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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 - 1:00 am
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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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  • 327
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  • 165
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 12
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  • 5
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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
Good Food -good service

We sat outside on the deck. There are heat lamps so you won't get cold. If you end up under a tree, be careful. At dusk the birds come home to roost!!! I like the appetizers. The spring rolls and lettuce wraps are great and a number of choices for vegans. The wine list is fairly extensive (by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Bonnie C
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Corona, California
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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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English first
Corona, California
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We sat outside on the deck. There are heat lamps so you won't get cold. If you end up under a tree, be careful. At dusk the birds come home to roost!!! I like the appetizers. The spring rolls and lettuce wraps are great and a number of choices for vegans. The wine list is fairly extensive (by the glass... More 

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a great lunch on the deck overlooking the creek. Loved the lettuce wraps - I had the beef option and my friend chose the shrimp option. Another friend totally enjoyed the burger on a brioche bun. And if you have ever had the wonderful Salmon Bisque at Robins in Cambria Pine you will be happy to see that... More 

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California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A popular, pleasant restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo. Good menu for diverse tastes. A reliable option when dining out in town.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a place that deserves a 5 for the beautiful back patio by the creek, but gets a 4 for the food and service. If you are looking for a relaxing setting near the Mission this is it; you can even enter across the footbridge from the Mission/Art Center side of the creek.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Had Sunday brunch here with friends. Ate on the lovely patio overlooking the creek. Great setting! Eggs Benedict were great. I am a bit of a benedict snob, the eggs were cooked just right and the hollandaise sauce was perfect, not to salty of lemony. we will be back for sure.

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Calgary, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Sat by the creek on a crisp Tuesday evening. They have outdoor heaters set for comfort. The service was spot on, quick, and consistent. The food was served at the right temperature and all ingredients were fresh, mostly local. Prices were average and affordable. Drink choices were pretty extensive. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Very good food - exceptional chicken caesar salad. Beautiful outside patio where you can sit overlooking the creek.

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Sacramento, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Went there based on positive online reviews and was not disappointed. Love the eclectic menu and the beautiful courtyard that, despite concern it would be too chilly to dine al fresco on a typical Central Coast evening, the heat lamps kept us warm. Service was good, not great as there were some lags, and thank heaven for the flashlight app... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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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: International, Tapas

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?