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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, Delivery, 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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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
Absolutely the best!

Always fantastic! Best in Rotorua and one of our favourites in New Zealand. Authentic wonderful Latin food, good music, margaritas and atmosphere.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Kiwidoctorbree
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Whakatane
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Whakatane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Always fantastic! Best in Rotorua and one of our favourites in New Zealand. Authentic wonderful Latin food, good music, margaritas and atmosphere.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Two couples, a cold wet evening in Rotorua and Sabroso = a great night out. Sabroso is a small, low key but high quality restaurant with well-priced and delicious food with a Central and South America flavour. it was almost full, always a good sign. Our waitress was wonderful - welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. I enjoyed a... More 

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New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

One of Rotorua's best restaurants! It's a nice small place with just amazing food and friendly staff! I recommend the Chimichanga or El jefe steak Amazing!

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I have been here a lot of times and each time I try something different. Not once have I had a meal from this place that was anything less than delicious. My favourite would still be the calypso chicken which i have my fingers crossed for a comeback to the menu :). The owners are always lovely and they make... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

One of my new top favourite restaurants in New Zealand. Food was amazing, service was fantastic and definitely the best margaritas I have had outside of Mexico.

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A small, atmospheric restaurant that provides fine interpretations of Central American food at a very decent price. Very hospitable proprietors. A must for variety in Rotorua.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and kind words. We're happy to be able to provide a change from the norm. More 

Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I have tried several dozen restaurants throughout New Zealand--most were disappointing, but Saboroso has, by far, been the best. The restaurant itself is small and informal. Service was attentive and friendly. I ordered the beef chili con carne, served with some fresh tortilla chips and a small salad. The chili was complex and full of flavour flavour, and it was... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We do care very much about the food and service delivered at Sabroso. It is a great reward to read of your satisfaction. All the best to you in your travels. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Great food, informal atmosphere, friendly service. We came with children and grandparents who aren't adventerous eaters and everyone was happy. Book in advance because seating is very limited. Enjoy!

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting! We're delighted that your found the menu versatile enough to cater to your varying needs. Please come back and visit if your travels bring you back to Rotorua. More 

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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Yum yum, went to Sabroso based on trip advisor ratings and whole family loves Latin American / Mexican food, catered well for our primary school aged girls, dinner for mum and dad very nice too, enhanced by in house chilli sauce. Service was just perfect would recommend highly

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing the family to Sabroso and for your kind recommendation. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A small place - so do book ahead. The menu has some quirky interpretations of Latin American dishes, but that doesn't detract from trying them - on the whole everything was delicious especially the calamares - the staff were just gorgeous & their home-made hot sauces are terrific - don't leave without a bottle!

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Sabroso calamares are a real favorite - we're glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. Enjoy those hot sauces! 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 10 - 21
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American

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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 10 - 21
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, 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!

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