The table was too small forThe table was too small for four people to eat comfortably. We were constantly juggling plates and glasses with the wait staff. They should send someone empty hands, along with the food person, to make room on the table for the next item or get smaller plates and bowls.
We will be back.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service an A+As an out-of-town visitor, Novo is always a must when I'm in town. Whether its brunch or dinner, the food is delicious and the wait staff is very attentative. Add that to the location next to the creek and this place is a winner.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMHappyThank you to Novo for accommodating a large party (20) for Mother's Day. It was lovely and the food and service were excellent.
Can not wait to go back and try some of the other menu items.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Mother's Day BrunchMy family treated me to a wonderful Mother's Day brunch at Novo. The service was impeccable, beginning with their willingness to change our reservation time the night before to the fabulous creek side seating. Loved watching the ducks at play. Savory creeps with asparagus, ham and mushrooms were excellent. Hubby thought salmon cakes Benedict lacked some flavor. Son enjoyed lamb entree. Loved the bellinis.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Restaurant in San Luis ObispoWe had a delightful experience as we always do when we go to Novo. Food superb and priced moderately. Service is outstanding and outside ambiance is excellent. It was great!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI love Novo!We went to Novo for Mother's Day brunch and it was super delicious and we had a great time. However, I only give it four stars overall because there was no kids' menu for brunch. It sure would have been nice if Novo had done something special for the kids for Mother's Day, since moms will want to have their whole family there. Other than that, it was fantastic and I love Novo!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a find in SLOLoved out dinner here, great seat outside.
Damien our waiter was awesome and helpful with food choices.
Great beer and wine list.
Heat lamps kept it toasty on a chilly evening.
Only qualm is that 3 dogs were under patrons tables.
I think this may be common to accept animals in restaurants in SLO as this was hardly the only one5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!My boyfriend and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The ambiance was perfect, the food amazing, and the service excellent. We were able to enjoy ourselves and not feel rushed to eat quickly and leave. I would recommend the scallops and asparagus...delicious! We will definitely be back again.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything and moreMy wife and I had a wonderful dining experience for her birthday. The pleasure was all ours. She said her birthday night turned out magical. Thank you for starting the evening out on the right foot.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time toThis was our second time to Novo in 9 months on a trip to SLO and again we were not disappointed. We had a great creekside table and by chance the same server we had the last time. We started with the soup of the day...fantastic. I had the petite filet and my wife had the scallops both were excellent and prepared to perfection. We had a great bottle of local pinot, followed by outstanding dessert. I can't wait to go back again to bad we didn't live closer.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMlovely patio under the treesI had the Shrimp Spring Rolls, perfect for a warm summer afternoon lunch. It was enough for a meal, especially since I enjoyed their warm crusty bread basket served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. My husband enjoyed the grilled chicken breast on focaccia with warm brie, caramelized onions and dill aioli. Will definitely return.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe bestMy fiancé and I met in SLO and we make it a point to go back to Novo every time we're in town. The best food, ambiance, and service the town has to offer!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMNovo gets my vote!ducks,egret,frogs on the river below - lovely
great lamb - rack and curry
fabulous grapefruit martini - fresh and yummy4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful surprise! Had SundayWonderful surprise! Had Sunday brunch on the terrace under the shade trees overlooking the river... Even though the restaurant was full (really recommend reservations), the service was friendly, attentive and didn't feel rushed. Food creative and very good - had savory crepes (roasted asparagus with blue cheese topped with a beat & balsamic coulis). What a great beginning to our Sunday.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the experience again!Loved the experience again! Favorite place in SLO to dine.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat and knowledgeable staffEvery time I come here I'm always pleased. The waiters know the menu really well and the food is always delicious. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to go out with friends or even a nice dinner for two. You won't be dissapointed at all.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMKnew this location from ourKnew this location from our last visit to SLO five years ago. Also this time we were not disappointed. The food again was delicious, most of it rather spicy and inspired by Indian cuisine (Curries). Very attentive staff, also wine recommandations mirroring our choices from the Menu were very satisfying. Only negative aspect were those propane driven patio heaters, which on one side enabled outdoor sitting in the evening, on the other side they remain to be carbon-belching monstrosities. But during hot summer nights sitting under the shady trees close to the creek, is really fantastic.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a lovely dinner by theHad a lovely dinner by the creek. Nice ambience, excellent service by Dan. My husband had the Red Chicken Curry and I had a veggie/noodle dish that the waiter had made spicer just for me. We have been there three times on our way through to Northern California loved each time.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFavorite Restaurant!!Novo is my favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo! Fabulous food, wonderful service and the amazing patio makes for a perfect evening! Have tried many things on their menu and have never been disappointed!4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMMy second visit, again withMy second visit, again with college son and family this time. Lovely once again. Drinks are fun. Portions are ample!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNovo is our favorite restaurantNovo is our favorite restaurant in SLO. We always dine there whenever we visit SLO. Their dishes are creative and delicious, and they have interesting teas. We also like that they don't skimp on vegetables. Our server was attentive but not intrusive, which was perfect. We loved the chocolate mousse. It was creamy but not heavy, was very chocolatey but not too sweet.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNice experience for first-timersNovo is beautifully located creekside in downtown SLO. The heaters were great and welcome as I forgot my sweater. Wine list is extensive, very interesting with a great selection of local vintages. Love the half-glass program, which my wife and I used to select our dinner wine.My salmon cakes were nicely flavored accented perfectly by unique tartar sauce & caesar salad. My wife's shrimp was perfectly cooked. Service was friendly, professional, paced as requested. The restaurant was busy, but I saw lots of smiling diners, so they must also have had a good experience, too. Diners want to remember it's all street parking, but seems always to be something within a couple of blocks.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a great dining pick!!Always excellent-highly recommend any of the curries, the duck mole, their soaps--these are our go-to faves! Servers are personable and typically well versed on their wine list--we greatly appreciate this! (Bring back that McPrice Myers Grenache please!)
We often bring our dog dining on the gorgeous tree lit creek side patio, they bring our menus and a water bowl for our girl--talk about dog friendly! They mean it! We send many guests from our estate lodging to Novo and these are just a few reasons why: great ambience, food and service. The patio is well heated and blankets are even offered if needed-which isn't often. We highly recommend Novo!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved patio dining by theLoved patio dining by the creek. They even provided blankets!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMNovo is the restaurant forNovo is the restaurant for all occasions. Whether you are dining by yourself, with a great friend, on a romantic date or have a family. Novo is It!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly RecommendThis was our first time at Novo. The patio is really great. The food was excellent especially the Salmon Bisque. The Duck Breast and Lamb were cooked perfectly. Good beer and wine list. Portions are small so if you have a big appetite (like me) get an appetizer. Service is good. Damage to wallet not too bad. It was $100 for two including appetizer, tip and alcohol. I highly recommend this place.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMfavorite place in SLONovo is one of my favorite places. The food is great, very creative use of flavors and the ambiance with the lights all strung up on the outdoor deck makes every meal there seem special.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMLin's choice for bdayVery nice. The outdoor heaters placed all around were wonderful. I didn't need to keep my jacket on. My ceasar salad was divine. (ok, maybe the chicken a tad dry.)The bouquet on patio was sooo pretty and unique.Thanks for a lovely birthday celebration spot.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMEcelectic and tasty food.Ecelectic and tasty food. Service was truly excellent!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Easter Brunch at Novo.Amazing Easter Brunch at Novo. Too bad it's 2.5 hours from our home in the SouthBay or we'd come very, very often! Next time I'm in SLO - it's a must do.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous as always. Couldn'tFabulous as always. Couldn't have had a better brunch. Kudos NOVO.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMNovo, a lively creekside restaurantWe booked a table at Novo having read a brief review in a book about California beers, breweries and restaurants. We went disappointed, on the contrary were delighted with the outdoor dining next to the creek.The menu was innovative, featuring a good range of dishes with a Californian/south American/Asian bias. Our server was very attentive and informative, the food was delicious...oh, and the beer from the Firetstone brewery was good too!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe go to this place everyWe go to this place every time we go to SLO!!! Never disappoints.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMNovo is one of our favoriteNovo is one of our favorite restaurants. Service, ambiance and food our outstanding. It is the place we take friends from out of town as well as local.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best outdoor diningOne of the best outdoor dining venues I have experienced. Food was excellent and very innovative menu.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBrought our daughter and fiancéBrought our daughter and fiancé here to celebrate their engagement - it's that special!!!!!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service and ambiance wereThe service and ambiance were spectacular, but the food was just so-so.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best patios around,One of the best patios around, and great food. Lovely staff and ambiance. Wish I lived closer so I could go back sooner.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner with the frogs.On the creek with giant oaks, soft light, and happy frogs singing to you. Outstanding food.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMI love sitting out in theI love sitting out in the patio. We had our dog with us and were able to have him with us. The food was great and we had a wonderful relaxing lunch sitting outside with the lovely view.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMsuper yummy!We live in Solvang and went to slo for the day. Looked for a restaurant to go on open table saw Novo and it had good reviews so we went. I am soooo glad we did!!! Food was amazing. I had the tofu Lettuce wraps..Yum. My husband had a turkey sandwich on a crossant, my mother in law had the nachos..We were all blow away fresh and delicious...can not wait to go back.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe patio is stellarThe food was good, interesting. This is a farm-to-table gem. Novo obviously pays close attention to that image offering unique food choices including forbidden (black) rice, 3 kinds of curries along side more traditional steak, fish and chicken choices. They also have a robust wine list (a baseline expectation in this area of the country) and thoughtful touches like organic small batch mixers for the cocktails. The meal was good, not the best I've had but the ambiance on their amazing heated patio makes the trip and the expense worthwhile. It is the kind of place where you want to linger over your meal and give in to the temptation of dessert or a port just so you can sit and drink in the atmosphere for just a little longer.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful ambience and good food!We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Novo last weekend - the food was simple, yet memorable - done just right. We had mentioned in our reservation that it was our anniversary so they congratulated us, and gave us a really nice table so that was nice. The service was a bit slow, but attentive and we didn't mind the speed, because it gave us a chance to hang out there longer - the ambiance is lovely and the patio is beautiful! My husband said the Kefta Kabab salad was one of the best things he's eaten in a long time, and I loved my salmon bisque. The portion sizes were just right. The only thing I was dissappointed about was that they didn't give us a small dessert or even a candle or Happy Anniversary on the dessert we ordered ourselves.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSo many unique entrees toSo many unique entrees to choose from make it a must for a return trip3/10/2013 12:00:00 AM