The Hungry I

★★★☆☆
  • 71 Charles St

    Boston, MA 02114

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  • 617-227-3524

About The Hungry I

Hours
Thursday To Friday From 12:00 PM To 02:00 PM Sunday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM

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My wife and I wanted to treat ourselves and made a reservation at the Hungry I. Although the food was good, albeit over priced, the service by "Christopher" was atrocious. Chris has clearly a chip on his shoulder and would not be out of

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★★★★★

My wife and I wanted to treat ourselves and made a reservation at the Hungry I. Although the food was good, albeit over priced, the service by "Christopher" was atrocious. Chris has clearly a chip on his shoulder and would not be out of

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Shockingly bad for Restaurant Week. The "watercress salad" had no watercress in it (romaine instead) with what tasted like store-bought garlic dressing (not even close to as good as TJ's brand). My "poulet marengo" was a soggy, breaded

3
★★★★★

Shockingly bad for Restaurant Week. The "watercress salad" had no watercress in it (romaine instead) with what tasted like store-bought garlic dressing (not even close to as good as TJ's brand). My "poulet marengo" was a soggy, breaded

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Food was okay and the ambience was pleasant but I was left disappointed with the service. I took my parents visiting from abroad to Hungry I and was amazed at the waiter's audacity. He included a 22% tip conveniently in my bill at the end

3
★★★★★

Food was okay and the ambience was pleasant but I was left disappointed with the service. I took my parents visiting from abroad to Hungry I and was amazed at the waiter's audacity. He included a 22% tip conveniently in my bill at the end

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While I expect a more limited menu for restaurant week with lower cost items, I don't expect what is on the menu to be of terrible quality and preparation. The onion soup looked and tasted like Lipton's soup. The beef in the beef bourginon was of the worst quality and the dish was small and appeared microwaved to me and my fellow diners. The server was clueless and rude when our guests asked if there was any alternative to garlic dressing on salad - any restaurant can make an alternative dressing with little or no effort but the Hungry I didn't bother and offered only oil and vinegar. This restuarant used to be a decent place but seems to have fallen on hard times. If you don't want to put any effort into restaurant week don't do it. You seem to forget these diners eat out the other 50 weeks of the year as well and will never come back. I was sorry for my dinner guests.

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★☆☆☆☆

While I expect a more limited menu for restaurant week with lower cost items, I don't expect what is on the menu to be of terrible quality and preparation. The onion soup looked and tasted like Lipton's soup. The beef in the beef bourginon was of the worst quality and the dish was small and appeared microwaved to me and my fellow diners. The server was clueless and rude when our guests asked if there was any alternative to garlic dressing on salad - any restaurant can make an alternative dressing with little or no effort but the Hungry I didn't bother and offered only oil and vinegar. This restuarant used to be a decent place but seems to have fallen on hard times. If you don't want to put any effort into restaurant week don't do it. You seem to forget these diners eat out the other 50 weeks of the year as well and will never come back. I was sorry for my dinner guests.

Cons: Horrible food/presentation; rude staff

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I recently had dinner at this restaurant and found it to be overpriced for mediocre food. The decor is extremely dated and while the lighting is quite dim and romantic, it feels like the owners provide dim lighting to hide the stained carpets and dust-covered interior.

As for the food, I ordered the special yam soup with paprika. Sounds amazing on a cold night, right? I expected a velvety smooth pureed yam delight. Not even close. When it came it was a very deep brown color. It tasted almost bitter and had the consistency of a stew. In fact, it tasted like a beef stew. It certainly had beef in it, and I can't imagine what a vegetarian would have thought about this one. I had the special pork for my main course and it was a battle to cut and the vegetables were cooked poorly. The carrots were raw and the potatoes were burnt. Also, the portions were enormous. I think they try to justify their inflated prices with excessive portions. Normally, we would have had coffee and dessert after dinner, but we decided to go elsewhere after this disappointing meal. Skip this restaurant and go to the Beacon Hill Bistro or No. 9 Park. I will never return to this place ever again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I recently had dinner at this restaurant and found it to be overpriced for mediocre food. The decor is extremely dated and while the lighting is quite dim and romantic, it feels like the owners provide dim lighting to hide the stained carpets and dust-covered interior.

As for the food, I ordered the special yam soup with paprika. Sounds amazing on a cold night, right? I expected a velvety smooth pureed yam delight. Not even close. When it came it was a very deep brown color. It tasted almost bitter and had the consistency of a stew. In fact, it tasted like a beef stew. It certainly had beef in it, and I can't imagine what a vegetarian would have thought about this one. I had the special pork for my main course and it was a battle to cut and the vegetables were cooked poorly. The carrots were raw and the potatoes were burnt. Also, the portions were enormous. I think they try to justify their inflated prices with excessive portions. Normally, we would have had coffee and dessert after dinner, but we decided to go elsewhere after this disappointing meal. Skip this restaurant and go to the Beacon Hill Bistro or No. 9 Park. I will never return to this place ever again.

Pros: friendly staff

Cons: food, price, decor, cleanliness

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The description that this is "modern French" food is far off the mark. Our experience was far from modern (or good). I have to echo the past reviewers' comments about arrogant service, cold drafts, bad bread, and disappointing entrees. Entering the place is a wonderfully quaint experience. The small brick corridor that you step down into builds the excitement for a romantic and fun evening. The host was very welcoming and led us up the steps to a cute, albeit tired dining room on the 2nd floor. The fireplace was enjoyable, but the cold draft (upstairs!) was unpleasant for our party.. The candle on the table was right at eye level, which sounds petty, but really... when you charge this much, everything should be right. The silverware hadn't been polished and was splotched - clean - but splotched. Our waiter couldn't have been much less interested in serving our table. When asked what the "beef en croute" was like, he said "it's like beef stew" as if we were a bunch of rubes who had never had French food. C'mon bud. It was en croute, not stew. He didn't explain that their interpretation would mean a watery, flavorless beef & mushroom soup under a doughy pastry....but back to the beginning of the meal. A cold roll was dropped on everyone's bread plate, and no two rolls were placed carefully or properly. Although we ordered different salads, we received the same sad salad of limp spinach and a stale, chewy crostini type thing. The black bean soup was an odd option, and the dumplings were uninventive. The only bright spot was the snapper with cabbage and tomato - not bad, but not great. The waiter always misplaced food, and food came out sporadically (we'd always have to wait for everyone's course to show up). The waiter dropped silverware on the table in the wrong positions...after we had to ask for it! We even had to ask for water. This was just not an acceptable meal for any level of restaurant, let alone one of this supposed caliber.

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★☆☆☆☆

The description that this is "modern French" food is far off the mark. Our experience was far from modern (or good). I have to echo the past reviewers' comments about arrogant service, cold drafts, bad bread, and disappointing entrees. Entering the place is a wonderfully quaint experience. The small brick corridor that you step down into builds the excitement for a romantic and fun evening. The host was very welcoming and led us up the steps to a cute, albeit tired dining room on the 2nd floor. The fireplace was enjoyable, but the cold draft (upstairs!) was unpleasant for our party.. The candle on the table was right at eye level, which sounds petty, but really... when you charge this much, everything should be right. The silverware hadn't been polished and was splotched - clean - but splotched. Our waiter couldn't have been much less interested in serving our table. When asked what the "beef en croute" was like, he said "it's like beef stew" as if we were a bunch of rubes who had never had French food. C'mon bud. It was en croute, not stew. He didn't explain that their interpretation would mean a watery, flavorless beef & mushroom soup under a doughy pastry....but back to the beginning of the meal. A cold roll was dropped on everyone's bread plate, and no two rolls were placed carefully or properly. Although we ordered different salads, we received the same sad salad of limp spinach and a stale, chewy crostini type thing. The black bean soup was an odd option, and the dumplings were uninventive. The only bright spot was the snapper with cabbage and tomato - not bad, but not great. The waiter always misplaced food, and food came out sporadically (we'd always have to wait for everyone's course to show up). The waiter dropped silverware on the table in the wrong positions...after we had to ask for it! We even had to ask for water. This was just not an acceptable meal for any level of restaurant, let alone one of this supposed caliber.

Pros: Cute dining room

Cons: Poorly prepared food. Indifferent, if not arrogant, service.

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My Wife and I had dinner at the Hungry I for the first time last week. It was superb. Great food.good service.cozy, charming. I had the venision. My wife had the rabbit. They have perfected the art of the sauce. We shared a piece of walnut pie for dessert and a lobster pudding to start. It was like dining in Paris. We are taking our friends from California there next month. One of the top three restaurants we've been to in Boston................ever. Its nice to find place that's real, authentic.

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★★★★★

My Wife and I had dinner at the Hungry I for the first time last week. It was superb. Great food.good service.cozy, charming. I had the venision. My wife had the rabbit. They have perfected the art of the sauce. We shared a piece of walnut pie for dessert and a lobster pudding to start. It was like dining in Paris. We are taking our friends from California there next month. One of the top three restaurants we've been to in Boston................ever. Its nice to find place that's real, authentic.

Pros: food, atmosphere, wine list, delicious rich sauses, fireplace, terrace

Cons: parking

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We had the most horrible dinner you can imagine. From a first look menu was fine, even overpriced. I wanted to try Hungry I because of its reviews.
It was Saturday night and only 4 other people were in the Restaurant. We've been promptly greeted and seated. One of the plates was dirty and was replaced with words - ?It is just an ornament".
Wine list was horrible. Drinkable wines start from 150 and there are not much of them to choose from. They take wholesale price and multiply it by 4.
Appetizers were OK, but not OK enough to stay in that price range.
My wife had rabbit as a main course. Presentation was very good, but through a meal she found very long hair in her plate and showed it to a server, who took it and disappeared. In 3-5 minutes managers came and ask what a problem was. We explained it again; he took my wife's plate and disappeared, not even asking to replace her plate. He assumed that she doesn't want to eat anymore, even she had nothing.
When we paid for our meals (no discount was offered) we've been offered good night and no excuse at all.
I am in a restaurant business myself, but NUMBER ONE RULLE - treat your customers right and you'll never have empty tables on Saturday night in December.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We had the most horrible dinner you can imagine. From a first look menu was fine, even overpriced. I wanted to try Hungry I because of its reviews.
It was Saturday night and only 4 other people were in the Restaurant. We've been promptly greeted and seated. One of the plates was dirty and was replaced with words - ?It is just an ornament".
Wine list was horrible. Drinkable wines start from 150 and there are not much of them to choose from. They take wholesale price and multiply it by 4.
Appetizers were OK, but not OK enough to stay in that price range.
My wife had rabbit as a main course. Presentation was very good, but through a meal she found very long hair in her plate and showed it to a server, who took it and disappeared. In 3-5 minutes managers came and ask what a problem was. We explained it again; he took my wife's plate and disappeared, not even asking to replace her plate. He assumed that she doesn't want to eat anymore, even she had nothing.
When we paid for our meals (no discount was offered) we've been offered good night and no excuse at all.
I am in a restaurant business myself, but NUMBER ONE RULLE - treat your customers right and you'll never have empty tables on Saturday night in December.

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I have been to every single restaurant in Beacon Hill and the Hungry I is tied as my favorite. Ignore the previous negative reviews - they are useless. The service was amazing and the food was great and absolutely not over-priced for a CITY restaurant. The portions were large and I was actually surprised that my swordfish (which was fabulous) didn't cost more. The bread was also very good - I don't understand the poor reviews on their home-made secret recipe bread. We sat at a romantic table next to a warm fireplace with soft music playing. A restaurant doesn't survive for over 40 years if it isn't great. I strongly recommend the Hungry I.

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★★★★★

I have been to every single restaurant in Beacon Hill and the Hungry I is tied as my favorite. Ignore the previous negative reviews - they are useless. The service was amazing and the food was great and absolutely not over-priced for a CITY restaurant. The portions were large and I was actually surprised that my swordfish (which was fabulous) didn't cost more. The bread was also very good - I don't understand the poor reviews on their home-made secret recipe bread. We sat at a romantic table next to a warm fireplace with soft music playing. A restaurant doesn't survive for over 40 years if it isn't great. I strongly recommend the Hungry I.

Pros: fireplace, romantic, service

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The pate was dog food, we had two escargot in a sea of onion, the meat was full of grissle and the vegetables were like those you get on a flight. Overall, the worst food I've had in Boston, or any restaurant for that matter. $100 for a $10 meal. Even the bread was the least edible bread I've ever been served. It's too bad, because the place is cute inside and very quiet (probably because people are smart enough not to go!)

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★☆☆☆☆

The pate was dog food, we had two escargot in a sea of onion, the meat was full of grissle and the vegetables were like those you get on a flight. Overall, the worst food I've had in Boston, or any restaurant for that matter. $100 for a $10 meal. Even the bread was the least edible bread I've ever been served. It's too bad, because the place is cute inside and very quiet (probably because people are smart enough not to go!)

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food, Service, Price

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Boy, was I (were we!!!) disappointed. After rattling off a few specials and then disappearing, we had to call for him to come back just to get ice-water in our glasses Questions regarding the Entre's were met with almost a sneer of surprise when I mentioned I was not familiar with the Rabbit or the Venison (Our Signature Dish!)and my thought to even consider the marbled London Broil with Portabella mushrooms as opposed to the Fillet was greeted with such disdain that I wondered why the first item was even on the menu! The scallops were good but not full flavored, the Veal was dry and the sauce didn't help, and the Venison, though full flavored, was gamey to excess and tough to the point of almost being unchewable.

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★★☆☆☆

Boy, was I (were we!!!) disappointed. After rattling off a few specials and then disappearing, we had to call for him to come back just to get ice-water in our glasses Questions regarding the Entre's were met with almost a sneer of surprise when I mentioned I was not familiar with the Rabbit or the Venison (Our Signature Dish!)and my thought to even consider the marbled London Broil with Portabella mushrooms as opposed to the Fillet was greeted with such disdain that I wondered why the first item was even on the menu! The scallops were good but not full flavored, the Veal was dry and the sauce didn't help, and the Venison, though full flavored, was gamey to excess and tough to the point of almost being unchewable.

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At first glance, The Hungry I seems like a promising restaurant--nice decor, cozy, and the menu looks good. Unfortunately, the food, though inventive, was not what we expected it to be. The venison was overcooked and our appetizers came cold. If you do decide to give the place a try, stay away from the door, there's a terrible draft that a few silk drapes are supposed to block but fail miserably at doing so.

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★★☆☆☆

At first glance, The Hungry I seems like a promising restaurant--nice decor, cozy, and the menu looks good. Unfortunately, the food, though inventive, was not what we expected it to be. The venison was overcooked and our appetizers came cold. If you do decide to give the place a try, stay away from the door, there's a terrible draft that a few silk drapes are supposed to block but fail miserably at doing so.

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You can't believe how bad it was. Every woman was in sleaveless dresses and was freezing. Flimsy drapes were hung by the door and failed to block the very cold air ( which flooded in with each arrival). Wine was ordered and was (when not available) substituted without consulting us. The bread was unedible. One of us had duck which was the worst duck I ever had. The other had steak which was to be served with "fluffy" potatoes. The potatoes never showed up, the dinner plate was ice cold and the steak was not cooked to order. Service was mediocre (no apologies from anyone re: the wine, potatoes, bread, etc.) Never again ... and all for $175 for dinner, $65 for wine. Why did I leave a tip?

0
★☆☆☆☆

You can't believe how bad it was. Every woman was in sleaveless dresses and was freezing. Flimsy drapes were hung by the door and failed to block the very cold air ( which flooded in with each arrival). Wine was ordered and was (when not available) substituted without consulting us. The bread was unedible. One of us had duck which was the worst duck I ever had. The other had steak which was to be served with "fluffy" potatoes. The potatoes never showed up, the dinner plate was ice cold and the steak was not cooked to order. Service was mediocre (no apologies from anyone re: the wine, potatoes, bread, etc.) Never again ... and all for $175 for dinner, $65 for wine. Why did I leave a tip?

Pros: Cain 5 Cabernet, Coffee, Leaving

Cons: Heat, Cooking, Arrogance

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Romance is what this place sells. If your signifigant other rates there food by how many inches there steak hangs off the plate, this may not be your style. This restaurant does have real charm and potential. YES ladies and gentleman there menu by conparison is small. (FYI theres more focus how there food is prepared, not on how there going to cook 28 different entrees and still manage to have your venison cooked perfectly medium rare.) To some there prices are high, but escargo and venison are not something every resturant boston serves up with such style and flavor. If french and a peaceful atmosphire are what your looking for the hungry-I is by all means the place for you. If your idea for the night is some groaning about work and hoping your partner will fall asleep early. Take some advice, save you money and order take out.

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★★★★☆

Romance is what this place sells. If your signifigant other rates there food by how many inches there steak hangs off the plate, this may not be your style. This restaurant does have real charm and potential. YES ladies and gentleman there menu by conparison is small. (FYI theres more focus how there food is prepared, not on how there going to cook 28 different entrees and still manage to have your venison cooked perfectly medium rare.) To some there prices are high, but escargo and venison are not something every resturant boston serves up with such style and flavor. If french and a peaceful atmosphire are what your looking for the hungry-I is by all means the place for you. If your idea for the night is some groaning about work and hoping your partner will fall asleep early. Take some advice, save you money and order take out.

Pros: Atmosphire, Winelist, Firepalces

Cons: Parking

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Perfect for a date. The brunch on Sunday is elegant and worth the price. The food is very rich and good, but what you get at this place is a very romantic spot beneath busy Charles St. in Beacon Hill. Very romantic, if you want to impress a date by showing good taste and don't mind paying, pick the Hungry I.

2
★★★★★

Perfect for a date. The brunch on Sunday is elegant and worth the price. The food is very rich and good, but what you get at this place is a very romantic spot beneath busy Charles St. in Beacon Hill. Very romantic, if you want to impress a date by showing good taste and don't mind paying, pick the Hungry I.

Pros: romantic, great location, good food

Cons: expensive

Message from 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. This restored 1840‚??s brownstone has three small dining rooms complete with fireplaces and polished antiques. The mood lighting is from the glow of the candles on every table. It has been said that there have been more wedding proposals here than anywhere in the city.





The Hungry I has been a destination for both romance and traditional French gourmet food for decades. As you look around the restaurant, you will see that the exposed brick walls are adorned with beautifully framed oil paintings, and delicately embroidered throw pillows are scattered amid upholstered banquettes that adds to the warm intimate atmosphere.





During the nice weather, you can enjoy a romantic dinner on the outside vine-covered patio. This is romance at its best!

More about The Hungry I

The Hungry I is known as the most romantic restaurant in Boston. Whether you are planning to propose or just want an intimate dining experience the Hungry I will exceed your expectations. The Hungry I serves Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. The menu includes Venison au Poivre Noir, the Hungry I‚??s most requested dish, liver pate, omelets for brunch, and many more delectable choices. They also offer a specialized Valentines Day menu. During the summer months you are able to experience their ‚??Secret Garden‚?Ě like dining patio. When choosing the Hungry I you are insuring a memorable dining experience.

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Combining the flavors of France and the history of Beacon Hill, The Hungry i is a romantic spot, nestled in the lower level of a restored 1840's brownstone. Three fireplaces, an outdoor courtyard, plus three dining rooms outfitted with…

 

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