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At Novo, the ingredients that go into making a great dish don't end with farmers' market-fresh produce, incomparable spice combinations or even the freshest meats and poultry. We go beyond those basics and add pinch of passion from our culinary team and a splash of charm from our service team to make each dish an indulgent experience.


The Markets Behind the Ingredients

San Luis Obispo County boasts approximately 17 farmers’ markets, every week. From Paso Robles to Arroyo Grande (and all the towns in-between), our chefs have an abundance of local produce to choose from.

On Thursday evenings, right outside Novo’s door, one of the nation’s largest and oldest farmers’ markets takes place. The Thursday market is a San Luis tradition, and Novo’s downtown location makes the restaurant a popular stop for market-goers who are in search of a great meal.

Since 1983, the downtown portion of Higuera has been closed off to make room for the market. Hundreds of farmers, vendors, musicians, and entertainment acts take over the space. Thousands of residents and visitors come out, celebrating the town’s weekly gathering and celebration of all things local.


Culinary Team

We consider ourselves fortunate to have a team of prep cooks, line cooks, support crew and chefs who are passionate and dedicated to our mission to provide a remarkable experience for our guests. Their heart and hard work are the reason that we can continue to provide the fresh, carefully crafted and delicious cuisine that we have become known for. Plus, we get to have a little fun too!



Service Team

Great food and great ambiance are enjoyed best when offered with remarkable hospitality. Our warm and welcoming service team is here to ensure that your experience is a memorable one!


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Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America 2014
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2010 - 2014
New Times Best Restaurant PERIOD for 7 years
New Times Best San Luis Obispo Restaurant for 8 consecutive years
New Times Best Outdoor Dining for 12 consecutive years
New Times Best Place for a First Date for 6 consecutive years