Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

4.7
144 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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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 144 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

I've been trying to get to Continental Deli for over a year. Finally made it for a casual lunch and so glad I did! Food is delicious, lots of fish mostly of the tinned variety (if you love sardines and anchovies get there ASAP), good selection of jamon and cheese. The three cheese toastie is melt-in-mouth and the booze is to match. Mikey at the bar is always the entertainer and floor staff (forgotten her name but she was hilarious) have good banter. Can get noisy upstairs but we countered that by getting drunker and louder and sharing shots with our neighbours! Fantastic afternoon can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Food was delicious and good value. Good wine and drink list. Knowledgeable staff who were good at contributing but not intruding. Spent a very relaxed afternoon here. Perfect spot for lunch and conversation.

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5.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Delicious, ambitious, need to go back again to try more options from the extensive menu.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

A group of friends went to the Continental on Saturday 25 March 2018. From the moment you walk in, you feel at home. The staff are friendly (without being 'too much' you know?). Attentive, helpful, knowledgeable, faultless.
The restaurant is a beautiful and authentic refurbishment that is a joy to eat in, every fixture tells a story.
We were probably their cheapest table of the day in that we just had sandwiches and some wine but they treated us like we ordered everything on the menu. Also when I say sandwiches, I mean the most delicious meatball sandwich I have ever eaten. The bread was made there, they used their own olive oil and it was just melt-in-your-mouth delicious. One of my other friends had the steak tartare and was blown away, he loved it.
Great for a first date, a romantic occasion or when you just want to have a special meal, we'll all be back again and again.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Delicious and interesting food in a comfortable funky setting. Attentive and informed staff add to the fun night. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Has become a regular favourite when visiting Sydney and catching up with family there.
Great service and menu options for different tastes/appetites.

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4.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Meal was good, except the service slowed down and nearly completely disappeared after meal was served. Loved the candle in the dessert, but it took 10 minutes to get someones attention for the bill.

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4.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Great venue with a fabulous bar. An interesting food experience. Really something to please everyone

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5.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Really great place with great service, We will definitely go back there again!

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Fantastic place where you feel at home from start to finish. Great and very attentive service from everyone, very knowledgeable about the food options and volume. Dishes are meant for sharing which works really well. Special mention to the half chicken which was super tasty and very juicy. Also the beef tartar which was so smooth. Love the idea of 4 different cocktails served from their very own tin can. Ended up at the bar downstairs from the bistro, great Espresso Martinis!

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4.0Dined on 2 March 2018

The food was good, different and enjoyable. The espresso martini and the bottle of Riesling are what let the meal down. Would return, but would wait for the menu to change.

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Very enjoyable! Attentive staff and delicious food.

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

A fresh approach to dining. Menu was interesting and provided just enough variety. Steak tartar a must try. Charcuterie was top shelf. Could possibly offer a couple of wines by the glass at a cheaper price point. Staff were excellent. As mature diners were pleased that none of the young staff referred to us as 'guys'. Overall a great experience and will return.

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Went for lunch - limited menu but suitable for grazing and sharing so long as you like your charcuterie, cheese and wine! Definitely worth the visit!

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

The new menu is really great the wait staff were exceptional. Very tentative and helpful with the menu knew what we should order and how much. Friendly and nothing was too difficult for them. Wine was great as well.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Cold cuts and cheeses were amazing! Love the down to earth and low key, yet very cool vibe of the restaurant/bar. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Max looked after us and he was fabulous!! Very experienced and friendly and knew his stuff! Wine was always full and food was divine!!!

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