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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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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 267
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 23
    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
Degustation delight

I am a bit cautious of restaurants in hotels, but the Hippopotamus has definitely challenged my assumptions with a fantastic culinary experience. We chose the 6 plate degustation, although the a la carte menu was very enticing. Each course was sensitively matched with a combination of New Zealand... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Stuartandlinda
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

I am a bit cautious of restaurants in hotels, but the Hippopotamus has definitely challenged my assumptions with a fantastic culinary experience. We chose the 6 plate degustation, although the a la carte menu was very enticing. Each course was sensitively matched with a combination of New Zealand, French and Italian wines, plus a surprising Spanish sherry with the cheese.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I took my partner to Hippopotamus for his birthday. We go at least once a year for special occasions. As always it was a beautiful setting and we had a window seat looking out over the harbour. We were treated to champagne cocktails and house baked bread rolls with whipped butter while we pondered the extensive wine list and menu.... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The venue is beautiful with colourful velvet chairs and dark wood. Great quality art works decorate the walls and it has a lovely view over the harbour. Food and service first rate. This great for a special treat. I also attended a birthday dinner here a year ago and found the service as great as it was this time. So... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

we have no been to this restaurant yet for dinner ( not sure why we really must) but have partaken in drinks and snackies here quite a few times. The staff are lovely and so helpful, always going the extra mile to recommend drinks, and let you try a taste of the wine or beer etc before you commit. The... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I visited the restaurant in Wellington with my sister Tracey and 2 nieces, Chloe and Eloise. It was a special occasion. We were recommended the 5 course Degustation menu, which was a surprise and we chose to add the wine option. The French waitress Camille was adorable and gave superb customer service. The wine waiter was so knowledgeable and gave... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a top end restaurant so be prepared for that. We found the food to be delightful, along with top end wine selection. You won't be disappointed with the quality.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had dinner here at the Hotel at around 9.00pm in the bar end of the restaurant. We had the most amazing desserts. We also had the buffet breakfast in the morning at 10am. The eggs were the nicest creamiest eggs ever. Great selection of breakfast foods. Its a shame we missed the High Tea - next time!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We joined the family from Wellington for breakfast the day after a wedding. Appart from the superb art and exceptional decor the buffet selection was first class. The staff were attentive and unobtrusive. I was amazed when I paid the bill how reasonable it was for such a delightful dining experience. Next time we are in Wellington it will be... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Hippopotamus is a 5 star fine dining experience. I love the french wait staff and the fabulous food. It is always a delight to dine here. The view is gorgous and the sumptuous decor fantastic. A couple of minor niggles, the long descriptions of the food before we were allowed to eat each course got a little tedious and my... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A fantastic gem of a restaurant we didn't expect to find on the 3rd floor of our hotel. The view of the waterfront was impressive but the cuisine was extraordinarily good. Everything was thoughtfully presented and the tastes were very refined. Great variety on each plate. Particularly enjoyed the complimentary pallet cleansers between courses. I highly recommend this restaurant but... More 

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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 - 123
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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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