The Hungry I

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539 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 227-3524
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Ballarin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mt. Vernon Street
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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.
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Public transit
Charles St Red Line is the closest; Arlington St on the green line is also walkable.
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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.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 539 People Are Saying
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 13, 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 11, 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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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
86 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

quaint quiet place with great food

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New England
12 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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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
8 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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d
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Waiter was extremely rude. When asked for cocktail list he said rudely “this is a bar what do you want” Pelligrino was warm and waiter was annoyed when we asked for ice. When asked if there were specials he muttered no as he walked away. There was no one else in the restaurant. Seemed like he wanted to go home. We got the check after drinks.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Hungry I. It was a memorable experience for our 50th Anniversary.
The atmosphere was charming. The food and service were fantastic. We highly recommend this for a special evening.
We look forward to returning in the near future.

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CB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music was a little too loud in background. Great service. On the pricey side (no entree fro less than $35 for the most part). But, that's to be expected at a great French restaurant. Overall loved it.

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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and special.

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p
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waiter walked is to our table and dropped wine on the plate on the table. The, he placed the menu Over the plate & did not replace it. When my wife went to sit down the cushion on her chair had a pin sticking up right in the middle of it.

It was empty except for one other couple and the waiter sat us right behind them and the table next to us had food on it and wine stains and was dirty.

He could have sat us in any of 10 other spots.

Then he took over 10 minutes to come back even though there was no one else inside so my wife and I looked at each other and decided to leave before we ordered anything.

I had gone to The Hungry I 4 times before and it was always great.

It looked unkept and the staff didn’t seem to care much. There were 4 locals at the bar who seemed to be fixtures & enjoying themselves.

We went to Scampo at Liberty Hotel & Bin 26 Enoteca..both were great.

Sorry that The Hungry I went downhill, it used to be a romantic, great spot

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MH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you’re into rich food
this is the place for you

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g
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very lovely evening, beautiful setting, fantastic waiter (Jose) creative chef.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was really looking forward to trying this subterranean place, but I was underwhelmed with the menu and overall cost. At first, the ambiance appeared to be very quaint and unique, but after sitting on the uncomfortable outdoor chairs I was ready to leave after twenty minutes--and we hadn't even gotten our drink orders in yet. Upon reflection, my dining companions remarked that they enjoyed their meals, but again, the food was a miss for me and not worth the high price point.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Slow, tasteless food

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OH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy restaurant with a relaxed French vibe. The food was good.

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CF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb place

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M
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Please Read Reviews- Overpriced Old Hotel Style Food. Not Worth It:
Had plans to make a romantic dinner reservation with my wife. From starters, place looks old and is stuffy- don’t really consider it all that ‘romantic’, which is its main feature.

Second, the food was mediocre at best. Order 2 apps, 2 cocktails, 2 entrees. Wish I could send it all back, but absolutely had to send back the Chicken liver- quite the worst I’ve had.

Third, service is nil. No water, impatient server, poor overall experience. Look, you can either be stubborn and go anyway, or learn from others mistakes. Trust me and go do North End or somewhere else for a ‘romantic’ date and anywhere else, really, for better food. Never coming back here. You’ve been warned.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was hoping for a French experience and was very disappoint

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n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to this lovely restaurant for Mother's Day. Even thought things were busy we were greeted as soon as we walked in and promptly seated. With the day's special menu we had a choice from three appetizers, three entrees, and three deserts. All the items I selected were different from those of my husband so we shared and were able to try two-thirds of the menu. Everything we had was delicious! Very much looking forward to returning.

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DK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were really disappointed with our last visit to The Hungry I. There really wasn't anything that they got right. When we sat down I noticed that all of the pieces of my place setting (along with the table cloth) were dirty. In addition, the service was slow and for the most part uncaring about even providing good service. Our server made us feel as though any request we made was a complete inconvenience for him (even asking him for the check at the end). We ordered a bottle of champagne from the wine list as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.
However, we were brought a bottle of something else as an alternative (the restaurant did not have the bottle that we ordered from their wine list and the waiter told us that the bottle he brought is the current Brut that they are serving - as though this were a regular issue). The bread was cold and did not seem fresh baked (contrary to other reviews I read here). Finally the food came (over an hour after ordering) and while the meat was cooked well, the lamb meat was tender and falling off the bone, it was doused in a rather flavorless sauce. My wife didn't care to finish her meal either as she found the taste rather lacking.

We last visited the Hungry I 11 years ago after getting engaged. I thought going back as we are about to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary would be fun. Thankfully I tried surprising my wife a couple of weeks before our actual anniversary so I have time to give her a proper celebration somewhere else...with decent food.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very romantic and very French. Owner was delightful. Menu online does not reflect current selections.

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d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor amazing food our host made wonderful suggestions a perfect evening

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BH
New England
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. We’ll-rounded menu. Many things to choose. Nice long enjoyable meal. Reasonable prices.

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HK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This is my 3rd or4th time. I have to say that, for the first time, my expectations were not met. Food was not as good as usual. I had the liver and the mousaka.

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