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1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 0591
Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Opotiki, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

friendly service, we loved the desserts and found it reasonably well priced. not too busy and didnt have to wait long

Thank colonialhouseopotiki
Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Had never tasted Latin American cooking before and took the opportunity to book at Sabroso whilst in Rotorua. Was simply the best meal I had in my 3 week journey around NZ.The meals we had were fresh, spicy and had had a taste which I had not experienced before. The entree of fished cured in lemon/lime/chilli and the Chilli chocolate... More 

Thank Laura M
Brisbane, Australia
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314 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We wanted an early meal and arrived at Sabroso without a reservation but the owner welcomed our party of six which included my two young grandchildren and said because we were early and if we left by 730 we could have a table - plenty of time, 2 hours. There was no rush to get us out of the restaurant... More 

1 Thank GlobeTrotters4001
Tel Aviv, Israel
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150 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

John and Sarah are amazing team. Sarah set the bookings that every 15 minutes one table arrived thus giving her the time to give the clients the full attention they need. Than John cook and deliver the most Devine South American food. We will come again...highly recommended.

Thank a h
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I'm a regular weekly diner now. John weaves his magic each week on his specials. Could be a dangerous move for a chef, but not John. You Sabroso regulars need to step out and go for the specials - will not be disappointed. I'm from Sydney and reckon Sabroso is the best Mexican I've ever eaten. Make sure you book... More 

1 Thank Iain M
Rotorua, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

I've tired dining here four times previously, but no tables were available (as we were walk-ins). We were lucky this time getting last table available. I now know why it's so popular, and booking table is a must if you really want to dine here. Service was prompt and excellent,wait staff knew the menu and gave good advice on dishes... More 

Thank JDalla
Houston, Texas
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This Latin restaurant is truly a gem. Latin-inspired flavors are my favorite cuisine, and Sabroso certainly did not disappoint. I ordered the chili con hongos, blue mahi ceviche, and potatoes. Every bite was excelente! My friends also recommend the pollo bahiano, chile relleno, and taza de chocolate for dessert. Definitely a worthwhile find in Rotorua!

Thank Holly W
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We are well travelled, love good restaurants and ,although not food elites , are rather particular. I feel bad that most of my reviews on Trip Advisor have been negative. I get to reverse that trend with Sabroso. I was first struck that most of the tables were reserved at 7:30 on Sun. They limit their seatings to maintain quality.... More 

Thank Twintravler
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

The food was absolutely delicious and authentic from what little I know about South American dishes. The menu had a good selection of both fish and vegetarian dishes (meat possibly too, but we didn't have any). Portion sizes were more than enough for us (We each had as recommended two small plates with a side of papas aka potatoes per... More 

1 Thank Katharina W
Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Not too big .Helpful staff and a good choice on the menu.Meal not to large or to small,nice size,comes with sauces for different taste buds.Desserts looked delicious but had to pass but will go back at another time to try these.Remember to book as it is very popular

1 Thank chrissjennie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 21
Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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: +64 7-349 0591
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?