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FareStart Restaurant

700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
+1 206-267-7601
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“crispy pork” (4 reviews)
“sandwich” (6 reviews)
Closed today
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
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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
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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
Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

Quick and efficient service. Large selection of sandwiches that come with a side. Interesting story and initiative to help homeless people find jobs and training.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank LeCacoin
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
    (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: +1 206-267-7601
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 is open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11am–2pm, and for Guest Chef Night dinners on Thursdays from 5:30-8 pm. 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.
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