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1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 349 0591
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Ranked #4 of 154 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $23
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican, South American, Central American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Sabroso offers a broad taste of Latin America, serving everything from tasty tapas to homestyle Mexican specialities and traditional South American dishes. The beverage menu features our signature margaritas along with affordable South American wines. In short – unpretentious dining for those who love great flavours. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and the food and drinks are delicious!
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Brisbane, Australia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We came to Sabroso based on trip advisor reviews. The menu was different to many other south american/Mexican style restaurants that I've been to in the past which was nice. The portion sizes are very generous which suited my husband as he is a big eater. We shared an entree and had a main each and it was quite a... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you, Melanie R for choosing to dine at Sabroso. We're glad that you enjoyed your Latin American dining experience. More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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179 reviews 179 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Sometimes tripadvisor reviewers seem to become a bit crazy about some places, and we suspect that it's the case with this restaurant! We visited it for dinner and had a very decent Mexican-inspired meal. Nothing out of this world though and the margarita was even (far) below that... So: a pleasant change from NZ or Asian food, a good place... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sabroso JMGeneva. We strive to provide guests with a glimpse of the Latino warmth, hospitality and delicious flavours our owner experienced while growing up in South America. Sabroso is unpretentious and casual, but we aim to shine in that category by offering genuine and enthusiastic service and food for good value. While we understand that guest... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Great meal and excellent service. The food is a good mix of authentic South American dishes, not just the normal Mexican food that you can get everywhere. It looks unassuming and is a little but away from the main restaurant street but definitely worth seeking out. It is relatively small so worth getting there early or booking a table to... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We appreciate your acknowledgement of our efforts to represent a variety of Central and South American countries on our menu. So pleased also, that you came away with a great impression of our little place. Thank you for your kind words. More 

Kuala Lumpur
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Enjoyed a very good meal here. First good sign, the chef/boss? came out of the kitchen and told us about his daily special. He actually seemed both interested in his customers and in communicating his interest and enthusiasm in his cuisine to his customers. The menu was small, all the better, freshly made dishes with fresh ingredients. I took the... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you Jamesli for both your visit to Sabroso and your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Lovely place with great food. Only small restaurant which was great as it was very laid back and enjoyable.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Muchas gracias for your review of our little place. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Sabroso. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Wow! Having never really had south American food before this was a great introduction! Exotic sounding meals like Albondigon de Cordero Romexco (bacon wrapped lamb loaf) and Pollo Bahiano (grilled chicken breast in a coconut and peanut sauce with quinoa pumpkin cake) only heightened our anticipation. And we were not let down! Just beautiful, stunning, authentic flavours. Flavour combinations that... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

L G - we're truly delighted that you enjoyed your first experience with South American food. Representing so many countries in one restaurant concept gives us plenty to work with. We hope to see you again in the future, when there will surely be a new or different menu item to tempt your tastebuds! More 

Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

We went here because of the reviews on TA. Small but cosy cafe style restaurant. Food portions were very generous and tasty. We went on a Sunday evening which was relatively quiet. Be warned, they closed early being a Sunday! The service was great. Good value for money too... Quite a casual place but good hearty South American food.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sabroso Judespackman... and for taking the time to review your experience. More 

San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I was pretty skeptical when my husband suggested we try a Mexican/Latin restaurant in Rotorua, but we trusted previous TripAdvisor reviews and decided to check out Sabroso. It did not disappoint. The trio of chips and dips was fabulous--their homemade hot sauces were to die for. I also had the soup which was EXCELLENT. I have been raised eating mexican... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you so much Courtney S for your great review of Sabroso. It is very rewarding to impress someone who is so familiar with "comida Latina"! More 

Piha, New Zealand
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79 reviews 79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I love South Amercan food, fresh flavours, choices, spice, and textures. Sabroso delivers on all levels. We arrived and we were taken through the menu we had a group of 7 of us so we decided on sharing the entree's; what a experience of flavours. The portion amounts matched our numbers - thank you!!! There is nothing worse! The on... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing your group to Sabroso Piharian. We're glad that everyone enjoyed themselves and loved the food, and look forward to welcoming you back. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Had heard nothing but great things about Sabroso! My boyfriend and I went there for our 6 month Anniversary and I could not fault anything! The staff were more than accomodating, replacing cutlery and water etc. The food was amazing, the Taquitos and the Sopaipillas were AMAZING! The dressings, were to die for as well as the dipping chocolate +... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you Shae B for choosing to celebrate your special occasion at Sabroso. We're happy that you had a great time and enjoyed the evening. Thanks too - for taking time to review your experience! More 

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Additional Information about Sabroso

Address: 1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 349 0591
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
Average Prices: USD 12 - 23
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, South American, Central American

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