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FareStart Restaurant

7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101 (Belltown)
(206) 443-1233
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Ranked #54 of 3,387 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Belltown
Cross street: 7th and Virginia
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.
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.
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93% Recommend
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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Went here to have lunch with friends and was quite impressed with their philosophy. The food was amazing, service was great, and the ambiance was lively. I highly recommend their beet salad - one of the best salads I have ever had! Make sure to make reservations.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We booked a reservation here when we knew we would be in Seattle. There was a local celebrity chef dinner on a Thursday night. What a delight! The servers were volunteers from a Seattle graphic artists group and the food was wonderful. The kale salad was amazing! This is a restaurant that helps disadvantaged people get a new start and... More

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Ventura, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We found this place on line, made reservations (luckily) and a enjoyed nice lunch on a Friday afternoon. The appetizers took a few minutes longer than expected but they were great - Eggplant Bruschetta (you can order by the piece) and the Tuna Tartar dish. Salmon entree was plentiful with a nice selection of cooked but crunchy vegetables. Service was... More

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New Brunswick
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were walking downtown and looking for a place to rest our feet and enjoy a nice lunch, and came across Fare Start. At first we were not sure what kind of restaurant it was, figuring maybe a culinary school. Then I looked it up on the Internet and was pleasantly surprised to read that this restaurant helps young talented... More

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We were recommended by a tv film crew doing a story by the courthouse. They indicated that the restaurant hires disadvantaged people giving them a chance to turn it around for themselves and providing training and culinary experience. The students slap give back to the community. The food is extraordinary. We all opted in for the grass fed beef burgers.... More

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Redlands, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across this great restaurant, only open for lunch. Had the salmon, bacon club along with delicious and creamy clam chowder. Worth a return visit!

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I made u my mind I want to write on TripAdvisor all the places I have been in my life. As already said somewhere else I cannot recall all the food I had once living in Seattle back some years ago. Btw FareStart was a great food and I love its business model as it allows you to meet diffeent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I celebrated my wedding there July 31st with 9 of my close friends and family. Every guest at some point in time during the evening told me how lovely it was that I choose this venue, how delicious the food was, and over all how it was the best wedding the ever attended. Laura and Alexis, Chef Paul, you are... More

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Issaquah, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Farestart is a remarkable program and holds its own in the vibrant downtown Seattle dining scene. A terrific place for a delicious, well priced lunch, the Thursday guest chef nights are also not to be missed. At $29.99, we recently enjoyed a fabulous 3-course meal prepared by Chef Bridget Charters. The antipasto starter was very generous and included Salumi cured... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Wonderful fresh food made for an excellent lunch. Very accommodating for menu changes and specific requests.

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