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“Great overall experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of FareStart Restaurant

FareStart Restaurant
7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101 (Belltown)
(206) 443-1233
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Ranked #112 of 3,490 Restaurants in Seattle
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.
Detroit, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great overall experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

We went on chefs night, where they have a fixed 3 course menu.
The quality of the food, atmosphere and service were all excellent and what you could expect of a 5 star restaurant. The added feel good factor that the restaurant is helping people is just an added bonus.
Well worth a visit!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Anacortes, Washington
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143 reviews 143 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“5 star excellence!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012 via mobile

We had lunch here. Awesome. Chowder was great; blackened salmon sandwich ($13 BTW, dunno why they were put in higher price category), fantastic; service, great; ideals, even better. Take a look around this chic little place, take time to read and check out their website. You might be surprised to find where they get their beginnings and why they are serving world class food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Renton, Washington
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Amazing restaurant and mission”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

FareStart has a goal to train the underprivileged of our Seattle community to work in the restaurant industry and they've been doing it for 20 years with class and dignity. The bonus for all of us is the wonderful restaurant they run. We attended one of the Thursday night guest chef dinners and plan to make it a monthly date. The food was some of the best we've had and attentive volunteer servers. We were also able to hear from three graduates who shared their stories of their life altering experiences at FareStart. They serve lunch also, give them a try.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scituate, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very Special Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

The food was fabulous.....but the mission even better! They enroll disadvantaged people in a 16 week training program to help get their life on a better track and teach them a valuable skill. The waitstaff is volunteer and all gratuities go back to the cause. This non-profit restaurant is so worth going to--you'll be glad you did and help out a terrific cause!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best overall deal for your dining dollars--and for your social consciousness!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Highly recommend for visitors and locals alike. Food is delicious and artfully prepared. Chef's nights (Thursdays) feature guest chefs--and the added pleasure of watching these hard-working students graduate. Servers donate their time, and all tips go back to the program.
No better meal for a better cause available.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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