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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
11:30 PM
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Novo Restaurant

4.4
820 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Gluten Free Options (2)
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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Cuisines
Global, International, Southeast Asian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Weekday Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
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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Neighborhood
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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 820 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.7
service
4.9
ambience
4.3
value
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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2dine4 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 5 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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Bbbb 
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.

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

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

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

Lovely atmosphere and great food and service

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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+

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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.

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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!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2013

Novo is a favorite creekside setting with terrific food. The portions have gotten a bit smaller but still yummy!
We had a 1 pm reservation and had to wait 10 minutes as thet seated wIist parties. I was
A bit miffed by that! Tessa was very attentive. A lovy place!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2013

My fiancee and I were celebrating our 5 year anniversary at Novo restaurant. It was a perfect setting for our occasion. Beautiful outdoor space looking over the creek. The service was amazing. They are very quick to serve you and get you anything you need. Food is delicious. Price is reasonable being that it's a fancy place. For two it was less than $80. Definitely recommend this restaurant to those celerating something special.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2013

Novo is on our "must" list for visitors to SLO. (And we enjoy it each and every time too!)

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2013

We love to dine here outside on the patio. Great food and atmosphere.

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Ojos60 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2013

The lettuce wraps were Bib lettuce not iceberg, thank you, with prawn that looked and tasted more like shrimp in a light, flavorful bean sauce. These were complimented with sweet-hot chile jelly and serrano syrup on the side. Two wraps each for two people. Wonderful with a cucumber and lime martini. The duck breast was perfectly roasted but the curry a touch salty. The black, forbidden rice added delicious texture. The moroccan fried chicken was succulent and so perfectly seasoned I savored every bite. The fresh chutney was complex and the ingredients artfully combined with just the right amount of gooeyness. The quinoa pilaf was excellent! The spicy yogurt an unexpected delight. A sweet but not cloying port, ROXO 2007, to die for al fini!

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2013

On vacation; went here based on strong Review. My expectations were exceeded! Outstanding appetizers; my halibut was also divine. Great service by the wait staff. My wife and I will come here again!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2013

We enjoy bringing our out of town visitors here to enjoy the variety of flavorful dishes, the beautiful patio and the kind service.

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vipPamelaC (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2013

Thrilled to be able to enjoy such a great lunch while sitting in there outdoor patio! Lovely location that feels as if you escaped from the hustle and bustle of life!

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shaker (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2013

Everything was just right: Service, Food and the seating. Make sure you get a table in the backyard garden.
Although it was very very busy (make sure you have a Reservation) there was no waiting time, except on arrival when we had to wait 10 minutes even with Reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2013

Great ambiance - great table position and good food and service. What else could you want?

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Likemom (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2013

All you need to know is that a visit to Novo is always a winning time!

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Neena (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2013

Thank you for a wonderful experience! We made lunch reservations for our daughter's 21st birthday on July 6th at 11:30. I was able to request a table on the patio, which was awesome. When we arrived, a table was already set with a tablecloth in a nice shady corner. We had the best server. Wish I could remember her name, but she was friendly, knowledgeable, really on top of it, and made the experience that much better. We will definitely be coming back!

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Nickname (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2013

I had a local-caught sea bass special that may have been the best meal I have ever eaten. The fish was great, but the wide variety of various veggies that came with it may have been even better. The subtle variety of favors was outstanding. I live within walking distance so I feel extra lucky.

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vipFoody25 (Portland)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2013

Lovely place for lunch. Had a very nice table on the deck overlooking the creek. Just had a few appetizer plates and the food was fresh and tasty and nicely presented. Would definitely recommend.

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Kathy (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on June 30, 2013

Novo was recommended to me by a friend who had also visited the area. We had a reservation for Sunday Brunch. Seating was fast, and the table was perfect.....right on the creek. The food was very good. Only problem was they had my husbands order wrong and by the time he received the correct order, the other three of us were finished eating. We felt really bad for him since he was picking up the bill. It kind of put a damper on our time there.

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vipJimmyD (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2013

creek-side dining is lovely. an unusual setting for California's climate.

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Dick (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2013

We had a great seating overlooking the stream. We made a 5 pm reservation because later all booked up. Service and food was great, so was the giant margarita! Great date place.

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toon49 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2013

Everything was perfect, food,service and the location. Our waitress was so good and very friendly, she made us feel very welcome.
Will go back again and would recommend highly.

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Yummy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2013

Great outdoor space. Amazing food and wine.

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vipfoodfanatic (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2013

We had a lovely dinner here and would definitely go back. The Morrocan fried chicken was outstanding.

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Janice (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2013

We have a local bookclub that loves coming here once a year for dinner because it's one place all of us can agree on that we love. The outside tables by the creek are atmospheric and relaxing. It's even dog-friendly! Patio heaters keep you comfortably warm. The food is consistently good, as is the service. Novo is a neighborhood gem.

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