Continental Deli CBD

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70 reviews
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Continental
With our Newtown original well-established as a local favourite, we now bring the Continental Deli to the city.
Founded by Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joe Valore of Porteño, and Jesse Warkentin and Michael Nicolian (of Bodega and Gardel’s Bar).

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.

You can expect to see many of our most popular dishes, our in house tinned seafood, our famous tinned cocktails as well many new dishes to try.
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MS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great relaxed place for a drink or casual meal.

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MK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant like no other in the CBD with wonderful food and impeccable service.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The meatball sandwich was lukewarm this time hence not as good as previous times.

Unfortunately the restaurant is always very noisy otherwise great place with good food and service.

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Continental Deli CBD is a good addition to the dining options in the Phillip St precinct.

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P
Sydney / NSW
47 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The pasta with lamb ragu was excellent with a glass of Pinot noir. A seat by the window to watch the passing parade of lawyers on Phillip Street. Very enjoyable.

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BA
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The noise level was at SCREAMING PITCH and therefore the experience was unpleasant. I'd never go back.

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FE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The french dip is a much try! Great restaurant, will certainly be back.

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

In fact I took another friend two days later.
She was delighted because her daughter had told her about Newtown Continental.
Continental CBD is a fabulous venue in the city for lunch or an early dinner!

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GM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I love the Newtown venue but the CBD not so much. I had a $20 toastie which actually had too much cheese in it & tasted like it was fried in old fat. Made me feel sick.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Wayyyy too overpriced and the eggplant parmigiana was terrible

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J
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service and Ambience were exceptional. A little pricey, but considering the value it was easy to get over the initial shock.

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RR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Has become one of my favorite eating places. Obviously the noise is an issue at peak times but once it empties out a bit its not so problem. Love the staff who are absolutely delightful. The food is magnificent and even just sitting at the bar and watching the world is fun too! Keep it up!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The French Dip sandwich is amazing, wafer thin roast beef and cheese in a baguette with a bowl of the cooking juices to dip it in. This is just served at lunchtime though.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food at a reasonable price. Not too noisy so good for business lunches.

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SP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended on a Saturday night before going to an event. It is always so hard to find a good place to eat in the city on the weekend so we were thrilled to find you are open on Saturday. We have attended the Continental Deli at Newtown and loved it and we loved your city one as well - a different feel and ambiance but just as special and the food just as outstanding. Beautiful flavours, oh so tender meat and wonderful service. Thank you so much.

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W
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

You wouldn’t expect to find such a top restaurant located in this part of the city. Casual setting but food produce and execution was exceptional.

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VT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and fantastic service but quite expensive and sooo noisy

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Noise obliterated the pleasure of dining and would return only if less noisy !

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a nice CBD location the pork was great

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k
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything is always on point at the Continental, I'm a regular at the Newtown and wanted to go try the CBD store. The wait staff were friendly and helpful, paid attention to detail. The food was delicious as excepted and we had a lovely evening, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Would go to the Newtown one if trying again.
Went for the French dip sandwich - told this isn’t done on the weekend, this isn’t advertised anywhere.
Atmosphere negative as in a dead part of the CBD.

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MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu and very tasty. The staff were very helpful as we were on a tight schedule.

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P
Sydney / NSW
47 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch with an Alumna. Great time. Good food. Beef tartare always good.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious friendly and stylish . Already sending more people to try. Why should the law firms nearby have all the pleasure.

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RR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a much needed addition to the center of the Sydney’s eating places. The food is magnificent (although a few more occasional additions to the menu would be welcome), the wine list is amazing and the staff are simply wonderful. I wholeheartedly recommend Continental to anyone looking for a casual first rate dining experience.

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a
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’m gonna recommend all my friends to stay away from this place. Overpriced, pretentious food, noisy and overall unpleasant environment.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant. just a little too noisy making conversation difficult

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IK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

downfall was the lag in food. We were on a business lunch and were there for 2 hours when we should have been there for 1 as the food took so long to come out. Think they forgot the steak as it came out 20 minutes after all the rest of the food. Very nice server and delicious food.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I opted for the tasting menu and we were all more than satisfied by the end. My favourite dish was the Cucumber Newyorkése with stracciatella and dill, but every dish was delicious and the portions were ample. (Indeed, we struggled somewhat with dessert.) Our cocktails were impeccable and we couldn't fault the service either. Many thanks to Mikey and the team for a splendid evening.

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P
Sydney / NSW
47 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first visit. Thoroughly enjoyable. Good food. Good wine. Good company. And you can watch people you know walking by in Phillip Street!!

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MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great destination for a quick lunch, however the table we were seated at was right beside a couple of gentlemen talking very loudly. The food is very good and the service is attentive and friendly.

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BD
Jersey
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Nothing special in the food department; very high noise level so forget discussing anything of consequence

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J
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love many aspects, except for the noise levels. the negroni is FAB

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GD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The noise level was so deafening that conversation was impossible. Would have to improve a lot before I return

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Despite being a little expensive, I keep coming back because they get everything right

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C
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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KL
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the concept. The tinned food and drinks are so good.

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine selection. Cocktails are also lovely. The only thing I would say is it is quite noisy, when you seat on a round table it is almost impossible to talk to people in front of you.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The French Dip sandwich is great. Will be going back just for that.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My only issue was that all the pasta that was served was a really odd lukewarm. Food was nice enough, I think better for charcuterie style eating. Steak tartare was great.

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