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“average steakhouse chain”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hippopotamus

Ranked #9,115 of 16,854 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Grill
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Champs-Elysees
Mombasa, Kenya
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“average steakhouse chain”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

good location. seating not cramped. mainly steaks and burgers. not very expensive. good variety on the menu. food is not great, just average. service needs to improve. chain restaurant. decor is acceptable.

  • Visited May 2013
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“Open very late in case you missed dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Average restaurant but it is open until 5am which is unusual. Menu has mostly burgers and steaks but there are a couple salads too. Reasonably priced and good or families.

Visited May 2013
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“The Applebee's of Paris”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

On an unprepared trip to Paris we attempted to get into three different proper restaurants on a Saturday night without reservations; one was booked, two were closed (I'm still confused by this whole closed on Saturday night thing). Around 8:30 PM, tired from walking around all day, we relented and ended up at this Hippo close to our hotel. We saw some guy eating what appeared to be a delicious order of steak frites, so we said what the hell - maybe it's really good. And a juicy steak was more appealing than getting shunned from another restaurant.

It started out quite promising. Got a table right away, ordered a bottle of Hippo wine (EUR 16.90 for a bottle, and pretty damn good) and an order of their surprisingly good foie gras appetizer (yes, foie gras at the equivalent of a diner - welcome to France, I guess). Then we ordered our not-so-cheap 750 gram steak frites for two, and we waited. And waited. And waited... while the children running around the restaurant repeatedly knocked the metal thingy off the table that was supposed to hold the big steak we were going to get at some point.

Said steak arrives, but sauces did not. And for this steak sauce is necessary. The steak was very tender, juicy and beautifully cooked. But full-flavored it was not. So we asked three separate people for bernaise and pepper sauce (and mayo for the fries). Nothing. After ten minutes the wife got up and asked some guy in a suit, and he brought one little sauce to share. That lasted all of two minutes. The struggle went on throughout the dinner, and our evaluation of the place gradually declined.

Needless to say, not the fabulous dining experience we envisioned on a 24 hour jaunt to Paris. And not that it should be. The place is essentially an Applebee's/Olive Garden/etc. doing steak frites. However, the service was abhorrent - even though the waitresses were very nice (there just weren't enough of them!).

So, respectable food, terrible service, mediocre atmosphere. Three stars all the way. Next time in Paris reservations in advance are a must - at somewhere else.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

My partner and I came here after travelling from the UK to Paris, and needed some food. This was not far from our hotel, we had a quick browse at the menu and decided it looked good.

When we walked in, they offered us an English menu (always a nice little comfort when you first step in a country), and were were seated. The staff quickly took our orders and were so pleasant and friendly. When the food arrived it was very yummy & better than we were expecting, which was great.

I would definitely recommend this as great restaurant to cater for all food fancies.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank treasure_ir3land
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