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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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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 great food and I love its business model as it allows you to meet diffeent... More 

Thank faracer
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 it was the best wedding the ever attended. Laura and Alexis, Chef Paul, you are... More 

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Woodinville, Washington
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67 reviews
39 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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119 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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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337 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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32 reviews
21 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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
US$ 5 - US$ 24
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?