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1184 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 0591
17:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 24 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 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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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21 reviews
19 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 14 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
Amritsar, India
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Must try place if you are in rotorua . Each dish has a unique taste . The owners are passion driven . Jus a guideline , do prebook for your table . Cheers

1 Thank GaganSingh456
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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71 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

As advised on their website, we booked a table and we pleased we had done so as the restaurant was fully booked. Having said that, the turnaround was fairly quick and I think most tables had 2 bookings during the evening. We started with the corn chips and 3 dips. Wow! PILES of delicious crunchy warm corn chips. Didn't think... More 

1 Thank Kleonz
Durham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Incredible variety of dishes inspired from across South America. Hot sauce comes with the food so you can tailor the spice level and make it as spicy as you like...most dishes come mild so can be enjoyed by all (I have very low spice tolerance and can handle everything except the prawn stew). The tapas selection is a great option... More 

Thank Sandra H
Rotorua, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Being locals this restaurant is one of our favourites and we have never been disappointed. The food is always fresh and delicious, the margaritas are to die for and the service is fun and personal. All in all it is simply spectacular and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. It is open Wednesday night till Sunday night and you definitely... More 

1 Thank Fay O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$21
Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?