Continental Deli CBD

4.7
147 Reviews
$41 to $100
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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Colin
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful staff and engaging surrounds.

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MichelleC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is fabulous, as is the menu and staff. Cant hear each other talk but still worth five stars

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Jean
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. An underrated hidden gem in the CBD. Easily one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Sydney.

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Cate
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was very average - felt like I was being rushed out of my 8pm booking and no drinks were offered when we had finished ours

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Jake
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience, staff were lovely and attentive. Great ingredients, good for couples, small groups and good for sharing.

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Jesse
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, cocktails and bloody tasty food. And pouring the tinned cocktails at the table is just so damn fun.

: ) x

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a birthday dinner here with my friends, food was pretty yummy, loved their pasta dishes! The desserts were great as well! Service was very nice as well - but only down side is they are strict about time limits, so when it’s time for the next round, they’ll get you to leave.

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DavidP
Thailand
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time and food is excellent: uncomplicated, great flavours, well
executed and wine friendly.

Particularly impressed with the service. The team went all out to make us feel comfortable as it was the first time we’d taken our four month old to a restaurant. Was a little apprehensive because it was lunch in the law district, but no issues at all.

Highly recommended.

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Margootm
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue, great service and good atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my partner here for our anniversary dinner. We had eaten at the Glebe location with friends and had loved it, so I thought let’s give the CBD location a try. Amazing food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere.

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DanielleP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful. We had the banquet and it was delicious. The cocktails and wine perfect accompanying. The servers were lovely and attentive.

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AlexB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generous servings, great service, COVID-safe distancing. Also, an airy space thanks to the full width open front window. If you’re by the window, you’re elevated enough from the street so you can look out over Phillip St and the bustle around the Supreme Court, without being seen from the street. It’s not really a people watching cafe though; there is a nice atmosphere of it’s own inside the place, with great lighting, but still privacy from the bar to the table area, and a fantastic deli counter. Sound absorbing panels are on the ceiling, which helps conversation flow.

Did I mention the deli counter? Amazing. Great olives too. Haven’t had a disappointment yet with any plates. But you don’t just eat in, you can shop for home here too. Also, no failings from the drinks section - they can their own specialty drinks which are all worthy of an Andy Warhol painting. There’s wine and beer, and as I mentioned, also a full bar. Don’t know if you can take the cans or other beverages home...

All up, I love it. Great addition to this part of town - much needed and well patronised. Recommend booking to avoid a 20 minute wait.

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PhilippeDG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place for a business lunch. Portions may be small.

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MERYL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first visit and was really happy with everything. Going to check out Newtown next

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IanL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I think they raised the price on the XO charcuterie bucatini but otherwise... excellent.

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AlexanderD
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mar-tinny +steak tartare = happy customer. Just wish they had petit fours to go with coffee.

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MaddisonE
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continental deli is a comforting dining experience. Down to earth food, filled with flavour whilst still embodying simplicity. If you’re looking for the ultimate dining experience, excellent service and to impress your friends - continental deli is the place to go.

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KlaraB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an amazing meal at Continental! My friends and I enjoyed the relaxed but intimate ambience, the fantastic cocktails and most of all the incredible food- compliments to the chef!! Highly recommend the meat and cheese board as well as the ragu; simply sensational.

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BeverleyD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy at lunch time with corporates but tables well spaced for Covid.

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JamesV
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and hospitality. Would highly recommend

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FamkeV
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere, service are all on point always!!

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joyceO
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was amazing but it was a bit pricey.....

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Beth
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous venue. Loved every second of our time there! Amazing service and great food.

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MichaelN
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & great food as we have come to expect from both the CBD and Newtown restaurants.

Not all restaurants are being really responsible with the Covid restrictions but these guys made sure tables were well spaced and that everyone used sanitiser and checked in for tracing purposes. Well done.

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vipPaul
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent experience in the city

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BradleyW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great choice of small or larger meals that can be individual or shared.

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FoodieActuary
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.Helpful and friendly wait staff. Went back two weeks in a row.

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SiobhanC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the airy beautiful space. Will be back.

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natalieg
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. It’s always consistent. We just know it’s going to be an amazing, hearty and tasty meal. Everything is just always spot on including the service.
They don’t have a kids menu but they didn’t even hesitate to make a pasta for my 3.5 year old and he ate every single bit of it.
Whenever we leave, we just can’t wait to return. Thank you

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KristineU
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic. Treat yourself to some heart warming eats, buzzing conversation and a sneaky can-hattan.

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BenV
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service, great value. love this place

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NaliniC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch spot. Service was delightful. Very personable and they knew their food and wine. Loved the atmosphere - reminded me of the standard in NYC.

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Kennedy
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, nice menu and great for a lunch in the CBD.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favourite lunch place in the city. Fun menu, something ffor everyone, great staff, a mar-tinny, a tempranillo, and a nice steak tartare is a winning way to spend an hour or so with a mate.

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Aidan
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard to go past the French Dip, my favourite sandwich in Sydney.

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KellyN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The service was amazing and the space lovely and comfortable but the let down was the food. Too much style over substance.
Steak tartare - the meat component of this dish was dry and lacked flavour. Meatballs looked and tasted like spam. White and smooth and tasteless in the middle. Inedible in my opinion . Cacio e Pepe - nailed the sauce but it was paired with the wrong pasta. You don’t do cacio e Pepe with bucatini. Fact. Rigatini pasta dish tasted like it had curry powder in it. Flan in a cab was inedible. It was the most horrible texture. Won’t be returning.

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JacobC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff and service, lovely atmosphere, reasonably priced and delicious menu.

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OliverD
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 service and food as always, will be back for sure <3

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal every time! The XO salami pasta is the standout dish.

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AashaS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome venue with amazing staff food. Would highly recommend

FAQs

Continental Deli CBD offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9922 7347.

Continental Deli CBD is rated 4.7 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.