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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513 (Broad st.)
(805) 543-3986
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The setting for the restaurant is great. Lit by fairy lights. I had the pork carnitas which were really tasty. Although I struggled to eat all three. My husband had the lamb chops which were good. Great ice cream. Lovely setting. Dinner fine.

Thank MLGCEssex
La Habra
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have eaten here before and can say the food and service are still very good. Also, it is hard to beat the ambiance of the creekside outdoor deck. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the stuffed quail. We enjoyed both. The delicious vanilla creme brulee dessert was of the lighter creamier type. All in all a... More 

Thank LaHabraCookie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu and atmosphere were great and the food prepared to perfection. It will be tops on my list for return visits when in town.

Thank Jeffjohnston3
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a fantastic meal here, and the staff were exceptional as well, super-friendly and attentive but not vulturing over us. For an appetizer, the avocado and shrimp spring rolls were plentiful, super-fresh and delicious, and for dinner we shared a charcuterie plate (which included some great burrata cheese) and the ribeye steak, which was savory and... More 

Thank RubyroxMontana
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful omelets served outside above the creek. I had the shrimp, avocado and goat cheese omelet which was very good, and hubby had the linguica sausage omelet. Our server was very attentive, keeping up with our heavy coffee drinking. Highly recommend!

Thank Sue G
Seattle, Washington
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved our meal on the back patio at Novo. Although the creek was dry and the weather was cool, the ambience was festive and fun, and the heat lamps did a great job of keeping us in shirtsleeves. Excellent food and service. Outside patio is much nicer than inside, although when we left the inside bar area was hopping.

Thank nancy r
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was recommended to try Novo from the Hotel I was staying at and I was not disappointed. The salmon soup is very good and their ribeye steak was wonderful. The atmosphere is very nice as well with the lighting, trees and small creek. I would recommend this place to everyone.

Thank Chase A
Ventura, CA
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The back patio had twinkling lights in the trees and crickets chirping by the creek and could not be more picturesque or romantic. The food was quasi-Thai/eclectic and above average.

Thank Sleeli
Atascadero, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall food was good. Stay away from Korean ribs, tough and tasteless and overpriced. The wine list needs to be revamped. With so many wines available, the need to include some lower-priced wines.

Thank Corinne705
Buena Park, California
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111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very friendly and inviting restaurant. The wine is great and appetizers are to die for. The friendly atmosphere really adds to the dining experience.

Thank 137rick

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $30
American, Pacific Rim, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?