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FareStart Restaurant

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7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101 (7th and Virginia)
+1 206-443-1233
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Thu 17:30 - 20:00
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food is always great here. I normally get the salmon or steak. Both great quality. Chief is very accommodating when wanting substitution.

Thank Ashley Q
Seattle, Washington
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The meal was supervised by guest Chef, Maximillian Petty (Eden Hill.) The food was a little delicate in the modern dining style. The service was more robust. Still, very good food and an evening well-worth the money.

Thank Charles T
Plano, Texas, USA
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111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

First visit was several years ago, had reservations, and ate dinner on night with guest chef. Showed up this time for unexpected informal business lunch without reservations. Had to wait about :20, but there's adequate size waiting area. Nice venue: modern, spare design, light & bright. Ate upstairs again. Service was attentive and friendly, not oppressive or fake. Party of... More 

Thank mrandmrshill
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Enjoyable place for lunch, the service is fast and efficient and the noise level allows for conversation. Plus the food is very tasty, with nice variety and a not-too-ridiculous price point.

Thank Aileen456
Alameda, California
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208 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

And then to find out about the community and history of the restaurant is compelling too. We enjoyed all of our meals. They accommodated our group of seven at lunch easily. I'll be back!

Thank mackanna
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This review is not very easy to write. We went to FareStart for dinner. It was a guest chef night that is part of their community service/job training fundraisers for people turning their lives around. It is a fixed 3 course menu prepared by students, overseen by a guest chef, served by volunteers from the community. It was packed the... More 

Thank djvdw
Seattle, Washington
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84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

My wife and I ate at FareStart recently for one of their guest chef evenings. All I can say is WOW! The food was fantastic and the price is tough to beat. Oh, and the fact that the entire organization is about 'helping people transform their lives through culinary training and job placement programs' makes the meal just that much... More 

Thank Sandro M
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

It's just nice to support others on the right path and get a good meal at the same time. I went by myself and thoroughly enjoyed the beet salad. It was clean and fresh and flavorful AND healthy. I took my husband the next day. I had the salmon tacos and my husband got the steak. We both enjoyed our... More 

Thank shainey
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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

The food at Fare Start was very good. Loved the tomato basil soup so much that I had a bowl after my cup of soup. The crispy pork sandwich was juicy and crispy and delicious. The restaurant has a mission as well--they train people who would have difficulty finding jobs. Only in Seattle. What a cool city!

Thank Rob H
Washington, DC
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156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

This restaurant helps people develop skills they can use to get and keep a job. It serves healthy, delicious meals. The prices are very reasonable. I enjoyed the soup of the day - a spring pea soup made with coconut milk - and the grilled salmon.

Thank Mollyshumom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 24
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101
    (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
  • Neighbourhood: Belltown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-443-1233
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, located at 7th & Virginia in downtown Seattle, is open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11am–2pm, and for Guest Chef Night dinners on Thursdays from 5:30-8 p.m. 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. For a calendar of upcoming chefs, please visit www.farestart.org.

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