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FareStart Restaurant

700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
+1 206-267-7601
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Ughhh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Slave work it's a trap, the food is cooked by homeless people, people in desvantagem in society. They don't give a penny for.The homeless, leave after work for free for them for for months, seven hours a day without 1 penny and go back to...More

Thank Claudio D
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

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

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

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

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

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.

Thank LeCacoin
Reviewed July 29, 2017

I had lunch at this restaurant. It was very busy and I had to wait about 10-15 for a table for 2. I had the blackened salmon sandwich and to tomato basil soup. Both were really good. I also had a vanilla soda, but that...More

Thank fwy
Reviewed June 9, 2017

Farestart is a wonderful organization that provides culinary training to individuals that have experienced a hardship. Today I met a friend for lunch at the FareStart Restaurant. We had reservations for 12pm and the restaurant was packed. Service was attentive and very quick. We had...More

Thank CourtneySeattle_WA
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $15
Dinner, Lunch
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, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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