Sabroso Restaurant
Sabroso Restaurant

Sabroso Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sabrosos.ca/
  • Phone: (587) 350-2679
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday Dinner 5:00pm - 12:00 am; Saturday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm - 12:00am; Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mike DeGuzman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can cater any size events either on site or off site.
  • Entertainment: Live Latin Musicians every Friday and Saturday, music to listen to or to get up and dance a little.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Ave & 14th Street S.W.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot behind the restaurant with 25 cars capacity, when full make use of City parking lot across the street
A word from Sabroso Restaurant
Sabroso (sah-bróh-so) adjective: Delightful, pleasurable, entertaining, delicious, lovely … To produce this delicious fusion we have used two main ingredients: great Chefs from Calgary, to whom we are permanently indebted, and our Latin roots; out of the richness of cuisines from over 15 Latin countries is where we have derived our inspiration. Cocina Nuevo Latino is loyal to its origins: it keeps the spices, the mixes, and flavors but fuses it with local ingredients, with global techniques to appeal to local palates, to help it make sense in this local context. We have carefully selected the best of Latin America’s wines to pair with our menu; beers from Mexico to Argentina to delight you and your guests; spirits and cocktails together with delicious non-alcoholic beverages to complement our food.
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Sabroso Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (21)romantic (20)special occasion (17)great for lunch (9)hot spot (5)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent food and moderate portions!
    Nina
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was delicious (appetizers: ceviche and pork belly chicharon; main:parrilla por dos; dessert: churros), except for the chorizo which was way too salty. Will be back to try the other food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent ambient.
    Grace
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Ideal for groups and birthday parties.Everything we eat was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    groupof4
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Nice, intimate, friendly, with live music. Friendly owner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • recommended
    Kthree
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    surprisingly quiet on a Sunday evening, but very welcome to enjoy fresh flavours in a comfortable and quite space. Very eclectic decor in a room that has had several eatery ventures.....location is a little off the 17th Ave eat-street mainstream and the patio and views may be a little lacking. Go here for the food. Tapas style eating lets diners sample a wide variety of foods, but we highly recommend the seafood choices. Nice selection of wines with many good-value selections by-the-glass. Although calm and peaceful on a Sunday evening, we suspect that this place could also be vibrant and alive (and maybe quite loud?) on Friday / Saturday with live music and a full room of diners. A very delightful add to the Calgary restaurant scene.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply Sabroso
    William
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Tasty food indeed, atmosphere and service is friendly, I reccomended for brunch. I still have to visit for dinner when they have live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Drinks, Decent Food.
    FoodieTraveller
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The staff was friendly and fun, service was good, the live music was a great time and the atmosphere helped create a nostalgic feel for my days in South America, but the food was under-whelming unfortunately. It was good..but not great by a long shot. The chimichurri sauce was so off note and my steak was not even close to the quality I would expect and the risotto was so salty. We didn't finish our apps or entrees and decided not to have dessert. Their saving grace was the Mojito! I could've had a dozen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting find
    Nursinator
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Nice place, the ambiance is really fun and it feels like you're on vacation. Wish we were there on a Friday or Saturday night when there's live music! There was a nice selection of interesting Latin American cuisine but portions are quite small. We were a little taken back when they added 18% gratuity when were a party of 5 and the only ones there at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-to place
    Sandra
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Sabroso Restaurant is one of my favourite go-to restaurants on a Friday or Saturday night. My professional clients and friends always tell me they enjoyed themselves at Sabroso. The ambience is friendly and relaxing. I am a regular because the service is impeccable and the food is devine! The owner(s) is working along with his staff to ensure every guest in the restaurant receives the best service possible. I have no problem recommending Sabroso Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We really enjoyed the meal -- it was imaginative, nuevo latino cuisine that was tasty and well-presented. Our server was excellent and our conversation with the manager about beverages was fun. The only thing that detracted from the evening was the music. The musician was good but in the relatively small space of the restaurant and with low ceilings the amplifier and several speakers were NOT needed. We had to lean over the table at times to speak to each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • International Menu! Great service!
    Isakate
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If you are looking for a great service, nice ambient and different menu.. this is the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had lunch here and the food was just okay. But the service was fantastic! Very friendly and attentive. We also learned they have latino dancing on friday and saturday nights which sounds like fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    the reviews are mixed on this place and i will say that mine are very clear. I did not like any of the tapas we ordered.dry, or bland or just deep fried. the plantains were like rocks and heavily salted, the pork belly was so over fried and dry , the list goes on. the wine list is so short, and narrow focus . I tried 4 different tapas and had nothing positive to say other then mediocre at best.
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  • Return visit
    Happy2report
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our third visit .. And it just keeps getting better! Live music is excellent and not intrusive. We'll be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Place! Fanstastic Owner!
    shaft181
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Second time here, what a great restaurant. Just the perfect amount of food. Very well done and tasty. Great, fast service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guaranteed Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A Calgary favorite be it with one special person or a group of 10.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    notaregular
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food is just ok and the service is not the greatest. I did like the Brazilian background music.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good atmosphere, bland food
    Like2eat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We ate early so the noise level was not bad. We chose the restaurant because the menu looked interesting. We were treated extremely well by the staff and manager which made the evening better than would have been expected. It was suggested that the food had a Peruvian fusion flavour. The food was OK but bland. If that is what you like it would be good. The fish at the restaurant was breaded and standard with some seafood salsa on top. Nothing interesting. We have eaten in Peru and we had some very good meals. The fish there was excellent. I have had the same dish in Mexico which was excellent but was nothing like here. If they would include more flavours in their meals I would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent spot for a quiet dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although I was a little underwhelmed with the flavors presented in each of the dishes I ordered, this is a great little spot for a quiet dinner. The food was not heavily seasoned (or seasoned at all it would seem) so definitely a safe option for families with children. The ambiance was great especially with the live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. I will check it out again - even if it's just for the yummy desserts and a cup of coffee.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new and great
    baypo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    enjoyed the food at sabroso---everything was delicious--would recommend more choice drink wise but curteous server and very attentive. would recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Daisy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Awesome service, great food at reasonable price. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Bookclub
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My bookclub and I (total of 5 women) dined here on August 28, 2014 and it was fantastic. The restaurant wasn't very busy which was fine with us, the service was great, and the food even better. I will be going back to check out their live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal at Sabroso
    Luniana
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had another great meal at Sabroso to celebrate my boyfriend and I's birthdays. It was another lovely meal with very attentive and cheerful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas, attentive service
    matteroffact8
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I came here for a dinner to celebrate our anniversary on a Tuesday night, based on John Gilchrist's recommendation (as we are fond of South American food). Sabroso didn't disappoint. We ordered pisco-based aperitifs (would have preferred pisco sours) and nice glasses of red wine (not a long list when you order by glass, but both our choices were excellent). We settled for four different tapas (including ceviche, of course) and found them all interesting with a good combination of flavors. The service was fast and attentive (it was also a quiet night), and the recommendations the server made all hit the mark. We even had dessert: a shared coconut-based dessert that was also interesting and tasty. We will come again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was beautifully prepared. Delightful menu. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    beerhunter
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I had a very nice time at Sabroso on a recent Saturday evening. The food (skirt steak and the paella) was excellent, but the hit for us was the discovery of the South American arepas. These appetizers were very tasty and we are now on the hunt for PAN corn flour. Overall the ambiance was friendly, with both couples and families in attendance. As we were leaving around 9 pm we noticed that Sabroso was a popular place for folks from the Latin community, who apparently were just starting their evening dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Attentive and friendly service, great food. Loved the ambience with the live music on Friday or Sat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively on a Sat night
    meatnvegVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sabroso has live music on Sat nights which is good entertainment. The tapas options are good with some nice spice to a couple of plates. I think of this place as a "neighbourhood joint" as it is just off 17th Ave giving the place a different theme.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    risaroos
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had appetizers, potatoes were delicious, the calamari was also delish, as was the ceviche... My partner enjoyed the pork arepas, but I was expecting chimmichuri sauce, so I didn't enjoy it as much as he did. The Sangria was also quite delicious, and not too strong :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous food , service and sangria
    JFMAK
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We walked in and from the moment we arrived the owner sat us down told us about the 'noveau latin' food and his history. The tapas were fantastic, mains were delicious and SANGRIA was to die for! Absolute will be one of our favourites from now on! loved it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Sabroso Restaurant reviews archive.
  • must visit
    kingwebb
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    food was authentic, service was great live music was entertaining, but it was not loud and annoying could enjoy the music and still have a conversation at the table this place is great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    NormaK
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our foursome loved this restaurant. The ambiance was great, our server was excellent, as was our meal. The "regular" mojito was just perfect - frosty and tasty and really beautiful to look at on a hot night. We enjoyed the live music and had a wonderful time together eating at Sabroso. My only reservation on this outstanding meal and great little restaurant was that we ordered the Black Bean and Chicken Tostadas as an appetizer, and at $12.00 we expected more than two tostadas. At $6.00 per tostada, although tasty, I would not recommend to anyone as I feel that's a little bit on the skimpy side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • iluvfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    - Sever was very friendly - Portions of food were small - Nice ambiance - Decent prices
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Correct Reviews
    1Katrina
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We read the reviews before we went and they were correct. This restaurant was a very pleasant different eating experience in every way. The food was great and different, the waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and funny, the atmosphere was relaxed with lively music in the background (not too loud that we couldn't talk and visit). We were greeted by (Owner/Manager) a pleasant man with a nice smile and later another 'person of power' came over to check on us and ask how things were going. Some 'paying' customs of Latin countries was explained to us as well as telling us about the live performances that would start a little later. We took our son and his lady to this restaurant as a surprise, we were not let down.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    junebug
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service was great! Food was great too. We read some online reviews but when we got to the restaurant, the menu had slightly changed. From previous reviews, the food seemed casual and when we got there, the menu was more upscale. Worth every penny though. The waitress told us what to expect. It's good to see that the staff has had the food! Great place to have a conversation (when there is no band or dancing), you can hear the person your with and not have to shout!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very friendly service and the food was amazing! Had plantain chips as an appetizer and the chimichurri steak as an entree. Both were delicious. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Tina
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After hearing amazing reviews about this place, I couldn't wait to check it out. The food was good but for 2 skewers of prawns with 3 each on the skewers, it was $15.00. VERY expensive for very very little food. The main course was okay but nothing to rave about. The service was good..but we were the only ones in the entire restaurant so there was nothing to compare service to.... The waitress was wearing a shirt for a dress with a visible bikin swimsuit under and flip flops for shoes. VERY unprofessional!! Wont be going back.
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  • Fantastic food and great service
    time2dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The menu is fantastic. The caipirinhias were very tasty. The live entertainment was definitely a treat and providedo a wonderful ambience for our dinner. Orlando and Alexandro are wonderful hosts and the restaurant is a real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a really great time.
    Alex
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Live music on the weekends at night. Our server (who I suspect was the owner?) was great. Fast. Super friendly. The menu is not huge, but still has some nice choices. Presentation was gorgeous. And most importantly, it was delicious. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for one time try
    ClassyDinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    BEWARE!! The resturant menu on OpenTable is not what the menu you will find there. The price list in the resturant is 50% costlier than what is shown here. When I pointed this out to our sever and the owner, they were not surprised at all. Infact the owner said "yes, I know"!! The food wasn't bad but portions were less. With that money we could have dined at any luxurious resturant with a superior ambience.
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  • Little Food for Price
    paralotnikVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    While the food was good, it wasn't stellar. The amount of food received in the tapas, for the price, was really very little. The service was fantastic.
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