About The FareStart Restaurant

The FareStart Restaurant, located at 7th & Virginia in downtown Seattle, is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for Guest Chef Night dinners on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

By dining at the FareStart Restaurant, you can enjoy delicious cuisine while also learning more about the FareStart program. All proceeds from our lunch service and from Guest Chef Night go directly back into the program to support the FareStart job training and placement programs. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $4.5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into our program to support our student job training and placement services.

Restaurant Location:

7th & Virginia

Seattle, WA 98101


Online reservations: click here

Phone: (206) 267-7601

Email: reservations@farestart.org

Restaurant Host Desk:

(206) 267-7601 (lunch and general information)

Restaurant Design

Restaurant designer Darren Medina, an executive from Starbucks, volunteered his time and talent to this project. The focal point of the restaurant is the handsome community table fashioned from two wooden beams that were rescued from the demolition process at the outset of construction. The table is beautifully rough-hewn and representative of three key elements of the FareStart program.

First, it represents the community FareStart strives to foster, especially for its students, who have either lost that connection, or never had one in the first place. Secondly, it represents permanence, also a desired quality for formerly homeless men and women. And finally, it represents a second chance: breathing new life into something once considered not useful.