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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513 (Broad st.)
(805) 543-3986
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10:00 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: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, 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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Visitor rating
  • 337
    Excellent
  • 167
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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
Excellent experience!

Our 2nd dinner at a creek side table. Special occasion and just wonderful from start to finish. Mushroom tortellini is to die for! Chocolate mouse cake is a big piece to share and soooo worth it!.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2012
julie y
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Our 2nd dinner at a creek side table. Special occasion and just wonderful from start to finish. Mushroom tortellini is to die for! Chocolate mouse cake is a big piece to share and soooo worth it!.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

After reading all the reviews, I thought I was going to experience one of the best meals of my life. I took a co-worker to lunch and first off, half of the menu was not available to order because they ran out of ingredients. It was lunch time.... Not dinner. How many tables had they turned over? We decided to... More 

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Milpitas, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Ate here on Thursday night, Farmer's Market evening. Service was good even though crowded, food was outstanding. Waiter was good and made suggestions on the dishes. I had a special, halibut which was cooked to perfection, wife had Lamb and Lavender, was also cooked to perfection. Highly recommended.

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El Segundo, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Based on the great reviews, we almost thought we made a mistake when after we sat down our assigned waiter did not seem to see us for at least 10-15 minutes. Since it was a special occasion (my boyfriend's birthday) I went to the manager and said we were having a problem. Immediately we had great service. Wow, did not... More 

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SLO, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This restaurant is great for everyone - family, romance, summer's eve.... The food is excellent and comes in easy to share portions, the wine menu is extensive, and the bar is yummy. You can sit on the balcony overlooking the creek watching your children play happily in the water while you sip your wine in the balmy evening air.

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Atascadero, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

For my birthday this year, I can think of no better place to have lunch than by the creek at Novo's. The food is consistently great, the drinks and wine are good, service is good. But the real attraction is sitting outside in the shade, watching the creek and the butterflies floating by. It is one of our favorite places... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This restaurant has something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. Entrees are small, tapas-style, but flavorful. I love their Thai peanut sauce! The creekside setting is very relaxing. Sit by a heater as it can get cold in the evening.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

If you want to have a quintessential San Luis Obispo experience, go to Novo restaurant - and get a table outside, overlooking the creek (if possible - although any seat outside is good). The food is consistently delicious, the service is outstanding, the atmosphere is "alive," and the ambiance is inviting. While they are famous for their Salmon Bisque, everything,... More 

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SF Bay area
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Only had one night in SLO, and so happy we chose this restaurant. Sat outside, used the heater, ate and drank wonderfully. Excellent service.

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Denver, Colorado
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

I had lunch at Novo with a friend I hadn't seen in more than 15 years. Sitting on the back patio, overlooking the river, made it easy to let the rest of the world go by. The waiter was wonderful in his attentiveness, while never making us feel rushed. We did a bit of sharing and I can say that... 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, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Scenic view, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?