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1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 349 0591
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Ranked #3 of 157 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $22
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
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I have wanted to visit this restaurant for sometime and my partner and i finally got to and all i can say is WOW! great service and incredible food...it was recommended to me by the chef i work with in eat streat and i will be back for sure...thanks for an amazing meal Sabroso!

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Newtown
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The only downside with this fantastic little Latin American eatery is its size - so either book ahead or get lucky (like we did). We saw many unlucky people get turned away disappointed. The food is worth planning ahead, simple and very tasty fare. Highly recommended.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for appreciating us for what we are. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with at Sabroso. More 

Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

New Zealand, I found out in our three plus week holiday, has many awesome restaurants. But this, by far, was my favorite. I loved the creative dishes with complex flavors. I never post food on Facebook but had to post my main dish that night: pulled pork with black beans, plantain, and white cheese. Out of this world good! We... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

The plantain and pork special was super popular that week. Thank you so much for your lovely words. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and introducing you to Carménère. Hopefully, you'll be able to locate a good one stateside. All the best for 2015. More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Came here following other recommendations on both Google and Tripadvisor. This is a hidden gem. Small and on a back street. Food was amazing. I went for the beef chili. Nice to find a chili cooked with pulled beef and not mince. My companion had the lamb wrapped in bacon. Another hit. This is one of those places that you... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thanks for finding us! The lamb is a recent addition to our ever changing menu and the chili con carne a favorite that continues to make the cut. We're pleased that you enjoyed both. Please come back if you are ever again in Rotorua. More 

Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We came here on our first evening in Rotorua because of good TA reviews. It was full but I was able to make a reservation for the following evening and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent: my husband and I are vegetarian and we had plenty to choose from. Service was also excellent and staff really took an... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine with us during your visit to Rotorua and for your flexibility after finding us full on your first night. We are delighted that we could provide you with an enjoyable evening. More 

Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Lovely people, great food, good wine, had a really nice time here and not over the top price wise. Going back next time in Rotorua

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for your business and for your kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sabroso next time you're in Rotorua. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Just finished having dinner and was one fo the best mexican meals we've ever had. After reading the reviews here I we went early (with my wife and 2 small kids) after a wonder down by the lake shore and we were lucky to get one of the outside "bench" tables as the place was completely booked out already (5.30pm... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

We're so pleased that you had such a great time at Sabroso. Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to share your experience. More 

Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I don't think I really would add more that other people haven't already mentioned, but I can definitely confirm. The food is delicious and the menu items are inventive. I had the Patacones appetizer, described on the menu as simply "fried plantain slices, balck beans, queso" which is accurate, but doesn't sound that interesting. But the flavor is awesome. Similarly... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sabroso during your time in Rotorua. We're pleased that you enjoyed our Latin American flavors. We have quite the repertoire of margarita recipes - several of which are superior to the one on offer at Sabroso but utilize more expensive ingredients. So the signature recipe we have used since opening is based both on positive customer... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Sabroso never fails to get everything just right. The smells when you walk through the door, the cheery, relaxed atmosphere. Food is so fresh and tasty - as hot or mild as you want it to be thanks to their amazing Sabroso hot sauces you add yourself. Friendly, efficient service. Margaritas that are out of this world (seriously, you have... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to leave a review. Your comments encapsulate many of our touch points and we're pleased to be getting them right. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sabroso. More 

London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Was really impressed with this little restaurant! As soon as you walk in you know it's going to taste good from the smells coming from the kitchen... Great menu that strays away from your typical Mexican food and offers you new dishes to try. Can recommend the chilli chocolate pot to end the meal with, and ridiculously good margaritas... Great... More 

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous recommendation and kind words. We're so glad you like our wee place. 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 11 - 22
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, South American, Central American

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