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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 - 1:00 am
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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, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
consistently excellent

Dine outdoors on a lovely shady/sunny deck overlooking a stream below (with heat lamps if cool) . Menu delicious, varied and imaginative. Wonderful desserts, excellent coffee, fabulous wine list, good bar drinks. Casual but refined. Great service! Perfect stopping place 1/2 way between Santa Cruz... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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california
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Dine outdoors on a lovely shady/sunny deck overlooking a stream below (with heat lamps if cool) . Menu delicious, varied and imaginative. Wonderful desserts, excellent coffee, fabulous wine list, good bar drinks. Casual but refined. Great service! Perfect stopping place 1/2 way between Santa Cruz and Los Angeles a few blocks off 101 in San Luis Obispo. This is our... More 

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San Luis Obispo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I have been here often and not once have I been disappointed! Good service, great food and wonderful outdoor patio seating!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I loved the wine list here, they had a great variety! The scallops and the lamb were both fabulous! We ate out on the patio, which was delightful!

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Los Osos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Had the opportunity to celebrate a birthday and graduation at Novo. Upon request our party was seated prior to our reservation and were seated on the patio creekside. Restaurant filled quickly - we really beat the rush! The patio is really the main seating for the restaurant. It has multiple levels and is partially lit with cable lighting. Nestled aside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Tuna poke lettuce wraps were very flavorful. Good service. Wonderful patio. 3oz wine selection was just right! Go for the patio.

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San Diego, CA
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We ducked into this stylish lounge with some good friends for an early Happy Hour. What a find! There is ample seating inside and out: We opted for a table overlooking the town creek. We shared a bottle of Tobin James' "Ballistic" and some lovely light spring rolls. Our server was charming and attentive. We departed with a sense of... More 

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Rockport, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Request a table creek side. The food and setting are fabulous. I had samosas and a salad. Salad had field greens, hazelnuts, figs, goat cheese and more. Husband had caprese and tomato sandwich and a cup of soup. One soup is always vegetarian. Our friend had a sandwich that was huge with a side salad. Expensive even with only a... More 

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Grover Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The food is fabulous. The staff great. Sitting on the patio above the creek is relaxing. A repeat place for locals. A go to place when guests come to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We got a table out by the creek. Very relaxed and lovely atmosphere. Food tasted good. Service was acceptable.

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Morro Bay, California, United States
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The patio's worth waiting for, especially on these balmy summer evenings. Beautiful setting. The service was good but not amazing. They had a great selection of drinks. The food? Meh. For what you pay, it should be mind-blowing; it wasn't anything to write home about.

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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: International, Spanish, Tapas

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

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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