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The Hungry I
The Hungry I

The Hungry I Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.hungryiboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 227-3524
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Thursday & Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Sun 11am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Peter Ballarin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Small weddings and Rehersal diners of up to 34 people welcome; please call for information. Private Room available upstairs and we also have a patio for summer events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Vernon Street
  • Public Transit: Charles St Red Line is the closest; Arlington St on the green line is also walkable.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking available; also Charles St and Boston Common Public parking lots are close by. Valet Service available nightly during dinner service; 3 doors past the restaurant on the corner.
A word from The Hungry I
Welcome to the Hungry I! Tucked just below street level on Beacon Hill's picturesque brownstone-lined Charles Street, the Hungry I is charming and intimate. Although small, it is quite cozy and very romantic. There's a true elegance to the Hungry I that comes from the surroundings, the food and the staff. A distinctively different place that makes every visit really special.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Fabulous dinner in a lovely, interesting setting. Three friends all had something different and fabulous. The venison ended up being the winner. My seafood dish was terrific as was my friend's steak. Chris, the manager was our excellent and entertaining waiter. Definitely ask for him. The owner came upstairs to say hello. Champagne cocktail was outstanding. I can't wait to go back. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is a lovely little place, great for a romantic dinner with French flair. I think we aren't the perfect couple to rate the food here because we pretty much determined from this visit that while the food was excellent, maybe French food isn't our cuisine of choice - it wasn't quite hardy enough for us, some of it had very subdued flavors. But the staff was great, allowed us to take our time when we wanted it, and was friendly and professional."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Came here for restaurant week since the normal prices are a bit much. We both enjoyed out first and second course though I though the sides could be a little more interesting. Unfortunately my favorite part, dessert, was disappointing for both of us."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Good for special occasion, but not worth your money. Do not get the Cod -- was way too salty. Venison was OK, dessert was OK. Service was excellent and it's a beautiful, private dining area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Thursday night was quiet, as expected and we were seated in their lushly appointed 2nd floor overlooking the interior courtyard. My wife eagerly devoured the pate appetizer, I lingered over my delicious vegetarian choice. Unfortunately, those were the highlights of the meal. My wife's steak au poivre was sliced very thinly with no internal room for a juicy rare treat between its seared sides. My mushroom strudel had so much spicing that the mushrooms were lost in the heat. Her pear tartin dessert was a whole poached pear with a few crusts scattered on the plate while my chocolate bread pudding contained so much cinnamon that the chocolate was lost. And that's not including swapping a 2011 Pinot for a $60 2009. Not a $100 dinner"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "quaint, lovely place. Full of atmosphere. Our main course was wonderful and an excellent-sized portion for Restaurant Week. The other courses weren't nearly as good, so the portion size was irrelevant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Sadly, Peter, the owner/chef, who's HungryI has been a Charles St. old-line Beacon Hill stalwart over the better part of 4 decades is aging. Badly. Like a duchess whose teeth aren't exactly that pearly white any longer. Actually, yellowing badly. With rouge applied messily on her withered cheeks, H.I. is fading. Fast. Boursin crepe? Really? I think of Boursin in the same brainspace as Mateus. And The Mamas and The Papas. Peter, step aside. Let' a young turk with old-school sensibilities but with au courant culinary skills take over. Dust off the mahogany high boys and invigorate that old girl."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner there, primarily because it was quiet, romantic and had the perfect vibe for a night out with my wife. The food was good, but not great. The frogs legs in particular were just bland. We each had a cocktail and each was great. The venison, apparently the house specialty, was quite good. So, why only a 3? It was too expensive for what we got. I don't mind spending $250 on a meal for two - however, I do when it's not quite outstanding. I'm recommend for the ambience, but not for outstanding food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Service was excellent and friendly. There were very helpful in selecting wines."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Entrees outshone the salads. Maybe should have gotten a traditional appetizer instead? But really it was because the entree was incredible!! I got the quail special and my husband got their venison, both were tremendous. Our waiter was helpful and appropriately attentive."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the tiny little The Hungry I on Charles Street. The prices were higher than you'd expect in such a small place, but I guess that's necessary to keep going. All of the French food was very tasty. The interior is dark wood, with a live fire. Nice, low background music. Definitely a place to go if you're not going to worry about the prices."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great meal! Only a few people there on a week night. Waiter and chef kept talking to us. Very interesting conversation. Expensive, but worth it."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "We had never eaten at the Hungry I - but went there on a special occasion. the restaurant is intimate, beautiful selection of background music, attentive but not rushed service....loved there special cocktail: champagne with raspberry and lime... Food was elegantly presented...A romantic and memorable evening."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Romantic, unique Beacon Hill special restaurant. I had frogs legs, escargot and braised rabbit. My husband had Coq a vin. Service was excellent, food delicious, a special night."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We started with bread that included an inventive cornbread with cranberries. For the appetizer we tried the fried eggplant - it was creatively served in a martini glass! This was followed by the highlight of the asparagus/tomato/garlic soup. Served steaming hot it was the perfect for a winter night. We both ordered a special - the snapper and scallops in a dijonnaise sauce with an atypical mix of vegetables of sprouts, potatoes, green beans. etc. Great! The servings were more than generous and we asked to take some of our entrée. When we asked if we could have a bit more dijonnaise sauce the waiter said no. Then he asked if we wanted separate containers for our take aways - um, yes. Despite this oddness, we definitely plan to come back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Terrible presentation of the Tarte Tatin and they only serve, from their "full bar", quite drinks. No shakers allowed, since its particular and distinguish sound will disrupt their "noisy" atmosphere. Pricy menu for what we received. Much better options out there for their price range. Don't bother to go..."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "When i booked the restaurant, i expected quite and romantic mood. I was also worried about too classic mood. However, Servers were really kind and other customers were also very delightful. It was one of the best dinner that i had in Boston!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This restaurant still makes the most fantastic well presented food in a lovely intimate space. With a little bit more attention to the service. Our waiter was friendly and gave prompt service but was unable to accomodate a request for a table away from the door even with the restaurant only half full at the time. On prior visits the waiter knew all about the food but this waiter said the menu had just changed and was not very descriptive of the dishes. I think the Hungry I is a Boston gem that seems to be on the decline (very few diners for a Saturday night) so with a little bit more attention to detail, this great place with continue to be around for years to come"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed a fine meal, venison with pepper cooked perfectly, not gamey, very good. Looking forward to returning next time we are in Boston. The restaurant is a little below street level, very cozy, not large at all. Staff was present and very helpful, not intrusive."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Absolutely unbeatable---food, service spectacular, and settling is charming."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "For over 30 years this quirky space on the ground floor & cellar of a Beacon Hill townhouse has been a reliable home for French cooking presented beautifully and served in an elegantly decorated room. Peter, owner & chef, keeps the atmosphere warm as he stokes the fireplaces and conversations, slipping from table to table charming old friends and winning new customers, and never failing to greet arriving and departing guests at the restaurant's cellar entrance. The restaurant's portal requires one to stoop to descend 3 granite steps beneath a massive stone lintel bearing the warning, "OUCH!" A narrow alley decorated with seasonal vegetables, greens & lights leads to the restaurant's entrance, and beyond that, the massive lighted wood stack."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I was excited to find this restaurant open on Christmas eve which also happens to be my husbands birthday. We arrived and found the ambiance charming and our table in a cozy nook -I would have preferred a little more room though. Realizing I had forgotten my glasses I asked our waiter if there might be a pair I could use- he practically scoffed at me. Later I asked if a candle could be put in my husbands dessert and that was forgotten. Small details that made a difference in the overall experience. When the bill came I was surprised that this 3 course meal was $100/ person. I am happy to pay for great food and service but the whole meal was less that outstanding and not worth the price."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The Hungry I is a wonderful restaurant, with great food and a romantic setting. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and are attentive without being overbearing. Menu selections are plentiful and are augmented with interesting specials. The restaurant has a full bar, which is small but works for the space. There's a fireplace that adds to the charm, and the space is nicely decorated. We were out with friends and our party of four enjoyed sharing tastes of the dishes we ordered. Appetizers were delicious, as were our entrees of Atlantic Cod with gravlox, rabbit, venison au poivre, and a snapper with scallops special. The dishes were spot on and the portions very ample. We barely had room for desert, but had some anyway."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The Hungry, I French Restaurant: Great food and cozy atmosphere. My teenager was craving escargot of all things and voila, we found this charming French restaurant! The staff was amazing, the food was delicious and their pecan pie was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We knew of the place for years and wanted to give it a try. Ambiance was nice. Service was good sometimes and sometimes our waiter was MIA. Food was average at best (but if you factor the price - not worth it). My wife tried a seafood casserole special and it was pretty fishy tasting. Beef Bourgogne was tasty, but nothing special. Salad was good, bus escargot app. Was only average. In general it seemed like dishes were prepared in advance and re-heated prior to serving. Overall it was OK but with other good choices it will be a while before I'm back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "A birthday celebration turned out to be a huge disappointment. The honey cornbread was delicious, and our salad was tasty, but everything else was downhill from there. Our "pumpkin" dumpling appetizer had not a hint of pumpkin flavor and was heavy, doughy and bland. Except for some tasty vegetables, my lamb (stew) was almost inedible - full of gristle, too chewy and had a strong "gamey" flavor. My husband's tuna lacked flavor and was, at best, mediocre. Given the prices and the reputation of the restaurant, it didn't come close to meeting our expectations. While the staff was pleasant, we had requested to be seated in a warm spot (it was a cold night) and should have been offered the upstairs (we didn't know it existed until later)."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, and I (we) couldn't have been happier with the choice: Chris was incredibly accommodating, even giving us a private tour of the restaurant afterwards. A very unique menu, incredible ambiance, and somewhere where I will be taking my future spouse for years to come I hope."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "The Hungry I is a place to spend a memorable night with someone special. The food and service is excellent and the food is outstanding. The ambiance is romantic and it is a place where you really feel transformed as if to a European village. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. The food and service are superb. There were very few other patrons so it was quiet. If all the tables had been full, I suspect it would have gotten noisy."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "We dined at The Hungry I on a Sunday night with only about 8 other customers. The waiter was friendly and attentive, the food was excellent, and the cocktails top notch (an excellent old fashioned in a french restaurant?!?). Recommended!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Although the food was good, albeit over priced, the service by "Christopher" was atrocious, making for an overall unpleasant dinner. Chris has clearly a chip on his shoulder. The bottle of Malbec listed as a 2009 vintage was actually from 2011; the price of $44 remained unchanged on our final bill. Failing to attract Chris' attention when the one piece of bread served with the starter was finished I had to get up from the table to ask for more bread. Again failing to attract Chris' attention to take my credit card I had to get up and proceed to leave when the card was finally taken and charged. Sorry, we will not be back and would discourage others from going."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We ate here a year or two ago and loved it. The atmosphere was lovely and the food was delicious. But this time the atmosphere was the same but the food was just blah. Some things were terrible and other were just OK. The pumpkin dumplings appetizer was awful. The apple tatin dessert was mostly apple skin. Yuck. It was the night of the Head of the Charles weekend and the Red Sox playoff game. Maybe the chef is a rower or a big baseball fan and deserted his kitchen."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Wonderful restaurant! The ambience, food and service were excellent and all made for a very special evening. Go!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Hungry I is one of my new favorites. The staff was exceptional & the food amazing. Perfect restaurant for a special occasion or to have a relaxing drink at the small quiet bar."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "You want this place to be better than it is because it is such a gem - nicely decorated and nice selection of wine - great ambiance. but the food left us disappointed. My appetizer was the pumpkin pasta which was very underseasoned and bland. Whereas my cod was extremely salty almost borderline too much so. There are so many wonderful places in Boston - I'm afraid we won't be back."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Absolutely wonderful dining experience. The atmosphere is very romantic, with a cozy fireplace and charming decorative touches. The menu provided many choices, which would suit all tastes, and the wine list was extensive. Service was crisp and friendly, and the food was delicious. We had pate and escargot for appetizers, and beef bourguignon and Atlantic cod with gravlox for entrees. All tasted terrific and the portions were generous. Parking in that area of town is difficult, but they do have a valet service. Because the restaurant is small, reservations would be a good idea."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "We went here for Restaurant Week. What a disappointment! The appetizers and main courses were not got. I had steak Dianne which was grisly but covered with sauce which made it hard to avoid the tough bits. My husband had a fish dish that was inexplicably served in a half an onion. Dessert was better---apple something and chocolate bread pudding---but on the whole, you can do much better elsewhere. Our waiter was good and attentive, but why did the waiter at the next table keep trying to hustle the people out of there after they had just been seated?"
    Dined on 8/21/2013