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Novo

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International, Spanish
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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513 (Broad st.)
(805) 543-3986
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10:00 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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Excellent stream side setting with food to match

We had lunch here today on a most beautiful, sunny, hot day in February. After a great long walk this setting was perfect for relaxing over lunch. The patio had plenty of shade. I had the grilled salmon sandwich with lettuce instead of bread. My partner had the Korean barbecue appetizer. We both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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177 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch here today on a most beautiful, sunny, hot day in February. After a great long walk this setting was perfect for relaxing over lunch. The patio had plenty of shade. I had the grilled salmon sandwich with lettuce instead of bread. My partner had the Korean barbecue appetizer. We both had the soup of the day, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As Airbnb hosts we often recommend this fine resturant. Excellent service, cuisine and atmosphere. The outside deck right beside the creek is beautiful. As an added plus the place is dog friendly. It's probably my favorite local resturant in San Luis Obispo.

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Thank Guswthomasson
Huntington Beach, California
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in for dinner and started with drinks and an appetizer of calamari. The calamari was ok and we decided not to stay for dinner looking at the dishes coming out and the high prices. It's a nice place for cocktails, but in our opinion not the food

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Thank Nola18
Santa Barbara
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here for dinner during my girls' weekend. I had glanced at the menu online and knew it would be pricey. However, when I got there I could not find a single reasonably priced item on the menu that I was excited enough about to pay such exorbitant prices to eat. I decided on the cesar salad and the... More 

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Thank Kelly A
Thousand Oaks, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ambiance can't be beat, but the food is bland and the service slow. We got a shrimp dish as a main course that came with only three shrimp. Just okay.

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Thank Nancy M
San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i have had mixed experiences here. that i will share right now (staff has been spotty in their somewhat rude behavior/ lack of service). but when you get the fabulous server (AJ) and all is well... it's really great. i emailed a friend in from out-of-town the trip advisor restaurant review link and he picked novo, so away we went.... More 

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Shanny C, Public Relations Manager at Novo, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review and feedback about "spotty" past experiences. We use this info to always improve. Glad you enjoyed your surf & turf and, of course, our beloved AJ. We hope you can visit again soon! More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is placed toward a watercourse. Several terraces balcony over the water, among tall trees. It's nice to be there even in winter, there is a satisfactory heating system. Food is nice, kind of asian fusion.

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1 Thank Maite C
Shanny C, Public Relations Manager at Novo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and your nice review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience! Cheers! More 

San Luis Obispo, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was very good and the prices at Novo made sense. Very fair. The heaters next to our table made us comfy on a December evening. Menu was filled with a variety of excellent dishes. Everything about this placed surprised and impressed me. Waitstaff was excellent.

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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed dinner on New Year's Eve. The menu provided a wide selection (even New Zealand lamb) and the wine list was extensive with good choices. We dined outside on the patio and enjoyed the experience. However the staff had to constantly adjust the heating to suit all the other guests and towards the end they were clearing tables... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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101 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

All of us - a family of 7 - ordered different dishes and we were all pleased. The service was good and all out entrees arrived at the same time. Sat outside near the creek, which was very nice, but it can be cool, even with the heaters.

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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, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

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?