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“Wonderful dinner on the patio”
Review of Novo

Novo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Broad st.
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.
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Had a great evening on the patio to the chorus of frogs from the creek...so much fun and great food. Had a wonderful table hidden in a corner, which could be very romantic. The menu has a great selection of starters, main courses and sides and salads. We opted to try out two starters, the wild baby arugula salad and the wonderful mushroom and bokchoy. As a vegetarian, this was a very satisfying dish served with jasmine rice and really hit the spot. Could have been a bit salty, but since we were sharing it the salt was not too much. The arugula was great, tasty and the dressing perfect. The Lettuce Wraps with the tofu were spectacular. We really enjoyed the fresh carrots and jicima that came with the wraps and the lettuce was fresh, crisp and so good wrapped around the well seasoned sauteed tofu.

The service was helpful and very good. Many times two "older ladies" can be put in a corner and ignored. We were not. We had great, attentive service, wonderful food and a great evening.

This was another great meal at Novo, having been here about 3 years ago and enjoyed the meal then as well. It is nice to come back to a place and find that they continue to make good food, and have great service. So many restaurants slip after a few years, but not Novo. Looking forward to our next trip to SLO and Novo.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a great place in SLO! Sit on the outdoor patio overlooking the creek, such great ambiance. Bonus-they are dog friendly!

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

I wrote a year ago, and while I liked it very much then, I am even more impressed with my visit this week. The portion sizes last year were, well, "nouveau cuisine" amounts - delicious, but modest. That seems to have changed, as we ate a generous plate this time. I had the special - a local ling cod-- just so lightly rubbed with a flavor, then cooked perfectly. The Israeli couscous had just a hint of curry-flavor, but was light and fluffy. Ah, the stars on an already excellent plate were the vegetable -- lightly stir fried with snap peas, mushrooms and asparagus -- just a hint of lemon, and absolutely al dente perfection. A nice full plate, and with my excellent Caeser salad, was almost no room for dessert. My companion had the diver scallops, and they were excellent as well. We made room for dessert and excellent creme brulee was our reward.
So it holds up well, and am glad we went back to what seems like slightly larger portions of much appreciated fine dining.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Novo is a lovely restaurant with an eccletic and delicious menu. Most of the restaurant is outdoors overlooking the small creek that meanders through San Luis Obispo. Our server Dan was excellent and attentive.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We had a memorable meal on the charming deck overlooking the San Luis Creek. Cool evening made tolerable by the propane heaters. Excellent waitstaff, inventive menu and wine list full of local selections made for quite a night.

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Thank Joseph A
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