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 Bar will be closed from Thursday 7 July until Sunday 24 July 2016. Our kitchen will undergo a very exciting refurbishment and as a result, Lunch, High Tea, Dinner and Degustation meals will not be available during this time. We are due to reopen Monday 25 July, for you to enjoy a fine dining experience like no other.  

For our hotel guests, a light breakfast will be served daily from our Tamburini room, located on the ground level of the Hotel. An extended in-room dining menu with a selection of bar snacks and platter options will also be available.

We apologise in advance for any disappointment caused and we look forward to welcoming you back to your favourite dishes in the near future. 

Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail is fully-licensed.

If you are booking online, the Hippopotamus team will be automatically advising you about our special events and promotions (High tea, new menus, etc) via our monthly newsletter. If you do not wish to receive it please advise us or unsubscribe from the next newsletter you will be receiving. If you would like to order a voucher, please contact us directly on with your details.




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