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FareStart Restaurant

7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101 (Belltown)
(206) 443-1233
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Ranked #38 of 3,451 Restaurants in Seattle
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Price range: $5 - $24
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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75 reviews 75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I attended a private dinner for work here where I had the nicest vegetarian food I have had since eating at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. And all cooked by nonprofessionals. It is a beautiful space for events. The farro salad, roasted vegetables and eggplant towers were scrumptious. The bulgogi skewer appetizers were tough, but I am particular about bulgogi.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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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63 reviews 63 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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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
16 helpful votes 16 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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39 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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