Continental Deli Newtown

4.7
230 reviews
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$40 and under
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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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K
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delectable foods from all over plus learned staff to guide the experience.

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SZ
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food absolutely amazing great value and amazing service will definitely be back! Thank you

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MK
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is everything you want from a dining experience. Service, atmosphere, quality food and great value. I might eat here again 20 times this year.

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JT
15 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Was downstairs at bar. Had what they recommended the charcuterie and some cucumber and cheese salad plus the tinned razor clams. Must say was underwhelmed and the portions were quite small. I believe the bistro upstairs may be better

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AK
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined on a busy Friday night and came in at about 8:30pm to celebrate our engagement. From the moment we arrived we were taken care of by the amazing and friendly staff. We were taken upstairs and our request to have a romantic and private table was accommodated. We were served by a couple of waitresses and a gentlemen named Max and received some of the best service we have ever gotten in any restaurant. The service alone won us over and we hadn't had any food at that point.

The food was amazing, we had the octopus which was divine and the pork belly was the best of ever had. Kudos to the team at Continental. Definitely won us both over.

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f
29 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Disappointed by their limited menu items with 2 seafood mains unavailable

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great food - dining upstairs lovely but seriously too dark to even see the menu! Would recommend for a date night or with friends

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AS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable, attentive but not pushy, and we were encouraged to graze over our food over several hours - a nice change from the strict 2 hour table sittings so many restaurants adopt these days. Gracias x

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very good restaurant with excellent food and a comprehensive wine list (a little expensive I thought) - the food itself was excellent and varied (although I’m not a great fan of share plates) - again food was excellent and wine as well - service was also prompt and friendly

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MH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and knowledgeable staff who love their work

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SP
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thought your restaurant was absolutely outstanding. The food was wonderful - different, beautiful flavours, tender, varied - just gorgeous. The service was also outstanding - friendly, quick, attentive but not intrusive. It was quiet and intimate. Thank you for a beautiful night.

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

Always a great meal and lovely strong cocktails !!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an exceptional experience. Fantastic food, great atmosphere and superb drinks.

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BK
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'd last been to Continental Deli the week it first opened and the upstairs Bistro wasn't in existence. I was so pleased to return and wasn't disappointed. Took two friends on our way to the theatre around the corner and had a really happy and delicious time. Every share dish was sublime - Charcuterie Plate, prawns, potato, octopus and salad.
The wait staff were professional and understanding. We had a problem with our wine choice and they sorted it out in a very flexible way for which we were very grateful. So look forward to going back again hopefully much sooner next time.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food with the steak tartare a stand out. We found the service to be very friendly and efficient. Varied wine selection too

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TH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked for dinner for a family of five (youngest is 13). We were seated upstairs at a large shared table but with enough space between us and the other diners to not feel we were intruding on them or vice versa. The degustation menu with its varied dishes, fresh flavours and generous portions is great value at 65pp. Highlights include the steak tartare, octopus, spatchcock and the trio of desserts. While the restaurant was full and bustling on a Friday night the service was consistently friendly and attentive. I highly recommend Continental Deli and expect I’ll return when next visiting Sydney.

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N
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Service was friendly but not switched on! .

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DF
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service food and ambience I had such an amazing afternoon can’t wait to come back

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JN
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had the set menu, cold meats, olives and gerkins to start. This was all beautiful. Next we had steak tartare, superb, followed by a cucumber salad, also amazing. The octopus was the best we have ever eaten. I cannot usually eat spatchcock but this was falling off the bone, so tender. I also do not usually choose rum baba, but this was exquisite.
Our servive was impeccable. Our wine was a beautiful Sicilian Nero D'Avola. We had a perfect night.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful and vibrant venue. Perfect for wine and cheese with friends, and even better for date nights. A cheese lover’s paradise. Waitstaff were attentive and food was prepared quickly. Can’t recommend enough.

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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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
1 review
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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