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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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APPETIZERS
Fresh Avocado-Shrimp Spring Rolls*
rice noodles, julienned vegetables, ginger soy and chili sauces, cilantro mint, roasted peanuts; a limited supply made fresh daily
17
Calamari
whole squid cleaned fresh in-house, tossed lightly in flour with house-made tartar, sweet chili sauce
16
Chèvre*
warmed goat cheese, fresh thyme, marinated olives, olive bread toast
16
Burrata and Charcuterie
jamon serrano, capocollo, tomatoes, basil, olive toast, balsamic reduction
18
Meze Plate* ^
hummus, tabbouleh, cucumber, tomato, dukkah, marinated olives, whole wheat flatbread
15
Ahi Nachos*
ahi poke, wonton chips, cucumber relish, ginger soy, dynamite aioli sesame seeds
18
Korean Short Ribs
house-made kimchi
16
Singapore Chicken Satay
marinated thigh meat, cucumber relish, house-made peanut sauce
13
Novo Lettuce Wraps*
butter leaf lettuce, pickled daikon and carrots, fresh mint, cilantro, nuoc mam, sweet chili sauce, black bean chili sauce, roasted peanuts
13
Tofu (Vegan)13
Chicken15
Beef15
Shrimp16
MAINS
Ribeye - 14 oz Prime*
garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, green beans, pancetta, crispy onions, bordelaise
42
Add Butter Poached Baby Lobster10
Filet Mignon - 8 oz
garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, roasted baby carrots, snap peas, blue cheese butter
42
Add Butter Poached Baby Lobster10
Herb Lamb Chops (New Zealand)
garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus, mushroom fricasse
39
Duck Breast* ^
spicy penang curry, snap peas, forbidden black rice, chapati
25
Kurobuta Pork Chop
glazed summer squash and mushrooms, carrot purée, bordelaise forbidden black rice
27
Huli Huli Chicken
mary's 1/2 chicken, green onion, roasted carrot and pineapple slaw forbidden black rice
28
King Salmon
quinoa pilaf, glazed summer squash, red pepper beurre blanc
32
Diver Scallops
summer succotash of pancetta, corn, green beans, bell pepper, apple cider reduction
36
Thai Green Chicken Curry*
coconut milk curry with market greens, serrano chiles, basmati rice chapati
23
Thai Red Vegetable Curry*
spicy coconut milk curry with pineapple, basmati rice, chapati
20
Tofu (Vegan)22
Chicken23
Beef24
Prawns25
SOUP & SALAD
Soup do Novo
always vegetarian, sometimes vegan
Poco6
Mucho11
Salmon Bisque
original recipe from our sister restaurant, Robin's in Cambria (contains shellfish)
Poco8
Mucho15
Kale and Quinoa "Tabbouleh" **
red quinoa tabbouleh, kale, vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, scallions, fresh mint, parsley olive oil, lemon, feta cheese
14
Chicken19
Salmon21
Mixed Greens**
local blueberries and strawberries, goat cheese, rosemary vinaigrette
11
Chicken16
Salmon18
Caesar*
little gems, sundried tomatoes, housemade breadcrumbs, anchovies parmesan
14
Chicken19
Salmon21
Grilled Salmon Salad
grilled salmon filet, bloomsdale spinach, dried cherries, pecans, apples, blue cheese, raspberry vinaigrette
21
SIDES
Green Beans and Pancetta**
garlic, onions, chili flakes
10
Roasted Baby Carrots
8
Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
8
Forbidden Black Rice
One3
Shared6
Basmati Rice
One3
Shared6
BEVERAGES
Coastal Peaks Organic Blend Coffee / SLO
3
Espresso
3
Latte / Cappuccino
4
Thai Iced Tea / Coffee
4
Fresh Lemonade
3.75
Sunshine Root Beer / Cream Soda / Paso Robles
3.75
China Mist Black Iced Tea
3.5
Evian Mineral Water
750 ml7
Badoit Sparkling Water
750 ml7
Whalebird Kombucha 16 oz / SLO
manguava | dry hopped pamplemousse
7
HOT TEA
$4.50; our neighbor the secret garden
Citrus Chamomile
Peppermint Blend
Jasmine Dragon Pearls
Genmaicha
Ceylon Orange Pekoe
Lavender Cream Earl Grey
ROOT ELIXIRS CRAFTED SODA | SLO
$6
Cucumber Elderflower
Ginger Beer
Strawberry Lavender Soda
FEATURED DRINKS
Featured Red & White Wine
ask server for selections
Draft Beers
rotating handles, ask server for current selections
Lavender Lemonade
re: find vodka, lavender syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice
12
Pitcher31
Berry-Lemon Drop
house-infused lemon vodka, triple sec, mixed berries, novo sour mix sugar-rim
12
Pitcher31
Creekside Sangria
red wine, korbel brandy, citrus, berries, ginger ale
12
Pitcher31
Strawberry Basil Gimlet
house vodka, st. germain, strawberry puree, basil, simple, lime
12
Hellraiser Margarita
reposado tequila, serrano, agave, citrus, grand marnier
12
Blood Meridian
blanco tequila, triple sec, blood orange cordial, passionfruit, lime splash of mezcal
12
Pimm's Cup
ford's gin, pimm's no. 1 cup, strawberry puree, cucumber, mint, citrus ginger ale, ango bitters
12
About
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, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, International
FEATURES
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 2 days ago

Finally tried Novo! The outdoor setting is pretty and reminded me of the Blue Bayou in Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland complete with tables next to the creek and some frogs croaking in the background - minus the noise of the crowds! They have...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank RandRCalifornia
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a late lunch on the creekside patio, which is a lovely setting, during the evening the trees are illuminated with fairy lights and if it's cooler than you like, they provide patio heaters. As it was a Tuesday, we took advantage of the...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank 287kelvinm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The outdoor patio is just magical. The strings lights and the huge oak tree make for the most beautiful setting. We had a lovely dinner and awesome service! Perfect place for any occasion but especially for date night or to celebrate something special.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank K4492TUsandrak
Reviewed September 29, 2019

Our hotel directed us here for lunch after a long bike ride and we enjoyed it very much. The patio is lovely, overlooking a babbling creek. We shared a BLTA sandwich and a caesar salad. The caesar was particularly delicious. It's a little pricy, but...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank BVJulia
novorestaurantslo, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2019

Thanks for your feedback, Julia! We're so glad you enjoyed your lunch with us! Thanks for coming in and choosing Novo! We hope to see you again sometime soon!

Reviewed September 24, 2019 via mobile

I had the salmon and it was very good. It was a little cool on the patio, so they fired up a heater. Service was a little slow.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank O1278RStomh
Reviewed September 19, 2019

Great outdoor patio overlooking creek. Nice menu selections with fresh farmers market ingredients. Always an enjoyable experience.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank 290suzanne
novorestaurantslo, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2019

Thanks for coming in and enjoying our atmosphere with us, Suzanne! Come back and see us again soon!

Reviewed September 15, 2019

Wonderful experience. The food was amazing and the ambiance was wonderful. Service was amazing as well. Will definitely go again.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank carol j s
novorestaurantslo, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Carol! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us, we hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

Reviewed September 11, 2019

Lovely outdoor patio overlooking the creek. Patio heaters to stay warm in the cool evening hours. Nice selection of appetizers and cocktail offering for happy hour

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank NGTB_1
novorestaurantslo, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed! Come back and see us again soon!

Reviewed September 3, 2019

You could not find a better location. Numerous small tables outdoors right by the creek. This is the main reason why I go there. Otherwise, the food is decent but has a tendency to be overpriced.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank 123Avila
novorestaurantslo, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 23, 2019

We had a fun lunch on the patio next to the creek. Attentive staff, delicious food. When we are back in town we hope to enjoy another meal.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank fitchville
novorestaurantslo, Owner at Novo Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2019

Thanks for your feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed, we hope you stop by again soon!

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