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FareStart Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1854 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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.

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Menu

Soups and Salads

  • Today's Soup

    Farestart's Famous

    • Cup$4.50
    • Bowl$7.50
  • Tomato Basil

    • Cup$4.50
    • Bowl$7.50
  • House Salad

    Mixed Greens Topped With Fennel, Carrot, Apple and Our Own Croutons, Served With Balsamic Vinaigrette

    • Large$8.95
    • Small$5.95
  • Caesar Salad

    Romaine Hearts Tossed With House Made Caesar Dressing, Garnished With Pecorino Cheese and House-Made Croutons

    • Large$8.95
    • Small$5.95
  • Soba Noodle Salad$9.95

    Buckwheat Noodles, Field Greens, Carrots, Cabbage, Sesame, Edamame, Tomato, Cilantro, Scallion, Soy Citrus Vinaigrette

    • Cobb Salad$13.95

      Grilled Chicken Breast, Egg, Bacon, Kalamata Olives, Tomato and Romaine Hearts, Combined With Blue Cheese Dressing, Topped With Crumbled Blue Cheese

      Sandwiches

      Served With A Choice Of: Beer-Battered Fries, Cup Of Soup, Horseradish Slaw, Small Caesar Salad, Or Small House Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette

      • The Farestart Beef Burger*$13.95

        Beef Ground In House On A Toasted Brioche Roll, Traditional Accompaniments, House Burger Sauce. Toppings: Bacon, Swiss, Cheddar Cheese, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Caramelized Onions

        • Green Goddess Turkey Wrap$12.95

          Roasted Turkey, Bacon, Avocado Herb Sauce, Arugula, Red Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Sprouts, Spinach Tortilla

          • Veggie Reuben$11.95

            Vegetarian Smoked Tomato "Field Roast" Served Reuben-Style With Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing On Rye Bread

            • Grilled Chicken Sandwich$12.95

              Grilled Chicken Breast On A Toasted Brioche Roll, Traditional Accompaniments, House Burger Sauce. Toppings: Bacon, Swiss, Cheddar Cheese, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Caramelized Onions

              • Crispy Pork Sandwich$12.95

                Carlton Farms Natural Pork Loin Breaded and Crisp Fried, Lettuce, Provolone, Tomato Jam, Sweet Onion Mostarda

                • Founder's "Field Roast" Sandwich$11.95

                  Farestart Founder Chef David Lee's Signature Hazelnut Encrusted Lentil Sage Patty, Served Crispy With Arugula, Tomato, Vegan Fig Mayonnaise and Dijon Mustard On Potato Bread

                  • Blackened Salmon Sandwich*$14.95

                    Wild Salmon Filet Seared With Our Own Blackening Spice On A Toasted Brioche Roll, Traditional Accompaniments, and A Side Of Lemon Caper Aioli

                    Entrees

                    • Steak Frites*$21.95

                      Grilled 6oz Flat Iron, Blue Cheese And Caramelized Onion Butter, Sautéed Greens, Beer- Battered Fries

                      • Vegetable Polenta, Sunny-Side Up*$12.95

                        Soft Polenta Combined With Parmesan Cheese, Sautéed Local Organic Greens and Roasted Vegetables, Topped With Marinara Sauce and A Sunny Side-Up Egg

                        • Grilled Salmon*$16.95

                          Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon Filet Served Over Roasted Seasonal Vegetables and Edamame, Finished With Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette

                          • Fish and Chips$13.95

                            Crispy Tempura Pacific Cod, Beer Battered Fries, Lemon Caper Aioli, Fresh Horseradish Slaw, Lemon

                            Sides

                            • Farestart Fries$4.95

                              • Fresh House Made Bread$1.95

                                • Mixed Seasonal Vegetable$3.95

                                  • Horseradish Slaw$2.95

                                    Beverages

                                    • Dry Sodas$3.50

                                      Lavender, Rhubarb, Vanilla, Cucumber, Fuji Apple, Blood Orange, Juniper Berry

                                      • Assorted Coca-Cola Beverages$2.75

                                        • San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

                                          • 500ml$3.00
                                        • Assorted Tazo Hot Tea$2.50

                                          • Tazo Black Iced Tea$2.50

                                            • Drip Coffee or Single Espresso$2.50

                                              • Hot & Cold Espresso Beverages$2.00

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                                                What 1,854 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                4.4
                                                4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                • 4.3Food
                                                • 4.3Service
                                                • 4.2Ambience
                                                • 4.5Value

                                                NoiseModerate

                                                99% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                1. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Seattle

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on August 24, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great!! Love the concept! The food was amazing!

                                                2. PS

                                                  PeggyS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on August 24, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                  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!

                                                3. EN

                                                  ElaineN

                                                  Seattle

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on August 20, 2018

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                4. SF

                                                  SeattleFoodie

                                                  Seattle

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 10, 2018

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                  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.

                                                5. e

                                                  erick

                                                  Seattle

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 10, 2018

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                  Good meal, great service. Thx for what you do. That’s it.

                                                6. Q

                                                  Quail

                                                  Seattle

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 10, 2018

                                                  overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                7. JG

                                                  JoanG

                                                  Seattle

                                                  81 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  81 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 10, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  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!

                                                8. TA

                                                  TAE2013

                                                  Seattle

                                                  29 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  29 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 6, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!

                                                9. N

                                                  Noctiluca888

                                                  Seattle

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 6, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious food and great ambiance. The service was a bit slow but otherwise excellent!

                                                10. A

                                                  Andi

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 31, 2018

                                                  overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                  Entree salad was generous in portion, nicely presented with all ingredients fresh, clean and tasty with exception to the bay shrimp. Poor quality.

                                                11. LH

                                                  LynneH

                                                  Seattle

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 31, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Our lunch was great and our server amazing. Sweet, calm, efficient and knowledgeable about the food.

                                                12. DR

                                                  DeafRocker

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 31, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Always a great dining experience and great value. They do such amazing work and community

                                                13. AJ

                                                  AlexJ

                                                  Seattle

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 31, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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?

                                                14. LW

                                                  LizW

                                                  Seattle

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 27, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                15. g

                                                  godot

                                                  Seattle

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 27, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!!

                                                16. W

                                                  Worthwhile

                                                  Seattle

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 20, 2018

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  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.

                                                17. f

                                                  foodnoob

                                                  Seattle

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 19, 2018

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                  Good spot for lunch. Limited evening hours. Love to support an organization like FareStart and they have solid food options to boot!

                                                18. SS

                                                  StellaS

                                                  New York Area

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 12, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Very pleasant. Comfortable space. Very good food. Outstanding service.

                                                19. k

                                                  kurtw

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 11, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  New Opentable password being required in not a pleasant experience.

                                                20. LC

                                                  LisaC

                                                  Seattle

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  13 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 6, 2018

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  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.

                                                21. CD

                                                  CDseattle

                                                  Seattle

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on June 29, 2018

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                  Really good food, exceptional service, great place for lunch. Will definitely be back.

                                                22. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on June 22, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                23. H

                                                  Hannah

                                                  Seattle

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on June 13, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing service, as always. I didn't see the hazelnut field roast on the menu, but the blackened salmon sandwich was delicious.

                                                24. JO

                                                  JustOK

                                                  Washington DC

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on June 7, 2018

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                  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.

                                                25. BS

                                                  BrittanyS

                                                  Seattle

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on June 1, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great experience and good cause.

                                                26. A

                                                  Alfons23

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on June 1, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Guest Chef night was amazing! Great food and fun environment all for a good cause.

                                                27. AB

                                                  AndrewB

                                                  Seattle

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 21, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Was really a great meal. I love their tomato soup as it is so thick and delicious.

                                                28. AH

                                                  AwetH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 21, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Had a great experience with the location and food.

                                                29. DS

                                                  DebS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 18, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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!

                                                30. RG

                                                  RecentGuest

                                                  Seattle

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 18, 2018

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  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!

                                                31. D

                                                  Deej

                                                  Seattle

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 11, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  It was great and love the Fare Start goals. Good was great.

                                                32. AW

                                                  AndyW

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 11, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Seated quickly, excellent service, delicious food. Visited for a business lunch and will definitely be back.

                                                33. DK

                                                  DonaK

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 9, 2018

                                                  overall4food5service1ambience4

                                                  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.

                                                34. SP

                                                  StromP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 4, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  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.

                                                35. MS

                                                  MichiS

                                                  Chicago

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 4, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Guest chef night!

                                                36. DP

                                                  DentonP

                                                  Seattle

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 2, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  FareStart is a great place for lunch. Great food and a great cause.

                                                37. PT

                                                  PatriceThompsonT

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 27, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing restaurant! We were there on graduation night with a local chef. The food was outstanding and what they are doing for the community is incredible! Very impressive!

                                                38. RH

                                                  RickH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 27, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  FareStart has always been an exceptual place to eat and guest chef night has a place in my heart, listening to graduating students, how they got there and a greater hope for their future There is truly a Mission here!!

                                                39. B

                                                  Brooklyndoug

                                                  New York Area

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  15 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 25, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I always have lunch here when I am in Seattle. I love that fact that the restaurant does outreach to the homeless and unemployed and trains them for restaurant service. The service is impeccable, the food is tasty and very vegetarian friendly. The carrot cake is the best I have ever eaten including the base of white chocolate.

                                                40. C

                                                  Cher

                                                  San Antonio

                                                  96 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  2.0

                                                  96 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 23, 2018

                                                  overall2food2service4ambience2

                                                  Elisha was a great waitress! But restaurants are all about the food, and it doesn't matter if it is organic, sustainable, local, etc. etc. if the taste isn't there. My hamburger was okay, but nothing special. A trendy sauce of carrot to dip the fries in was elevating, but still not enough to make me want to go back. My boyfriend's catfish was also okay, but again, nothing special. A salad of greens with chicken ditto. And the most rude young ladies at the front desk!!!

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