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For 2
Date
Tue, 1/23
Time
11:00 PM
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FareStart

4.7
1789 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Creative Cuisine (19)
  • Casual (18)
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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Cross street: 7th and Virginia
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What 1789 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Guest Chef Night with Jerry Traunfeld was a wonderful meal. RED BRAISED BEEF CHEEK CONGEE with Cilantro, Peanut and Pickled Daikon had very tender beef, complex flavors with enough heat from the chilly oil. YOGURT BRAISED CHICKEN with Fried Onion, Raisins and Masala Yams had tender chicken that falls off the bone!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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StephanieP (Seattle)
5.0
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.

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Susie (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
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!!

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
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.

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Brookdale60 (Seattle)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0
Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
7th and Virginia
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(206) 267-7601
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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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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.
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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
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine