Continental Deli Newtown

4.6
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371 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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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VanessaT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere.
A little expensive (Eg bread for two people , one piece each is 8 dollars which is an incredible mark up on the cost of a loaf) but the food is delicious so worth it for a special occasion , just don’t other the bread if you have a budget ;)

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HazelG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service! Highly recommend!

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JesseN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best cocktails and amazing food! Great for shared meals and the cheese platters are amazing

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DeeP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I love this place. Charcuterie and cheeses are always great and the other dishes are even better. A relatively small menu but everything is delicious. The jerusalem artichoke risotto and XO carbonara rigatini on the menu at the moment are just pure food pleasure. Have eaten here six or seven times in the last four months (one home delivery) and even though I've ordered some of the same dishes three times, I'd still go back and order them again.

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Jessie
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious. The fennel salad was as good as I remember.

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Christina
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always amazing food, great service and lovely atmosphere!

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Aliceblue
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is quick becoming a favourite spot. Everything I've eaten here has been superb, and the cocktails are great. Plus you can order a mocktail off-menu

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DanielaD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time amazing food and great service. Thank you so much

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ISchmidt
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Our first time and will definitely be back. Food, wine and cocktails all amazing.
Only downfall, our waitress seemed a bit under-the-pump due to a busy service, and came off a little dismissive at times. She also spilled half a glass of wine on the table when pouring and didn’t even notice/apologise. Given it was an $80 bottle and we were a little disappointed, but understand these things happen.

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EugeneL
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. Service was great. When they didn't have a cocktail I wanted they offered a free drink which was very good of them. Overall pleasant experience.

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GraemS
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food and great value for our set menu. Our lactose intolerant guest of honour received individual tweaked dishes without fuss. Perfect evening. Thanks.

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VanessaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about this place, simple food done well and great staff and cocktails too!

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very cool lil place, tasty wholesome bistro food, nice ambiance. Mar-tinnys and charcuterie are delicious

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ClaireP
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

lovely meal and great atmosphere - will be back!!!

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Noah
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All was perfect. But we sat down the infront of cold cut and cheese fridge, it is difficult to call a front desk staff.

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JimenaR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are so happy with our experience! Its really nice to be back for dinner and you guys made it amazingly!

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LeeJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I got to sit at the bar and the staff recommended wonderful food and drink options. Everything was super tasty and I’ll be back again soon for a Sandwich

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PoppyD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly attentive service, pleasant vibe with superbly flavoured and varied food - quite well priced for the high quality and ample servings. Highly recommended.

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veronicad
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a nice atmosphere - great food and great wine! Loved every bit of our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated at the bar which I love, seeing the bartenders do their thing, the meats being sliced and cheese carefully curated. As always the food was delicious and impeccable service to match. Continental Deli is a favourite.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere, amazing service, we enjoyed a few drinks and share plates. One of my favourite places to enjoy a sunday afternoon in Sydney.

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JulianS
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing food, beautiful service. We were particularly taken aback by the meatball and parmesan sandwich & salted beef roll. Outstanding.

JK
JeanineK
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was out first dinner date in two months. It was amazing!

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MaddyG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant - eating in the bistro or the deli is fantastic either way. Loved the flan in a can!

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MelindaR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant however I think that it should be made clear on the website that selecting the time from 3-6 pm will allow you to only eat sandwiches and charcuterie plates. I was extremely disappointed when I was told this on the day hoping to celebrate my birthday with friends and a proper meal !!!!

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StefanieC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High quality as always! Love this venue and it never fails to impress - the service is impeccable, the food is always so delicious and the wine list has a great selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Odd that a banquet order for 4 people would have uneven numbers of charcuterie items. It just made things a little awkward to negotiate.
We also needed to request bread to eat it with when it did seem every table surrounding us who were eating similar dishes were supplied with.
That said the food was great and there was more than enough to eat.
The cocktails really do need some looking at in my opinion as while their price is in the ballpark for Sydney there is way too much ice in the tall glasses

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely neighbourhood spot - friendly service, intimate atmosphere & great food.

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TrishR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Banquet for $65 was a no brainer with fabulous food & lots of it. Bit noisy upstairs but good service.

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Pierre
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice and quiet (which is becoming rare) place, elaborated food with simple and fresh ingredients, unusual mix of savours and ingredients, good portions without exaggeration.
Recommended for a nice dinner with somebody you do appreciate and share a good moment with.

JK
JamesK
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great creative food with good portions at ok prices, can be noisy, especially at shared table. Service excellent.

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FoodLover
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful lunch - cheese and charcuterie suggestions by Melvin were unbelievably delicious and the wine suggested was incredible.

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Jimmytwotimes
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience overall and the food was on point. The waiter new the wine list enough to know exactly what I described I wanted in a wine and came through with the goods. Was also a first date so with all this said it paid off choosing to go here

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JulietaN
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The restaurant is great, however it feels like the portions got smaller in the last 6 months and the value for the money was not there. Also its a bit sad paying 75 bucks p for a 8 small courses to finish eating chicken with expensive wine and tiny entrees to share. Service was good, a bit noise when you have to share the big table as there is a birthday party.

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DarraghM
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
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.

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ZoeM
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.

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SanjeevK
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

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tkyp
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!

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HelenB
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

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HughR
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!

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