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For 2
Thu, 2/22
10:30 PM

The Hungry I

496 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sun 11am-2pm
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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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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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 496 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

The server has attitude, quite rude in serving us, impatient and there was a quarrel in the kitchen. The food is so-so, ambiance is good, but wouldnt really recommend if you want a good experience due to the service.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Last minute dinner plans. Very nice location, Had to go down a few stairs to get into the seller. I had the special Chilean Seabass, very well-prepared, melts in your mouth. Ambiance was very romantic with nice Italian music playing. However, interior looks a little tired and can use a bit of the renovation. ServiceWas excellent. Wine list needs an update as the restaurant did not have a half bottle of wine I initially requested. Overall, enjoyed the experience. Will come back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

As always, an amazing experience start to finish. The cozy atmosphere paired with impeccably prepared dishes creates an unbelievable restaurant. I hate to tell people about this somewhat secret spot because I want to keep it for myself!

vipDanO (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We first went here in the early 1980s and have been returning on special occasions from time to time ever since. It retains its unique romantic ambiance (which is not easy to find these days) and never disappoints. We'll certainly continue to return.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I wish the food and service would be perfect given the price is so high. But it is so disappointing that the quality of food is not what we expected, and the service is bad. The waiter do not bring us water, and he forgets to give us new fork and spoon when he takes them away.

Anyway, the environment is great, but overall this place is overpriced too much.

John (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

A charming and romantic restaurant. The owners attention makes the evening!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I have always loved the atmosphere at Hungry I, it is cozy, friendly, high quality, friendly and personal - as well as "Old Boston" in ambience. It has not changed in these qualities over the years. The current proprietor is warm and friendly and enhances the atmosphere.

DJones (Naples)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful food and ambiance. The chef, Peter, was so engaging and cooked us a fabulous meal.
Highly recommend!

Adonisb15 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was so rich in taste and worth the longer than average wait for the dishes to arrive and the dumplings were so delicious. Enough where I did not have too many of them and I could be satisfied with the taste and not over eat and not leave any room for the main course.

Ross (New England)
1.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

On a Wednesday night at 6:30, we were the only reservation. We left at 8:30 - no one had entered or exited since then. The service was slow (we were the only people there), the food was bland and nothing special, and the meal was super overpriced. Bleh!

I hate leaving bad reviews, really I do. We’re human and i believe people try and do their best.

HAVING SAID THAT, we had no appetizers, one entree each and shared a dessert. Along with a 1/2 bottle of wine ($28).

The bill was $130. ‘Nuff said.

Also, they never - NOT ONCE - brought us WATER.

The ONLY THING I ENJOYED was the bread which was warm and fresh.

I wish I had better things to say, but for the price, the quality, and the experience ... NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE IN YHE RESTAURANT FOR TWO HOURS ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic service and great ambiance. Food is superb. Always almost empty when I’ve visited, as this is a hidden gem in Boston.

enshala (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We expected the food to be superior given the price which was prefix for three courses. Unfortunately it was not in line with the price.

Danny (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

We have visited this restaurant many times over the year, and it has never disappointed.

LMTC (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Ambiance is fabulous, such a pretty setting. Try to sit near the fireplace! Staff are so gracious, service is excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Very good experience. It was our anniversary dinner and we had a fabulous time at this place.