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FareStart Restaurant

#118 of 3,118 Restaurants in Seattle
#141 of 3,648 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Belltown
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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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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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
superb food for a great cause

Was celebrating my 60th birthday and my daughter found this gem. Thursday evenings the guest chefs prepare a prix fix menu with 3 courses, appetizer, main and dessert for $29. The gazpacho super was bowl licking delicious. The steak main course had a beautiful presentation and the ice cream... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Jenny C
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Was celebrating my 60th birthday and my daughter found this gem. Thursday evenings the guest chefs prepare a prix fix menu with 3 courses, appetizer, main and dessert for $29. The gazpacho super was bowl licking delicious. The steak main course had a beautiful presentation and the ice cream float dessert was fun. The service is from the corporate community... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I came here on a Thursday night which is when they have featured chefs. We had a great meal from beginning to end. The first course was a great duck pâté, main course was a super flaky fish with mushrooms and dessert was a small bit of ice cream, strawberries and this amazing green herby-sauce - basil perhaps? Either way,... More 

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Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The business model here is about giving disadvantaged individuals a "second chance" to have an awesome career, which I really respect. Their signature soup is a tomato basil, but their soup of the day was bacon cream soup. If you like bacon, this is the soup for you. If you don't like bacon....I'd opt for something else because every spoonful... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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