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FareStart Restaurant

#133 of 3,094 Restaurants in Seattle
#156 of 3,577 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101 (7th and Virginia)
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.
(206) 443-1233
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: At FareStart, food is the tool that transforms lives. FareStart is a...
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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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A moving experience I'll never forget!

I was in Seattle for business and looking to try something a little different for dinner. Browsing TripAdvisor, I read about FareStart, visited their website and became intrigued by their mission to empower disadvantaged people by teaching them skills to work in the restaurant industry. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
espang
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Buffalo, N.Y.
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Two problems make this rating a 2.5: The food is good, the concept is great, the atmosphere is fine but you need more than an hour for lunch (we arrived at 12:15 and our food did not arrive until 1:10. We didn't get to finish our meal before we had to head back to work at 1:20). The other problem... More 

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Buffalo, N.Y.
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was in Seattle for business and looking to try something a little different for dinner. Browsing TripAdvisor, I read about FareStart, visited their website and became intrigued by their mission to empower disadvantaged people by teaching them skills to work in the restaurant industry. I immediately made a reservation for guest chef night - a very special evening when... More 

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Charles Town
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Wonderful food. I actually appreciated not having to decide on what I wanted to eat ( fixed menu). Tenderloin AND black cod and perfectly cooked. Good wine pairing at a great price and for a great concept helping others develop independence and a career. Equal to restaurants costing 3-4 times as much. No complaints. An absolute pleasure.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Nice restaurant, friendly servers and good food at a good value. I love the concept of giving homeless people the opportunity to develop restaurant skills and find jobs. You'll feel good about eating here.

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pacific northwest
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Years ago, I found a newspaper article on a place called Fare Start. The newspaper feature that entertained me described a local school for “down & out” people. It was a practical application of the “teach a man to fish” concept. The copy I read described how this organization taught culinary arts to unemployed homeless people. I totally bought into... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The menu is solid and was in the mood for a great burger which my host suggested. She was right. It's a big place, great service and the food was great. Unfortunately no room for dessert.

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Woodinville, Washington
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Full disclosure: We had never heard of this restaurant. Our friends chose it. We went on a Thursday night (which is guest chef night). Our guest chef was from the Metropolitan Grill. Once we got there, we were told that this is the venue for disadvantaged people to learn a new skill. On the Thursday we went one of the... More 

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Seattle, WA
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Had a great seasonal salad. Fresh and very tasteful. Open and bright space in dining room. Plan to come back and bring wife for dinner.

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NANTON
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After researching restaurant ideas in the Seattle downtown area, my family came across The Farestart restaurant. I love the concept behind it so we chose it and we were so glad we did. The serves was amazing, never an empty water glass or a want for anything. The food was very good and the price was very reasonable. My teenagers... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Modern American food, modern setting and good service at reasonable prices. Definitely recommend the burger. Their soups are usually great. Wasn't impressed by their vegetarian options though.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101
    (7th and Virginia)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Belltown
  • Neighborhood: Belltown
  • Phone Number: (206) 443-1233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 24
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

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.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?