Continental Deli Newtown

4.6
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337 reviews
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$40 and under
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European
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.

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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
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DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I had a sumptuous and beautifully presented meal at Continental Newtown.
The service was top notch and ambience perfectly aligned to our food.

ZM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic experience at Continental Deli! Food was amazing, service was great and atmosphere was perfect. Would definitely go again and recommend to others.

SK
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Cute little venue. Suggest sticking to the downstairs space as upstairs is an echoing cacophony. Had a lovely, umami-rich strozzapretti with kale and chickpea, but all other dishes lacked va va voom and were extortionate. The wine list is on point, but again budget breaking. What a shame

t
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing, best service I’ve had in a while and charcuterie I didn’t even think we got in Australia - highly recommend!

HB
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yes! Yes! Yes! Just love it. The meatball sandwich is just to die for and the Grenache simply delightful to partner it. Thanks all x

HR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Continental Deli Newtown is superb, with a really interesting menu that honours tradition while updating it for a modern sensibility. The food is full of flavour yet delicate, with an excellent wine list to match. We went for the Chef's Menu, which offered a great sampler of their most famous dishes for a very reasonable $65pp. Would enthusiastically recommend to anyone!

CH
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was good but poor value for money. We spent well over a hundred dollars for the two of us and then had to go and have another meal. Staff were great just really small portions.

AK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was beautiful a bit pricey for the portion size but very good quality and yummy

M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food with lovely staff and ambiance! Great with a group or for date night. And sitting by the bar was super fun!

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience great food

S
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is very friendly and hospitable. Our server was wonderful and knew everything on the menu as well as the extensive wines list. The food was amazing. We opted for the banquet and it is really bang for your buck. So much food! Great place for a special dinner or even just a cheese/charcuterie platter and a drink.

PD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly and attentive service in a sophisticated and stylishly understated venue. Thoroughly enjoyed the superbly cooked and presented food. Menu is Italian inspired and presentation is considered. Serving sizes are reasonable, yet cocktails are a tad on the pricey side. Highly recommended for intimate dinners, smaller and even medium-sized groups. I'll be returning soon.

PE
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

2nd time to visit Continental Deli Newtown. Service seemed a bit disjointed on this occasion. We had a banquet and it felt like they had forgotten us at times. There was a large group which seemed to occupy most of the staff's attention. Very long gap between courses which got a bit frustrating at the end. Otherwise the food and vibe is still great.

M
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We attended the Continental for our anniversary. Loved everything about it. Cheese and cold cuts were amazing and their wine selection was delicious. Thanks

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely catch up dinner with family - food was delicious wine beautiful and service excellent - one of our favourites for a formal or at the bar dinner

TW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

The Continental Deli, while well reviewed, wants to be a French bistro in its pricing but the food is just average. The portions are very small. We had the wagu beef, blue buffalo cheese and risotto and it set us back $70.

As we left, my husband asked if we have peanut butter at home.

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and ambience were great. We decided on the banquet menu and were not disappointed, except for dessert- the rum baba tiramisu was too heavy and boozy on which to end the meal. The other desserts on the menu looked amazing. You must try the octopus, it was our favourite dish of the night. Thanks Continental for a fantastic night.

W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great ambiance and beautiful food which made the trip to Newtown worth it. Only improvement would be the service of drinks which was really slow.

d
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and quality food. Perfect for a date

T
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my third visit to Continental and I haven't been disappointed yet. Previously we've sat downstairs at the bar, but this time upstairs in the dining room. I enjoy both, but upstairs makes for a more intimate experience. The service was attentive and friendly, and we were so happy with our choices from the small but well balanced menu. The octopus and wagyu were particularly notable. I will be back and highly recommend Continental.

DS
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Waitress was fantastic. Food was ok, maybe a little too over the top. Worst part was a 30min wait between the small meals and the larger meals. Kinda spoilt the experience

DD
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A little gem of a restaurant in Newtown - great ambience and service. The octopus, "pommes puree" and chicken are fabulous. Definitely worth a visit.

P
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great atmosphere, great food and excellent service. A great find. Loving the story behind the restaurant and their canning expertise

JK
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My partner and I were thrilled to discover that Continental was open for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.
We enjoyed the banquet menu and the staff were flexible about one dietry need.

Staff were attentive, food delicious and the wines were a treat.

KB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had an excellent lunch here with my girlfriends. Staff knowledge of food and wine excellent as was the food quality. Highly recommend

AS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting concept, amazing food and fabulous service!

AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, the staff can not doing enough for you, the food is amazing - it takes me back to my favourite places in Spain everytime - and those cocktails in a can are genius.

TM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful night
Outstanding service
Outstanding Food
You are now our best "place to go" in Newtown
Thanks again

SS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and service. Well located bistro very close to Newtown centre.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such great food, atmosphere and fantastic service. First time eating and drinking here and definitely won’t be the last! Thank you for a fabulous night :)

N
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, we had the Chef's set menu and it was delicious, they also tailored it to gluten and lactose free and were very helpful about it. Great wine list too!

AM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food is yummy although its slightly overpriced.
The night we visited our sourdough was burnt. Even though the waiter acknowledged this nothing was done about it. That was disappointing.
Otherwise good.

FM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

doesn't get any better ,
doubleplusgood
doubleplusgood

BR
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best dining experience we have had in a long time. Incredible food and amazing service.

SS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect lunch outing.
Great service, great food.
Was an extremely hot day and temperature inside was fantastic.

BH
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The best meatball sandwich in Sydney, the ham, cheese and pickle was just as good.
A great Grenache, Campari and sofa was spot on 👍🏼

ED
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

WE ARRIVED LATE IN THE EVENING FOR JUST A LIGHT AFTER MOVIE SUPPER.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well thought out in every way
Enjoyed every aspect of being at the Continental Deli
Delicious food

a
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food normally terrific here but had the kingfish sashimi. Really very ordinary indeed. More like a fillet of kingfish with no flavour at all. Didn’t ruin the night but very disappointing.

RA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing- we went for the chefs banquet menu highly recommend! Service was wonderful too. Lovely wine can’t wait to come back