Continental Deli Newtown

4.6
209 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Three of us went to celebrate a birthday, the service was excellent, I’ve only experienced similar at 5 star restaurants with staff who know their stuff and care about their customers dining experience.
The food was wonderful, creative, full of flavour and filling!
The cocktails and wine were perfect with our meal.
Overall I’d rate this place as one of the best I’ve been to in Newtown.
Do yourself a favour, try this place, you’ll be very pleased!
On my way out I noticed a big table which would seat +10, I’m already planning my next party there ;-)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Terrific food, polite, friendly and knowledgeable staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really friendly staff. Good food and very good wine.
Food came out relatively quickly as well. Had a really good night with great ambiance.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Food was great, but the service was poor. Waitress was not helpful, telling us that she only worked there a couple of days a week and therefore didn’t know what the wines or even food was like. She made very little effort to find out.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was wonderful. The lighting was too dim . The staff very friendly . The noise was tough !

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ML
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is outstanding and the service was excellent - we asked for a wine recommendation and it was spot on.
We had the $75 set menu (extra cheese course) and I don't agree that the servings were small - it was more than sufficient and such good quality. I actually wouldn't do the extra course again as with the desserts it was too much food. It is expensive - yes but not outrageous, comparable to other restaurants of this calibre. I think because it is Newtown and looks like a wine bar downstairs (not in a bad way) there is an expectation that it will be similar in price to the Thai establishments/pubs and its a different experience. The cocktail bars around Newtown charge the same for cocktails, wine by the bottle/glass is higher. Overall, I would recommend for a special occasion, you could pay less without the set menu.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Our first time at Continental and it was fabulous. Both the food and the service were 5 star. Interesting flavours and combinations and friendly and efficient service. We were upstairs and it was much quieter than downstairs when we arrived, but by the time all the tables were full upstairs it was very noisy. I think it could also do with a little more light upstairs. But overall it was really good and I'm looking forward to our next visit.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Generally really love this place and have been on other occasions. Unfortunately this time the special rigatoni carbonara was very much on the salty side.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for an amazing meal. Could not fault it. One of the best Sydney restaurants I’ve been to!

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e
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food and excellent staff (who on a hot day should be allowed to wear shorts).

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SM
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Hi
We booked this venue for a double birthday dinner.
We were suggested to have the Banquet at $65 p/head.
The word Banquet means a good serving of food.
Now, we are not big eaters, but something is terribly wrong with your portion sizes as we all felt
that we had to fill up on bread.
The owners need to rectify this ,as value for money is not at this restaurant.

P.s We travelled from Avoca Beach for this.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff and food made this a memorable lunch we will definitely be coming back

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JO
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Luckily this is our go to before we go out on any evening. Great place, excellent service, wonderful bartenders and fantastic food
The only unfortunate thing is that it is very popular, but you can book on open table which is great

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CH
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the decor of the place, and small seating area had lots of character and good vibes. Grilled octopus and steak tartare were highlights and service was very friendly despite a clearly very busy time.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall the atmosphere, service, and food were outstanding. We really enjoyed our dinner and it was quite a memorable evening. If anything the seating was in close quarters to other diners, some of whom were more energetic than others. However, this did not distract from the attentiveness of the staff and the timeliness of food service.

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AS
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Really good but very slow with the drinks. We had food arrive before we had even had a drink!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The charcuterie platters are perfect and the salad we chose was delicious. Lunch at Continental is a wonderful way to catch up with friends and sample a glass or two of wine from an international wine list.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant service, stunning food, interesting interior. If you’re thinking about going, just go! You won’t regret it.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Lovely food and staff but unfortunately the noise in the restaurant made the evening terribly difficult. We were only a table of 3 but conversation had to be yelled because of the volume of the music. Even when other tables were emptied towards the end of the evening it was still almost impossible to hear what we were saying to each other! A shame. The lighting was also almost non existent so difficult to say Id the food was presented well. It was certainly tasty.

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JR
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Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great atmosphere , good small but interesting menu , great wine , good value and the service was exceptional : friendly and attentive . I will be back soon

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MB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to the continental bistro 4 times now and each time it has been an absolute delight! Banquet menu is fantastic bang for your buck and provides a great way to sample their fantastic food. Not to mention their extensive wine list and wonderful cocktails, I’ll be back again for sure!!

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, cosy atmosphere and awesome service. Enjoyed the Chef's menu and every dish was delicious and satisfying. Celebrated a couple of birthdays and the candles were a lovely touch. Great experience, charming ambiance and delicious wines. Recommend and will return.

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EP
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Pricing for the Chef's Menu is quite high for the very small servings of food. Since I have dietary requirements, I would have preferred to order a la carte and my partner wanted to order the Chef's menu. We were told minimum of 2 persons for the Chef's menu so we both went for it. Good presentation of food but servings were too small for 2 people to share. Wine selection contains only 2 types of shiraz and 1 was out of stock; overpriced. We'd rather go to a more upmarket place with better food and wine selection, at the same price. Great service though.

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BL
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Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and very good food and drinks but I found too dark and bit noisy upstairs

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FL
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I love this place for the great food and drinks on offer but the service has been hit or miss lately.
Last visit the servers seemed to forget we existed even though the were only 2 other tables.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really great place with food that’s different enough to make the trip for. Great staff as well

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MB
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable neighborhood restaurant. Lovely friendly relaxed service. Great bar. Terrific venue!

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

FANTASTIC place for an date, I really enjoyed the ambience and the wine, lovely, I will BE back

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MH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently one of the better restaurants in Sydney. I've been her 5-6 times and never had anything but a great experience.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dining experience. Excellent service and a stunning menu!

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EF
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and the ‘Mar-Tinny’ was a great novelty!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were amazing so friendly. My brother accidently spilt two drinks and they were replaced free of charge. Food was incredible, simple dishes with amazing flavours. The atmosphere is intimate and classy. The unique can fish and cocktails are an interesting draw card to try this restaurant

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n
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and the staff were amazing.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the tinned fish and the charcuterie! Services was outstanding without being intrusive. Not great for kids but really fun for adults. Highly recommend this place.

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JN
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attention and friendly staff. The beef tartare and the octopus was amazing!

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AP
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Booked a table upstairs and disappointed to see other bookings seated before us. Then, we were seated at a group table (that would have suited one of the bigger groups at the restaurant) that gave no privacy for conversation. However we asked to be moved and the waitress did so once a table became available. Food and wine was delicious. Great bistro type menu and setting. We’ve been before and would definitely go back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to the continental deli bar bistro on many occasions and the food,beverage and service is always first class

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J
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I always get the meat and cheese platter as they really have a good selection. This time I tried the lamb as well, which was perfectly cooked. Please bring back the spatchcock Continental Deli - we miss it so much!

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AR
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience!! The food absolutely delicious, groovy atmosphere and flawless service. A new personal fave 💛

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LB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Have always loved this place and once again it did not disappoint!

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