Continental Deli Newtown

4.7
492 Reviews
$40 and under
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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EveO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An absolutely lovely dinner experience. Great food, very well prepared nd presented. A really diverse and creative menu. Loved the idea of grazing from a range of different things to eat. Wine was excellent and a great recommendation by the waiter who was well informed on the topic. Service was totally on point and the atmosphere was very cool brasserie meets retro.

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EmilyW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Service is outstanding, the staff are knowledgeable and incredibly friendly.

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AshKendall
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Always amazing. Food is always so fresh and the service is always incredible.

BJ
BJSydney
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Even though I had booked three weeks in advance and specifically asked for a table upstairs, when we arrived (on time) we were told that none were available and that we had to sit at the bar. For the price of the food (which +drinks came to $150 each), I do not want to be seated on a wobbly bar stool with no back support in a corridor. To cap it off, the woman behind the bar was very unpleasant; someone not suited to working in hospitality. Overall, a miserable experience. My second time at Continental Deli, and my last.

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and lovely staff. Wine selection second to none. I’ll defo be back.

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ChantalC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Will definitely come back

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VSmith
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Continental! Mikey and the team are incredible with their service. The food is always delicious and I always love the recommendations from the team.

MB
MichaelB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Newtown. Super consistent, great service and great food at a reasonable price.

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MichaelM
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a late lunch here on Valentine’s Day. The service and general ambience are excellent. Food is always interesting and tasty, but I think the charcuterie board should come with some bread. The banquet is good value but wines, while mostly terrific, are pricey and some cheaper local drops would be appreciated.

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in the area for a cocktail, wine and mega tasty snacks to share.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, everything was so tasty. A bit pricey however for a special occasion it was ok.

LJ
LisaJP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here a fair bit. But on this occasion, I was meeting a cousin I never know I had. I wanted somewhere I knew and felt good in, where we could share a meal. It was perfect. Being hard of hearing / Deaf I was delighted to see my cousin also wearing hearing aids. We were grateful the room we were eating in was able to have the music turned down so we would hear each other. I love this restaurant. The ethos is community. Thank you.

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TanjaB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been wanting to go here for ages as I follow them on instagram and their food always looks amazing. They did not disappoint. It was all so delicious. We will definitely be back to try other things on the menu.

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TracyG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious simple meals for great value. We shared the cheese platter and the fish and chips and it was more than enough and unique.

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Jute
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Can be good. Menu is limited and not adjusted fast enough online when items are no longer available. Service varies. Last time we felt rushed and too many water glass refills interrupting our conversation and mood. Value varies with dish size and quality.

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ZoeM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent combination of dishes and a gorgeous ambient environment to have such with a few dear friends. A very special place.

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sumull
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a lovely mid week lunch at Continental Deli. I believe it gets a lot busier at night but we enjoyed the peacefulness and relaxed atmosphere of our daytime visit. The staff were extremely welcoming and the food was thoroughly enjoyable. They dont serve coffee but suggested we buy ours next door and bring it in if we wanted.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with a wonderful vibe. Service was great - definitely worth coming back

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Innerbreaster
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very cute but the portions are quite small. But the flavours and quality of product make up for this. It's definitely worthwhile to get the banquet. Atmosphere is cute. Service was great, staff were super nice.

The flan in a can was the highlight for me. I thought it would be a bigger creme caramel but it was so much nicer. Creamy with chewy caramel bits in the sauce.

I'm not sure about the cocktails in a tin. Are these tins re-used? Seems like a gimmicky waste.

Overall a cute place for a date and maybe a group of friends up for a banquet or sharing a lot of plates. Keep in mind not many options because it's a deli.

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JocS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had multiple dietary requirements in our group of 4 (as in we had vegetarian, pescatarian and a shell fish allergy...painful!) but we were still able to order the banquet without any fuss. They accommodated for everyone and it was all drop dead insanely amazing. I haven't eaten food that great in a long time. The service was impeccable. I cannot fault our experience.

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RedfernLocal
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. The banquet is great value to try everything too.

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Deesparkle
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Delightful service, would definitely go again

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DanN
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Banquet was a great way sample of number of meals on the bistro menu. Excellent value for money and the food was amazing!
Service was a teeny bit slow and we had to wait for waitstaff to refill our drinks from our bottle (kept elsewhere) but other than that, the visit was fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Brilliant. Good Service and Vibe.

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TraceyC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dinner out ! Food was del ious and with multiple allergies they were able to give us the confidence to really enjoy the food. They also moved us when asked as was a little noisy for us to a perfect location .
Highly recommend

JR
JamesR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic shared plates/cans. Great wine. Trying to understand your waiter through a mask 👎🏻

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food

PA
PhilippaA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing..

My Mother took a fall due to her metal knee and the waitress rushed to her aid immediately. She then offered her a glass of wine, on the house, to bring the mood up after she had seated her again...such great attentive service with heart!

MB
MichB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , excellent music and delicious food. Good selection of wine. Staff particularly remarkable - relaxed , friendly and efficient. A great evening !

AW
vipAlexW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Fantastic atmosphere, not cheap by any means and service was a little slow. But food was delicious. Great date venue.

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JordanH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If I could rate the service higher than 5 stars I would. My partner and I had a wonderful meal, the variety and quality of the menu (we had the banquet) was fantastic.
The cocktails were also very good, and a great wine selection.

Can't wait to come back.

ZK
ZanbaghK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing food and service
Couldn’t recommend more

JS
JoshuaS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, Michael is a boss. Will be back! Thanks guys

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Kathryn
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food for a relaxed midweek dinner. Service was quite good, a bit slow with drinks but nicely paced food delivery.

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Amazing food here at continental. I have recommended this restaurant to several of my friends. Only down fall to the experience was seating. My partner and I had a booking but were placed at the bar to eat and drink. Been placed at the bar is no issue however we were placed in between two other couples making the space very close to each other and not COVID safe.

SJ
ShannonJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love the cocktails in tins!! Such a cool funky place. Definitely will be returning!!

AJ
AJCM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not much of a wine drinker so would have been good to see a couple more beers on the menu..

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FabianneC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not up to the usual standard. Salad was small, service was hit and miss and the Cosmopolitan Cocktail was so sickly sweet it was hard to drink. Pasta still terrific, wish the lunch menu was a bit sexier.

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MAce
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will be coming back for sure. Next time will ask to sit down stairs as that seemed to have more of a fun vibe.

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KateO
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed our night out at Continental Deli Newtown - it was a lovely ambience in the restaurant - quiet enough to be able to talk to each other, but with a buzz of people around you. The food was fantastic, the service wonderful, and they served cocktails in this interesting tinned can! A bit of a novelty. A great night, and will definitely return.

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Continental Deli Newtown is rated 4.7 stars by 492 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.