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Hippopotamus

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90 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
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6:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view
Description: Hippopotamus Restaurant presents the finest French cuisine in Peacock-like...
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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  • 341
    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, understated service

Really nice food in a beautiful surrounding. Great views over Wellington harbour. Very good wine list. Service in seamless. Waiters remembered what wine I had ordered from a visit a few months prior. Well worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really nice food in a beautiful surrounding. Great views over Wellington harbour. Very good wine list. Service in seamless. Waiters remembered what wine I had ordered from a visit a few months prior. Well worth a visit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fantastic food and service. Staff were attentive without intruding. Loved the amuse Boucher and the sorbet between courses. Nice touch.

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Thank williamsP6331JY
Wellington, New Zealand
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a top notch restaurant that understands all the nuances of fine dining. Food was outstanding from every amuse bouché to the courses in between. Wine list hosts a good example of NZ wines with many of our favourites, so if you want to try a cross section of good NZ wines, trust the sommelier who has put the... More 

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Thank Sue W
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A wonderful evening shared with my darling Wife. Service, Ambiance and menu were superb to say the least. The attention of the staff and the attention to detal was wonderful.

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Thank JacquesFamily
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You always know you are some where posh when you ask for a G&T and they ask what brand. Could not fault the food or the service love that place

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Thank Trevor8647
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took 5 out of town guests to Hippo last Saturday night it was amazing in all aspects from the welcome including some one questioning no table cloth to be told that we were at the best table in the restraunt and one of my guest stating that we should have Champagne Flutes to be informed the Champagne glasses provided... More 

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Thank Firano
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My friend and I went for High Tea. We had 9 different items plus as much tea as we wanted. I have been to other High Teas and thought we would have a pot of tea each, not have to just have a cup of tea poured out when they asked us. The first cup was cold, but the food... More 

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Thank pmnm
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful food experience at the restaurant with great presentation and flavours and excellent wait staff, we would thouroughly recommend this as a place to eat if you are staying in wellington

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Thank ChrisK71
Manchester
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good value breakfast and later a very smart fine dining experience in attractive surroundings. Not cheap but good for a treat.

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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fine dining inside one of our best hotels. Impeccable service. French cuisine at it's best, even the waiters are French. Food is wonderful, worth every dollar. Good to see traditional fine dining is still here. Must eat at restaurant!!!

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Thank MissVanessaAnn

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 90 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-802 8935

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 127
  • Cuisine: French, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:30 pm

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