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Hippopotamus

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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
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6:30 am - 10:30 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not cheap, but worth the money for sure! Tasty food, amazing place. Went there twice and i will come again. The staff can be quiet rude, specially when it start to get busy... But again, i love this restaurant

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Thank Jack C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yeah ok, was better when we went last year this year looks like someone has moved in, put price up and gave you less for your money

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Thank Kiwichook
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having only eaten here for pre theatre meals we always intended to return for the degustation meal offered at this restauant and we chose the 8 course menu with wine paring.We have experienced this type of dining before and this restaurant did not disappoint. The only difference here was you let the chef decide on the menu at the time,... More 

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Thank Sarah C
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear Sarah C, Thank you for your lovely review and high praise! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed indulging in our 8 course degustation. We hope to welcome you back for many more high quality dining experiences. Kind regards, Chris More 

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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for dinner staying at hotel and was met with a fairly rude staff member who was quite inattentive. A Mixup with the new QT loyalty card that was meant to have initial benefits saw the staff member virtually accusing that It must have used before, publicly. Food itself was pretty expensive and small portions. Quality of food was good,... More 

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Thank MPG-NZ
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear MPG-NZ, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're disappointed to hear that your recent experience with us did not reflect our usual high standards. We do apologise for the misunderstanding around PGR benefits. We hope you're able to give us another chance. Best, Chris More 

Rotterdam Junction, New York
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food over the top. Best dining experience ever! Food was cooked perfectly. Beef was out of this world. Staff was very attentive.

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Thank loveit000000
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear loveit000000, Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us! We're thrilled at your enthusiasm over your recent dining experience with us. We hope to welcome you back in the near future for many more occasions. Best, Chris More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful 6 course degustation meal with wine pairings that was a night to remember. Leisurely paced meal meant there was time to savor the food, wine and ambiance. Service was exceptionally high quality.

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Thank Anne H
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear Anne H, Thank you for your wonderful review. What a treat - A 6 course Degustation with wine match is truly indulgent! We hope the dining experience, wine and ambiance made for an unforgettable experience and we welcome you back soon. Best, Chris More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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166 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I wanted a special place to celebrate our wedding anniversary when visiting Wellington so we chose Hippopotamus. It was a Friday night and we rang the night before. We could do 6 pm or 9 pm. We chose 9pm. However when we arrived we were informed that we could not do the degustation menu after 8.45 pm.... More 

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Thank micsgirl
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear micsgirl, Thank you for choosing Hippopotamus to celebrate your special occasion. We do apologise that you missed out on some of our options. However, we are glad to hear that your meal was enjoyed overall. Kind regards, Chris More 

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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby and I had an absolutely delicious dining experience. We enjoyed without exception every course of our 6 course discovery menu with wine match. The knowledge of the sommelier on a variety of wines from around the world was amazing and his stunning pairings heightened the already divine food. The pace of the delivery of each course was perfect. We... More 

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Thank jjkiwi
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear jjkiwi, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! How lovely that you and your husband could experience our Discovery menu! Until next time, Chris More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was determined despite the challenges before hand to try this place as one of the top restaurants in Wellington and we have been to a few around NZ. If you have a group of more than 10 people you have to order from the set menu whilst I do understand that it would be easier for them if we... More 

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Thank Jewelz72
Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear Jewelz72, Thank you for sharing your recent dining experience with us. We're sorry to hear you didn't see the hoopla to be worth your time. However, we are thrilled to hear our staff made for a special birthday celebration and you were able to experience something new with us! Best, Chris More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time to Hippopotamus for my wife's birthday: 1. Service is not bad 2. Food is normal 3. Hate the menu, the word is too small to read 4. Wine was very experience, i guess more than 500% margin 5. $50 for a wine BYO 6. Rang more than 5 times before them answer the phone for me to book... More 

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Museum_Art_Hotel_NZ, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear TripMember092820152, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our restaurant. We're disappointed to hear our food and prices weren't agreeable as we aim to serve high quality food to a high standard. Our Receptionists are not always able to answer the phone in the middle of serving patrons and we're sorry that this inconvenienced you.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $136
Cuisine
French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups
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
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
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.

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