A must-to go for locals and out-of-town folks!
Loved the tall ceilings and long sharing table.
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.
Great place to grab a great meal at a great price!
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.
I support this cause of training folks who are trying to turn their lives around. Even better, the food is GREAT!
We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back!
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!
Attended a Guest Chef night. The atmosphere was great for an evening with friends and the food was delicious.
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!
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.
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.
Guest chef nights are so wonderful at Farestart
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.
Great concept and the food was perfect. Great reception and good service.
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!
Excellent restaurant for a business lunch or dinner.
Solid sandwich, great service, noisy lunch crowd.
It was a great meal -- well prepared and served! I really like it as a spot for a business lunch.
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.
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.
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.
As I've come to expect, another great meal at Farestart with friendly service
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.
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!
Fantastic! Our party of four was extremely satisfied with our meal. It was so delicious and we had so much fun.
We went on guest night 8/24/17. The lobster bisque was not that great and the volunteer waitress spilled some of it in my grandson's stroller. The salmon dish had artichoke in it that had to be picked out cause it couldn't be chewed. It was like chewing on cud. We did enjoy the dessert though as this was the best part of the meal.
I really like to support Farestart, they do an excellent job of training people and you feel good when you leave not just because it was a good meal but because you know that it helps the community
So I am a fan of Farestart I love going for lunch feels like real treat to have quality food in a nice atmosphere.
I was so exited for guest chef night and have my first dinner there, unfortunately I was not wowed by the Korean inspired menu.
The portions were so small so small we all stuffed ourselves on the great table bread to complete the meal.
The appetizer was artfully presented veg trio but under seasoned, the main course hanger steak was sliced and cooked correct but cold and under seasoned. The salad on plate was plentiful but no dressing or season, the kimchee nice with Korean chili sauce.after tge meal, I later found out we were supposed to wrap the meat, sauce and kimchee but without guidance how to eat the dish we ate the items separately, no big deal but a little help would have improved the experience.
Dessert was almost comical huge plate with 2 tiny items a thimble pastry lemon tart maybe 2.in diameter half filled and a warm chewy hot glutinous dessert with sesame dressing it was delicious but two bites.
All in all a nice looking meal with a bit more seasoning and portion I would have left content.
We all left hungry and thinking about a bite before bed.
I'll come back but I think I might stick to lunch.
Kudos to Amazon volunteer staff.
Our server was extremely rude. She was annoyed and angry. I am never going back to Farestart again. I wanted to ask them to remove the service charge they include in the meal but just wanted to get away from the horrible experience as soon as possible
I think Farestart is great!! The food is good and the service is great. It's also for a great cause! Seating is nice with either chairs and table, booths, and even a bar type of seating. The atmosphere is great and it's fun. Though, for me, the food is just a tad bit too oily. I prefer more dry food with very little oil on it. It's a fun place too!
Delicious food, great service and it's all for an excellent cause.
The food was very good. The servers were friendly and attentive.
As always, a terrific lunch and an opportunity to do well by eating well. The ahi tuna appetizer was fabulous, and paired with a side of horseradish slaw, an ample lunch meal. Our server Andrea was helpful, patient with many questions and friendly. Love the new program that has a service fee included, and that Amazon was matching donations to the training g program. We are excited to try new sister restaurant Maslows later this week.
I had their excellent Blackened Salmon Sandwich that never disappoints. The soup of the day was French Onion and it had a rich classic flavor to it.
I have had a consistently good experience at farestart. This visit I had the blackened salmon sandwich and the peach cobbler. Both were very good.
We came for guest chef night. The meat was quite overcooked ( lamb and beef meatballs) and had no flavor. The menu included a flat bread, that we were not served. We figured it have been taken of f the menu, then saw other diners who had it on our way out. Disappointing.
We came for chef's night and enjoyed a creative dinner. I love having only the choice between vegetarian and non-veg, choosing a night where the chef and menu look interesting, and the feeling of spending my food money on something delicious AND with a purpose.
Geat program, people, place, and food! And if you need more than that good luck in this world...
Guest Chef Night (Thursdays) is a must here! Very high-quality and imaginative offerings (menus available online), and the fact that they are providing skills for folks to enter the food-service industry is additional reason to support them. Loved our meal here: charred octopus with corona beans and hazelnuts!! Drop-dead delicious! Nice wines by the glass; bottle selection also looked good. We will try for lunch one of these days, but will definitely be back for dinner!