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FareStart Restaurant

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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great concept and great food

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
CYLau
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Bethesda, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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70 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Bethesda, Maryland
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
52 helpful votes 52 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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New Providence, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

When I decided to make lunch reservation at Farestart, I just wanted to help out those who needed ( homeless and disable people who get support from this program). Although I was not hungry, but I ordered both appetizer and main dish. The smoke carb with pita dip was so.... good. I was full after appetizer. When the friendly waitress... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

FareStart is much more than a restaurant, so a TripAdvisor review is a bit awkward. But, if you are looking for a great meal, at a good price ($29.95), you must go, even without the back story. For those who don’t know, FareStart is a training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. You should read up on everything... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was amazed at my first time at FareStart. I had of the best sea food in my entire life, and it was all prepared by the most amazing people I've ever seen cooking. The social contribution this restaurant has for the Seattle community is outstanding. They teach people who had stopped believing in their own lives, and show them... More 

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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?