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 is the perfect choice to commence, or complete, a night out with friends.

Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail is fully-licensed, sorry we do not do BYO. Valet parking is complimentary while dining.

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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 12pm till late


Holiday 2015/2016 Hours

Lunch will be closed from Sunday 20 December 2015 until Monday 18 January 2016.

High Tea will be closed from Wednesday 23 December 2015 until Saturday 16 January 2016.

Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner is currently fully booked.

New Years Eve Dinner is currently fully booked.