I’ve done this before, but I really didn’t know what it did a long time ago. Then, recently I had a listview surfacing a list and the site owner asked me to remove the ‘Add New Item’ link at the bottom. I was looking through the properties and it really popped out at me.

What I did, going to edit the web part, I saw what I needed. Under Toolbar Type, I just chose ‘No Toolbar’ from the list. Apparently when I created the view, I had forgotten to do what I had normally done almost every time. That ‘almost’ will really do you in some times :)