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Tapas, International
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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513 (Broad st.)
(805) 543-3986
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Set against a rich eclectic backdrop, Novo's international flavors are the...
Set against a rich eclectic backdrop, Novo's international flavors are the leading ingredients in an exotic dining experience. Located downtown San Luis Obispo in a historic turn of the century building with spectacular creekside dining. Multi award winning restaurant for food, service and ambiance. Extensive global and local wine and beer selection. Novo easily accommodates large parties either on one of the patios in in their lower level "cellar room". A favorite with both locals and tourists, Novo is a truly a San Luis Obispo experience.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 324
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  • 159
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Novo is the place to be on a sunny day in SLO

I've had lunch at Novo nearly every time I've visited friends on the Central California Coast. A table overlooking the creek makes one realize what a special place San Luis Obispo can be. Food is family oriented but always very good and the wine selection always has some favorites from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Sari10
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I've had lunch at Novo nearly every time I've visited friends on the Central California Coast. A table overlooking the creek makes one realize what a special place San Luis Obispo can be. Food is family oriented but always very good and the wine selection always has some favorites from the immediate vicinity where wine tasting is a contact sport.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The food was top notch, the view was great in the back looking over the "creek." But, the seats are metal: be sure to ask for seat pads, they have them available.

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Aptos
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is where we go to eat when we visit SLO with the (teenage) kids. The food is well-prepared, with high-quality ingredients, and the menu has enough variety to please everyone. Outdoor seating is a must - make reservations - and if you're lucky enough to be seated overlooking the creek, it's a truly magical spot. Prices are on the... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I been to other places in in San Luis Obispo... Where I experience great Custumer service. The first visit to novo was not the best.... is ashamed!! The food was fantastic I will not recommend this place. Bus boy was snappy, picking up our plate with out asking. They didn't seem to care when we brought it to the manager... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A bit pricey, and not everything is worth ordering. The salad my girlfriend was just average, I picked shrimps and didn't regret it. The table right by the creek made the experience worthy. Awesome atmosphere and good service.

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San Luis Obispo, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Novo is a sweet little down town restaurant. Very special food, fresh, beautiful. Opt to sit upstairs in the front or the back patio (that is my favorite spot). Do not sit downstairs, it ruins the entire experience.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food and service were great, I just thought a little on the pricey side. But definitely a great place for a date or business dinner.

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San Luis Obispo, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Novo is one of our favorite places to duck outside on the patio, grab a table by the creek, and enjoy a quiet lunch or dinner. The location and ambience make it perfect for casual table talk. Add a glass of wine and my favorite Salmon Bisque, and I have perfection. Just writing this makes me want to grab my... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was at the restaurant recently for lunch and had the best BLTA I've ever had! Dont' forget to dine on their patio; it's very relaxing next to the creek. Thanks!

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Paso Robles, California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Most delicious and fresh Ruby grapefruit martini ever! Beautiful ambience - creekside patio, little white lights, beautiful trees, great bar inside! In general, the food was good. But most of the dishes were too spicy (with no warning)! It would be nice to be able to order something with a lower heat level. We always love samosas at Indian restaurants,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
    (Broad st.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: (805) 543-3986

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Tapas, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

Set against a rich eclectic backdrop, Novo's international flavors are the leading ingredients in an exotic dining experience. Located downtown San Luis Obispo in a historic turn of the century building with spectacular creekside dining. Multi award winning restaurant for food, service and ambiance. Extensive global and local wine and beer selection. Novo easily accommodates large parties either on one of the patios in in their lower level "cellar room". A favorite with both locals and tourists, Novo is a truly a San Luis Obispo experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?