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Hippopotamus

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90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
04-8028935
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6:30 am - 10:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Hippopotamus Restaurant is located on level three of the Museum Art...
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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Visitor rating
  • 227
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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 Cuisine.

Wonderful restaurant overall. Great food and great service. Had most of our meals at the restaurant whilst we stayed at the Museum Art Hotel for the three nights that we were there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Jey R
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Adelaide, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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367 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Adelaide, Australia
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Wonderful restaurant overall. Great food and great service. Had most of our meals at the restaurant whilst we stayed at the Museum Art Hotel for the three nights that we were there.

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chch nz
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The wait staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Food is delicious and they don't skimp. I and my colleague had the Chateau Briand for two and with all the side dishes had real trouble finishing it.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Impeccable French service and attitude. For anyone intending to visit Paris to eat, hey no need. Just a wonderful indication of what to expect. Brilliantly presented food. All looked so enticing one forgave the looking down the nose aura of the wait staff, as they treated one as a total moron who needed to be taught about food, wine or... More 

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Wellington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I am not one that normally pays much attention to the presentation of food, but at this restaurant you can't help but notice. Everything is presented in style, wanting you to try every dish! And Yes, the taste was that good as well

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Yorkshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Went for the buffet breakfast. Good value at 25 dollars however the buffet items were cold. It was very tasty but cold. I had to leave the hash browns because they were so cold and hard. Also the service was no near expectations. We were pretty much ignored. After finishing breakfast me and my partner went up to get some... More 

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had dinner and high tea here and both were excellent! The service at dinner was the best we had on our trip. Everything we ordered was absolutely marvelous! If you want to really treat yourself while in Wellington, you must give this place a try. This was my first high tea experience and I just loved everything about it.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

What a sensational dining experience! I can not fault the service, staff or the food. It was one of the most best 5 star dining experiences I have had. We did not have enough time for the Degustation menu but will certainly try it next time. Fine dining at its best. Thank you!

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Outstanding food in a modern French style, great service, and pleasant atmosphere. A very enjoyable meal. Hippopotamus is located in the Museum Art Hotel which is a charming, somewhat quirky hotel across the road from the Te Papa Museum. The restaurant continues the same art style with the food and decor. I had the deboned rack of lamb, confit lamb... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Had the pleasure of having afternoon tea here a few weekends ago. A window view in the dining room surrounded by the wonderful decor is a great wayto spend a rainy day. The staff were professional and very helpful. The tea was delicious, as was the food. The portions were small but substantial. The only criticism I would make were... More 

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Gold Coast
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If your not a Wellingtonian your probably confused my by review title....I will get to that. I have never dined at a five star restaurant before so was a little nervous that it would be a little too overwhelming. But an exciting celebration brought us here and gave us a fantastic experience. If, like us you aren't staying at the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 04-8028935

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 190
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?