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FareStart Restaurant

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700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
+1 206-267-7601
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

I was amazed at my first time at FareStart. I had of the best sea food in my entire life, and it was all prepared by the most amazing people I've ever seen cooking. The social contribution this restaurant has for the Seattle community is...More

1  Thank Viniciuspcg
Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

I attended a private dinner for work here where I had the nicest vegetarian food I have had since eating at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. And all cooked by nonprofessionals. It is a beautiful space for events. The farro salad, roasted vegetables and eggplant...More

1  Thank sypai68
Reviewed April 12, 2014

Went here to have lunch with friends and was quite impressed with their philosophy. The food was amazing, service was great, and the ambiance was lively. I highly recommend their beet salad - one of the best salads I have ever had! Make sure to...More

Thank smile_austin
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We booked a reservation here when we knew we would be in Seattle. There was a local celebrity chef dinner on a Thursday night. What a delight! The servers were volunteers from a Seattle graphic artists group and the food was wonderful. The kale salad...More

1  Thank slizzie
Reviewed January 31, 2014

We found this place on line, made reservations (luckily) and a enjoyed nice lunch on a Friday afternoon. The appetizers took a few minutes longer than expected but they were great - Eggplant Bruschetta (you can order by the piece) and the Tuna Tartar dish....More

Thank Gregory C
Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were walking downtown and looking for a place to rest our feet and enjoy a nice lunch, and came across Fare Start. At first we were not sure what kind of restaurant it was, figuring maybe a culinary school. Then I looked it up...More

1  Thank Purefolie
Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

We were recommended by a tv film crew doing a story by the courthouse. They indicated that the restaurant hires disadvantaged people giving them a chance to turn it around for themselves and providing training and culinary experience. The students slap give back to the...More

1  Thank KathyW116
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across this great restaurant, only open for lunch. Had the salmon, bacon club along with delicious and creamy clam chowder. Worth a return visit!

1  Thank GabriellesTravels
Reviewed September 19, 2013

I made u my mind I want to write on TripAdvisor all the places I have been in my life. As already said somewhere else I cannot recall all the food I had once living in Seattle back some years ago. Btw FareStart was a...More

Thank faracer
Reviewed August 11, 2013

I celebrated my wedding there July 31st with 9 of my close friends and family. Every guest at some point in time during the evening told me how lovely it was that I choose this venue, how delicious the food was, and over all how...More

Thank Nursefry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $15
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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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