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Novo

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International, Spanish, Tapas
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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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
Enjoyable experience

Although I did not sit in their expansive and attractive patio (the weather was suburb), I enjoyed the comfort of the bar, where I prefer to sit when dining alone. I had the duck breast that was flavorful and moist. Although I know little about wine, they had a varied menu and the bartender was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Tokyo, Japan
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Although I did not sit in their expansive and attractive patio (the weather was suburb), I enjoyed the comfort of the bar, where I prefer to sit when dining alone. I had the duck breast that was flavorful and moist. Although I know little about wine, they had a varied menu and the bartender was generous with his comments on... More 

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

While visiting downtown San Luis Obispo, Novo caught our interest for lunch. We were seated on the deck behind the restaurant in a lovely park like setting beside the creek that runs through town. Nice selection of bottled beers from around the country and wines by the glass. I had the Lamb Kefta (recommended). My wife had the Poco bisque... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Nice wine variety. The appetizers were worth the wait and the price. I think we shouldn't had to wait for 20 minutes when there was a spot open when we came in and the hostess took us there after making us wait.

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Central Coast, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were very impressed with the quality of food and the level of service at Novo. One person in our party eats gluten-free, and many of their lunch entrees are either gluten-free or had a gluten-free option; that's something that isn't easy to find. The patio is shaded by lovely, mature trees, giving it a park-like feeling. We hope to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Whenever we are in SLO we eat here. The food is delicious and I love to sit outside by the creek. The fried calamari are especially good, I also recommend the chicken curry. We ordered local wine from Paso Robles. We were here on Friday night and on our way out we stopped to join the crowd of dancers in... More 

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Paso Robles, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Creekside dining with excellent service and a wide-raning menu; sure to please. Many bottled beers but unfortunately none on tap.

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Redlands, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We LOVED this place! The scallops were out of this world - served on edamame puree and with a ponzu glaze over top. My husband had a Korean beef noodle dish that he said was terrific. Delicious food, delicious local wines. The outdoor seating made it even better. We will absolutely be back!

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Nice location by the creek, great atmosphere and food. We went to celebrate our daughter's birthday and tried assorted appetizers...potato samosas, sausage trio and our favorite, Chevre, warm goat cheese. We also had the caesar and arugula salads and their delicious salmon bisque. The good food continued with our entrees. Pork carnitas sopes, roasted duck breast with curry, lamb chops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Dining on the patio, with awesome food and tremendous staff to make the night even more enjoyable. Each of our selections the szechuan tofu and the chicken were exceptional. we jumped on the sheeps milk ice cream and it was just perfect, right amount and great taste. Highly recommend this if you're heading to SLO

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Curitiba, PR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

wine... We had a very pleasant experiance at Novo. They offered us a patio table (closed to a heater). Beautiful sky view, excellent customer service and food. We really enjoyed it.

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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, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Scenic view

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?