurant in the heart of Seattle is currently available for private event rentals and Guest Chef Night. This revenue helps FareStart fulfill its mission to transform lives, disrupt poverty and nourish communities through food, life skills and job training.

FareStart is a social enterprise nonprofit organization focused on job training and employment. Our food-based businesses serve as classrooms, where students gain valuable employment and self-empowerment skills that prepare them for various career pathways. Students learn and hone these skills in real-world situations while receiving wraparound social services such as housing, mental health support, transportation and more. Our holistic approach centers individuals furthest from opportunity and helps people facing barriers to employment move toward stability and economic mobility and ultimately thrive.

Not bookable

Online reservations at FareStart Restaurant can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 267-7601
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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
    FareStart Catering: (206) 267-7606
  • Neighborhood
    Seattle
  • Cross street
    7th and Virginia
  • Parking details
    Park for free after 4pm at Amazon’s Doppler Garage located at 2000 6th Ave, Seattle. There are also several lots, garages, and limited accessible street parking available in the immediate area.
  • 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

What 1,425 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 0.9Value

NoiseModerate

1,425 Reviews
  1. MichaelP

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, space and vibe. The best part is that FareStart is a non-profit that provides job training to people who are in need of help and support. So patronizing FareStart helps the organization help others, and help our community. Highly recommend!

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  2. SteveK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, but more important is the help for those in need. The testimony of the chef who overcame obstacles to restart her life made me cry. Truly touching. Our server, a volunteer from Bank of America, was also a highlight.

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  3. RicC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First and foremost, Guest Chef Night is one of the best dining experiences in Seattle -- the food and stmosphere are exceptional. Second, the FareStart cause is essential to creating a thriving city and society, and everyone should support the organization to the extent possible.

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  4. SRCC

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy for Guest Chef’s Night to be back! Excellent cause, excellent food!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great!! Love the concept! The food was amazing!

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  6. PeggyS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 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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  7. ElaineN

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  8. erick

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good meal, great service. Thx for what you do. That’s it.

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  9. SeattleFoodie

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  10. Quail

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  11. JoanG

    Seattle

    101 reviews

    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  12. Noctiluca888

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great ambiance. The service was a bit slow but otherwise excellent!

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  13. TAE2013

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  14. Andi

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  15. LynneH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our lunch was great and our server amazing. Sweet, calm, efficient and knowledgeable about the food.

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  16. Saucepeddler

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great dining experience and great value. They do such amazing work and community

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  17. AlexJ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  18. LizW

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  19. godot

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  20. Worthwhile

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  21. foodnoob

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  22. StellaS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant. Comfortable space. Very good food. Outstanding service.

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  23. kurtw

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Opentable password being required in not a pleasant experience.

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  24. LCat

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  25. CDseattle

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food, exceptional service, great place for lunch. Will definitely be back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  27. Hannah

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  28. MakenaJellyBean

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  29. BrittanyS

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and good cause.

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  30. Alfons23

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Guest Chef night was amazing! Great food and fun environment all for a good cause.

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  31. AndrewB

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was really a great meal. I love their tomato soup as it is so thick and delicious.

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  32. AwetH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience with the location and food.

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  33. DebS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  34. RecentGuest

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  35. Deej

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great and love the Fare Start goals. Good was great.

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  36. AndyW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated quickly, excellent service, delicious food. Visited for a business lunch and will definitely be back.

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  37. DonaK

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 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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  38. StromP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  39. MichiS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Guest chef night!

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  40. DentonP

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FareStart is a great place for lunch. Great food and a great cause.

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FAQs

FareStart Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1425 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at FareStart Restaurant can only be made directly on their website.

Google Map for FareStart Restaurant

700 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    7th and Virginia
  • Neighborhood
    Seattle
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Park for free after 4pm at Amazon’s Doppler Garage located at 2000 6th Ave, Seattle. There are also several lots, garages, and limited accessible street parking available in the immediate area.
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 267-7601
  • 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
    FareStart Catering: (206) 267-7606
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