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Novo Restaurant

4.5
864 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 864 People Are Saying
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service
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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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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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were a group of 9 adults heading for Paso Robles for the weekend, and planned to stop on SLO for lunch. Our daughter, who graduated Cal Poly, always regarded this as her favorite restaurant, so we made reservations. My ago nachos were outstanding, and my wife’s salad topped with a salmon filet was delicious, and the portions are generous for the price. The outdoor atmosphere by the creek on a sunny spring day can’t be beat.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Beautiful seating on over edge of creek with impeccable service and wonderful food.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Loved the calamari! Our server was very helpful and friendly, and did an excellent job on pacing all of our appetizers (we ordered seven!)

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Birthday dinner, great service, great ambiance and the food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

There are plenty of good restaurant options in the SLO/Paso Robles area these days, but anytime I'm in that part of the world I always come back to Novo. The fresh ingredients, innovative preparation and outdoor creekside dining room make an irresistible combination. I've never had a bad dish here, but their curries are the star of the show. They grind and combine their own curry seasoning on-site, which makes for a subtle, layered flavor unlike any others I've tried. This is a great restaurant for vegetarians, but they also really know how to do meat. The wine list is carefully curated and reasonably priced, and they have a nice selection of beers if you're wined out from a day of heavy tasting. Just go to Novo and enjoy your evening.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love this restaurant! Was in SLO 2 weekends in a row and went both weekends. Took friends the second time. Creekside dining like no other. Food surprisingly sophisticated and delicious. Cocktails a bit pricey though.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Nice outside patio.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Everything including the service, food and wine was very good. Bland and mushy butternut squash curry.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nice outdoor dining. Great brunch spot

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE ALL AROUND FOR EASTER BRUNCH. THANK YOU

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch on the patio was a delightful time with good friends. Our waiter, Cody was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I'll start with this - we went for my spouse's birthday and while it wasn't a bad meal, it was nothing special. We were staying at the Madonna Inn and had heard great things and can't say the meal we had lived up to the hype.

If you're looking for a decent meal at not a great value, this place will hit the spot. If you're looking for a special meal, you might have to go elsewhere.

The birthday scoop of ice cream they brought for me wife was very good though. Gotta give them that.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The outdoor patio was lovely, right alongside the creek! They have blankets and space heaters ready for cool evenings.
The staff was very welcoming.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful experience by the creek!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We started girls night here and had some wonderful drinks and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I loved everything about this place! The swordfish was absolutely delicious! Our server, Amber, was wonderful. We were able to enjoy catching up with old friends in a beautiful setting. No complaints at all. I wholeheartedly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Novo is my favorite place to eat in SLO.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We had never been to Novo, and were pleasantly surprised to find such a lovely setting. We enjoyed the creekside dining terrace, attentive servers, and delicious entrees and sides.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent outdoor venue, the vesper was pretty dry. Food excellent. Service excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Beautiful location, always delicious food & drinks. What stood out most on this visit is how they couldn’t have been more understanding or accommodating of our kids food allergies. That makes us happy loyal customers who will be back over & over!

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I've been to Novo for dinner before. I remember it having a great selection, with interesting, filling, delicious dishes. This was not the case for lunch. Sparse, overpriced menu. Was just average at best. Poke with chips should not cost $17. A bland steak sandwich should not cost $16. There should be more than 3 or so dishes besides sandwiches, and they just weren't interesting or appeasing.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Amazing as u always are

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We did Sunday Brunch and loved it! Truly outstanding food: brioche Eggs Benedict, duck crepes and sweet crepes. Coffee made with locally roasted beans. We sat outside by the creek and enjoyed the scenery. Can't wait to go back for dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Every bite of food was well prepared and delicious! The service was spot-on excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Best restaurant in SLO for great food & a date night!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great lunch spot.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Novo is a lovely restaurant. Due to the rain, a party of 16 was seated near us downstairs. It was quite noisy, although I don't think this is necessarily typical. The service was great and the food was superb. We had a shared plate of brussels sprouts with onions which needed a little more flavor. We shared a vegetable noodle main dish and a special with mahi mahi (good) & ravioli with pesto (very tasty). Both dishes were delicious overall, but we wish we had tried a curry dish. It was plenty of food for two and we had leftovers. We also shared the apple berry crumble dessert which was delightful.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We stop into Novo whenever we want a great food that is special for vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters. The service is excellent and the samosas and curries are amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

A Fabulous salmon bisque...drove two hours just for it!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Hit and miss here. I honestly don't understand the incredible hype about the place. I will say the wine list is brilliant - that's undeniable. However - the food....

Spring rolls - not original in profile, but perhaps the best shrimp spring roll I've ever had. Just wonderful.

Salmon bisque - a nice idea for sure, and mostly ok, but under seasoned and lacking acidity.

Green Thai Curry - this was the real disappointment. Bland and under seasoned. However, the real failure is the texture. This is much more akin to a Kentucky gravy in texture and lacks the cleaner profile of the brothy type green curries we experienced many times in Thailand. The balance of sweet, salty, spicy, salty, and bitter - was simply absent. It really tasted like an Americanized version of Thai. The resulting texture was muddy; the flavors unclean.

Dessert - Sheep Milk Ice Cream. This was a winner. Beautifully executed, and how great that people who have a lactose problem with Cow's milk can actually have an ice cream for real? Well done there.

Perhaps we caught them on an off night, but the final result warranted a bill for two around $35. Alas - it was $100. We paid 100% for a 35 % experience... hard to get around those numbers.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Good food. Great setting - even on a cold evening. We come here every few months. The food is consistently good to excellent. Today's choices were also in that range. (The only less-than-stellar option was the squash curry - it needed more curry flavor, but was otherwise good.) Sitting on the patio is great, even when it is a bit chilly - they have heaters and blankets. We will be back!

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