We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 656 Wellington Restaurants


90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
Improve this listing
Ranked #14 of 656 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $190
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Cuisines: French
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Hippopotamus Restaurant is located on level three of the Museum Art Hotel, take in views of the stunning Wellington harbour while treating your taste buds to beautifully presented and delicious fine cuisine. Your experience is completed by the opulent surroundings of the Museum Art Hotel with its private collection of original artwork. 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.
Write a Review

317 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

I know there's a place for really formal dining experiences, so maybe we should never have come here. It provides very formal and attentive French restaurant service and I just found it stifling and too imposing. The food was good, but the portions are very small and it is quite fussy. You need to order side dishes, so the price... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

To start with the decor, you know your in for something special, when in the presence of decor, and a view like this, it does not disappoint, the staff are very knowledgeable, an the service close to impeccable. the meals are exactly as they are stated and superb, but you pay a steep price for this luxury, not as good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Vegans rejoice - Tell these guys in advance and they will whip you up a tasty vegan treat that will tantalise the taste buds like never before! Amazing food, great Champers & impeccable service. Tres bon!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Worth paying the extra money to get superb food and service for a special occasion. The staff were extremely knowledgeable about the food and the accompanying wines. Great atmosphere and view.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California, USA
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Hippopotamus is a most classic French style restaurant and reminded me very much of meals at any of the hotels along the Croisette in Cannes. We began with bubbles to toast - this is a special occasion place -- and certainly not a dinner location for the faint hearted diner not expecting to splurge. Mains are $48, starters $28 and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
North of Auckland
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Only had breakfast so not much to review, but great décor & views & food was fine. Service was also faultless.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I was there for a quick afternoon tea (not the high tea) at the cafe downstairs. The staff was really friendly but a bit short in memory as she forgot my tea until I've asked about it few minutes after my petite four arrived. The counter also had no change when I was there so had to wait for quite... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Have herd great things about this place since I moved to wellington about a year ago. Sitting in the bar the table service was a bit slow. Food was good but not amazing, this maybe because of all of the great things I herd before trying it my expectations were high. None the less good french inspired food. I look... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We had a wonderful evening at the Hippopotamus a couple of weeks ago - it's easily the best meal out I have ever had. The only glitch was the woman who greeted us and managed payment; unlike the French serving staff who were amazingly friendly, she was unfriendly verging on rude. Perhaps it was a bad evening for her but... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was our second visit to the Hippo. On both occasions we have had the Early Evening Dining menu before going off to a show. This is a set menu but with 3 choices for each course, and you have a choice of 2 or 3 courses. Currently $60 and $75 respectively. You start at 5.30 p.m. and need to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Hippopotamus also viewed

Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington

Been to Hippopotamus? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hippopotamus

Address: 90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number: 04-8028935
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Monday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Thursday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Friday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Saturday 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Average Prices: USD 35 - 190
Cuisine: French

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Hippopotamus staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?