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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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Issaquah, Washington
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

Farestart is a remarkable program and holds its own in the vibrant downtown Seattle dining scene. A terrific place for a delicious, well priced lunch, the Thursday guest chef nights are also not to be missed. At $29.99, we recently enjoyed a fabulous 3-course meal prepared by Chef Bridget Charters. The antipasto starter was very generous and included Salumi cured... More 

Thank NoniTravels
Nashville, Tennessee
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105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Wonderful fresh food made for an excellent lunch. Very accommodating for menu changes and specific requests.

Thank kminichan
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332 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

When first walking in seeing diverse, quirky people you expect kind of a hippie food experience. On the contrary the food was expertly prepared with unique flavor combinations and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Craig D
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013 via mobile

Seattle has so many wonderful places to eat. Farestart was no exception. Five of us, including a five-year-old, all ordered different dishes. So we sampled a variety of menu items. One favorite was the veggie Reuben. Our little one had a special grilled cheese sandwich and chocolate ice cream. Nicole, our waitress was outstanding. If I ever return to Seattle... More 

3 Thank crosscountry2007
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

One of the wonderful things about Seattle is the opportunity to dine with the city's leading chefs at a restaurant that makes a difference in so many people's lives. Fare Start is a program that gets people off the streets and into productive work in the food industry. In a 16-week training program the students are taught the restaurant business... More 

5 Thank blackdog71
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109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

A wonderful example of Seattle restaurant ingenuity to solve a social issue. We chose a night with a signature seafood menu from a successful local chain. While we enjoyed the double appetizers with a tasty main, all three parts featured shrimp, which made the meal a bit heavy. This is a non-profit training restaurant, with volunteer service staff, so plan... More 

2 Thank Ce M
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

I've been to this restaurants many times, and and am happy to make this my first entry to TripAdvisor. The concept to train those that are the most of needy, is a humble, if not necessary idea. The food is exceptional, and the staff go above and beyone any expectation. I am vegan, and have never been denied any requests.... More 

4 Thank Doctorveg_13
Washington DC
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

One of those rare treats in life when everyone wins ... fantastically memorable food, a great environment and wonderful service combine to make a more than memorable experience. To say nothing of supporting the well designed training for homeless, etc. An ABSOLUTELY not-to-be-missed dining experience.

1 Thank gallerist52
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

Enjoyed it thoroughly. Great clam chowder. Great salad. Great burger. I did not order dessert at the restaurant, so I can't comment on that.

Thank WiHi1
Hinsdale, IL
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2012

Had a great meal at FareStart today for lunch. The food was prepared well, presented well and everyone was friendly. I can't wait to go back. They had a fill house for lunch, glad to see that.

Thank chopin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 24
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?