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About 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.

700 Virginia Street
Seattle, WA 98101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 am-2 pm; Dinner: Thursdays, 5:30-8 pm

Cross Street:
7th and Virginia

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 267-7601

Website:
http://www.farestart.org/

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.

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.

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.

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: (888) 503-7931

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

FareStart Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent meal and fun and inspirational opportunity to see staff graduate!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

As supporters of FareStart, we are lucky to get complimentary dinners for 2 at a guest chef night. We always enjoy the positive vibe of the volunteers, other diners, staff, and the graduating students. FareStart does a great job making you feel like part of the change they are making in people's lives while you enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a renowned chef.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Organic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had lunch salads that were so tasty. The Creme Brulee was delicious for dessert. Everyone was very friendly.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Enjoyed both the food and service. This is a great program well worth supporting. We came for a friends birthday lunch and were all impressed. The cobb salad was nicely dressed and topped with a warm grilled chicken breast. All of the dishes featured fresh ingredients with an interesting twist. Very creative.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 2018

What a wonderful experience! Had not been to Fare Start for years (since they moved to this location) and I really love the concept. I appreciated the varied menu since one in our group was vegetarian; it was nice to have several options. Everything was exceptionally good. The service top notch and the overall value is almost impossible to believe. Strongly recommend!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I brought my office crew here for the first time to see what the experience would be like and we were all blown away by the great menu, attentive service and trendy feel of the atmosphere. 3 out of 4 of us are vegetarian. We all had something different and we all thought the choices were difficult! Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious and it is a great place to splurge. We all decided we will start to make this a monthly lunch spot!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I had the vegetarian Reuben with tomato-basil soup, and my colleague had a dish of polenta with over-easy eggs. We both had mint tea to drink since the weather was super cold. The ambiance in Fare Start, on the other hand, was warm and welcoming. Our server was efficient and nice, but could have been friendlier. The ordering and paying processes were simple and accurate. I enjoyed my meal and will be back.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I always enjoying lunching at FareStart, both for the delicious food and for its mission of training the homeless and under-employed for careers in the food service industry. I like to go early for lunch (11 AM) because by noon the place is packed and very noisy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Nest to the door left me chilled. Otherwise the ambience was fine. Noise level a bit loud.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

A great cause, and the food is amazing. I have been twice for the Guest Chef Night- put this on your calander.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We had a nice lunch (Party of 6) and while the service and food were all very nice, being seated right next to the busy pantry did not make for a good ambiance.

We enjoyed the friendly staff and will come back to try your dinner service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

FareStart is a wonderful experience for a great cause! Delicious food, fantastic value, and you can leave without feeling guilty about eating dessert :)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was the first opportunity for us to dine at FareStart; we will return. FareStart is taking the lead in providing education that targets a specific industry where individuals interested in becoming a chef have the opportunity without the high cost of tuition and added expenses. In addition, companies giving back to the community by serving the guests is another great way for organizations to come together and support a wonderful concept. The food was terrific, the servers pleasant, and the experience was positive; there is no place that someone could have a five star meal for under $50; we applaud FareStart, the guest chefs that take the time to educate and inspire, and everyone that supports this community gem.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Absolutely amazing experience. Love the concept and what they are doing for the community.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Farestart has, for years, been the lunch place I love to take friends! I especially love it when I'm the first to introduce them to the most wonderful spot in Seattle...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A must-to go for locals and out-of-town folks!
Loved the tall ceilings and long sharing table.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It is a great cause, a great result, convenient to anything in the SLU area. I was less impressed with the Tuna BLT. Great idea, but the tuna was a little soft and the tomatoes needed tossed. Perhaps it was because it was close to the end of the lunch period, but it was not the best choice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great place to grab a great meal at a great price!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The host at the front desk gave our table away to another party without checking if it was the correct party. He Said he would give us the next available table and instead gave it to another group of the same size as we continued to wait. He was unapologetic and did absolutely nothing to make up for this. We ended up waiting for another 20+ minutes to be seated when we had an actual reservation. Awful service and an unacceptable response from the host and I would not recommend this place. It’s unfortunate since I’ve been here many times and support the cause but not at the expense of terrible service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I support this cause of training folks who are trying to turn their lives around. Even better, the food is GREAT!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Not only do the serve great food in a great space, but FareStart is a fantastic volunteer organization that trains people in life skills and the culinary arts. A 13 week program from start to ready to work in the food industry. Come in for the great food, and come back to support a wonderful cause!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Attended a Guest Chef night. The atmosphere was great for an evening with friends and the food was delicious.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The Chef's Special dinners are not to be missed. Such a great opportunity to taste favorite local chef's inspirations and celebrate Farestart's wonderful programs!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I’ve yet to be disappointed here. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the service is prompt and friendly. Great price point too! My first choice for a business lunch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

i always find Farestart to be a terrific value. Always good food, interesting service with volunteers. A fun place to enjoy a meal with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Guest chef nights are so wonderful at Farestart

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful night out with really great food from the guest chefs (Hitchcock, Wandering Goose, Neon Taco). Hard to decide which course was the best one! Really amazing to hear from a graduate of FareStart's programs too.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great concept and the food was perfect. Great reception and good service.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was a great experience in every way... atmosphere and org purpose, service and tasty food. Though while the food was tasty, the menu was overloaded with starchy carbs. My only negative!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent restaurant for a business lunch or dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Solid sandwich, great service, noisy lunch crowd.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was a great meal -- well prepared and served! I really like it as a spot for a business lunch.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2017

A restaurant with a social purpose. Food during the weekly Thursday night dinner was quite good and the volunteer servers were very friendly. There was a pause during the meal to recognize a graduating student which reaffirmed the positive impact of the establishment. A really great experience.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Enjoyed our time, knowing the food was not the usual fare - it was very good for the occasion it was made. Service was friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Still one of the best restaurants in the Northwest, but service is not as tight as it was before the renovation/expansion a couple of years ago. Waited over 15 minutes after being seated before being contacted by our waiter for pre dinner drinks. Also, seated in the back room which is much noisier than the main dining room, especially when all the tables are full.
Enough complaints though, food is still sublime as always. Fantastic, creative, delicious, I always leave satisfied.

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

This is a great place to take someone for lunch as there are a number of different entrees - something for everyone. I had the grilled salmon over seasonal veggies and it was delicious. The wait staff, as always, was very friendly and efficient. A very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, People Watching, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 6, 2017

As I've come to expect, another great meal at Farestart with friendly service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The dinner with the chef from the Columbia Tower Club was over the top! Each dish was exquisitely prepared with several garnishes. We had a round table for the six of us in a corner which was lovely. The service, done by volunteers, is gracious.

Eat wonderful food and support an outstanding organization that is really making a difference in our community.

I love coming here for lunch as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

First time at Fare Start and it was a graduation night and Chef's night. It was fantastic!
We were all so moved by the graduates stories. The food was divine and we will definately
be back. Thank you for this unique and delicious dining experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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