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FareStart Restaurant

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Vegetarian Friendly
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
+1 206-267-7601
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Modern American food, modern setting and good service at reasonable prices. Definitely recommend the burger. Their soups are usually great. Wasn't impressed by their vegetarian options though.

1  Thank Porksalot
Reviewed 1 July 2014

When I decided to make lunch reservation at Farestart, I just wanted to help out those who needed ( homeless and disable people who get support from this program). Although I was not hungry, but I ordered both appetizer and main dish. The smoke carb...More

2  Thank tanje1
Reviewed 18 June 2014

FareStart is much more than a restaurant, so a TripAdvisor review is a bit awkward. But, if you are looking for a great meal, at a good price ($29.95), you must go, even without the back story. For those who don’t know, FareStart is a...More

4  Thank CudaRoo
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I was amazed at my first time at FareStart. I had of the best sea food in my entire life, and it was all prepared by the most amazing people I've ever seen cooking. The social contribution this restaurant has for the Seattle community is...More

1  Thank Viniciuspcg
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

I attended a private dinner for work here where I had the nicest vegetarian food I have had since eating at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. And all cooked by nonprofessionals. It is a beautiful space for events. The farro salad, roasted vegetables and eggplant...More

1  Thank sypai68
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Went here to have lunch with friends and was quite impressed with their philosophy. The food was amazing, service was great, and the ambiance was lively. I highly recommend their beet salad - one of the best salads I have ever had! Make sure to...More

Thank smile_austin
Reviewed 12 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 G-Money-Q
Reviewed 9 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101-1216
    (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: +1 206-267-7601
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.
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