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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
(805) 543-3986
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Tapas, 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 Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We had an appetizer and sandwich and it was great. Hit the spot. A good spot to hang out, grab some small bites, or a meal, and definitely a drink or two!

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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I went there for dinner, there four of us. We all ordered something different. Interesting, hip menu. I ordered lamb chops. The spices they added were way too much for me. I never thought to ask if it was going to be so spicy hot. Most things were and most said so, but I was shocked and could not eat... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I have eaten here several times and it is the best restaurant in town. The food is very good and not overly priced. Youll probably spend and 100 bucks for rwo with a few drinks and a meal but the ambiance is worth it. Most of the seating is outside and the heat lamps make it doable even on the... More 

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Concord, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Novo is a little hidden gem in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. Whether you're stopping by for drinks, for a full course meal, you can't go wrong with anything you order, whether it's for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert or drinks. If you'd like to have a romantic night out, with a fantastic menu selection, I would highly recommend... More 

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Novo is a great place to take a date, a friend or meet a business colleague. Most people opt for seating in one of the several decks overlooking San Luis Creek. It is a beautiful and tranquil place to dine. And dining is what Novo is about. On arrival you are presented with a menu featuring a series of creative... More 

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San Carlos, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Novo is a nice restaurant with a unique outdoor setting. We liked our meals though they were not all at the highest caliber. My beef was rather tough with a lot of fat, and other meals in our group varied between very good to a bit off. Service was good to very good, and the ambience was excellent. Desserts were... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Salmon soup??? Yes! Food, Yum! View, Gorgeous! Outside, butterflies and a hummingbird in the tree branch. Good Service!

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We stopped at this restaurant on our way to San Simeon on New Year's Day for a short vacation. They have an outdoor patio that's pet friendly which I thought was nice even though we didn't have a dog with us. The patio is next to the creek and provides a cool outdoor feel. I had the salmon bisque and... More 

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Venice, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This location is awesome. Right on the creek, plenty of heaters on the patio. My friend and I both had salmon bisque (the poco is a big serving, the mucho must be huge ). We also got appetizers. The cheve (goat cheese and roasted garlic on toast) was to DIE for. The pork spring rolls were delicious. Shout out to... More 

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Merced, CA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We visited NOVO back in Spetember during Labor Day weekend. Had reserved ahead since there were 14 in our group. Were immediately seated on the lovely outdoor patio next to the creek. Had a few heat lamps going and we were all set. Ordered a few different appetizers- samosas, chicken satay, lettuce wraps. Each one was delicious and well done.... More 

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Additional Information about Novo

Address: 726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
Phone Number: (805) 543-3986
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
Cuisine: Tapas, International

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