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Hippopotamus

90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
04-8028935
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Ranked #18 of 645 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $190
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Cuisines: French
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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.
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a magnificent food experience, and quite unexpected. I read about the restaurant and bar online, and was intrigued by the funky decor and menu. The food was exceptional, better than many fine dining restaurants I have visited previously. The flavours are the real surprise - every mouthful was heavenly! I sampled the signature Salmon sashimi and the beef... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had the degustation menu, 6 course with matching wines. There is really no brief way to review a meal of this quality so I will go through the courses. We started with an "amuse bouche" of tuna with asparagus and pea foam, a delectable morsel of great complexity yet fresh and light. This was served with a tea and... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I have dined here several times and every time the food has been beautifully prepared and presented. This is a restaurant where the food becomes part of the conversation; one certainly could not eat it mindlessly. The waiters are knowledgeable and have interesting wine recommendations. The ceilings are a little low but otherwise the surroundings are grand. The hotel is... More

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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My wife and I were recently in Wellington and had this restaurant recommended to us.We were not disappointed.The food and service were excellent as was the wine.It is not cheap but we were celebrating and so decided to splash out. If you want a culinary delight this is the place for you.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is an interesting French restaurant at the Museum Hotel with a lovely harbour view at night. We enjoyed 3 exquisite courses and amazing service from the French maître d' including table service of the main which was Chateaubriand for two and the crepes suzette for dessert flambéed at the table. The ambience was sophisticated but relaxed and this was... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Average hotel breakfast. With the atmosphere of the hotel I expected something a little quirky. Very pleasant but just average. Would like to return and try an evening meal.

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New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We dined here recently for the first time. We enjoyed the views, decor and service from well trained staff, sadly lacking at many restaurants these days. We chose from the A La Carte menu and enjoyed our choices. The only complaint, was some courses were served on Stoneware style plates, which really seemed a little odd, although I am sure... More

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Auckland New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went for a family high tea and were very impressed. Lovely food, loads of beautiful teas and some fantastic cocktails. It's not cheap $39-$59 per person but it's well worth it. Lovely views in a quirky and very arty hotel. Would do it again with the girls!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

To visit this place is a really cool experience, service is beyond expectations and the delectable treats on the High tea tier are delicious!! The tea and champagne is also fantastic. Decor is fantastic and really unique and the view is awesome. Will be back here for a long luncheon I feel!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Had heard about this resturant and have always wanted to go, so a milestone birthday was coming up , along with a weekend in Wellington so thought the perfect place for a birthday dinner celebration would be Hippopotamus. Was i impressed - well YES. Awesome food and the service, by all the wait staff ( who are french btw) it... More

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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

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