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Novo

726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
(805) 543-3986
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Broad st.
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.
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San Luis Obispo
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Novo has a wonderful downtown location alongside the creek. Dining outside over the creek is truly enjoyable. The food is excellent and well priced. Great wine selection as well.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The highlight of this popular spot is its outdoor patio. It's a perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner. The food has an Asian flair and is almost always very good. Service is friendly and helpful. One of top spots in downtown SLO for dining.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A local favorite... Always delicious! A must to sit on the patio by the creek! The salmon bisque is amazing!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I love going to Novo, especially for lunch. The outside patio overlooks the Mission Creek and it is wonderful. The food is always excellent. Novo is one of my top local picks whenever I have an important client or if I want a nice evening out.

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Newbury Park, California
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the outdoor seating. Although they fit a lot of tables on the back patios, it was still an enjoyable setting. The tiered patio and closeness of tables would make it difficult for wheelchairs. The salmon and mahi mahi were very good. The wine list is very expensive but the atmosphere was well worth it.

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Redmond, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Friends took us to dinner at Novo while we were visiting from Oregon. We sat on the deck overlooking a creek below. We started with an appetizer: chevre warmed goat cheese, roasted garlic, ciabatta toasts. Yummy! I had: grilled salmon spring greens, roasted beets, green beans, vine-ripened tomatoes, point reyes bleu cheese, candied pecans, raspberry vinaigrette. I asked for feta... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Excellent location along the small creek/park. Outdoor patio has multiple levels, large trees and it is even more enjoyable with good service which we had. Loved the menu, with Vegan, gluten free, and many different types of food. The Korean ribs with fresh kimchee was excellent. My wife had chicken satay which was also fresh and tasty. The soft rolls... More

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San Diego
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Novo was recommended to us by a friend and the Inn where we were staying. We were able to sit creek side behind the big tree. It made for a lovely setting to hear the water babble by. My husband and I each had the salmon bisque for a starter and he had the lamb and I had the duck.... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Obviously popular place which may have accounted for our server's distractions. Food was not consistent around the table but better than average. Very nice setting. Best thing going for this place.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of my favorite restaurants in SLO. Lovely location by the stream, friendly waitstaff and delicious fresh food.

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