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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:
Laura Lunde: (888) 503-7931

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

FareStart Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.6

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4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fantastic! Our party of four was extremely satisfied with our meal. It was so delicious and we had so much fun.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Delicious food, great service and it's all for an excellent cause.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was very good. The servers were friendly and attentive.

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 7, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Geat program, people, place, and food! And if you need more than that good luck in this world...

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I hadn't been to Fare Start in a few years and was looking forward to the lunch meal. Unfortunately my risotto dish was very bland, and the roasted veggies were a few onions and spinach - so not something I would order again. It was very loud and we had to speak over the table next to us who kept turning up their volume.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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