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“Great Atmosphere - Mediocre Food.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Novo

Novo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Broad st.
Description: 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.
New York City, New York
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“Great Atmosphere - Mediocre Food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

I was in SLO for a business conference last week. We had a group dinner at Novo. The atmosphere is wonderful with a large outdoor area over a creek and personal heaters in the event that it gets too cool outside. Granted, they were serving a very large group but the food was nothing to write home about. The salmon was overcooked and the side of vegetables was entirely bland (over steamed with no sauce). If I ever find myself in SLO again, I'd probably go there to enjoy the atmosphere with friends and drinks but eat at the Farmers Market.

Visited October 2013
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Mill Valley, CA
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“You Must Go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

First of all, head out back to the patio where it is also dog friendly and you won't be disappointed! The atmosphere out there is wonderful with shade, the river and beautiful trees. Make sure you opt for the salmon bisque soup instead of salad and you will think you died and went to heaven. The food is super fresh and we had the chicken sandwich with brie and sliced apples which was amazing on super soft bread. Oh, they also will bring you out bread if you ask and it was also delicious. We live in the Bar Area and have great food there and this place is right up there with us.

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Cheshire, UK
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“A delightful find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We were in SLO just for one night on way down to San Diego. We came across this restaurant by accident whilst walking to the Farmers Market in the centre. It's a delightful setting at the side of the creek and we enjoyed an 'al fresco' meal. We chose one of the specials, which was described beautifully by our lovely server. Being from UK we'd never had this fish before, Mahi Mahi, and were a bit cautious, but without justice - it was just fabulous! We then shared a pudding and washed it all down with some very palatable wine. Both meal and service couldn't be faulted. Would we return? Like a shot!

  • Visited September 2013
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San Luis Obispo, California
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31 reviews
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“Excellent food with luscious ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

I've lived in San Luis Obispo for decades and seen several restaurants come and go in this location. The reason Novo has staying power is that it doesn't just play off its wonderful location but also has excellent food and good service, too.

The outdoor setting, on the banks of San Luis Creek with huge trees in a park-like setting, is definitely the biggest draw. Because of very powerful patio heaters, it's comfortable dining outdoors on most days throughout the year. It's quiet, serene, romantic and beautiful.
The food is an interesting combination of casual California cuisine with some Asian and Latin influence. It's always fresh and tasty.

Overall, Novo remains one of my favorite restaurants in San Luis Obispo.

Visited October 2013
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Riverside, California
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“Great for any occassion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

We went for a bachelorette party dinner and they set us up outside. The outdoor environment was beautiful but cold and they got us lap blankets. The food was delicious and the service was great. I would highly recommend it for all occassions.

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