We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sabroso

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 349 0591
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Sabroso and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, 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!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 367 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 270
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Great surprise

My mouth is still zinging from great flavours and testing all three house made chilli sauces. Authentic tastes of Central/south America and great margarita. A really warm and entertaining night. Never have I had such an enthusiastic owner with such great knowledge of the food sharing their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Love_good_times_NZ
,
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
Add Photo Write a Review

367 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My mouth is still zinging from great flavours and testing all three house made chilli sauces. Authentic tastes of Central/south America and great margarita. A really warm and entertaining night. Never have I had such an enthusiastic owner with such great knowledge of the food sharing their passion personally with the dinners. Definitely worth a visit

Was this review helpful? Yes
melbourne
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Came to Sobroso after reading reviews. We were welcomed by the lovely owner, a super friendly lady. The food was great , unpretentious and tasty. I highly recommend the margueritas and the coffees too. A great place for informal dinners. A cosy little restaurant well with a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

An absolute MUST if you are in Rotorua. The food was AWESOME. This place has the best margaritas, you will not stop at just one. The owners of the restaurant served us themselves and really looked after us. Food and drinks are reasonably priced. Make sure you book or you risk being turned away due to the popularity of this... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Whangamata, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was in heaven........wanted to go back the second night but they were fully booked. The food is fantastic, the service great and the setting intimate without being overly romantic - so it suits couples and mates having a meal together. My only regret if I forgot to buy some of their home made sauce before I left. Will be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We're pleased to have provided you with a dining experience that was so enjoyable! If you can't make it back to Rotorua in the near future, let us know - we can always ship some sauces your way. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We visited Sabroso on a saturday night and thankfully I had made a booking. The place was full, however, it didn't feel crowded and we weren't made to wait at all. The food was delicious and everything was explained to us. Lovely staff! We will definitely be returning here next time we are in Rotorua!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your recent Sabroso experience. Thank you for taking the time to write about it hear. We're working on a summer menu, so hopefully on your return, you'll see a few changes. More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Practically one year to the day from our first visit to Sabroso, we again dined at this wonderful little Latin American restaurant. It was every bit the superb experience we both remembered from 2014 - meals, margaritas and atmosphere. We reserved on the day, and although the night was truly stormy, Sabroso was full so don't expect to be accommodated... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back to Sabroso! Consistency is of tremendous importance to us, and we are able to measure that in part by reviews from guests like you. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. More 

Muriwai Beach, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

we booked a table at Sabroso after reading the reviews on trip advisor and we were not disappointed. (thank goodness we did book as while we were eating three sets of groups without bookings were sent away) The food was excellent the margaritas were the best we have ever had and the services was fast and friendly!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed our food and service. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Thanks sarah for such a great service and hospitality. It was one of the best mexican food we ever had ...Very impressed with the way entry and mains were presented with great home made sauces. Please do visit sabroso if you are in rotorua. Will be back soon. Thanks again for everything !!!!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to Sabroso and for your kind comments. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very interesting food (interesting = tasty, different), charming intimate restaurant, friendly and attentive owners. Enough to satisfy 6 hungry guys on a boys weekend. And the Margarita- superb ! Good value

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you 6 Hungry Guys for choosing to dine at Sabroso and for taking the time to write a review about it. We hope to see you again. More 

Northland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We arrived early at 5.30 and were greeted warmly by the owner. We are both real foodies and know what's good. And the food was GREAT. The husband (Chef) did such a great job. We wanted to go back the next night (Sunday) but they were closed lol. Too many fab things to list but seriously go there. You won't... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are happy that we were able to accommodate you and that you so enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back on a future visit to Rotorua. More 

Travelers who viewed Sabroso also viewed

Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 

Been to Sabroso? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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 10 - 19
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, 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!

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Sabroso staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?