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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 34
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  • 23
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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
Faultless

I love this restaurant. I have dined here three times in the last two months and am already planning my return. I cant fault you guys, I've tried. The service, assertive yet relaxed. Quirky decorated dining lounge. Always a comfortable warm dining environment. Interaction with the FOH and food is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Carlita C
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I love this restaurant. I have dined here three times in the last two months and am already planning my return. I cant fault you guys, I've tried. The service, assertive yet relaxed. Quirky decorated dining lounge. Always a comfortable warm dining environment. Interaction with the FOH and food is amazing. I have at least three courses and have never... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Had breakfast here on both Sunday and Monday, was very tasty indeed and the staff very helpful. Next time we are back we will try the dinner menu.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

What a great place to dine .Location , food , service ,staff , view, décor ,wine list ,cleanliness , all amazing.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Stumbled across this restaurant whilst looking for a place to have breakfast close to a business meeting venue. Excellent food - recommend the porridge! Will have to find an excuse to have dinner there.

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Lahti, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food with excellent service. So nice and warm atmosphere. Our waitress clearly loves his work and that shows.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had a lovely dinner at the Hippopotamus restaurant. The service and the food were excellent. It is a bit pricey but you definitely get what you paid for.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

High end French cuisine - which was very enjoyable, served with traditional French arrogance - which was disappointing. Interestingly, the staff serving at breakfast were simply delightful (the women). The men the night before, however...sacre bleu!

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NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Brilliant food, brilliant atmosphere, and brilliant, attentive staff who were very knowledgeable about the extensive wine list and menu.

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Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We were in-house guests and dined at this restaurant on a Monday evening with five other friends, the restaurant was packed. Service was excellent and their cocktail menu was original. Ensure you make a booking.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

As my wife & I were to spend only 2 evenings in Wellington, I took extra care to choose the right restaurants for both dinners. We visited Logan Brown yesterday and had a splendour 5-Stars dinner. Today, I've chosen Hippo. Before the dinner we had some time strolling around Museum Hotel, checking here & there, on the bits of mostly... More 

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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 23 - 126
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 23 - 126
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?