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FareStart Restaurant

7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101
+1 206-443-1233
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7th & Virginia, Seattle, WA 98101
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41 - 50 of 96 reviews

Reviewed 13 March 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 1 February 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 10 December 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 28 September 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 25 September 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 20 September 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 11 August 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
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...More

Thank NoniTravels
Reviewed 15 July 2013

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

Thank kminichan
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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