About 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.

71 1/2 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sun 11am-2pm

Cross Street:
Mt. Vernon Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 227-3524

Website:
http://www.hungryiboston.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Charles St Red Line is the closest; Arlington St on the green line is also walkable.

Executive Chef:
Peter Ballarin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, 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.

The Hungry I Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (13)
Romantic (13)
Special Occasion (10)
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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

We had such a great time at this cozy and romantic
Neighborhood staple. I had the mussels for an entree and the salmon with veggies for dinner. The walnut pie for dessert. The fireplace combined with the adorable decor made for a perfect romantic night. All the food was excellent. The pumpkin bread was excellent. The salmon was moist and the suave divine. Dessert as others on reviews said was delicious. Go if you want a special romantic spot away from large crowds. It’s a special lil spot!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Dropped in for a meal after shopping all day. The fireplace was going, which added to the already beautiful ambience. The server was attentive but not overly so. Selections were many and the specials were interesting. We ordered from the menu for our appetizers. I had a delicious pate and my husband had a wonderful clam dish. We decided to go with the duck breast entree which was one of that night's specials. Great pick on our part. Just fantastic. It was a wonderful evening. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this place! Romantic, delicious, and warm. I can't wait to return!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was OK but not as great as advertised. The server was nice but nothing above normal. The decor was weird and old. Not my style perhaps.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic meal and service, as always. Wonderful ambiance. A perfect fall evening! One of the best restaurants in Boston and one of our all-time favorites. Whether visiting for a light bite, a drink, or a meal, you won’t be disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Surprisingly quiet at 11:30 for brunch given the prime location , lovely setting, and delicious food. While dinner can be expensive, brunch entrees are creative, substantial, and moderately priced ($12-15.) We loved the attractive, interior, open-air, brick-walled patio on a warm fall day but would happily return for brunch in this charming restaurant for indoor seating in cooler weather. Two of us celebrated my birthday with a breakfast crepe and an order of fresh berry french toast, followed by the signature walnut pie and a cup of flavorful, dark roast coffee.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Charming delicious fun quiet good service. The suggested wine was good.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Special place - excellent food - very authentic

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Another outstanding meal at this cozy and beautiful restaurant. The selections were varied and the items we had were delicious. Service was attentive and the pacing of the meal was spot on. A great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A great meal and a wonderful restaurant. The food, service and ambiance were all perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We just loved our dinner! We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. Jose was an amazing waiter and made our experience even better. We will definitely come again!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a recommended dish...Chicken & Scallops...very disappointing. Friday night it was empty.
Maybe it's more of a lunch/brunch spot. Charming old buildinq and location.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in Boston. The chef-owner has been creating fabulous food for over 30 years in Beacon Hill. Cozy indoor seating, great food and service, and a charming outdoor patio. Not to be missed!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Although the food was pretty good, I must say we were disappointed after hearing for years how great it was. The outdoor patio is lovely and it's a romantic place. But the food was mixed. The venison was delicious but pricy. The frogs legs appetizer was just ok.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 23, 2017

First of all, let me say what a great spot and romantic place. However, the food was not that good and covering it in butter does not cut it for me. Very expensive. The restaurant was filthy. Dust everywhere. Sad since it is so pretty. Cake of dust and grim everywhere.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I really love this place. It's a lovely charming restaurant with friendly helpful staff. The food is always terrific - my venison this week was tender and delicious. The wine selection is very good. In good weather, you can dine in a lovely outdoor courtyard.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Food was just OK for the price. $42 for a sirloin is absurd, a filet at comparable places is less expensive. Asked for Medium Rare was served Medium Well. Gristle and fat throughout the cut of meat. Got the fried polenta app it was bland, but Gorgonzola cream sauce was good. Would have been nice to know the AC would not be on or working at the time as this was my wife's Bday Dinner. She got the lamb which was just OK but was never asked what temp and came out more well done than desired. The nice thing was we were the only ones in the restaurant but sadly after our meal we realized why that was the case. Spend your $150 somewhere else...

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

As always, exceptional. A special, intimate, quirky (in the best way!) restaurant with professional personalized service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Christopher's the best!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Fantastic service and good, would return over and over again!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Christopher is amazing as alwsys! Cozy, romantic spot for authentic French cuisine. Perfect for outdoor dining!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The service was fantastic. Our waiter was very engaging and entertaining.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Christopher was great and attentive, including providing genuine recommendations for food and drinks.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2017

One of the best food experiences my wife and I have ever had.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Outstanding experience. You are made to feel as though you are dining with family. Charming atmosphere. Intimate setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

One of my favorite Boston Restaurants; kind of forget about it. But every time we go, I always walk away with great satisfaction.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Amazing! Lovely neighborhood gem, and Christopher was wonderful and gracious host!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We loved it here though for all the wrong reasons I'm afraid...It was like an episode of Fawlty Towers! Very expensive and at this price bracket in Boston you can get dozens of top quality restaurants. Ambience is wonderful as so many reviewers have said (it's like something Liberachi would eat in in the 1960s) but food is pretty poor for the price. I really want to like this place too because its got that old world charm missing in so many modern dining establishments

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

My husband took me to The Hungry I for my birthday. We've been to the restaurant before and couldn't wait to go back and enjoy another fabulous meal.

We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and were seated at a table near the fireplace. It was a brisk night and the fire in the fireplace added a wonderful touch to the already beautiful ambiance.

We are always impressed by the number of items on the menu and the creative "specials" that are offered. The wine list is equally impressive, but they also have a full service bar if you prefer that type of drink.

Our starters were soup (mine) and pate wrapped in a light crepe (my husband's). Both delicious. We both ordered a terrific spinach salad which had a hot bacon dressing that went perfectly with the fresh spinach leaves.

For our entree we both had roasted duck, which was half of a duck , perfectly cooked and served with a black cherry sauce. The duck skin was crisp and the duck meat was tender and juicy. The side of vegetables were a perfect compliment. We've had duck at The Hungry I before, done in different styles, and we've never been disappointed.

We finished our meal with a strawberry desert that had a light and flaky crust and delicious filling. It also came with a generous topping of whipped cream.

It was a perfect meal for any occasion but it made my birthday a great day. I look forward to going back again very, very soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I was looking for a good French restaurant with an interesting atmosphere. This was an "almost, but not quite" pick. I could have done better.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

European to the very core,; a charming ambience, like being inside of a magical tree, the petit beautiful bar, extraordinary service by the handsome and perfect gentleman with beautiful manner who is Christopher. Oh, the food! Champagne cocktail magnifique, cod and mussels cooked to perfection. Sublime escargot ! Venison! Blueberry linzer torte with whipped cream. Superb understated lovely romantic decadence. We loved everything, thank you.
Will always remember as a grand favorite. Will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Not what it used to be and living on fumes from the past.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

for the price, service should have been better. Meal was okay, not spectacular, but ambience is wonderful. I came several years ago and thought the place was outstanding. This year was a disappointment.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went for New Year's Eve dinner and, as expected, it was lovely!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

For New Year's Eve there was a fixed price menu for $100 for three courses. The first course was good. My second course consisted of stale, overcooked scallops so bad that I left two thirds of the food on my plate. When the waiter asked how it was I told him. His grimaced and ignored my complaint.

Certainly the place is charming, romantic and otherwise the service was good. But I consider poor food with no apology or compensation unacceptable, especially in a high end restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2016

we've never been disappointed here! We were made to feel like special guests by the Manager, catered to in a wonderful way. Food was very good but the escargot were exceptional!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Went here to celebrate our engagement. It was empty except for us (most likely because it was day before Christmas) but the place was very nice, food and wine was excellent, and the staff were very personable and friendly toward us. Would recommend for a special occasion. This is not a casual dining experience and the prices reflect that (although in our case it was worth it).

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Our waiter, Christopher, was excellent. He was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Service was terrific; food was just wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Very cute restaurant but food did not deliver. It was sub- par. I wouldn't return as there are too many great places. When we got there we were very excited because the menu looked great but the food tasted bland.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Great deco, amazing staff, good selection of wines

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