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Sabroso

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Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
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1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 349 0591
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Sabroso offers a broad taste of Latin America, serving everything from...
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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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem

This is a must do if in Rotorua. We had one of the best meals of our entire 10 day excursion in NZ here. Service was polite, informative, and the food was full of punch. The prawns and pineapple starter literally danced off your tongue!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Toddles88
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
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333 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a must do if in Rotorua. We had one of the best meals of our entire 10 day excursion in NZ here. Service was polite, informative, and the food was full of punch. The prawns and pineapple starter literally danced off your tongue!!

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

4 of us went for dinner, Largely based off the reviews on TripAdvisor. Really don't understand the hype. I've had better meals in more comfortable surroundings at several other Rotorua eateries. Plenty of other places to try, won't be going back. Nothing really bad, but nothing that great either.

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We just dropped in on a Sunday evening, and had a terrific meal. Excellent hostess, excellent food and excellent wine. The margaritas looked good to but we were driving - a pity really. Not only excellent but also very good value for money

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had a great family dinner here. We had mentioned our 6 year old when we booked and when we arrived his place was set with colouring in pens and paper already - a very nice touch. We shared a starter platter which was very tasty and followed it with chimmichangas for the adults and quesadillas for our son. All... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The food is simply wonderful and the margaritas are delicious. Great atmosphere, attentive service. We just keep coming back. Thanks Sarah and team.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Service? delightful Food ? unimpeachable sabrosa did not disappoint. our expectations were well exceeded. please be there when we come back. Damian & Sharron

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for making an exception and writing a review about us! It is very rewarding to get such great feedback from our guests. Hope to see you again in the future. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

If you like Latin American food then you can't miss a visit here. Four of us went and we all had really great meals, I recommend the Moqueca de Camaroes. Margaritas were made to a special recipe of Sarahs - the friendly and informative front of house half of the team - and are probably the best I have tasted... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

The Brazilian Shrimp Stew and Margarita are a great pair. So glad you enjoyed and looking forward to welcoming you back. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Sarah and John certainly are passionate about the cuisine that they are serving to their patrons. It was a wonderfull experience with great food and nice sangria. The prawns my wife had was nice, soft and juicy without being rubbery. I chose the Albondigon de Cordero which was fantastic. Add a bit of Red Rooster chilli sauce to spice things... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We'll have that Red Rooster waiting for your next visit! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Very good, authentic-style food. Staff and owners are extremely friendly. They also make hot sauces which are really good, with particularly amusing labels. Check it out!

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We appreciate the time to took to write about your Sabroso experience. Thank you for your patronage. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We run the Rotorua marathon just so we can eat dinner here! And it never disappoints, even after a year of remembering the last wonderful meal there and building up expectations for the next. My favourite restaurant in New Zealand, hands down. Everything we’ve tried off the menu has been delicious – the sharing plate is a great way to... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review and for visiting Sabroso each time you're in town. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: 07 349 0591

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget

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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