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Novo

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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Creekside dining-romantic!

Novo is a SLO dining must. The menu is fantastic and varied with an extensive wine selection and much of the food is locally grown. It's a fun place just to gather at night -there's a bar and a downstairs late night lounge with a DJ. Novo has won the SLO New Times Best Restaurant PERIOD for 7... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
GirlattheCoast
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San Luis Obispo, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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San Luis Obispo, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Novo is a SLO dining must. The menu is fantastic and varied with an extensive wine selection and much of the food is locally grown. It's a fun place just to gather at night -there's a bar and a downstairs late night lounge with a DJ. Novo has won the SLO New Times Best Restaurant PERIOD for 7 years in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am in town for a night and wanted to take my niece out for a nice meal since she's been living on cafeteria college food for 9 months. We had a lovely experience from start to finish. Our appetizers (chèvre and spring rolls) were decent. My main, the duck, was excellent and my nieces gnocchi was very good. Noodles... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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170 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Birthday dinner. The Lettuce wrap was excellent, we added Tofu. Very fresh with Diakon radish. Tasty sauces. My Red Thai Curry with Tofu was OK. Black rice, tasty. My Husband's Indian Curry with Tofu was better than mine. The carbonated water I have never seen before. New experience and it was refreshing. Our server was fun and great at his... More 

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Paso Robles
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78 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We have been fans of Novo for the past 5 years - this used to be one of our "go-to" places for lunch, especially with the beautiful patio. But our brunch yesterday was mediocre and we won't be back for awhile. We got a nice seat on the patio as requested, but it took a full 15 minutes before we... More 

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Mollzzz, Public Relations Manager at Novo, responded to this review

Dear Abby, Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We are very sorry this matter wasn't handled at the time of your visit. However, we have taken your review as a learning opportunity and we would definitely like to speak to you and ensure you would be willing to try us again. Please email molly@lunaredslo.com so we... More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We had a very nice dinner. The setting was delightful- right on a creek. Our waitress was great (shout out to Vanessa). There has been a wine tasting on their patio before dinner. The food was good. Overall, a fun evening

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Anchorage, Alaska
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82 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is an outdoor restaurant alongside a creek. There are standing heaters throughout the restaurant to ward off the chill. You may be glad if you have a light sweater or jacket -- just in case. The food is simply outstanding. It is an eclectic menu that suggests the chef has a passion for travel. I saw items from around... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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41 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We stopped at the Novo booth (twice!) during the Farmer's Market on Thursday night. The first time we got the shrimp rolls, which were delicious. The second time we got a lamb wrap. It was fabulous! I can only imagine how good the food is in the sit-down restaurant!

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Santa Monica, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We chose this place as we were walking by the creek and noticed the large outdoor seating area overlooking the creek. We didn't expect a lot for food quality but was pleasantly surprised. The menu has a lot of variety of food including Asian and Italian. The gnocchi was good and my Chinese noodles were equally good. Great selection of... More 

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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Great service and amazing food. Went with BFF to celebrate birthday. Megan our waitress was spot on in recommending a great local point noir. I had the carnitas sopes- pork was perfectly prepared! BFF had the petite filet; said it was well prepared. Spring rolls as appetizers with ginger and some sort of cheese sauce were also amazing. On a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We needed to be at the nearby San Luis Obispo Airport within an hour and wanted to grab a bite to eat for lunch Downtown. A local recommended Novo, so that is how we ended up at a recent pick for "Wine Enthusiast's" Top 100 Restaurants in the United States. This is definitely not a fast food restaurant, but service... More 

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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: Doing business, Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions

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?