Novo Cafe - Westlake Village

4.5
229 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 229 People Are Saying
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JenniferR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinning experience! The pastries and cappuccino to die for!

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Debbie
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Food absolutely Delicious and Service Outstanding!!

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food and cocktails. Server very helpful about both.

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vipHybrid
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has the charm of a neighborhood CASUAL gem while still be an UPSCALE destination! Dress up or dress down and you'll be welcomed with great food, great staff & great atmosphere inside or outside!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was good, however it is set menu far new year, May be pricy, service not that great

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vipHeatherP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Only problem I had with this restaurant is that no one working there wore masks

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
131 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great cocktails and food; the pesto is the very best. Our new favorite Italian restaurant.

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RandyG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas eve pre-movie dinner

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vipDoc1
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is delicious. The restaurant and bakery are very appealing to look at. Service was just ok and, even though there’s a mask mandate, none of the servers or cooks was wearing a mask…

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vipBond007
Los Angeles
157 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have dined here numerous times. Good food, service, and ambience. Waiters should wear a face mask though!!!

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vipReviewer
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Pasta is just so fresh and delicious. Alex our server was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Desserts were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novo Cafe never disappoints! Great service, great food and nice ambiance. The tables are spread far enough apart to allow plenty of “safe space”. For those who aren’t comfortable not wearing masks, don’t come until the pandemic is over!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Novo Cafe, great food, gluten-free friendly and a great bar.

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vipStephenJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Café Novo the excellent service superb food wonderful atmosphere gracious kind polite staff what a wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service is fast friendly and accommodating if you are looking for a place to go with the entire family look no further ‼️❤️

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vipBond007
Los Angeles
157 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have dined here numerous times. Decent food and ambience. Service needs a little improvement. And although I have noticed this before at this restaurant, I am still surprised that the waiters do not wear a face mask!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff don’t wear masks. No covid protocol. Few if any customers wear mask upon entry.

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vipakamen
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 27 November 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 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for nice dinners

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on 20 November 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 17 November 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
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TTrerise
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 November 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
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 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 6 November 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 30 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 22 October 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 17 October 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 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipvipinT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 1 October 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
13 reviews
Dined on 29 September 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 24 September 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
98 reviews
Dined on 15 September 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 12 September 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 12 September 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 11 September 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 7 September 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

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

FAQs

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

Novo Cafe - Westlake Village is rated 4.5 stars by 229 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 bookings at the moment.