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Sat, 5/26
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7:00 PM
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FareStart Restaurant

4.8
1829 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
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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.
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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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th and Virginia
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1829 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had a great experience with the location and food.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Guest chef night!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Guest chef night was super fun and the business model is really admirable.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fare Start is a great spot for lunch with friends. The food is good, and the menu creative. We shared 2 desserts among 4 friends and if we had to go it again, we would have ordered another!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Brought tears of joy, graduation ceremony did. We were looking for dinner. The reason for Fresh Start was the inspiration. Yes the food and ambiance was perfect too.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Had an amazing experience, and looking forward to coming back soon! I came for a business meeting, in which my colleague and I both eat low-carb. We were both had plenty of choices! The service was fantastic, and the food was incredible. I got something off their seasonable menu, and it was 10/10! Looking forward to next time :)

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fare Start provides a diverse menu at competitive prices in a tech hub of Seattle. With carpeted flooring, the acoustics are good for conversations. You can enjoy good food while doing good by contributing to the training program. This is a wonderful resource!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

What I get from Fare Start is heart. The people working here are making their way into the workforce after a rough start in life or a major setback. Give big tips!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This is my third visit to Fare Start for a business meal, and the quality of the food and service have remained high. I appreciate the work the Fare Start program is doing and am happy to support this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We made reservations the night Edouardo Jordan was visiting. (How could you possibly go wrong?!) Impressive!
Equally impressive is the commitment to the mission, the increasing scope of programs and overall effectiveness in delivering skills that allow at-risk populations to participate in the local economy. A truly satisfying meal!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

had a good lunch meetup at this place... 20% gratuity is always added to the final bill . FYI

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

It was a lovely evening. We enjoyed the graduation and meeting the chef. The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I am a repeat customer of their Guest Chef Night event. Well-curated meals taste as good as it was presented to me by very friendly volunteers! Can't wait to go back!

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1.0Dined on February 23, 2018

A birthday celebration was planned at FareStart for Thurs. evening - the 22nd. We were very disappointed in the food, and the 3 men at our table went away still hungry. I would not go anywhere near that chef's restaurant. It was a LOT of money for a small amount of unappetizing food. I'm sorry that we planned for the event there. and sorry that FareStart would go for this. Some day I may try it again for lunch, but I'll think about it for awhile.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Superb every time I've had a meal at FareStart. One of the best restaurants in the area for lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent food & great service. Courteous staff, nice varied choice from menu. It was kinda noisy though.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I enjoy the awesome service and great food at this place. It's close to my office and the prices are very reasonable, so it's a perfect spot for a business lunch. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The hamburger with swiss cheese was delicious and the caesar salad was crisp and tasty. The serving size was about right.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

This is one of my favorite places. It's well run, immaculate, friendly staff and wonderful food. The mission is exceptional and I support the guest chef nights.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful 3 course dinner! Was a privilege to be present for the graduation ceremony.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Enjoyed the upbeat, friendly ambience. The meal was tasty, well-presented. Impressive to hear that there is a wait list to serve as a volunteer. Speaks volumes.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Everybody in the Seattle area should try Farestart. It's a wonderful dinner for an awesome cause. A pride for Seattle.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

As always, FareStart is a community gem. Helping people who want a second chance is a gift to our community and allowing those who want to make a difference succeed. The food is terrific and the volunteers are wonderful people helping to make FareStart the best it can be.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I really admire the concept of Farestart. The food and the service were both good, and the "vibe" of the restaurant was great! I had a good feeling when I left there, seeing such a noble idea working so well. I will be returning again!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We came for guest chef night with Ciudad and it was fabulous! FareStart is such a fun restaurant as you get to help a great organization while eating delicious food from local chefs.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful place to eat! I wanted to try everything on the menu. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The food is amazing. The atmosphere is just right - casually elegant, yet comfortable. The wait staff is serious about customer service. The fact that the restaurant is doing the good work of providing job training is a feel-good bonus feature. Farestart is the best!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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