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Sabroso

1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 349 0591
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Ranked #2 of 150 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $24
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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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Lovely little restaurant that serves up delicious authentic South American food. The owner was ver friendly and accommodating. The trio dips are amazing!

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Rotorua, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Twice in a fortnight! This tiny restaurant with first class service is still Number 1 for us in Rotorua. Always a treat on my birthday, it didn't disappoint. We returned the night after their 7th birthday and had the set meal - 2 courses for $25. A choice of two starters and we chose both, and shared. Tasty chicken salad... More

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

KiwiG360 - thank you for celebrating your birthday and ours with us. Throughout the last seven years, we have strived to provide an ever changing glimpse into the food of Central and South America. We hope that you will join us over the next seven as we venture more deeply into Latin American cuisine. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great and interesting Latin American food - not just the typical Mexican fare. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. We come here whenever we are in Rotorua (and would certainly come more often if you opened up in Auckland...)! Make sure you book a table.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you MichaelDrumm for your repeat visits when you're in Rotorua and for the time you took to review us. Although a Sabroso in Auckland isn't in the cards just now, we look forward to seeing you back at our wee place in the future. More

Auckland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What a total surprise tucked away from the main drag in Rotorua is a tiny restaurant serving a small but perfectly formed menu inspired by food from central and southern America. Great flavours and chilli sauces in three grades. The hot one is HOT but full of habanaro flavour.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to write about us on Trip Advisor. Your comments epitomize our mission - and we're super happy that we're succeeding. More

Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a great authentic Latin American restaurant. You do need to book but it is so worth it! All of us really very pleased with our food. We had the chipotle calamari - which was superb as well as the Tres Amigos (corn chips with amazing dips). All the mains were fantastic but the pimiento relleno (stuffed roasted red... More

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you Tracey, for choosing to dine at Sabroso and for your glowing recommendation. Please come back and see us next time you're down our way. More

Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you want flavors to blow your mind and fresh produce them Saroso is the place to go. Have been many times and every time is just as amazing as the last. I would recommend everything on the menu.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Wow! Reviews like this make it worth all the effort. Thank you so much. More

Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Most amazing Mexican I have had but gets busy so make sure you book! Chilli con carne was good and I got pulled pork soft shell tacos which were so yummy!

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Gracias Danielle K for your comments. You're definitely right about booking - we're so small that it pays to guarantee a seat. We hope to see you again if your travels bring you back to Rotorua. More

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I love Sabroso. We have been coming here for a few years now and still cannot fault it, its one of the reasons we especially travel to Rotorua. We love the hot sauces (we have purchased and used over and over again). It gets very busy and is so small, so you need to book. We were... More

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you Bethan for your kind words. We are honoured to have loyal customers like you from around New Zealand and look forward to seeing you again in the future. More

Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Do yourselves a favour and if you like Mex/South American food do not bypass Sabroso.All 6 of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals(almost unheard of in our family) and the margeritas are very very good.I booked the day before because i had read on here that the place could get quite booked out.So glad I did,and we were not dissapointed. You... More

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Hola farnorthg - so pleased that you enjoyed your dining experience at Sabroso. The chili chocolate dessert is definitely a signature item that has survived seven years of menu changes. See you again soon! More

Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I went with my family to Sabroso this evening after trying to get a table since Sunday. It was well worth the wait! We started with tapas: fish, squid and cheese filled pastries. All were delicious! For mains we had the chicken chimmichuri, the chimichanga, the chicken tostadas, and my younger brother had a beef burrito from the kids menu.... More

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you BrittanyLane14 for your recommendation and eloquent review. We are pleased that you and your family had an enjoyable evening with us and hope you will come back again at some point in the future. More

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