My wife and I were taking a walking tour of downtown San Luis Obispo and decided it was time for lunch. We had no idea of where to eat so we walked into an upscale clothing store and asked one of the sales ladies where a good place to eat for lunch. She recommended Novo and told us where it was located. We thanked her for her recommendation and once out of their shop I looked the restaurant up on my cell phone and the restaurant indeed had a very impressive consumers collective score.
When we arrived at this place, we found two similar doors on either side of the front. We could not figure out which door to use. Both open into the bar. Once inside you find yourself in a dark illuminated bar with some dining tables in front of the bar.
If you want to eat on the patio, take the long hallway back past the bar, the restrooms and kitchen until you come out of the building again on to their patio. It was slightly interesting to find waiters and waitresses standing along both sides of the wall between the kitchen door and the back patio.
Once out of the main building, walk up to the hostess station in front of you and they will seat you.
What we liked:
- This restaurant has a large back patio which we enjoyed. They put up large umbrellas because the day was hot. I noticed that they have rows of heaters along the creek. One umbrella was slightly burned probably being placed too close to the heaters.
- Service was good.
- The salmon bisque was very good. This one dish, for me is the reason to go here. It was full of seafood and vegetables.
- The sandwiches were good.
What we did not like:
- The table napkins were too small and light. I would really like to see much larger napkins with a heavier weight to them.
Location: 726 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Web site: http://www.novorestaurant.com/