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The Hungry I

4.2
500 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Cozy
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: 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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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
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 500 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
value
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wow!! Always the best!!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

So charming and excellent real French cuisine. Authentic colonial architecture. Pleasingly un-hipster. A special place. One of a kind.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Charming Beacon Hill spot

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 17, 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Special place - excellent food - very authentic

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 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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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Christopher's the best!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

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

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