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French, European, New Zealand
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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
06:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:30
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were invited to the Hippopotamus by friends who were staying at the hotel which houses the restaurant. Our apartment is close to the restaurant and we had planned to visit at some point because it is highly rated. Our evening with our friends was thoroughly enjoyable but the food was disappointing. Typically a main course costs $40-$50, which for... More 

Thank nzlfr
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose to have breakfast here to have a beautiful view and enjoy the old time world setting. We dined Saturday morning around 8.30. Excellent service and food. So peaceful. A special treat. Will definitely come again

Thank janetw1862016
Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

stayed over night for a christmas function in wellington and had breakfast in morning, beautiful hotel and clean tidy beautiful room with huge spa bath,

Thank NeilnLisa
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The location is very nice and the staff try extremely hard to deliver a memorable experience. We were not disappointed by our meal and struggled to finish it.

Thank greg s
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this restaurant with high expectations. It is in a hotel filled with interesting art work, it is in a convenient part of the city, but most importantly, it receives enthusiastic reviews. I cannot think why that should be. Having struggled with the menu, because it is deceptive in that there is nothing adventurous in it, a fact... More 

Thank 810frances
North Shore City, New Zealand
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely cocktails & dessert in creative ambience with a view over the harbor, great place for an uplifting afternoon after Peter Jackson's reality check at Great War Exhibition at the Museum & more war reality at Te Papa! All worth a visit, do it!

Thank Joy T
Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family treated me to dinner in Hippopotamus for my birthday during our trip to NZ. We all had the 6 course "dégustastion" dinner with wine matching. The whole experience was fantastic. Its a very quirky establishment with great decor and features. Despite the "fine dining" context for the meal it was served and explained very professionally without fuss or... More 

Thank Paul H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Of course it is hard for a restaurant to please a table with 3 chefs but from a restaurant with this pricing level I actually expect a defect free evening But from the beginning: We arrived at the restaurant at 8:10, beacuse our reservation was made for 8:30 we were seeted at the bar to have a pre dinner drink... More 

Thank Simon D
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They start with the best quality Kiwi ingredients and perform some magic art to make it look terrific. And it taste great too. I live locally and who took an American friend there last night, and we were impressed with the food, the presentation, the taste, especially the serving staff. I know this sounds a little OTT but I will... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hippopotamus comes with a high reputation. Obviously they excel at the high tea experience, but this was an opportunity to explore the dinner offering. After a great experience in the restaurant bar (attentive service, nice outlook) it was time to see whether the rubber would really hit the road in the restaurant itself. A short summary of the dinning experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$135
French, European, New Zealand
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
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
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?