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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 208
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 21
    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
Most recent review
High tea

We went for the afternoon high tea. Definitely need to book in advance, we were seated in the bar area, but was a brilliant spot right next to the window. Go for the hip high tea, not much extra but the hippo colada was amazing. Good value, great service

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
julieorme
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Queenstown, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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337 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Queenstown, New Zealand
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We went for the afternoon high tea. Definitely need to book in advance, we were seated in the bar area, but was a brilliant spot right next to the window. Go for the hip high tea, not much extra but the hippo colada was amazing. Good value, great service

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Wonderful service; fantastic food; pleasant surroundings - it has it all. We had a great evening there.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Excellent service pretty good food but quite pricey mostly French food . Excellent location in the Museum Hotel

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

As a vegetarian, I'm not much qualified to comment french style however I can tell that the service and environment show a high level. If you want a place to date with your partner and expect a nice result, it is worth trying !

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Martinborough, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Being in hospo ourselves we find it really hard to dine out. We dined on a Monday night and the service and food was exceptional. Keep it up guys!

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Martinborough, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Wow, what a lunch, fantastic food, presentation, service, amazing place, the decor is beautiful and tasteful, highly recommend for that special date :)

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Love Hippopotamus!!! We were given a recommendation to attend, they weren't wrong!! From the moment I booked online, and received a confirmation email, followed up by a re-confirmation phone call from the restaurant a couple of days prior the service was impeccable. Loved the decor, art work, and the large tables and layout of the restaurant. The bar area looked... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We went out for dinner with our elderly in-laws. We arrived early and had a cocktail at the bar before our dinner. There was no pressure to get to our table. The restaurant is small(ish) but the tables are well placed and not over crowded at all, and there is an amazing view over the marina and out into the... More 

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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

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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210 reviews 210 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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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: Romance, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?