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French, European, New Zealand
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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I did a 6 course degustation with wine matches. This is not cheap but what an amazing evening. The wait staff were superb and the wine matches were beautifully explained and lifted the flavors. Overall an amazing experience which we will have to do again.

1 Thank GnRB
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There's not enough superlatives to describe the quality of food delivered at hippopotamus restaurant in Wellington. I stay at the museum art hotel when travelling for work so it's super Convenient. The restaurant had an old world. Feel About it. Magnificent fit out with gorgeous table settings and top end cloths and cutlery. Start your experience by grabbing a pre... More 

1 Thank Paul J
Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent service, however as a hungry kiwi male I would recommend if you are looking for a filling meal, stay away from the degusation, as whilst tasty the serving sizes were a little small. Dessert however was fantastic.

1 Thank Ross W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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93 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for the high tea which was amazing. They catered for gluten free really well and all of the treats were tasty and beautifully presented. There was a range of yummy teas available which were topped up regularly by the wait staff. We also selected the option which included a glass of bubbles which I highly recommend. The decor... More 

1 Thank whatdowedonext
Timmins, Canada
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288 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a lovely dinner with our group. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. The appys, main course, & deserts were all very good. Top notch service as well. Recommended!

Thank Barry L
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were invited to the Hippopotamus by friends who were staying at the hotel which houses the restaurant. Our apartment is close to the restaurant and we had planned to visit at some point because it is highly rated. Our evening with our friends was thoroughly enjoyable but the food was disappointing. Typically a main course costs $40-$50, which for... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We chose to have breakfast here to have a beautiful view and enjoy the old time world setting. We dined Saturday morning around 8.30. Excellent service and food. So peaceful. A special treat. Will definitely come again

Thank janetw1862016
Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

stayed over night for a christmas function in wellington and had breakfast in morning, beautiful hotel and clean tidy beautiful room with huge spa bath,

Thank NeilnLisa
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The location is very nice and the staff try extremely hard to deliver a memorable experience. We were not disappointed by our meal and struggled to finish it.

Thank greg s
New York City, New York
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant with high expectations. It is in a hotel filled with interesting art work, it is in a convenient part of the city, but most importantly, it receives enthusiastic reviews. I cannot think why that should be. Having struggled with the menu, because it is deceptive in that there is nothing adventurous in it, a fact... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $136
French, European, New Zealand
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-802 8935
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?