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Novo

726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
(805) 543-3986
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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 Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The patio seating at Novo is terrific, overlooking San Luis Obispo Creek. The tables are well spaced and the atmosphere very inviting. The menu is self-described as global, and has many India-inspired dishes as well as California choices. My husband and one of our friends had a spicy squash/lentil soup they both enjoyed. The entrees were: Moroccan fried chicken (rated... More

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Fresno, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We arrived a little early for our lunch reservation, which was not a problem. We were taken to our outdoor table immediately. What a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere! Enjoyed the mimosas and the nachos were delicious. Our waitress was pleasant, the service was just ok. However, the food and surroundings definitely made up for it.

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Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Many, many, many years ago this was the Cigar Factory. A restaurant up and a cozy bar downstairs. Now at he back of the building outdoor patios on various levels provide a pleasant dining experience overlooking the San Luis Creek and Mission San Luis Obispo. Took a chance on the Tandoori shrimp. Excellent blend of spices with vegetables and jumbo,... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We are on a driving holiday in California. Stopped one night at San Luis Obispo to break journey. Expectations were very low. OMG, how wrong can you be? This was the best meal that we have had in California so far. Four of us in family, all ordered something different, all if it was truly delicious! If you are in... More

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glasgow
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

After three weeks in America I'd say we were a little disappointed overall in the fare served up in most restaurants, Novo has saved the day, excellent service, sublime food and a tremendous wine list all in a fantastic setting certainly do not disappoint. I'd recommend this place to everyone, if you're in the area or driving by, pop in,... More

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Roseville, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great spot for a leisurely dinner on the patio. Make a reservation, they fill up fast. Service was a little slow because the place was very crowded, but well work the wait. Too many delicious items to choose. Our table of 6 decided the Fried Chicken was the best (it's moroccan style) ... and I'm not one to order Fried... More

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California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We are first-time visitors to San Luis Obispo, and had looked forward to eating at Novo after Trip Advisor's strong reviews. The food was good (not excellent but very tasty), but the service was very poor. Our main course didn't turn up for 45 mins, yet our waitress, Megan, didn't check in to tell us why or apologize for it... More

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Cameron Park, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Beautiful evening dinner outside.... Staff are well trained professionals... Great service, excellent food --- pan seared Ahi for me and tandoori prawns for girlfriend . Phenomenal wine selection. When in SLO don't miss this place.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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70 reviews 70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The menu looked intriguing but looking past the bar area in the front, we saw trees, market umbrellas and people, so we ventured through the bar, long hallway and saw a lovely outdoor, multi-level patio. We were seated creekside-the ambiance was lovely! I had a Caprese sandwich on ciabatta--delicious, as was my husband's grilled chicken breast on focaccia. He also... More

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salinas, ca
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My filet was prepared perfectly and came just after my bottle of Silver Oak came. the creek is located off the back patio where we had dinner. Can you say perfect!!

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