Novo Cafe - Westlake Village

4.4
211 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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Afternoon Coffee
A cozy café situated in the Shoppes at Westlake Village. We offer authentic regional Italian cuisine made with fresh quality ingredients. If you are lucky, you can watch one of our chefs making ravioli or other fresh pastas in our open kitchen. Our lunch and dinner menu features handmade pasta, hand-crafted Pizzas, Panini, Organic salads, many appetizers and delicious entrees.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 211 people are saying
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vipakamen
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I haven’t been to this restaurant before as I heard they were anti vaccinations. We needed a last minute reservation and they had openings. I walked in the restaurant shocked to see not a single employee in a mask. I Inquired the host about it and he said with a smile “the owner let’s us decide if we want to wear a mask.” Hmm. We chose to eat outdoors which was lovely with heat lamps. Food was good and outdoor ambience was nice. I do not recommend eating indoors and let you decide if you want to frequent a restaurant that doesn’t follow the rules. 👎😷

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for nice dinners

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food always .. a favorite local restaurant.
Amazing fresh made desserts & pastries- had the pumpkin cheesecake- it was delicious

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vipMarilyn
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We reserved out book club there. Music was way too loud inside. They were very understanding and moved us outside with heater lamps. Our server was attentive, very nice. We appreciated them understanding our need to be able to talk and moving us.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always- food and staff the best in town!!

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TTrerise
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a really nice Italian restaurant in Westlake. You don't find a place like this typically in a Target shopping center, but if rises above it's locale. Our party had a smattering of pizza, lasagna, pasta and Chicken Alfredo. All of it superb! The service was great too. I would encourage you to tell the Mare e Monti, a great seafood pasta with great taste and just a small bit in flavor. Delicious! Definitely recommended!!!

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JenniferR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! Been coming here since it opened, it’s the complete package, great food, service, and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is always attentive and courteous. The Food is delicious and the spaciousness of the venue still allows you to feel cozy and intimate with your dinner guest. Excellent place to enjoy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We did not stay when we realized everyone who worked at Novo Cafe was not wearing a mask. Not safe!!

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vipkarenG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We ate outside on the patio, so I can't comment on noise level inside. I would have given it another overall star, but we were not happy that the restaurant was "mask optional". One of the waiters that helped us had a mask, but no one else that worked there did. If it wasn't a busy Saturday night we would have left and found another restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I overall loved Novo, with it being a busy Saturday night the waiter seemed a little stretched so drinks were not filled most of the time. Other then that is was wonderful! Definitely will go back :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A friend raved about the restaurant. I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t a big fan of my salmon (a little over cooked & the spinach tasted very dry). My friend got her usual Chicken Marsala w/pasta. The berry pie appeared yummy but after a few bites, it was overly sweet (I’m assuming it’s how the pie is meant to taste). The texture was wet like a cake. The service wasn’t great. We had a server that was pretty off beat. A different server ended up taking care of us. I may or may come back, but will consider the pasta next time.

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mv3985
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The women's bathroom was atrocious and not sanitary at all. There was trash on the ground of each stall, toilet paper was not replenished, toilets were dirty, hand soap was not replenished.
The price for the ravioli dish and appetizers were not fair to the amount of food was served. Way too overpriced for how little was given.
Employees did not wear masks inside restaurant where it is required for LA county for restaurant employees to wear masks. Also found a news article that this exact restaurant has over 60 citations for defying health orders and have about $90K worth of fines from the LA County Public Health Department. The Health Department also revoked Novo Cafe's public health permit on February 2, 2021.
I do no recommend this restaurant at all.

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vipElizabethL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing delicious food!!! Can’t wait to go back!!!

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vipvipinT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner with my wife and it was just great. The food is superb and the service was excellent. We go there frequently and always enjoy the food, service and the friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend this place for Brunch and Dinner. Gets 5 stars from us. Thanks Novo Cafe 👍🙏🏼

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always.. fresh great food & desserts.
Seems other reviewers might be upset by no wearing here but I find it refreshing..
They don’t need to go there if they are that afraid of not wearing a mask.. go elsewhere but don’t complain.

It’s a fantastic restaurant & soon.. we will return to normal with no masks thank god .. are these people still going to want to wear a mask then because they’ve been trained to be afraid.
Breathe & enjoy the freedom to enjoy a fantastic meal while not being muzzled & actually able to hear what the servers say?
5 stars on all counts.. good for them

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KyleS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for dinner after the high school football game. Good food and even better service.

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vipAConstable
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great first time experience at Novo. Was surprised at the quality of the food and restaurant. I had the chicken parmigiana which was very good and the special salad was good- but the super draw here is an amazing bakery with out of the world desserts and great coffee to finish off your meal. Menu is somewhat small but the food was good and the service even better,

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. They make all their pasta from scratch and it is yummy yummy

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first timers for all 5 of us. Enjoyed the restaurant and enjoyed the food...very fresh tasting!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Not wearing mask, even though required. And aggressively promoting extreme politics. Not an establishment I would go to again. DO NOT SAFE HERE.

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MichaelD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Staff did not wear face masks. Restaurant did not require patrons to wear masks in establishment to and from their table.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner and a lovely outdoor patio. The food was great and a great price. I would definitely go back.

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vipRobertK
Central Coast
66 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I was very disappointed to see this restaurant not comply with the mask mandate. All wait staff did not wear masks. This created a very uncomfortable dining experience. The food was fine. We had 3 different waiters at our table and not one told us the daily specials. We do have other options and will dine elsewhere until after the mask mandate.

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SeanK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was a nice venue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tuscan salad is the best beet salad anywhere and the Puttanesca sauce is the best I’ve had period…. I get both every time I visit.

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KimL
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS. Everything was wonderful - the food, the decor, the service, everything!

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randink
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service, love this place and so will you!
Enjoy

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mccalif
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious lunch on the patio. The servers were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. We will definitely return.

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DaphneY
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food here. Nice ambiance. They were a little busy so waited a bit longer for the table but other than that excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend -

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KariM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and attentive staff.
The nearby fountain brings some delightful entertainment for kiddos as well.

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vip4loveoffood
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Novo and we will definitely be back. The food was wonderful and the service top notch! My husband had the Osso Busco and loved it. So tender and the sauce was the perfect balance of flavor. I ordered the fresh, homemade fettuccine and meat sauce. The pasta was so soft and fresh-tasting; almost as if they made it to order. Our waiter (I'm so sorry I don't remember his name :() was EXCELLENT! He was kind, helpful and very attentive. All around it was a very positive experience and we will be back!

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RandyP
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first visit to Novo Cafe, but it will not be our last. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and seated at a nicely positioned patio table. Several of the serving staff attended to us immediately without being intrusive. The menu is impressive and though it was difficult to make a firm choice on any of the offerings we were very pleased with what we selected. The food was attractively presented and absolutely delicious (I recommend the Drunken Pasta). It was great to discover a new place for us to enjoy a dinner out and we look forward to a return visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. The service, drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert are always amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is one of the top restaurants we go to every Friday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and making a reservation was the way to go on fathers day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Father’s Day. Food was amazing and service was exceptional.

FAQs

Novo Cafe - Westlake Village offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 318-1466.

Novo Cafe - Westlake Village is rated 4.4 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.