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“Tasty treat on a Wet Night” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sabroso

Sabroso
Ranked #2 of 219 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $21
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Tasty treat on a Wet Night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal here. Mexican type food can be really bad in New Zealand - covered in gloopy sour cream and every dish with the same taste. The food here was really tasty and full of clean fresh flavours. The entree were really good - the mains less so - you may wish to eat only entress

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JC19552012
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Thank you for visiting Sabroso during your time in Rotorua. We are pleased that you enjoyed your tapas, though regret that your main choices did not exceed your expectations. We make menu changes at least twice a year and are constantly featuring new dishes from throughout Latin America. We hope you'll give us another try next time you're in town.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

What can I say? The meal at Sabroso was such a lovely experience. From the moment we walked in the door to the moment we left it was a sheer joy.

We were in rotorua for a short break and fancied Mexican. A quick search on here seemed to rate this place so we thought we would try. We were passing at 5pm when they opened and just popped in. Every table was reserved but our hostess was so helpful and offered us a reserved table with an indication of when the next guests were due in, we were really happy to comply with that as we had things to do that evening anyway. We had amazing Marguerites! Our hostess claim that they were a house specialty was not wrong! We had amazing starters including some of the best calamari ever, followed by the special of the day, a burrito style dish. The food was all so tasty that none of our party wanted it to finish! We finished off the meal with Sopiapillas which we were told were a popular desert and we could see why! Very tasty. Overall we had a great experience at Sabroso and would certainly visit again and would recommend anyone to visit this place if in the area!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank UK_Rob_000
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for your glowing recommendation. We would be pleased to welcome you and your guests back to Sabroso any time you are in Rotorua.

You're right, we're just a tiny place with 8 tables and we appreciate you working with the bookings for the night.

Hasta su proxima visita!
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New Delhi, India
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“the chicken soup!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

great food great staff!I think whatever you ll order ll be gr8!
one thing not to be missed is the chicken soup tangy,hot,just simple yummy!
you have to have to eat here!one meal! and you be wanting more for sure!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Swati L
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
The chicken soup! A simple combo of several time consuming components. Thank you for loving it!
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Matamata, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Stroke of luck”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Earlier this year we drove through Rotorua on our way to Whakatane we stopped to check trip advisor, for a good restaurant and as it happened we were park right outside Sabroso which was at the time top of the list.
My partner, son and I went in and had a delicious Mexican meal, we all had different meals and enjoyed them all. On the out I brought some of there hot sauce which is available at the counter very nice, the flame thrower defiantly lives up to it's name.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bruce L
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
We are the lucky ones - thank you for dining with us. We hope to be able to provide you another adventurous dining experience next time you pass through Rotorua.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely small restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

Nice meals with interesting desserts at Sabroso. Wide selections to choose from. Staffs were lovely and checking up on us whether we were having a good time or not. Make sure you make reservation prior to your arrival. It is a busy establishment.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ploynjoel
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SabrosoRotorua, Owner at Sabroso, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Thank you for visiting Sabroso during your time in Rotorua. As a small restaurant representiing the Caribbean, Central and South America, we make interesting menu changes frequently. We hope we can surprise you during your next visit.
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