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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.
Seattle, WA 98101
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 am-2 pm; Dinner: Thursdays, 5:30-8 pm
7th and Virginia
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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:
Laura Lunde: (888) 503-7931
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
FareStart Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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