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Hippopotamus

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French, European, New Zealand
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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
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06:30 - 22:30
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an outstanding experience, and value for money. We went there for a 60th. 8 people, which gave us the exquisite table that was off to the side and felt like your own restaurant. The staff were amazing, and the wine was impeccable. We were expecting a small serving of food and I couldn't finish my plate. We got... More 

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Thank georgianak19
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the hotel and ate there,on our last night.....best meal we had eaten on North Island.....great service, food and restaurant.

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Thank Annie C
Ottawa, Canada
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318 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the beef rib for two. While they came out rare to blue, they quickly fixed the issue and they were great. There was so much,we have lunch for tomorrow. They came with potatoes, cauliflower as gratin (which I usually ignore but this was great) and they graciously swapped out the iceberg salad for Caesar The dinner started with... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to this restaurant to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. A couple of weeks before I booked a table online and when we arrived we were professionally greeted and shown to our table. The table was nicely situated with a view out over Wellington harbour, the surrounding hills and the boat marina. The service was impeccable and the food was... More 

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very average. Generally, did not reach my expectations considering the upmarket reputation it projects. Service was without fault and the best aspect of our evening.

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Thank phillawsonnz
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our "chateaubriand" dinner with a lovely Cabernet blend from NZ. Attentive service and a harbor view complemented the experience.

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Thank Rick_Reardon
QTMuseumWellington, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear Rick_Reardon, Thank you for sharing you recent dining experience with us. The Chateaubriand paired with the right wine and harbour view makes for a lovely evening doesn't it? We look forward to welcoming you back! Kind regards, Chris More 

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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Could not really find any fault with this restaurant. Food was beautifully prepared and delicious. Service was outstanding. Beautiful ambience and location. Well worth the money. Will definitely return on future trips to Wellington.

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Thank Wandiemoo
QTMuseumWellington, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear Wandiemoo, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're thrilled to hear your experience was faultless and you're already looking forward your next meal with us! Until next time, Chris More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not having eaten here for a few years and aware of a recent change of management we were interested to see if the French influence remains - it does. Staff are perhaps a little more 'relaxed' in their manner than before, more akin to the style found in many NZ restaurants, however the 'professionalism', (knowledgable, interested and friendly without being... More 

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Thank Enophil
QTMuseumWellington, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear Enophil, We appreciate you taking the time to share your recent experience with us. We're glad to hear the positive responses to our changes. Management hasn't changed, we have had a week makeover, but rest assured, Hippopotamus quality and service remains high quality on all counts. Until next time, Chris More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was great, but high tea not worth what was paid for. $55 per person and the food was average. Not worth it

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Thank shersherr
QTMuseumWellington, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear shersherr, Thank you for sharing your recent High Tea experience with us. It's great that you could experience our team's service, however we are disappointed to hear the food did not thrill you. We will pass on your comment management so we can guarantee a 'wow' experience on your next visit, if you're will to give us another chance!... More 

London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the restaurant with my wife and son. My wife has a gluten free diet which the hotel claim to accommodate but she was disappointed with the food she was served to the extent that she didn't want to return there for breakfast the next morning (we were staying in the hotel that the restaurant is part of). My... More 

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QTMuseumWellington, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear sfl12017, Thank you for sharing your recent experience with us. We certainly can cater for a range of dietary requirements, including gluten free and are disappointed to hear the food was not to our usual high standard. We will make sure your comments are passed on to the right people! We hope you give us another chance for an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$34
Cuisine
French, European, New Zealand
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:30
Monday
06:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:30
Thursday
06:30 - 22:30
Friday
06:30 - 22:30
Saturday
06:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-802 8935
Description
Hippopotamus Restaurant presents the finest French cuisine in Peacock-like opulence with stunning views of Wellington harbour. Award-winning Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac continues to design a palette of culinary delights, such as Tortellini de langouste et dorade, Carre d'agneau desosse a l'ail roti and Confit de cuisse de canard. Our cellar comprises of more than 500 of the best New Zealand and European wines selected by Maitre'D and Head Sommelier Maciej Zimny.

Situated over the road from the harbour, the Museum Art Hotel is close to Wellington's exciting and vibrant activity centres. Hippopotamus Restaurant is the perfect choice to commence, or complete, a night out with friends.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?