Continental Deli Newtown

4.6
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312 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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AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting concept, amazing food and fabulous service!

AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, the staff can not doing enough for you, the food is amazing - it takes me back to my favourite places in Spain everytime - and those cocktails in a can are genius.

TM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful night
Outstanding service
Outstanding Food
You are now our best "place to go" in Newtown
Thanks again

SS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. Well located bistro very close to Newtown centre.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food, atmosphere and fantastic service. First time eating and drinking here and definitely won’t be the last! Thank you for a fabulous night :)

N
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, we had the Chef's set menu and it was delicious, they also tailored it to gluten and lactose free and were very helpful about it. Great wine list too!

AM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is yummy although its slightly overpriced.
The night we visited our sourdough was burnt. Even though the waiter acknowledged this nothing was done about it. That was disappointing.
Otherwise good.

FM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

doesn't get any better ,
doubleplusgood
doubleplusgood

BR
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience we have had in a long time. Incredible food and amazing service.

SS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch outing.
Great service, great food.
Was an extremely hot day and temperature inside was fantastic.

BH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best meatball sandwich in Sydney, the ham, cheese and pickle was just as good.
A great Grenache, Campari and sofa was spot on 👍🏼

ED
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

WE ARRIVED LATE IN THE EVENING FOR JUST A LIGHT AFTER MOVIE SUPPER.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well thought out in every way
Enjoyed every aspect of being at the Continental Deli
Delicious food

a
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food normally terrific here but had the kingfish sashimi. Really very ordinary indeed. More like a fillet of kingfish with no flavour at all. Didn’t ruin the night but very disappointing.

RA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing- we went for the chefs banquet menu highly recommend! Service was wonderful too. Lovely wine can’t wait to come back

BS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great quality food and friendly service Definitely be back!

MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good all round. Good menu, friendly, efficient service, and great location and atmosphere.
Only problem - they don't serve coffee!!

s
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food, lovely atmosphere, great service, all good!

NL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. Amazing service, great food, incredible wine list, and of course - their famous Mar-tinny ! I love that this is one of my locals.

AS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. We will come back for sure as every dish in the Chef's banquet was a taste sensation.

AM
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Multiple visits to Continental confirm that consistency in service quality taste creativity maintains this gem as a local hangout for the Inner West community. Brilliant staff food and ambiance a true testament to great food great staff and sublime time and tome again experience

a
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very satisfying evening. If I make one point; the service is excellent but upstairs they are one waiter short the five the service they desire which means waiting sometimes like when your glass is employ and the bottle is a long ways away.
Minor point I agree but just a tad irritating to wait to have your glass refilled when waiters are working very hard and well.

MC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was super personal and made great recommendations! Best service we have had in some time!

GC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and quality. It’s lovely sitting at the bar to watch the team members prepare the sandwiches.

HB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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 6 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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 3 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both exceptional

KM
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 8 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 4 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!