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FareStart Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 Winner


$6 - $15
American, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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House Salad
Mixed greens topped with fennel, carrot, apple, & house-made croutons, served with balsamic vinaigrette
Caesar Salad
Romaine hearts tossed with caesar dressing, garnished with pecorino cheese, & house-made croutons
Roasted Beet Salad
Red & golden beets, organic quinoa, field greens, chevre, orange, candied walnuts, apple cider vinaigrette
Cobb Salad
Grilled chicken breast, egg, bacon, kalamata olives, tomato & romaine hearts combined with bleu cheese dressing & topped with crumbled bleu cheese
Served with a choice of: beer-battered fries, cup of soup or a small caesar salad.
Rosemary Turkey
House-roasted rosemary turkey, crispy bacon, & swiss cheese with lettuce, tomato chutney & basil aioli on your choice of eight-grain, potato, or rye bread
Veggie Reuben
Sliced vegetarian sun-dried tomato “field roast” served reuben-style with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, & thousand island dressing on rye bread
Chef Buck's Tarragon Chicken Salad
Roasted chicken‏ dressed‎ with tarragon mayo, crisp granny smith apples & Brie on fresh potato bread
Steak Frites
St. Helens New York steak, hand cut fries, sauteed greens, aleppo pepper butter, crispy fried onions
Vegetable Polenta, Sunny-Side Up
Soft polenta with parmesan cheese, sauteed local organic greens & roasted vegetables, topped with marinara sauce & a sunny side-up egg
Grilled Salmon
Tender grilled wild salmon filet served over roasted seasonal vegetables & edamame, finished with fresh citrus vinaigrette
The Farestart Beef Burger
Painted hills grass-fed beef ground in-house daily on a toasted brioche roll. Served with choice of fries, cup of soup or small caesar salad
Crispy Pork Sandwich
Carlton farms natural pork loin breaded & crisp fried with pickled onions & cilantro aioli on grilled potato bread. Served with choice of fries, cup of soup or small caesar salad
Founder's "Field Roast" Sandwich
Farestart founder‏ chef‎ David lee’s signature hazelnut-encrusted lentil & sage patty, served crispy with arugula, tomato, vegan fig mayonnaise & dijon mustard on vegan potato bread. served with choice of fries, cup of soup, or small caesar salad
Fish & Chips with Slaw
Crisp tempura fried pacific cod, beer battered fries, lemon caper aioli, fresh horseradish slaw, lemon
Blackened Salmon Sandwich
Wild salmon filet seared with our own blackening spice on a toasted brioche roll & a side of lemon caper aioli. Served with choice of fries, cup of soup or small caesar salad
Small Salad or Caesar Salad
Cup $3.95
Bowl $6.50
Today's Soup
Cup $3.95
Bowl $6.50
Farestart's Famous Tomato Basil Soup
Beer-Battered Fries
Fresh House-Made Bread
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pretty good in terms of food and service. We've eaten here multiple times, and had catering done by them. I like their mission, and their service is pretty good. I'm a fan!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jasonspark54312005
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Visited in a Thursday evening and the trainees were graduating + some visiting chefs. Ordered a sandwich (crispy pork) and it's on point. The overall ambiance as well was nice. PS : on graduation night better have a reservation as it may be full!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank YvanoTP
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The entire experience was very efficient and the food was great. The atmosphere clean and staff very organized. I only have positive thoughts.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank joelm902
Reviewed August 15, 2018

I regularly reserve a table at FareStart when I am in Seattle on a Thursday Night. Their Guest Chef Night is a lovely meal and a GREAT Cause! I was able to attend the Guest Chef Night again twice in January. During the graduation ceremony...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank bynw
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Had a medicore lunch -- salmon sandwich which was clearly cooked on a dirty grill. They try and get you to donate to their charity, although if you look into them, most of the money goes to themselves and 6 figure executive salaries. The homeless...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Ughhh
Reviewed June 23, 2018

The concept of employing people who need a hand-up in their life is very inspiring. Our waitress was fun and knowledgable of the menu items. There were 7 in our group. Never felt rushed and had lots of room at our table. Food was excellent....More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Lou P
Reviewed April 20, 2018

A friend told me about Thursday Night Guest Chef Night at FareStart (where a prominent Seattle Chef visits the FareStart kitchen, is assisted by the students, and patrons are treated to a three-course meal for a set price). I went with friends (I recommend making...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank CYPhung
Reviewed February 17, 2018

First off, I love the "mission" and philosophy behind this restaurant. All about giving people a purpose and teaching them skills to use in their future. We were there for a day and a half for a business meeting. The service was incredible and the...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Pascale S
Reviewed January 23, 2018

Having visited Seattle numerous times we are always on the lookout for new places to eat. We were drawn to FareStart because of its reputation for great food and because we knew of its aim to provide a solution to the challenges of homelessness, joblessness,...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Bridstow
Reviewed October 12, 2017

I am very impressed with this restaurant for many reasons: 1. The food is superb and nicely prepared 2. The service staff bent over backwards to attend to our every need and this was a business function of over 100 people. 3. The mission of...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank CyndyTT
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