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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
06:30 - 22:30
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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came here for drinks at the bar followed by a 6 course degustation with friends. We started with cocktails, which were very enjoyable. The bar is a great spot to enjoy the view of the sunset over Wellington harbour. The food was amazing - degustation menus are a great way to try a few things you may not order normally... More 

Thank Lisa M
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food, great service, lovely view. We arrived for breakfast on a tuesday morning - loved the artwork, food and drinks! I would love to come back for lunch/dinner!

Thank Laura D
Newcastle, Australia
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83 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely!!! We've done high tea several times on our travels and this one was very nice. We missed lunch so we were a bit hungry when we arrived which meant we could have done with a bit more savory items. Plenty of lovely teas. Truly attentative friendly staff. Magnificent views of the harbour.

Thank KeyImage
Sydney, Australia
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270 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the OTT decor and of course the art collection in the hotel was spectacular. The service was attentive and informative. But the French inspired menu was fabulous. Old school offering with a modern innovative twist. There was nothing not to like and it made me fall in love with crepes suzette all over again. I would definitely return.

1 Thank janwholeboxndice
Wellington, New Zealand
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411 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The menu at the Hippopotamus has been styled with a French flair under the guidance of Chef Laurent Loudeac and it has a bit of a reputation about town. With that in mind we were very excited to try the 8 course discovery dining experience to see what culinary arsenal these guys had to offer. The venue itself has a... More 

1 Thank Anthony G
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had two meals at this restaurant in a recent business trip - one with a fixed menu, the other a la carte. The food was exceptional in both cases, and the service knowledgeable, professional yet friendly. The views over the water are beautiful, and the artwork and decor interesting - the artwork in the hotel where the restaurant is... More 

Thank Bradley F
Queenstown, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely food extensive knowledgable staff, food was fabulous & served great. Prices though! Would definitely come again

Thank sgraf1990
Edinburg, Texas
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185 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinner here was very, very good. The beef fillet was tender and very flavorful, market fish delicious. The wine recommended was a Tannat from Hawkes Bay Region, just wonderful. Especially with the chocolate dessert. Service was good, staff wonderful.

Thank lorib91
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Super yummy and great value breakfast. the views are also really good. would recommend even for locals!

Thank _ruthtv75
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being invisible to staff at a supposedly great restaurant is hardly appealing. From arrival, staff were too busy strutting around to even provide a menu until, getting their attention with great difficulty, we requested them. After finally attracting the sommelier, he proved an exception - very good indeed. Service of men before women was surprising and disappointing. Food - brilliant... More 

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

Dear John H, Thank you for taking your time to share your recent experience with us. Our service sequence has always allowed time for guests to sit, read the wine menu, then a dining menu is provided, we're disappointed to hear this came across as poor service. We will be addressing your issues outlined above. We are thrilled to hear... 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
US$21 - US$34
French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
06:30 - 22:30
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
When you are looking for a delicious dining experience in a stunning setting try QT Museum Wellington's flagship, French inspired restaurant – Hippopotamus. Our broad menu is peppered with a delicious mix of comfort food and fine-dining dishes that are designed to satisfy your hunger.

Our skilled service team will weave their way in and out of your experience ready to recommend their favourite dish and aperitif. In our adjoining Cocktail Bar mixologists armed with all the hip, new cocktails and a host of firm favourites that can either be enjoyed while you dine, or as a pre and post dining spot.

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