Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

4.7
161 reviews
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$40 and under
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European
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
On Newtown’s Australia Street, you will see a small, square red light burning. Past the Courthouse, past the Police Station and just beyond the Fire Station. Founded by Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joe Valore of Porteño , and Jesse Warkentin and Michael Nicolian (of Bodega and Gardel’s Bar, respectively), our Continental Deli Bar & Bistro is the next institution on this iconic Sydney street.

Continental is the realised passion for a neighbourhood deli. Bring your basket to purchase your specialty deli essentials, be it charcuterie for your next days sandwich, fromage for a friend, or all the elements for a perfect picnic. We have sourced what we consider the most interesting, rare and delicious cheeses and charcuterie as well as an impressive range of tinned delicacies; anchovies from the Bay of Biscay, clams and cockles from Galicia, sardines from France. We are however most proud of the items we have canned ourselves from incredible local produce.
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Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Sun, 12 noon - Late
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Phone number
(02) 8624 3131
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Elvis Abrahanowicz, Jesse Warkentin
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Catering
Please contact Catherine at enquiries@portenoevents.com.au for more information on catering options.
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Neighbourhood
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Public Transit
Three Minute walk from Newtown Station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

We can accommodate bookings of up to 25 people and exclusive use bookings for special events - please get in touch with your enquiries.

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What 161 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great dinner with my partner. We got the tasting menu for $65 a head and chose a nice bottle of wine that was good value for money. The food was so good. They even accommodated the dessert to be diabetic friendly by giving my cheese instead. Fantastic meal. Definitely coming back.

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We enjoyed the meals, cosy and awesome service. We were advised that the plates are meant for sharing, which i thought meant a pretty good size portion. unfortunately it was smaller than expected. It didn't help that our group didn't want to share, which made it pretty difficult since the dish didn't come out altogether. The dishes were lovely, I had the daily specials- grilled sardines and shared the pork sausage with the group. The mash potatoes was really creamy and rich - very tasty but thinking that if this is a shared dish, perhaps it's best served separately on a side bowl rather than it laid on the plate. Overall taste was awesome, just need work on the plating if it's for sharing....

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Overall a great place with a unique "deli-inspired" offering. Food was great and very high value (though a bit salty - it is a deli after all I suppose). Atmosphere was exciting and nice without feeling contrived. Service was attentive and exceptionally friendly. The bar forgot a drink and the kitchen missed a dish we had ordered but staff worked hard to accommodate and make up for it.

I think the in-house canned cocktails were very cute, but afterwards felt the use of cans was a bit wasteful.

Overall exceptional value, great food, and an awesome experience. This will go in our rotation for sure.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Staff were exceptional with their knowledge and professionalism with a friendly manner and they went out of their way to make you feel welcome. Food was tasty. Risotto was my favourite.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Everything done at its best. Food, Wine and Service on point.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Food and cocktails are unreal, definite must to check out if in the area. If not it's worth the trip, booked in the morning and got an 8pm seat. Waitresses were friendly and quite helpful, all round it was a fantastic experience and would recommend to any and every one

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2.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Not impressed. It's a fairly hollow dining room (unlike the vibe down in the bar) and the food wasn't impressive. Carrot dish - carrots were overcooked; risotto - tasteless and white (no broccoli in the broccoli risotto??); salad very overdressed with vinaigrette. Wine was pretty average. Most outrageous part of the evening though was to order coffee with dessert. "Sorry, we don't do coffee". What..??!! We were told we could go up to King St cafes for coffee. Seemed very odd to run a restaurant but not be able to put a coffee machine in!

Not the experience we had hoped for and wouldn't go back

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

I went here for a Saturday lunch with my mum and boyfriend. The food, service and atmosphere was truly excellent. Would highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

All waitresses were unbelievable. All offering exceptional hospitality and the menu knowledge to back it up. The food was similarly unreal. Absolutely great experience. In particular one lovely woman excelled: My mum asked for the bill just before I went up to pay myself and she returned the bill book with a very nice hand written note to explain that I had paid. Really above and beyond. Thank you so much for it all!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great restaurant / deli for its food, bar, service and ambience!

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

We absolutely loved everything about our dinner! The menu was exciting and different than most sydney upscale dinners. Our bartender and waiter was highly knowledgeable and made amazing cocktails. Can't wait to go back again soon!

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Food always delicious & exciting! Table service is great, but waited 30 minutes to be seated despite having a booking. Staff member managing incoming customers was quite rude (& has been regularly when we visit).

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

The food was exquisite, and the wine we had to accompany it was superb. The staff were unobtrusive yet attentive when we wanted them, efficient, warm, incredibly knowledgeable about the produce and the wine, and are clearly foodies themselves.

My only challenge was this: as a hearing impaired person, as the number of diners increased around me (and as their level of wine consumption rose), the noise became close to intolerable and we could not hear ourselves think. As a result, we left perhaps earlier than we might otherwise have done.

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3.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Service was good, but overall the degustation meal was overpriced for what it was. Just a so so meal, nothing particularly special.

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2.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Meals and drinks took ages to come, over 1 hour for 1 main. Communal table for 2 people wasn’t great as we were sitting side by side rather than opposite which is much better. Prices are through the roof for what you get. Disappointing as I loved it when it was newly opened.
One bonus is the Steak Tartare, delicious meal.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Always a warm welcome by the staff as cocktails are being whipped up, perfect slices of ham being shaved for platters and the rest of the staff so very friendly. Great food, great atmosphere and my favourite local!

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Absolutely divine night. The staff were so accomodating and polite, but also knew how to have a laugh with us. The food was delightful as always and the drinks were so much fun. Thanks for having us.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

amazing and unique menu options happy friendly staff just really great vibes!

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Excellent, very warm and friendly service (all care), terrific food, gorgeous, bewitching space - what dining out is all about.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Just outstanding, an instant favourite. Every detail was attended to from the food, to the interiors, to the ambiance. The wait staff were friendly, knowledgeable and they happily accommodated our party of four adults plus a baby.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Thank you - Loved every part of it. I felt like I was back in my old hood in the Village in NYC. Wonderful staff, service, everything
Héma Prakash

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Nice cheese plate will have to come back at night and try more goodies

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Fantastic, friendly but professional service! Loved this restaurant, was innovative and yummy!

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

I took my two grandparents in their 70s and they loved every minute of it. 10/10

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

This is what dining out should be! Old school service- new school food!

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Had a great night for friends birthday staff were very friendly and attentive.

would recommend to lots of other co workers and friends not my first time and will not be my last

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Mothers Day

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

I came here for mother's day and had a fantastic meal. My mother who loves the chance to try new places but still has somewhat traditional taste absolutely loved the food and venue in general. I've been here a few times now and for a range of different occasions and can't really speak more highly of the service, atmosphere and food.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Great place , we all loved it. My 4.5 month old son wanted to take my wife here for mother’s day ;) . He chose well.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Our second visit- our initial delight was confirmed (we live 3 hours from Sydney) - will come again next time we make the trip toSydney.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

The food here was great: seemingly simple dishes with big flavours and just really great cuisine.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

I was very happy with aspects of our dinner at Continental Deli. The menu is fun and interesting, the food is delicious, there is a good variety of choices and the atmosphere was fun overall. I would definitely recommend it and I will go again.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Such a fun and delicious dining experience. Loved everything about dining here. The chefs banquet menu is great value and a great way to try the whole menu. No visit is complete without the signature Mar-Tinny!

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

We have a social gathering every 3 months , called Dinner ladies. Trying new and up coming restaurants in Newtown.
Continental bar and deli , is amazingly good.
Quirky drinks , wine list extensive and then the food. Covers all diet requirements, plus it’s not a hassle for them to accomodate 1 person on the banquet. Food Yum
There staff are professional . Book as you won’t regret it

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2.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Really disappointing & a rip-off.
My boyfriend and I went for an early dinner on Saturday. We started with a cocktail that was $16 and barely 100ml. We had the crab avocado salad which had one tiny slither of crab but lots of lettuce and sauce. The calamari was crunchy (not battered) and finally the duck which was nearly $40 was four slices.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so ripped off at a restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

A small restaurant/deli tucked away off the main hustle and bustle of Kings Street Continental is a really great example of the European style delis where good wine, cheese and meats are plentiful (alongside other smaller and larger sharing style plates). The atmosphere is great, feels vibrant and busy without compromising on service and of course the food is excellent. Giggly recommend getting the cheese and charcuterie board with some other smaller plates to go alongside!

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Absolutely loved this place! Was recommended by a client and totally exceeded our already high expectations!

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Food and service were fabulous. Wine list is very good and reasonably priced. It is however very noisy upstairs.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Delicious interesting food and great service as always 😊👍

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Wonderful food and service. We went before attending to a concert at Enmore Theatre and was just perfect.

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