Continental Deli Newtown

4.6
288 reviews
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$40 and under
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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.

Specials

Chef’s Menu - $65 per person

Our chefs menu is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of your visit to the Continental Deli. Starting with snacks from the deli, moving on to our highlights from our bistro menu and finishing with dessert. By choosing to dine on our chefs menu, you and your guests can experience our handpicked dishes from the moment you come in and take your seat. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated.

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Valid For: 2 - 7 people

Starts: June 6, 2019

Ends: November 30, 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-10:00PM
Tue-Sat 5:30PM-10:00PM

What 288 People Are Saying
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HB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Had a really great night at continental deli. Unfortunately there was a large group of guys the night we went, which meant that it was super noisy! The wait staff did a great job to help ensure the other diners had a good experience, however as they had a large group to manage it was definitely made harder. Would definitely dine again- hopefully no big groups next time!

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Friendly staff and quirky place. Lighting upstairs subdued so menu hard to read.
Not many appealing dishes but the vegetarian item was good.
On the expensive side - $20 for a glass of OK shiraz.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

good meal. good time. i get the idea of one dish after another but i think it would be better to be able to flavour combine and have multiple brought out close together

B
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food + ambiance, perfect for a casual cheeseboard + wine or something more serious!

DB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food are amazing! We had a leisurely and were made to feel very welcome and didn't feel rushed to leave

m
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service both exceptional

KM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service was great. However up in the bistro it’s very dark and the noise carries

JO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on all levels.

An absolutely excellent choice but especially if you are wanting to treat someone to a very special kind of experience.

CH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a wonderful long lunch on the Chef's menu. Every dish was divine, particularly the squid and steak tartare. The ambience is really chilled and service excellent

EL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, great atmosphere, great food especially the steak tartare and the flank steak.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, food was brilliant. lack of soft furnishings does make it a little noisy

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted a small birthday dinner here, the food was amazing! Service was quite literally some of the friendliest and attentive we’ve experienced in any restaurant. I have and will continue to recommend the Continental Deli Newtown to all my friends, family and work colleagues.

ML
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience at Continental deli was outstanding. The food was beautiful and ths wait staff very pleasant. We sat at a large shared table upstairs that was wide enough that we didn't feel too close to other diners. The atmosphere was intimate and relaxed. The highlight on the menu for us was the house-made sausage served with potato puree. I would definitely visit again for a fancier night out.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never fail to have a wonderful time at Continental Deli. It is one of my favourite places to go for a chilled night out with friends. The space is like going to a friends beautiful terrace for dinner and drinks that happens to have a bar downstairs.

The staff are always super friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The food and drinks are delicious.

However, if you are on a budget this is not the place - go knowing you're parting with your $$$ but it is totally worth it.

BN
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

You guys are just the best! Great service. Food delicious!

JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a foodie friend here who is new to Newtown. We sat upstairs in the Bistro area and had the chefs small courses, so we could try a little of everything. The service, food, wait times and knowledge of the waitstaff was absolutely impeccable. The noise level in the Bistro was fine to carry on conversation across the table. Will be back soon!

AC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is located in the trendy little street in Newtown. Much of these are terraces refurbished into shops and restaurants. Nice little gem. Great European style charcuterie and cheeses available. Absolutely love it. The menu also have other cooked dishes and all of them are very well executed. I love steak tartare and the octopus dish. Would definitely back for more.

The only drawbacks for me is the price of the tinned products. Though I haven't tried this time but the prices are a bit farfetched. Will give a go next time.

RC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal yet again. Food delicious. Service friendly, knowledgeable and delightful.

DW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I stumbled upon by accident this whilst googling for good restaurants in Sydney. An old shop with the residence upstairs converted to dining rooms. Staff were attentive and well-versed with the menu and wine list. Food was excellent - we had the chef's banquet selection - all food was creative, tasty, and sometimes pushing the boundaries. Not cheap at $100pp including wine. Downside - with all tables full it was very noisy and hard for me and my wife to have a conversation.

M
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staffs were friendly. Great food and drinks. We had a great time celebrating my partner’s birthday

AC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with the fam xx team at Continental Deli are delightful

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food wine and service . Only gripe is the acoustics upstairs hard to hear sometime but otherwise great!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We loved the food. We went with the banquet menu and it was tops. The service was good - and I knew we had to be out at a particular time- we were the first sitting. However, I was disappointed that the staff hurried us out after such a great night, especially given that they set the tempo for when we got our meals. We had just been given dessert when they brought the bill and we were still eating when they brought over the card machine for us to pay. It was a lovely evening - but sometimes the two sittings timing gets me down.

A
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I went to continental deli with my parents and my in-laws. They all found it very loud and the lighting was so low. They said that normally there would be a lamp on but it was broken. They didn’t do anything to fix this for us. We all needed to get out our phones to shine our torches on the menu to order.

The food was good but there was not enough of it for $344. The wine list was very very expensive with no bottle under $70, so the corkage fee of $30 seemed cheap in comparison.

PF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good however I found serving sizes to be small and overly priced.

Wine list was very expensive for casual dining. $63 a bottle of rose was the cheapest.

G
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waitress, very attentive, informative and genuine. Great food, excellent quality (especially the chicken). Lighting could have been increased slightly, but everything was wonderful! Will definitely be back- would like to try the lunch menu!

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Great tin cocktails. Great octopus & beef tartare. Able to cater to a dairy & egg allergy. Very dark in there though so hard to read menus. Staff were a little stretched and unavailable.

VT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing and the drinks fabulous. Unfortunately, given the price its an occasional treat only. Also, the lighting is far too dim - I wasn't the only person using a phone to illuminate the menu

AR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well crafted dishes with balanced flavours brought to you with excellent service in a refined cosy setting.

JV
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Date spot for a few drinks and light snacks. There were also several large groups eating dinner it seemed.

JH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such beautiful friendly service. The food was divine and the service just took it the extra mile. We've already recommended it to a number of our friends and would return!

KR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable. On the pricey side. Great atmosphere.

FO
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Continental Deli was a great evening out. We have been there many times and every time has been a wonderful experience. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly and have just the right amount of sass to be fun. The drinks are varied and reasonably priced – and it is always fun to start with a Mar-tinny or a Can-hattan. The standout is always the food, it is fabulous. This time we went with the chefs menu (so great to have the expert choose the food combination) and it certainly didn't disappoint. We had a fantastic time, pure and simple.

CC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service from knowledgeable staff. Thank you for a great evening!

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great vibe, fun yet professional service. Awesome setting. The menu has great variety. We will be back,

DB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food! A great variety of classic dishes with a modern spin on them

M
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to have dinner especislly for dates. great service and atmosphere. definitely comong back again. thank you!

A
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continental were fantastic, as usual - have never had a bad experience here. We sat at the bar and were served by a lovely Irish lady who was very kind and knowledgeable, and spent some time talking to the equally lovely French bartender. Thanks for a great night.

S
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Way too expensive for what it is. The quality just doesn't warrant the price. The service is great and the ambience is beautiful, and the meat/cheese platters are great, so I could recommend this place for a casual drink, it's just the dinner food is overpriced.

M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and wine, and inspired service from Mikey and Gabby and team as always. Never disappointed with this place.

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