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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
+1 805-543-3986
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (28 reviews)
“bisque” (51 reviews)
“lettuce wraps” (34 reviews)
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11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3513
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Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great food, decent service and a great local wine list. I would highly recommend. A seat over the creek can't be beat. A lunch for four will be over $200 but that's the same everywhere.

Thank bvdahlberg
Reviewed July 1, 2015

As other reviewers have commented, the creekside patio is a lovely setting. We enjoyed the sound of the water (still running in spite of the draught) and the cry of a hawk from the tall trees lining the creek. The service was attentive and fast....More

Thank Ojaitravelbugs
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Very charming restaurant and food is good also! If you happen to be in the area, I would definitely recommend this spot!

Thank Kellie K
Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Novo sits adjacent to a creek in a natural setting. The location is great, but the food and service are pretty much average. If you are Gluten intolerant there are choices for you but the Gluten free quality isn't great. My wife had the gluten...More

Thank Frank B
Reviewed June 25, 2015

We enjoyed a light romantic dinner on the dining deck while listening to a chorus of frogs in the creek. The calamari was fresh and light, not at all oily. The green chicken curry had just a hint of heat, had crunchy green beans and...More

Thank Alexandra H
Reviewed June 25, 2015

We were staying in San Luis Obispo for one night, walked by Novo and were blown away by the outdoor creekside dining area. The menu look interesting, so we made a reservation - the place was packed with a 45 minute wait to be seated...More

1  Thank GregG931
Reviewed June 24, 2015

Whether you sit inside or out Novo offers great options. The menu reads ambitious, execution on this Monday evening in June was not quite up to par. Maybe the 'chef ' is off on Monday? Scallops do not need a lot of salt, they need...More

Thank RGerman
Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

If you go, fight to sit out on the patio. The patio is creek side and has an incredible ambience. The food was very good. It's not your typical menu, create fusion of spice and fresh proteins. Solid service, a hot spot in SLO.

1  Thank Key B
Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

Novo has charming outdoor dining along the creek with little white lights in the trees. The atmosphere is quaint. Everything on the menu is amazing!

Thank JoAne C
Reviewed June 5, 2015

Cute patio setting, but food is forgettable. My husband and I went last Saturday as part of our anniversary celebration. I was expecting better quality of food based on the previous reviews, but was a little dissapointed. Something did not click, maybe because it was...More

Thank Frances P
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July 11, 2016|
Response from Bobbysox_7 | Reviewed this property |
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February 28, 2016|
Response from Shanny C | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your inquiry about Mother's Day brunch at Novo. Novo is open for brunch every Sunday so we will for sure be serving brunch. Our chef may design a special menu for that day, however, it has not been... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups
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: +1 805-543-3986
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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.
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