Continental Deli Newtown

4.7
474 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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4.7
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Innerbreaster
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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 !

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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.

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

The most amazing food and service
Couldn’t recommend more

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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.

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ShannonJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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SophieB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is so good here - We just had to eat and enjoy. Great atmosphere for a Friday.

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Auds
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! The service are great and would go back for sure

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HanBolo
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, service was great, but they need a larger selection of beers to go with the meals on offer. We will be back.

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CJPY
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful for a casual and delicious meal! Can't wait to come back.

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Ratmousey
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and good atmosphere. Some dishes are pretty good value, others surprisingly overpriced. Bit noisy and waiters don't always hear you. Overall really good though.

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Salvatore
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and service. A real gem.

CM
ClaireM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I’d been so excited to come here with my boyfriend for our anniversary, but the service was truly truly awful. I’ve been here previously with my mother and received amazing service and had a nice time. I think maybe because we were both in our 20’s the waitress assumed we weren’t going to spend much? But she was outright rude, disinterested and bored. The other waiters seemed nice and attentive when we talked to them. The food was nice, yes expensive but if the service was good I honestly wouldn’t be complaining.

We left feeling cheated, paying near $200 for a woman to be rude to us.

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KimO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner for my daughter and our friends loved it too.
Food was delicious and staff were friendly and efficient. An all round pleasurable experience.
Will go again.

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AmberS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Needed more staff working! Otherwise amazing food and atmosphere

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JosephG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food, service was better than most places and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon & perfect service

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MarianT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but interesting menu with great service in vibey deli with bar seating. Restaurant style service upstairs but we chose the bar seating where we watched the plating up of the fabulous selection of meats, cheeses & canned seafood.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus was incredible, the wines were great, staff were fantastic and knowledgeable. Couldn’t have had a better experience anywhere else

EB
vipEmmanB
Sydney / NSW
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, pretty good value, buzzing vibe. Service was not as attentive or enthusiastic as I would have hoped for the type of place it is, would probably go back.

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AnitaT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visit. Excellent food quality and nice service!

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Gerard
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed so much our evening at the Continental Newtown. We tried the one in the CBD totally not the same vibe. The food has a taste, the atmosphere is like in the best NYC delicatessen, the drink came in a can, the waitress was the best ever. If you are served by Stephanie you will have an amazing evening, she knows all the menu and its nuances, she is adorable and professional. This makes a huge difference to our evening, can't wait to go back Chi & Gerard

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Grifterspaleale
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting on Australia St (just off king st) is a lovely and calm way to spend your afternoon. We had the cheese and charcuterie board: a delicious selection of prosciutto, ham, salami and brie, goats cheese, and so on. A great spot to go with a close circle of friend - even just for some relaxing drinks. Lovely staff as well.

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Sharon
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Amazing food, epic drinks! Always a great experience

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Continental Deli Newtown is rated 4.7 stars by 474 OpenTable diners.

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