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Novo Restaurant

4.5
898 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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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.
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
Brian Parks
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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 898 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Novo never disappoints. Food and atmosphere are wonderful. One of SLO’s best restaurants.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food and seating by the creek. The food is a fusion of different categories.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Amazing 👍👍👍👍

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always a favorite! Food is outstanding -- love their green and red curries!!! The shrimp spring rolls are always so fresh tasting! You can't beat the patio -- lots of heaters if it's a chilly night. One of my favorite restaurants in SLO!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Enjoyed fabulous drinks and dinner sitting creek side. Steaks are superb.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We were seated on the rail next to the creek. It was a graduation lunch and we had reservations. We were seated on time. The weather was great so being outside was so nice. I've been there also when it was colder and the heaters work well. Both times the service was awesome and the food delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Overall we love novo. This time we were seated in a cramped corner right by a baby shower.
Both the host and the waiter were not as friendly as normal.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Anniversary dinner there was excellent. We had the steak filet which was delicious, fork tender, with the salmon bisque. For dessert, they gifted us with a lovely coffee ice cream with a candle on top. The waitress (whose name I did not get, sadly) was delightful, attentive, great smile. The setting was equally great, sitting next to the SLO creek, with blanket provided for our legs. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

A wonderful dining experience and the entrees are marvelous. We would do it again when in San Luis Obispo.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Had Lunch special “Shrimp Pad Thai”. Clearly chef never been to Thailand. Noodles drenched in peanut sauce, few veggies (few cherry tomatoes and 4 very limp pieces of Bok Choy , 4 medium shrimp (wait person gushed how came with huge prawns...not)
Pad Thai is rice noodles in lime juice, Thai fish sauce, bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, diced green onions, chopped peanuts, dried shrimp meal, and most importantly, Thai Basil. You can add grilled shrimp, chicken, or beef/pork.
Perhaps they are better for dinner than lunch. Outside dining is strongest thing going for Novo.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. We did have to remind our server about a couple items including the shrimp accidentally left out of my husband's dish but they brought it promptly and our meals were truly absolutely sublime. The outdoor setting is lovely.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I have been to Novo many times, and I have always been very pleased with the food & service. The service at my recent visit was excellent. However, I order Huevos Rancheros... will never order that again. The eggs were over-done, way to much tomato sauce on top and not worth the price. I will go back again, but will order something different.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food in a lovely setting on the creek by the Mission. Nice to have lots of dogs and kids -- great family meals.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We ate inside because it was cold outside. Only high-tops inside. All in all above average, but outside would be recommended in warmer weather.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Loved it. This was my first time in SLO and a friend recommended this restaurant. My wife and I had a great time celebrating our 1 year anniversary here. I didn't know what to expect, I went into this place blind but I had a great time. I would recommend this for anyone that likes an outdoor environment, a creekside view, sunset/evening dinner and some delicious food.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Novo's generally has great food an drinks. This night was mostly that way, but it was a first that unfortunately my husband's salad wasn't properly cleaned (he noticed some grit as he was eating it and stopped halfway through), and sure enough, he wasn't feeling well the next two days. Everything else was fantastic.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

So Novo was a recommendation from a friend. We were excited to celebrate our sons Birthday with him. We were seated out side ( even though it was pretty chilly) I was told all reservations were seated outside. They did bring us a heater and this did help some.
After ordering the waiter brought us our water and proceeded to spill a Beer all over myself and my son and the table. So I understand that mistakes happen but after an apology we were told we would be compensated on our bill , however it was ver cold sitting in beer soaked clothes and it was unpleasant smelling.
We ate our dinner and received our bill no compensation! To say that it spoiled our dinner would be accurate . Not much was done to make us feel compensated. We sat cold and ate our dinner quickly so we could leave.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Always a favorite! Lovely patio dining on San Luiscreek with umbrellas for sun and heaters to take off any chill. Best Calamari Fritte in San Luis Obispo County!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Beautiful patio with Creekside Dining.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

My husband, father-in-law and I were on a road trip through California and wanted a nice restaurant to dine at on Mother's Day. I found great ratings on YELP about Novo and booked through Open Table. We were seated about 15 min past our 6:30 reservations but were given a great table along the creek. It is a beautiful venue and the heaters made the seating comfortable. The waiter was friendly if not a little distracted. We started with the Charcuterie plate and shared the rib eye steak, scallops and lamb. Everything was delicious and I would return the next time I'm in the area to try some of the other entrees.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We waited an hour and 10 minutes for our food. I had a VERY hungry 18 year old who was really disappointed by his portion size when he got his meal. We were running late so I gave him my food as well.
The waiter and ambiance were nice.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

What a lovely hidden gem of a place. The food was tasty and fresh from an original menu that had something for everyone. Most of the seating is on the verdant patio that runs along a creek. When it's chilly they have heaters. When the sun comes out they set up umbrellas for shade. The staff is very friendly and attentive and eager to answer questions or make recommendations.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a lovely experience all around. The entire staff was friendly and knowledgeable from the hostess to the waiter and bartender. They really did a special job of being friendly and entertaining and making sure my Mom had a lovely Mother’s Day. The food was delicious and the dessert was even better! Defiantly have to get one of their bloody Mary’s! Thanks for the special day!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love this restaurant! Especially when we get to sit outside next to the creek. The food is delicious and they have wonderful gluten free options for my husband. He was able to have Eggs Benedict with GF bread!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We've always liked Novo and its sister restaurants

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Enjoyed the ambience here, beautiful setting and fresh food, just wanted to see more vegan options.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Noah T. - humorous and personable.
Lavender Lemonade cocktail - refreshing.
Food - Quick and hot (curry)

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Seated outdoors - very low noise level other than the frogs in the creek who were delightfully noisy. One great restaurant - excellent experience

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Came to SLO for a Family wedding. Had heard about. Novo from friends and have eaten at Robins many times but this was much better.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Their meals which included the lamb chops, filet mignon on, and chicken satay skewers. It took forever to get our bread even though we asked three times for it it finally came at the same time dinner did which was unfortunate because we were starving. The waitress wasn’t familiar with all the bar menus as I asked for Chopin vodka and she said they didn’t have it even though it was listed on the menu. Overall it was a nice experience but it’s pricey and the service isn’t great and this is at 5:30 in the afternoon. Not exactly prime rush-hour.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Our dinner at Novo’s was excellent. The best salmon, the cheesecake, it was all perfect!! The service was spot on. Loved our visit!!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Harming setting by the creek. Eclectic menu, wonderful choices, exceptional service.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Outdoor seating overlooking and hearing the creek was nice. Heaters turned on in the evening close to every table. Our server was outstanding and the food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Always enjoy this place. The ambiance is great and dogs welcome on the patio. Only complaint is that I would like a bit more changes on the menu for variety

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Outstanding Sunday brunch. Creekside view was amazing; food offerings went far beyond those listed in the online menu. Superb service. A minor concern is NoVo's popularity; when we were there several larger groups were trying to get tables without reservations. They were insistent and determined, leading to some crowding on the patio, but other than that, our experience was perfect. Overall, I give this restaurant an A+. I look forward to a return visit.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food was wonderful, service good. Their sheep’s milk ice cream was exquisite. Butternut squash curry was a tad bland, but all the other dishes we had were wonderful, including the forbidden black rice. The back patio is really cute and had lots of heaters, so definitely recommend sitting there. They had DJ playing music up front of you want to stay for dancing and drinks (sat night).

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Fantastic dining experience at Novo. The cocktails were yummy...especially the lavender lemonade. We had the scallops and the black cod as our entrees and both were cooked perfectly and delicious. We dined on the back patio and the weather, food and service were impeccable.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great dining out on the patio by the creek. Wonderful food and drinks. Great Negroni.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was delicious and the location is perfect. However the service leaves a lot to be expected. The server we had assigned to our table was rude, and I had to use every once of my composure from telling this server off. Honestly everything was wonderful except this person who left a horrible taste in my mouth and soured the evening.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service, great food, lovely atmosphere . The patio is beautiful , small lights, intimate setting . Service was great . We had a heater at the table very comfortable . Food was delicious .. perfect evening

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