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90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
04-8028935
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Ranked #14 of 665 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
Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We only had breakfast - a good standard, unremarkable hotel buffet breakfast. The decor is a delight, it's intimate and interesting and so far removed from the typical bland hotel dining. Breakfast doesn't do the setting or chef any credit. I've purposed to visit for high tea as I can't think of a better spot in Wellington to natter with... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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195 reviews 195 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Recommended by a friend we made reservations here. First we were asked if we would like to have our aperitif at the bar area before dinner. We did. The cocktail menu is very interesting and we had 2 very good drinks. Then we we brought to our table by the window :-) and the service was very attentive and not... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We had breakfast at the restaurant. The views are beautiful. We had the a la carte menu, and all really enjoyed our meals. Service was ok.

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Fantastic service, beautiful food, happy to cater for special dietary requirements and lovely setting.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had a wonderful meal at Hippopotamus. Our table looked out over the harbor. We started with the signature salmon sashimi which was excellent. My wife had the duck confit and I had the fish of the day which was swordfish. Both were excellent. As difficult as it was, we passed on dessert, however, we saw it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

beautiful cocktails and such an amazing venue, quirky and elegant decor and a mirror bar - even the bathrooms are super luxurious! Drinks and nibbles a little pricey but worth it, loved the theme to the menu - recommend 'Over View' and 'Mind your Head' We had a good chat to the bartenders, who had some amazing stories about the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Visited Hippopotamus today for high tea with friends. From start to finish it was amazing and a real treat. The food was interesting and the service very French and lovely. For $39 pp for the museum tea it is definitely well priced and I plan to go back for dinner soon :)

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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Good food and wine, good service and a nice atmosphere. This is one of the best restaurants we have visited in Wellington. The hotel has a high standard as well. Situated close to the center and Courtney Place it is just a short stroll to a pub nearby.

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London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This restaurant ticks a number of boxes and I would highly recommend it. It's a good spot for a romantic dinner, fun brunch and afternoon tea with friends. Service has always been great, and the food of really high quality. If you can get a table near the window, the views of the harbour are lovely on a sunny day.... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It is just the best , the degustation manu is justa perfect :) i loved everything, the place food and service.

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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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