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Novo Restaurant

821 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
  • Gluten Free Options (4)
  • Good for a Date (4)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Global, International, Southeast Asian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Weekday Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Late Night Dining
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(805) 543-3986
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Pfaff
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Cross street
Broad st.
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Parking details
There is ample street parking, and there are two parking structures, one on Palm street and one on Marsh street
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 821 People Are Saying
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KevinB (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed the unique good food and charming ambiance of Novo. We ate outside on a chilly evening, but were kept plenty warm by heaters and blankets that were offered to us. The view was very nice, and the service was excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We traveled to SLO for a getaway
Novo was recommended.
We absolutely loved it !!
Wonderful flavors !!
Hope to come back

2dine4 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had brunch there. Frankly the hash was terrible. Served in a bowl with gravy. Egg yokes disappeared recognizably into the gravy. Waffle not great either. Huevos Ranchros was ok as long as you like chipotle. But, everything else was nice. Worth a second try.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I dined at Novo with my teenage daughter and the outdoor dining area (right above the creek) was really lovely. We had a huge tree right next to our table and lots of heat lamps and decorative lights, a very lovely ambiance. The food was very good and portions generous. The service was excellent, very friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a romantic evening, but also for dinner with friends or family.

2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Spent 12 - 16 hours on a toilet after the meal. Did not feel good entire next day. :( came for late valentines dinner.

Minicam (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day specials were excellent esp the Brie in puff pastry

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely atmosphere and great food and service

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were seated in our favorite area right on the creek. It's so romantic! The heaters are warm and I like to ask for a blanket for my legs.
The waiter was spot on with everything and the food was perfect . So with the sound of the creek, great food and drink, twinkling lights, and roses on the table makes it my favorite date spot! I find the menu has something for everyone. I had the duck breast which was cooked perfectly over forbidden rice. A+

vipElaineH (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This restaurant is crazy busy. We had reservations and were seated outside. The ambiance was wonderful with the creek alongside and the twinkle lights. There are many heaters so you are comfortable on those chilly evenings. Our server was Amber, she was very efficient, bubbly and attentive. We could not have had better service. Staff all seem to work together clearing dishes, bringing out orders etc. As to the food, it was mediocre; not memorable but not unpalatable. We shared the spring rolls, very tasty and a good portion for each of the four of us. As to the entrees: 2 of us had the pork sopes. There was a lot of escabeche, too much for the amount of pork and tortilla. It was so so. Another had the lamb, a generous portion of 6 ribs. Unfortunately only one set of 2 ribs was cooked appropriately, the other 4 were almost raw. Odd that they varied in doneness. The fourth dish was scallops; our friend really enjoyed the dish. We did not have dessert. We would go back when in town, maybe try other dishes.

LigerMom (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2013

This restaurant is superb....the setting, service, and food are all wonderful. My husband and I have eaten both lunch and dinner there and recommend it for either. At night it is so romantic, and during the day the ambience is equally attractive. Just love it!