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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.
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, International
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cesar Salad bland an lettuce cut into small pieces, $52 Filet Mignon ordered Med. Rare was Medium and not tender, far too many Brussel sprouts used to fill up plate, Root Vegetable Purée was bland.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, Raymond! We are sorry to hear you found our food not up to par with your standards. We are always striving to improve upon our guests’ experience and welcome any suggestions and/or feedback. If you would be willing to share...More

Reviewed November 22, 2022 via mobile

Had dinner al fresco yesterday on the back patio. Our food was high quality and was prepared with care for every detail. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2022

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back.

Reviewed October 31, 2022

Based on TripAdvisor, I showed up without a reservation late one Sunday afternoon. Staff was very friendly and attentive and I got there just before the "rush." The outdoor seating was divine and there was plenty of space for the celebrations going on, the romantic...dinners, the family at the next table and the friends re-connecting. The food presentation was exquisite and all the flavors were distinct and unique. Had the beet salad and duck entrée. Both were more delicious than I hoped!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2022

Wow, thank you for such a wonderful review, Karen! This is what we strive for here at Novo and it means a lot that you enjoyed your evening with us. Please come back soon and have a wonderful day!

Reviewed October 23, 2022 via mobile

It was so nice eating al fresco on a beautiful fall day. We had been traveling and the ambience AND food was exceptional. Order the charcuterie plate!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2022

Thanks for stopping by and then taking the time to leave us a review! It was a pleasure having you, please come back soon!

Reviewed September 23, 2022

This is a long standing favorite of locals in our area. Beautiful setting, outdoors. Inside - long fully equipped cocktail bar. Food is Fantastic! Never had a bad meal here. Service is stellar. Menu choices are eclectic and lean toward the organic...Bisque is AMAZING, not...to be missed. If you can get reservations for Sunday Brunch - GO!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2022

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! This is all that we strive for and it means a lot to have it recognized by one of our local patrons. I will be sure to pass your praise along to the entire team. Please come...More

Reviewed September 15, 2022 via mobile

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and amazing service. Very busy because of Cal Poly move-in. I’m glad I thought to make a reservation. Thoroughly enjoyed my Papardelle. My vegetarian daughter liked her soba noodles with tofu. My carnivorous daughter enjoyed her prime rib. My husband and...as absolutely ecstatic over his duck. Our server, Amanda, could not have been better. She was attentive and so friendly she even gave my new Mustang great recommendations for local businesses to try. The outdoor setting on the back deck was the icing on the cake.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2022

Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Kate! I am so happy Amanda and the team were able to deliver this type of experience for a new Cal Poly family. I hope we can become a regular part of your time here in SLO....More

Reviewed September 9, 2022

We made the reservation because we had eaten a couple days earlier at their sister restaurant Robin's, in Cambria. Same fresh ingredients, healthy menu. The menu was different, but you could tell, the same spirit of offering healthy, local produce dominated.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2022

Thank you for the review, Patrick! I am glad you were able to enjoy our healthy, fresh menu. Your comments regarding service will be addressed with the team. Thank you for the feedback so that we can continue to improve. Please come back again-see you...More

Reviewed August 19, 2022 via mobile

Their outdoor deck seating is lovely. We enjoyed the scallops, duck, and fillet. All were excellent! And the service was outstanding, especially surprising given that all tables were full.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2022

Thank you for this wonderful review! I am so glad you were able to enjoy all that Novo has to offer even as we had a full restaurant. Your praise is very appreciated and I will share it with the team. See you next time!

Reviewed August 13, 2022 via mobile

Our family of 5 had a fabulous evening meal at Novo in August 2022. Beautifully setting on the back deck, warmly lit for a summers evening, delicious food and the next staff we’ve had the pleasure of serving us on our vacation so far. Would...highly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2022

Thank you for this kind review! I am so happy to hear that you were able to have such a nice experience our on our patio. I will pass your words on to the team. I hope we can welcome you back soon!

Reviewed August 8, 2022 via mobile

I ordered the duck. It was so delicious, my husband ordered the curry, and my daughter had the papperadelle. All were so tasty!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2022

Thank you so much for wonderful review. I am so glad we were able to deliver in all of those areas. I hope we see you back here soon- cheers!

Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

Seating is out back on numerous decks . Very good for large parties. No complaints amongst guest in quality of meals - scallops, halibut, steak, lettuce wrap. Wine pours are generous.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2022

Thank you for the great review! Please come back soon.

Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

Great atmosphere and food. Asian and international influence. The menu doesn’t offer that many options, which is Great in my opinion. The backyard is lovely, so try to make a reservation to seat outside.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2022

Thank you for the 5-stars and lovely review! I am so glad you enjoyed your experience. I hope we get to welcome you back soon, cheers!

Reviewed July 17, 2022 via mobile

A meal at Novo is always a highlight of our visits to SLO. Have eaten here three times now, and have samples lots of the small plates. The food is inventive, tasty, and delicious. The outdoor atmosphere on the creek can't be beat (and is...great for COVID safety). The service is exemplary: all of our servers (including our most recent, Mary Grace) were delightful and efficient.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2022

Phil, thank you so much for the awesome review. This is why we do it. I am so glad you were able to experience all that Novo has to offer. I will make sure Mary Grace and the rest of the team see your kind...More

Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

This was a great place. We sat outside on the deck. Great evening, perfect weather. Our waiter was Brian and he give top notch service. We had two small plates and split an entree. Good portions. Good wine list. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2022

Thank you so much for the 5-stars and the recommendation! I will pass this along to Brian and the rest of the team. I hope we can welcome you back soon, Cheers!

Reviewed June 22, 2022

Novo is located in downtown San Luis Obispo in a historic turn of the century building with spectacular creekside dining. Awesome fresh, delicious food, super friendly & attentive service with a gorgeous ambiance. What more do you need ?

Date of visit: June 2022
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Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2022

Thank you so much for the informative, wonderful review. We really appreciate it! Hope we can welcome you back soon.

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Novo Restaurant & Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5