Take in views of the stunning Wellington harbour while treating your taste buds to beautifully presented fine French cuisine. Your experience is completed by the opulent surroundings of the Museum Art Hotel with its private collection of original artwork. Situated over the road from the harbour, the Museum Art Hotel is close to Wellington’s exciting and vibrant activity centers. Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is the perfect choice to commence, or complete, a night out with friends.

Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail is fully-licensed.

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Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 10.30am
Weekends and public holidays, 7am to 11am



Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2pm
Not available on public holidays


High Tea

Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 4.30pm
(last bookings at 3.30pm)


Early evening dinner

Daily, bookings at 5.30pm only
(table must be vacated at 7.30pm)



Daily, from 6pm to 10pm
Degustation dinner bookings from 6pm – 8:45pm


Cocktail Bar

Daily, from 2pm till late






Hippopotamus Privatisation Dates and Christmas Dates

  • Friday 2nd December Private Lunch
    Closed for Lunch and High Tea service, reopens for Dinner service

  • Tuesday 6th December Private Dinner
    Closed for Dinner service

  • Wednesday 7th December Private Lunch
    Closed for Lunch and High Tea service, reopens for Dinner service

  • Thursday 8th December Private Lunch
    Closed for Lunch and High Tea service reopens for Dinner service

  • Sunday 18th December Last High Tea service for the year
    Reopening for High Tea service Wednesday 11th January

  • Tuesday 20th December Last Lunch service for the year
    Reopen for Lunch service Monday 9th January

  • Thursday 22nd December Private Dinner
    Closed for Dinner service

  • Sunday 25th December 
    Bookings essential, Set menu available only for Lunch and Dinner service

  • Saturday 31st December 
    Bookings essential, 6 Course Discovery Menu available on for Dinner service
    Hippopotamus reopens from Breakfast service from 2pm.