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90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-802 8935
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“chateaubriand” (28 reviews)
“crepe suzette” (16 reviews)
“salmon sashimi” (12 reviews)
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6:30 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 914 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Our anniversary celebration was really memorable for all the wrong reasons. My wife choking on salmon bones - she was not looked after - i had to actually ask other customers to help her in the ladies restroom as she was almost ushered out so...More

Thank Laurence B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Food is devine. Out of our table of three We asked if we could share the beef main for two noticing that the size of meat was 500-600g and it came with 3 complimemtary sides of roasted potato, green beans and lettuce, cucmber and mint...More

Thank Marina H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were staying at QT. It was a drizzly miserable Welly morning so we visited Hippopotamus for breakfast. We loved it. A great view over the harbour. Awesome staff who made us feel welcome. We chose the buffet breakfast and felt it was good value...More

Thank whowesit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice view of Wellington harbor, excellent service, friendly professional staff and super quality foods are some of the indicators make dining package at Hippopotamus a perfect experience. The prices are high, but for experiencing a wonderful night it worths.

1  Thank ParhamFard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter wanted to have a high tea while we were in Wellington, so chose to do this here after visiting Te Papa just across the road. Had to check where to go once in the building - lift to the 3rd floor, very glossy...More

Thank rem868
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Had a wonderful evening here a couple of nights ago. The 6 plates degustation menu was perfect, nice to be surprised with each delicious dish; didn't do the wine pairing but left it to the wine waiter to choose our wine - again perfect. And...More

Thank NatR1965
Reviewed 24 March 2018

Wonderful evening complimented by great wines, cold beer and really good food. Staff, especially Johnny, looked after us so well. The scaffolding on the QT doesn’t really distract from the review

Thank Ross H
QTMuseumWellington, Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Dear Ross H, Thank you for your kind words! We’re pleased to hear that you enjoyed our food, beverage and attentive service. We look forward to welcoming you back – soon! Kind regards, Florent

Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

This French restaurant is perfect. The food is expertly prepared, the service is faultless and there is a good view of Port Nicholson. The wine list is extensive and (rare in a restaurant) they can actually make coffee. Main courses are around $48, but there...More

Thank Scribo
QTMuseumWellington, Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Dear Scribo, Thank you for your lovely feedback! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our French cuisine and extensive wine list. We look forward to welcoming you back for more perfect experiences. Kind regards, Florent

Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Didn’t expect this. Super funky, French sommelier, Japanese inspired entrees, French inspired mains. Had a fantastic evening. Food was first class, wine match outstanding. We shared a king salmon Japanese inspired entree: wonderful. Then had Chateaubriand for two: this included a beautiful piece of aged...More

Thank Stephen J
QTMuseumWellington, Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Dear Stephen J, Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed an enjoyable evening full of surprise and delights. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Until next time, Florent

Reviewed 19 March 2018

We took à la carte menu, fresh oyster to start, deer tartare and salmon sashimi. Very nice, very tasty. We shared a chateaubrian for two for main course, nice peace of filet with two sauces. It came with potato, very nice, a boston salad that...More

Thank visitorfromquebec
QTMuseumWellington, Manager at Hippopotamus, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Dear visitorfromquebec, Thank you for sharing your recent dining experience with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your A La Carte Dinner with us. We all love the Chef's Signature Dish Salmon Sashimi. We look forward to welcoming you back on your...More

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Questions & Answers
10 July 2017|
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Response from scribblerz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but it is wise to book.
10 July 2017|
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Response from 2007noodle | Reviewed this property |
Yes but must specify when booking
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8 January 2017|
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Response from QTMuseumWellington | Property representative |
Absolutely! We have a cocktail bar if you're looking for a glam place to drink!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$33
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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