Continental Deli Newtown

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
347 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$40 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 347 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
MR
MelindaR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant however I think that it should be made clear on the website that selecting the time from 3-6 pm will allow you to only eat sandwiches and charcuterie plates. I was extremely disappointed when I was told this on the day hoping to celebrate my birthday with friends and a proper meal !!!!

SC
StefanieC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality as always! Love this venue and it never fails to impress - the service is impeccable, the food is always so delicious and the wine list has a great selection.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Odd that a banquet order for 4 people would have uneven numbers of charcuterie items. It just made things a little awkward to negotiate.
We also needed to request bread to eat it with when it did seem every table surrounding us who were eating similar dishes were supplied with.
That said the food was great and there was more than enough to eat.
The cocktails really do need some looking at in my opinion as while their price is in the ballpark for Sydney there is way too much ice in the tall glasses

S
Sarah
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely neighbourhood spot - friendly service, intimate atmosphere & great food.

TR
TrishR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Banquet for $65 was a no brainer with fabulous food & lots of it. Bit noisy upstairs but good service.

P
Pierre
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quiet (which is becoming rare) place, elaborated food with simple and fresh ingredients, unusual mix of savours and ingredients, good portions without exaggeration.
Recommended for a nice dinner with somebody you do appreciate and share a good moment with.

JK
JamesK
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great creative food with good portions at ok prices, can be noisy, especially at shared table. Service excellent.

FL
FoodLover
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful lunch - cheese and charcuterie suggestions by Melvin were unbelievably delicious and the wine suggested was incredible.

J
Jimmytwotimes
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience overall and the food was on point. The waiter new the wine list enough to know exactly what I described I wanted in a wine and came through with the goods. Was also a first date so with all this said it paid off choosing to go here

JN
JulietaN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant is great, however it feels like the portions got smaller in the last 6 months and the value for the money was not there. Also its a bit sad paying 75 bucks p for a 8 small courses to finish eating chicken with expensive wine and tiny entrees to share. Service was good, a bit noise when you have to share the big table as there is a birthday party.

DM
DarraghM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a sumptuous and beautifully presented meal at Continental Newtown.
The service was top notch and ambience perfectly aligned to our food.

ZM
ZoeM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic experience at Continental Deli! Food was amazing, service was great and atmosphere was perfect. Would definitely go again and recommend to others.

SK
SanjeevK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cute little venue. Suggest sticking to the downstairs space as upstairs is an echoing cacophony. Had a lovely, umami-rich strozzapretti with kale and chickpea, but all other dishes lacked va va voom and were extortionate. The wine list is on point, but again budget breaking. What a shame

t
tkyp
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing, best service I’ve had in a while and charcuterie I didn’t even think we got in Australia - highly recommend!

HB
HelenB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! Yes! Yes! Just love it. The meatball sandwich is just to die for and the Grenache simply delightful to partner it. Thanks all x

HR
HughR
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continental Deli Newtown is superb, with a really interesting menu that honours tradition while updating it for a modern sensibility. The food is full of flavour yet delicate, with an excellent wine list to match. We went for the Chef's Menu, which offered a great sampler of their most famous dishes for a very reasonable $65pp. Would enthusiastically recommend to anyone!

CH
ChrisH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The food was good but poor value for money. We spent well over a hundred dollars for the two of us and then had to go and have another meal. Staff were great just really small portions.

AK
AnjeK
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was beautiful a bit pricey for the portion size but very good quality and yummy

M
Miro
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with lovely staff and ambiance! Great with a group or for date night. And sitting by the bar was super fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience great food

S
Steph
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very friendly and hospitable. Our server was wonderful and knew everything on the menu as well as the extensive wines list. The food was amazing. We opted for the banquet and it is really bang for your buck. So much food! Great place for a special dinner or even just a cheese/charcuterie platter and a drink.

PD
PoppyD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and attentive service in a sophisticated and stylishly understated venue. Thoroughly enjoyed the superbly cooked and presented food. Menu is Italian inspired and presentation is considered. Serving sizes are reasonable, yet cocktails are a tad on the pricey side. Highly recommended for intimate dinners, smaller and even medium-sized groups. I'll be returning soon.

PE
PETERW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

2nd time to visit Continental Deli Newtown. Service seemed a bit disjointed on this occasion. We had a banquet and it felt like they had forgotten us at times. There was a large group which seemed to occupy most of the staff's attention. Very long gap between courses which got a bit frustrating at the end. Otherwise the food and vibe is still great.

M
Matthewk
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the Continental for our anniversary. Loved everything about it. Cheese and cold cuts were amazing and their wine selection was delicious. Thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely catch up dinner with family - food was delicious wine beautiful and service excellent - one of our favourites for a formal or at the bar dinner

TW
TammyW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The Continental Deli, while well reviewed, wants to be a French bistro in its pricing but the food is just average. The portions are very small. We had the wagu beef, blue buffalo cheese and risotto and it set us back $70.

As we left, my husband asked if we have peanut butter at home.

L
Lisa
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience were great. We decided on the banquet menu and were not disappointed, except for dessert- the rum baba tiramisu was too heavy and boozy on which to end the meal. The other desserts on the menu looked amazing. You must try the octopus, it was our favourite dish of the night. Thanks Continental for a fantastic night.

W
William
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance and beautiful food which made the trip to Newtown worth it. Only improvement would be the service of drinks which was really slow.

d
davidr
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and quality food. Perfect for a date

T
Tahlei
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Continental and I haven't been disappointed yet. Previously we've sat downstairs at the bar, but this time upstairs in the dining room. I enjoy both, but upstairs makes for a more intimate experience. The service was attentive and friendly, and we were so happy with our choices from the small but well balanced menu. The octopus and wagyu were particularly notable. I will be back and highly recommend Continental.

DS
DanielS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waitress was fantastic. Food was ok, maybe a little too over the top. Worst part was a 30min wait between the small meals and the larger meals. Kinda spoilt the experience

DD
DavidD
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little gem of a restaurant in Newtown - great ambience and service. The octopus, "pommes puree" and chicken are fabulous. Definitely worth a visit.

P
Penny
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great atmosphere, great food and excellent service. A great find. Loving the story behind the restaurant and their canning expertise

JK
JohnK
Hong Kong
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My partner and I were thrilled to discover that Continental was open for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.
We enjoyed the banquet menu and the staff were flexible about one dietry need.

Staff were attentive, food delicious and the wines were a treat.

KB
KimB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent lunch here with my girlfriends. Staff knowledge of food and wine excellent as was the food quality. Highly recommend

AS
AmeliaS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting concept, amazing food and fabulous service!

AS
AlisonS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
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
TonyM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SS
StephenS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Jessie
1 review
Dined on November 2, 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 :)

FAQs

Continental Deli Newtown is rated 4.5 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.