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FareStart Restaurant

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7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101 (7th and Virginia)
(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
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California
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's just nice to support others on the right path and get a good meal at the same time. I went by myself and thoroughly enjoyed the beet salad. It was clean and fresh and flavorful AND healthy. I took my husband the next day. I had the salmon tacos and my husband got the steak. We both enjoyed our... More 

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Thank shainey
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

The food at Fare Start was very good. Loved the tomato basil soup so much that I had a bowl after my cup of soup. The crispy pork sandwich was juicy and crispy and delicious. The restaurant has a mission as well--they train people who would have difficulty finding jobs. Only in Seattle. What a cool city!

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Thank Rob H
Washington, DC
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant helps people develop skills they can use to get and keep a job. It serves healthy, delicious meals. The prices are very reasonable. I enjoyed the soup of the day - a spring pea soup made with coconut milk - and the grilled salmon.

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Thank Mollyshumom
The Bay Area
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290 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

In addition to the nobility of the mission, this restaurant is strategically placed right next to the new Amazon behemoth buildings, appointed with simple & tasteful decor. The food is very good (and relatively inexpensive); try the Nicoise. it was good experience all around, i will surely come back.

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Thank cuckatoo
Renton
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84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

FareStart restaurant showcases a well know chef and celebrates graduating culinary students every Thursday night. The proceeds from every 3 course meal ($29) and all tips are donated to pay one adult student's total transformation experience at FareStart - training, wrap-around support services, and graduate support services lasting for approximately one year. We arrived for 1st seating at 5 pm... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

I read about FareStart and decided to check it out with a colleague. Great ambiance and the food was delish!!! Menu is fresh with many great options. I look forward to returning for dinner with one of the visiting chefs sometime soon!

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Thank misopiso88
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

This cafe has a purpose. They are creating jobs and training people for work in culinary professions. The food is terrific, really interesting options well prepared. The service is similarly strong. Everyone is held to a high standard. They don't allow tips, instead asking for donations to the cause. Highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area.

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1 Thank Jennifer A
Newport Beach, California
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110 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

FareStart is a great lunch spot if you have the time and inclination to eat real (not fast) food. Not that they are slow - they're not. But this is food which is well selected, well prepared and well served. Salads are interesting. Their grilled salmon sandwich is awesome. There are a number of great sounding vegetarian items on the... More 

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Hermiston, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

the food was great and we liked supporting the idea upon which this restaurant was founded. they employee and train people who have had difficult chapters in their lives and are looking for a new start. great idea! the food was terrific, too, with lots of options for vegetarians, etc. the staff was very pleasant and good to work with--really... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Great,fresh and local help in funding students in the sixteen week culinary program. What better way to indulge and give back at the same time.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $24
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
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
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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