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“Surprised in Rotorua” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sabroso

Sabroso
1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
07 349 0591
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Ranked #4 of 154 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price range: $12 - $23
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!
Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Surprised in Rotorua”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We came here on the recommendation of my son, who had been here before. It is a simple little place, like most in this town, and the menu is short and quite simple. However our selections were well cooked and tasty, and the service is friendly and discreet (girl with the dreads, as another reviewer commented). The beer is good, and while I have had better margaritas (I make a mean one myself), it went well with the early part of the meal before the locally brewed pilsner. I was pleasantly surprised by the food, though my wife commented that the chili con carne was very heavy on red peppers and onions - she doesn't like pimentos much and while she normally leaves them on the side and doesn't make exclusion requests, in this case they were chopped small and difficult to leave at the side. That aside, this was a nice little place and we would happily return when in the area.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you for visiting Sabroso and taking the time to write about your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you're in town.
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Hastings, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“We got the hanga chimichanga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Small and intimate, lovely decor, great fresh food. The three different homemade chilli sauces are mind blowing! We had croucher beer, locally brewed, for the first time here, very good. Friendly and efficient service from the girl with the dreads! A tiny gripe might be that the tostadas plate could have done with a side of rice to make it a bit more filling. Will come again.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thanks tesandsai for taking the time to review Sabroso. We're happy that you enjoyed your experience and invite you back when you are next in town. Our menu changes with the seasons, the summery light tostada will be replaced with a more hearty dish come winter.
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Wow!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

AMAZING prawn salad and the best margaritas!! Such a good vibe!! Lovely good humored waitress, Cant wait to go back for more!! :)

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
So pleased we were able to "wow" you Foodie300 - it is what we aim to do with every guest. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sabroso.
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158 restaurant reviews
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1,398 helpful votes 1,398 helpful votes
“Nice Veggie options”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This is nice little restaurant has with good veggie options, the food was delicious, the service was good and I liked the sauces.

Visited February 2014
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, April 30, 2014
Thank you for visiting Sabroso during your stay in Rotorua Smeets P. With every menu change, we are careful to ensure we include a variety of selections to cater to vegetarians. We appreciate the time you took to leave a review.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Sarah and her beautiful little restaurant ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Last weekend my boyfriend, a couple of good friends and I went to Rotorua and trying to find mexican food we ended up in Sabroso. Now what we found wasn't just a delicious, well made mexican food, we also had the privilege to enjoy a place where the love for the Latin food and culture is palpable. Sarah the owner of this little restaurant is a pleasure to talk to and a real example of what fantastic customer service and passion is all about. All we can say is that Sabroso made out trip even more awesome. Thanks to Sarah for creating this magical space :) we will be back.

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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, April 24, 2014
Thank you for your glowing review. We are eager for our customers to experience Latino infused warmth and hospitality and it thrills us when this is appreciated. Hasta su próxima visita...
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