The Hungry I

4.7
577 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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CS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at The Hungry I was nothing short of outstanding in every way. The service could not have been better and we enjoyed chatting with Sam. He was knowledgeable, helpful and congenial. Thank you so much for a romantic and perfect evening!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant environment. Great service and highest quality food.

V
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, Peter the owner is the best and a real character.

DD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere was lovely, the food good, service adequate.
The wine list admirable and the house wine very fine.

c
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can not be beat. Attentive service, great menu and service, outstanding wine, and an outdoor situation without any noise ( no obnoxious unnecessary music- which is why I picked it). A jewel in the heart of Beacon Hill. Probably the best restaurant in the city to catch up with friends ( a quiet place where conversation is possible.) My last dinner there was with visitors who had never seen Boston. This could be a niche for restaurants to provide what used to be called fine dinning. My apologies to the staff for us staying beyond (4 1/2 hours) the usual dinner length. He wase extremely patient and even provided a good bye sip of port. I have no idea what the bill came to, but the experience was memorable and worth what ever it came to.

r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, very cool atmosphere, couldn't have been better.. AND not many guests so lots of privacy.

MH
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Hungry I is a quirky neighborhood restaurant. It is reminiscent of "The Grotto", another Beacon Hill establishment hidden in a cellar, except with food and service that are not as good.

I'd skip this place for dinner, but it looked fun hanging out at the bar for drinks.

LU
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place, romantic the outdoor patio, food was very good and staff very friendly.

JB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place to celebrate our anniversary.. an awesome spot like no other. Jose gave us the royal treatment, but appears he gave same to other tables. From our cocktail through desert food was outstanding in a very cool ambience.

n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me to the Hungry I for Mother's Day and it was great! Even thought the restaurant was busy, our service was excellent and the time between courses was perfect. Choices for the day were 3 appetizers, 4 entrees and 3 deserts at a very reasonable fixed price. I had the spinach salad with warm pancetta dressing to start and my husband had the mushroom bisque. Both were delicious. My entree was poached salmon on a bed of asparagus, which was perfectly cooked, and my husband had ham with fried polenta and scrabbled eggs. The dishes were wonderful and the portions were very generous. We finished up with a chocolate mousse torte (mine) and apple pie with cranberries (his) for desert. Yummy. Besides being Boston's most romantic restaurant, the food is always outstanding. I look forward to our next visit.

DQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times in the past. The service and ambiance is always outstanding. This was our 3rd Mothers Day celebration here and unfortunately, the food was good but not outstanding as it always has been in the past.

RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed ourselves. The food was so good and the service was perfect

RF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I thought it was great but never enough other people. I wonder why? Thanks.

NT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food generally lacked flavor, appetizer was downright bad, wine list years are evidently out of date (but with the same pricing) and bottle presented (with a 4 year more recent vintage) with no comment.

p
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

we ended up on charles street, aiming for the Persian restaurant Lala Rokh, which shut down permanently. H.I. is a quaint basement cafe advertising as a french restaurant. The mushroom bisque was OK, and the filet of sole rolled around asparagus was very nice, but overall it was nothing to write home about.

S
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Boston restaurant. Would recommend to a friend in a second.

RB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If can only eat at one restaurant in Boston, make it this one.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing!!
The food was delicious and the ambiance was great. No complaints

SW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

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

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

While the server/bartender was really friendly and helpful, the food was below average at best. I was really disappointed that the food was unseasoned and seemed to have been reheated. Very poor quality.

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

Delicious Food! Charming atmosphere and delightful location.

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.

PD
New England
3 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!

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

Service was fantastic.

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.

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.

JD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 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.

OT
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.

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.

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.

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

Great service, perfect ambiance, and excellent food.

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.

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.

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!

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.

VL
New England
37 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.

R
New England
10 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...

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!

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

Fantastic!!!

OT
New England
8 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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