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About The Hungry I
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.
Boston, MA 02114
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sun 11am-2pm
Mt. Vernon Street
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Charles St Red Line is the closest; Arlington St on the green line is also walkable.
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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.
The Hungry I Ratings and Reviews
We loved it here though for all the wrong reasons I'm afraid...It was like an episode of Fawlty Towers! Very expensive and at this price bracket in Boston you can get dozens of top quality restaurants. Ambience is wonderful as so many reviewers have said (it's like something Liberachi would eat in in the 1960s) but food is pretty poor for the price. I really want to like this place too because its got that old world charm missing in so many modern dining establishments
My husband took me to The Hungry I for my birthday. We've been to the restaurant before and couldn't wait to go back and enjoy another fabulous meal.
We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and were seated at a table near the fireplace. It was a brisk night and the fire in the fireplace added a wonderful touch to the already beautiful ambiance.
We are always impressed by the number of items on the menu and the creative "specials" that are offered. The wine list is equally impressive, but they also have a full service bar if you prefer that type of drink.
Our starters were soup (mine) and pate wrapped in a light crepe (my husband's). Both delicious. We both ordered a terrific spinach salad which had a hot bacon dressing that went perfectly with the fresh spinach leaves.
For our entree we both had roasted duck, which was half of a duck , perfectly cooked and served with a black cherry sauce. The duck skin was crisp and the duck meat was tender and juicy. The side of vegetables were a perfect compliment. We've had duck at The Hungry I before, done in different styles, and we've never been disappointed.
We finished our meal with a strawberry desert that had a light and flaky crust and delicious filling. It also came with a generous topping of whipped cream.
It was a perfect meal for any occasion but it made my birthday a great day. I look forward to going back again very, very soon.
European to the very core,; a charming ambience, like being inside of a magical tree, the petit beautiful bar, extraordinary service by the handsome and perfect gentleman with beautiful manner who is Christopher. Oh, the food! Champagne cocktail magnifique, cod and mussels cooked to perfection. Sublime escargot ! Venison! Blueberry linzer torte with whipped cream. Superb understated lovely romantic decadence. We loved everything, thank you.
Will always remember as a grand favorite. Will be back.
For New Year's Eve there was a fixed price menu for $100 for three courses. The first course was good. My second course consisted of stale, overcooked scallops so bad that I left two thirds of the food on my plate. When the waiter asked how it was I told him. His grimaced and ignored my complaint.
Certainly the place is charming, romantic and otherwise the service was good. But I consider poor food with no apology or compensation unacceptable, especially in a high end restaurant.
Went here to celebrate our engagement. It was empty except for us (most likely because it was day before Christmas) but the place was very nice, food and wine was excellent, and the staff were very personable and friendly toward us. Would recommend for a special occasion. This is not a casual dining experience and the prices reflect that (although in our case it was worth it).
Awful food, awful wine, annoying waiter. The only thing going for it is the ambience (which was ruined by the waiter's intrusive talk). We used to love this place but our dining experience a week and a half ago will be the last time we will set foot in this place. The $300+ we paid for dinner for three was a total ripoff.
Our server, Christopher, made sure we had what felt like a unique dining experience. He was genuinely friendly, and seemed to honestly care that we had a great time.
The food was delicious, but honestly, it should be at the price. I'm not saying it was overpriced, I'm just saying it was expensive enough to expect great food.
Returned for a second visit after having a wonder dinner two days earlier. You are sometimes disappointed when returning to a restaurant after having a great meal, but that was not the case. Everything was just as good as our previous visit.
Our appetizers were the mussels and the soup special, which was a seasonal acorn squash puree. My husband and I shared tastes and enjoyed both dishes. For our entrees I had the Filet Mignon and my husband had the duck breast. They were both cooked perfectly and served with a generous side portion of vegetables. My dish had a terrific blue cheese sauce, which went perfectly with the tender meat.
The weather was awful all day, so it was nice to have a cozy place to go for dinner and enjoy a great meal. The restaurant has a good selection of wines, which allowed us to pick one that nicely complimented the items we ordered. We had a great meal and a great time.
Came to Boston on vacation and had dinner at the Hungry I. We were immediately greeted when we entered the restaurant and were seated at a cozy table. We were given menus and a wine list and told about the specials. We skipped the specials and ordered everything off of the menu and we weren't disappointed. For an appetizer I had escargot and my husband had pate. Both were delicious. I had a shrimp and scallop dish for my entree and my husband had a cod entree. Again, both were wonderful. The portions on all the dishes were very generous and the presentation was very creative.
The patio was open for dining, which is a nice option, but we chose to be inside. The atmosphere is charming and the background music adds a nice touch to the experience.
Parking can be a challenge but there is public parking at the garage below the Common, which is only a few blocks away. I think they have valet parking available, but we opted to park ourselves.
we returned 30 years later and had the same terrific time that we had the eve before our wedding. The restaurant is a unique gem- truly a bit of Paris on Charles Street. The chef owner is creative and passionate about offering great food and a superior dining experience. Go for both. You won't find another restaurant that exudes such warmth and timelessness.
We were welcomed most warmly to The Hungry I by the wonderfully charismatic owner and his brilliant team. The setting was very romantic - we were in the beautiful outside patio but could see that inside by the fireplaces in colder weather would also be a lovely, cosy place to be. The food was absolutely delicious and exquisitely cooked. Thank you for such a great end to our Boston stay.
The Hungry i was a great venue for celebrating a special birthday. We went on a quiet summer Friday PM and the ambiance was perfect. Chris, the maître d'hôtel, was engaging and was regaled us with many interesting stories with just the right amount of interaction. The food was terrific and the whole package made for a great PM.
Went here for our engagement dinner 5 years ago, and just recently went for our 5 year anniversary. If you're looking for a scene though, it's probably a bit too quiet. If not, then it's very quiet, cozy and romantic atmosphere. Christopher is very entertaining and passionate about the meal and experience. Swordfish is excellent and a fairly good portion/serving.
An excellent evening with the friendly and knowledgable Chris at The Hungry I. If you enjoy excellent food and a wide and delicious wine list (expertly maintained by Chris) this should be top of your list in Boston Ma. Marked by the high quality and taste of superbly selected (local and sustainable where possible) dishes, for perfectly matched and delicious wines and the best company you can think of, this must be your first choice. Thank-you Chris for a lovely evening and wonderful repas.
Went there for father's day dinner and sat in the back patio which was very pleasant. Had the owner's Champagne kir as an Apéritif. I tried his specials of the day: beet gazpacho soup and roasted duck - both were very nice w/ a bottle of Cotes du Rhone. Topped off the dinner with a chocolate Grand Marnier cake. There were more choices on the menu that would inspire me to return.
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