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“What a Profound Idea”

FareStart Restaurant
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Ranked #344 of 4,197 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $6 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Belltown
Cross street: 7th and Virginia
Transit: 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.
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 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.
Reviewed August 24, 2012

I lived across the street from Farestart for a few years and fancied this place often. Not only do I love the food, which mind you is very affordable, but mainly for it basic purpose. Farestart if a not-for-profit organization that works with the local homeless population regarding chef training, life skills and even helps with job placement after each person graduates. They do a "Chef Night" once a week and that is the only time they are open for dinner. Nice atmosphere and outstanding staff. Go support a great, local, non-profit!

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Thank Clayton B
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Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

I recently eat here and was so impressed with the concept of this place and their purpose. But it's not only their purpose of helping homeless people, train them and find them jobs; their food is awesome! And their prices are crazy cheap for the type of place and quality of food. The only bad thing is their working hours, no dinners, just on thursdays and its open just for a few hours. I haven't tried their chef nights on thursdays but I will defenitely do.

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Thank arnaldostripdiary
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We found the restaurant by accident on line and became interested. The concept of taking homeless men and women and people with at-risk lifestyles- putting them through a 16 week hands-on culinary program and having them return into the community as responsible citizens is commendable. If you didn't know what was going on "behind the curtain", you would never know what their mission was. That's because the ambience, food and service was first class. We went on guest chefs night and got a bonus when we were all treated to a graduation ceremony for the graduates. They are celebrating their 20th year serving the city of Seattle. We were visiting from out of town and walked into a gold mine!

Thank Paul O
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Tonight was "guest chef night". We were a group of 15 people and had a reservation made months and months ago. Fare Start restaurant is a training program to help students transform their lives. The three course dinner was served by volunteers from Seattle Works. The food was delicious and the service was great. Don't miss this this dining experience.

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Thank Sharon N
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Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

We went on chefs night, where they have a fixed 3 course menu.
The quality of the food, atmosphere and service were all excellent and what you could expect of a 5 star restaurant. The added feel good factor that the restaurant is helping people is just an added bonus.
Well worth a visit!

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Thank Kirsten L
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