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Hippopotamus

90 Cable St, Wellington, New Zealand
04-8028935
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Ranked #11 of 635 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $35 - $190
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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Hamilton New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is an exceptional place to go for a special afternoon celebration. The service and the food is very special and the service is happy and relaxed while being very professional.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The restaurant has a pleasant outlook of the harbour. The décor is chintzy. The service was fine. The portions were in inverse proportion to the prices.

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A friend and I recently ate brunch here on a Sunday. OMG - it was amazing!! The restaurant is inside the Museum Hotel and overlooks the Sunday Markets, which, in themselves, are a visual feast!! The Hotel is gorgeous and the location even better. LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went there with a group of six celebrating a birthday. We had the degustation menu with matching wines. Amazing knowledge from the waiters about wine and food, every single dish was superb, Crepe Suzette was made at the table & a nice birthday surprise was given, too. Highly recommended at any time!

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Went here for high tea and again same night for dinner.it is definitely a classy experience and we loved it.the wait staff were very attentive and every one of them were french.we would have liked more savoury choices for $49 each but it was still nice,kind of a one off thing to do.dinner that night was very nice,gourmet choices only... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Food, Service Decor, and Prices. What can I say other than all flash and no gash. On the surface, everything looked great, and had all the marks of a fine dining experience. But me and my wife on our very special day couldn't help but feel unsatisfied, to say the least. With what one pays at Hippopotamus, you should expect... More

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Terrace Downs
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Upon entering the hotel and restaurant you are taken into a world of fancy and imagination. The décor is stunning in its richness, colours and furnishings. Chandeliers, French Louis chairs and lounges, widely spaced tables, art works, motor bikes and a beautiful view of glittering lights across the harbour to match the glitter inside. It is surely one of the... More

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Hanmer Springs
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Had a wonderful meal at this restaurant, overlooking the Wellington harbour. We went especially for my sons 21st and it was well worth it. The staff were friendly and approachable and the food was to die for. A big thank you.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had high tea at Hippopotamus on a Saturday afternoon for a friends birthday. The food, although it took a wee while coming was amazing, with each mouthful a taste sensation. The food came in small mouthfuls, but each was delicious and to be savoured. There were also four types of tea on offer. I had the delicious rose tea... More

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New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Hippopotamus serves what might be the best Eggs Benedict I've had in a very long time. The restaurant at The Museum Art Hotel has a fabulous view across Wellington Harbour - just lovely as he sun rises. This bene was served with Parma ham on ciabatta with sautéed mushrooms. The Hollandaise was rich and with just the right level of... More

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