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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
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06:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:30
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I haven't dined here yet but I do love to take friends visiting Wellington here for a drink in the bar. Wonderful wine list and a fantastic view. The service is always spot on.

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Thank lilyg697
Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We dined to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary. It was expensive but the occasion justified it. It is fine french cuisine & the main was to die for! Attentive staff & good service. All the staff that attended us had strong french accents which made it difficult to understand what they said. The maitre de was a class act &... More 

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Thank John V
Tauranga, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow, from the moment we walked in the door, every sense was awakened. The music playing in the back ground. The fabulous bar manager making cocktails the way they should be made. The food sent explosions to the taste buds..the quality of wine and the waitress that knew which wine was best with which meal. Qualities you dont see often.... More 

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Thank Cheryl H
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was here for the high tea. When I booked, I requested "vegetarian". The service was excellent. The waiter/waitress kept pouring the tea/water non-stop. I loved everything on my plate. Every single one was delicious. This was my second visit after the first time last year. I impress every time I have the high tea here. This place was the... More 

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Thank Nok C
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an outstanding experience, and value for money. We went there for a 60th. 8 people, which gave us the exquisite table that was off to the side and felt like your own restaurant. The staff were amazing, and the wine was impeccable. We were expecting a small serving of food and I couldn't finish my plate. We got... More 

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Thank georgianak19
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the hotel and ate there,on our last night.....best meal we had eaten on North Island.....great service, food and restaurant.

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Thank Annie C
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the beef rib for two. While they came out rare to blue, they quickly fixed the issue and they were great. There was so much,we have lunch for tomorrow. They came with potatoes, cauliflower as gratin (which I usually ignore but this was great) and they graciously swapped out the iceberg salad for Caesar The dinner started with... More 

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Kingston upon Hull
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The breakfasts were fantastic pleanty of choice and food was top class, and have a seat near the window the view is great

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Thank marfleet
Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this restaurant to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. A couple of weeks before I booked a table online and when we arrived we were professionally greeted and shown to our table. The table was nicely situated with a view out over Wellington harbour, the surrounding hills and the boat marina. The service was impeccable and the food was... More 

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very average. Generally, did not reach my expectations considering the upmarket reputation it projects. Service was without fault and the best aspect of our evening.

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Thank phillawsonnz
QTMuseumWellington, Public Relations Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this review

Dear phillawsonnz, We're disappointed to hear you found your overall dining experience with us average. French fine dining with high quality food, wine and service is what we pride ourselves on and what we have been delivering for the last decade. However, we're glad that the level of service was faultless. Kind regards, Chris 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
US$21 - US$34
Cuisine
French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:30
Monday
06:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:30
Thursday
06:30 - 22:30
Friday
06:30 - 22:30
Saturday
06:30 - 22:30
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?