The Hungry I

4.3
558 reviews
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French
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.
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SW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Cozy need not look old and musty. Modern auberge should entice us with a bit more color and warmth.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food! Charming atmosphere and delightful location.

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NI
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to special occasion restaurant. This was our fourth time there The food, atmosphere and service are all top notch. Took son there to celebrate his engagement. He texted us before we arrived home telling us how wonderful he thought it was.

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PD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

A very bad meal in a most beautiful, romantic and relaxing setting. Decent wine, good music, and the fireplace rescued a very poorly prepared and uninspired meal. We have been to Hungry I several times over the past 20 years and, while the place remains an ambience gem, the food has declined dramatically. Sorry!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic.

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r
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a great romantic date night, this is the place. The music mix was eclectic. So off the wall it reminded me of being home except that I could never cook food as astounding as they do at the Hungry I.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

When I made the reservation there was no indication that it was a fixed price menu only. When we got there the menu said it was $250 per person. We discussed it, the waiter heard us discussing it, and we nearly left. We stayed anyway. When the bill came it was actually $250 per couple. The waiter told me he knew we were confused, but he never said anything. He let me sit the whole meal with that stress.

The salad was supposed to have figs. There were no figs.

The escargot appetizer was good.

The sole dinner was "fishy." My wife couldn't eat it, so I traded entrees with her. The duck entree was good.

The cheesecake for dessert was not cheesecake. It was regular cake. It was supposed to have peaches. We couldn't find any.

The ambiance was good.

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was decent but homestyle and very overpriced. Great service though the decor for Valentine’s Day was overly suggestive which was strange. Not worth the price tag.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Valentine’s Day. Stuffed into the basement on top of other tables even though the spacious upstairs had available tables. Girlfriend wore my suit jacket because we were next to the window and heat was off.

The food was okay, not great and certainly, CERTAINLY not worth the $250 prix fix charge. I understand the vday premium most restaurants charge but this was a little much.

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E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food in the warm ambiance of a Beacon Hill home. Great place for a romantic evening with a lovely courtyard for warm weather eating.

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RM
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have enjoyed multiple meals here and never been disappointed. Requested our server Jose select my main course tonight (after narrowing it down to three choices) and it was delightful. A wonderful Saturday night date.

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MK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, perfect ambiance, and excellent food.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was over cooked, both the swordfish and beef. I have been there before but not for about a year. Ambiance was still lovely,
Andrea Bocelli played in the background, nice fire place. We will try it again another time.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have lived around the corner for years and only just checked it out. What a romantic, cozy restaurant. The food was amazing! Perfect portion size and healthy gourmet.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hungry I is a gem tucked into a cozy hole in the base of Beacon Hill. Everything was superb as was the atmosphere and service. A meal that makes you feel relaxed and special. I’ll definitely be going back again and again!

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have heard so many good things about this restaurant and really wanted to try it but were left disappointed. First, both of our wine glasses were dirty and when we pointed it out to the waiter his response "oh that's just dishwasher residue" that should never happen at a restaurant of this caliber. We had to ask for new glasses. Second, the food was really bland and flavorless. We then ordered dessert which came out 2 seconds after we ordered and from the taste of it, they clearly pulled it out of the refrigerator, It was cold and unappealing. There are so many good restaurants in Boston at half the price we paid for dinner that was mediocre.

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VL
New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Small intimate setting. Dined for New Years Eve so there was a special menu. Good sized wine list. Only 2 beers, 1 house cocktail. Food was just ok, not what I expected for the prices, it lacked the wow factor that I was expecting. Noticed that almost every plate that was set in front of us was chipped in multiple places, the plates that were set on our table were not the cleanest (visible yellow/brown wet stains), the carpeting looked as if it hadn’t been vacuumed from the night prior (food debris everywhere). Can’t say that I’d be interested in returning or recommending to others. Server was friendly and prompt.

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R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best in Boston.... Everyone is so friendly.... I would give it 5 Stars plus 2 more...

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BH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always and our server Peter was extremely inviting and very personable and funny. He made the night!

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b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Challenges when dining at Hungry I: Tables are too close together, the host/waiter is not well trained (spilled wine on table, filled wine glasses 3/4 full etc.), nearly raw vegetables on main course plate (were supposed to be cooked), stale bread; value (entree price was $40+)

Positives: Venison main course fresh, well seasoned and prepared but too much sauce

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JC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall A +

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming little restaurant with delicious food and wonderful ambiance! A hidden gem not to be missed!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant is a beautiful space. The food was decent. The server was somewhat curt and snippy. The sweet potato dumplings were a very unusual appetizer option.

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N
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

After reading other reviews, we were very surprised at how mediocre the food was. My beef bourguignon was so hot that I couldn't start eating it until my husband was practically finished with his meal. The sweet potato dumplings were quite gummy and flavorless. I thought the food was very overpriced for the quality of the cooking.
However, the restaurant itself is charming. The atmosphere was quiet and the decor was quaint and lovely. I just wish the food had been a better part of the experience. I really can't recommend this restaurant based on the food.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hungry I remains a true gem in Beacon Hill. Outstanding food, impeccable service and ambiance that can’t be matched.

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b
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

quaint quiet place with great food

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s
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Host, Bartender, Maitre'D, - all of the above - was awesome. He was a riot, had great stories, sat with us and we thoroughly enjoyed him. The server was wonderful too. Food was authentic French, delicious and we had a wonderful evening.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Was disappointed in the food quality and taste for the money. The place is fabulous. Need better menu and better cooks

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B
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been enjoying this gem for years (around the corner from me) I hear the building is for sale, and I recommend that you enjoy this restaurant before it closes

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Maybe we just hit it on an off night, but, considering the price ($177 plus $39 tip for a $60 bottle of wine -excellent-, two starters, and two entrees--no coffee or dessert) the food was edible but unimpressive, and the bread was terrible--who ever heard of a French restaurant without authentic French bread!! It was a birthday celebration and was very disappointing.

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n
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and had a terrific meal. My starter was the liver pate with orange chutney. Fabulous. My husband had the Boursin crepe with gravlax, which was equally wonderful. We shared, of course. For my entree I had Snapper (one of the specials) and it was perfectly cooked. The sauce and complementary sides made it a great dish. My husband selected a chicken and scallop dish, done with a dijonnaise sauce, which matched both items perfectly. We finished our meals with coffee and walnut pie. This is probably the most romantic restaurant in Boston and a great setting for a night out. The service throughout was attentive but not pushy. The pacing of the courses was spot on. Kudos to everyone at the Hungry I for making our anniversary meal a wonderful one.

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was Sunday so I was thinking only 3 tables in use was normal until I saw the other restaurants. Menu was not what they had online. Not wine by the glass. Just whatever was open behind the bar. Strange. Food was just ok. Not much flavor

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TE
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for a romantic getaway. Food and service were amazing.

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SR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Well we flew up to Boston for a concert and had reservations at the hungry I. The location is great and although a little worn out looking it still has its charms, but the evening was a poor dining experience in general. The service was very slow and we were told it took a long time to prepare beef bourginon, I think it probably had more to do with the health inspector showing up and our server being sent to buy bleach before we got our entrees. In the meantime a lady brought a dog into the restaurant and the dog was petted by the chef and the server... my food was scalding hot, and my wife’s steak ordered medium was cold and raw. We had a concert to go to so we did not have them redo it. The food also was very under seasoned. I felt like we paid a premium for a terrible experience.

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MK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate to tell people about the best kept secret in Boston, but this truly is a gem. The building is up for sale, so go while you still can!

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There was no attention to presentation.
Chicken was dry.

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MB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was special. The venison was amazing

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n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a nice time a couple nights back that my husband and I decided to return to The Hungry I to see if we could have as good an experience again. We did. Ambience, service, food and wine selection, and attention to detail were all as good if not better. Being a Friday night, the restaurant was busier this time but that didn't adversely affect the service or the quality of the dishes. We made sure we tried all new items for appetizers, entrees and deserts. We shared as we did last time and loved everything we ordered. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Boston and we will be back very soon.

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n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came down to Boston to visit family and friends. Went to the Hungry I for a quiet meal with my husband. We were greeted as soon as we walked in and were seated at a table near the fireplace. Having been here before we were still impressed with the charm of the space and the attention to detail. This is truly one of Boston's most romantic dining spots. We started off our meal with a cocktail and asked for the wine list, which has an extensive selection. Our server gave us a rundown of the night's specials and was very attentive, but not annoyingly so, throughout the entire meal. We selected a wine we felt would compliment our meal and our server promptly brought it to the table once our cocktails were finished. My appetizer choice was the baked clams and my husband tried the ricotta & onion turnovers. Both were delicious! For my entree I selected the breast of duck, which was served with a bigarade sauce, giving the dish a wonder orange flavoring. The meat was moist and delicious and the crispy skin was fabulous. My husband had the venison au poivre, which came with a fantastic sauce of its own. We shared, of course, and both of us would have been delighted with either entree. The deserts were just as good. I had the walnut pie and my husband had the pear torte. We finished our meals with an espresso and a glass of port. Truly a great dining experience at a fantastic restaurant.

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