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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, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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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
An Opulent Dining Experience

I've dined here four times and the food is usually of very high standard. Most of all though though I would say that dining at Hippopotomus feels very special and rather posh. It's the place you go to celebrate special occasions knowing you will leave having enjoyed fine food but more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Jacqui J
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I've dined here four times and the food is usually of very high standard. Most of all though though I would say that dining at Hippopotomus feels very special and rather posh. It's the place you go to celebrate special occasions knowing you will leave having enjoyed fine food but more importantly, having experienced top class service in opulent surroundings.

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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Dinner at this restaurant was amazing, great friendly French staff ( gasp) it is true!. Great menu with good choices, and desserts to die for. Crepes Suzette prepared at the table with flair, by a waiter with style, absolutely delicious, I've had them in France, but these were the best. Wine quite pricey, but we enjoyed the, NZ Dog point,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Our daughter chose this Wellington icon for her 20th biirthday family dinner. The meals and art were just superb. However, the service was disappointing and at best indifferent. After my husband was served his champagne, we had to ask when the remaining three drinks would be served. As nothing was forthcoming after 10-15 minutes and we were keen to toast... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Excellent breakfast. I had the salmon scrambled eggs which was delicious. Nice view looking out to the Wellington harbour. Good service.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Had a great high tea with my daughter today. The setting is lovely and combined with a sunny day sitting looking out over the water front was specular. The service was exceptional, and the food lovely - quality not quantity. I am looking forward to going back for dinner in a couple of weeks.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If you can afford it, you should make the effort ........ That time of year for the 6th year, Elizabeth and I head out for our anniversary dinner. After saving for a couple of months we can finally afford to go to the Hippopotamus Restaurant. Following a little bit of a false start (not knowing where to go), we finally... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

From impeccable service by true industry professionals through to stunning elegant food there was no better way to spend a night celebrating a birthday. The service was prompt, efficient and not over bearing and allowed for a true dining experience. We opted for the 5 plats with wine pairing and were simply thrilled with the experience it offered. The knowledge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

What a stunning location! Amazing service, tasty food and great interior design. If your looking for high tea, a drink or a meal I would recommend your check this place out.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Hippopotamus is a truly wonderful experience in all regards. It is a true art museum with some very interesting and whimsical pieces, a reflection of its artistic owner. Very friendly, helpful and knowlegible staff , who will quickly seat you down, and produce the menu and a massive wine list that has something for all tastes, with a lot available... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Excellent quality food and service, steak for 2 was fantastic, nice view and excellent service. Not cheap but worth it.

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Additional Information about Hippopotamus

Address: 90 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-802 8935
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
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
Average Prices: USD 24 - 130
Cuisine: French

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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 24 - 130
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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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