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FareStart Restaurant
Ranked #231 of 4,213 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 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.

Date of visit: May 2016
Thank Kai C
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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 and started with asparagus drizzled with a heavenly sauce of whipped chevre, fine herbs and pine nuts. Main course was artistically arranged duck leg served with Rhubarb glaze, forbidden rice and pea vines. Dessert was coconut panna cotta decorated with strawberries and holy basil.
At 7 pm all service is temporarily stopped while any graduating students are honored with a short speech. Three students graduated when I was there last Thursday. It feels great knowing the delicious gourmet meal you just ate was prepared by students who are making a better life for themselves with new culinary skills.
The Thursday menu is different every week, and always delicious. I've been going for years, don't know why I didn't think to post on Tripadvisor until now.
There is seating upstairs and downstairs, and separate dining room for larger parties upstairs. They also serve lunch every day and catering on other evenings.

Date of visit: April 2016
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1  Thank Patti W
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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!

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank misopiso S
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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.

Date of visit: March 2016
1  Thank Jennifer A
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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 menu.

Date of visit: March 2016
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2  Thank Janae L
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