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Emmer & Rye, Austin, TX

Emmer & Rye

4.6
4.6
2602 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house made pastas, breads, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on site, and an extensive in house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the off season.

We accept reservations 60 days in advance. For event inquiries, please visit our website.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 88 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 366-5530

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Fink

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private dining space perfect for special occasions and business dinners, which seats up to 14 guests. We can also offer partial and full buyouts for larger groups - please contact us at events@emmerandrye.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (512) 366-5530

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    River St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking is available on Rainey Street and East Avenue, which runs parallel behind Rainey, and at the Mexican American Cultural Center which is caddy corner to us, at the traffic circle.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,602 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DA

    DonnaA

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable. Apps and entrees were tasty. Server was knowledgeable and very helpful with suggestions!
  2. MO

    MichaelO

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and great service. The fixed price “dinner” experience is a great way to sample many different types of food and it was find and exciting, but it is very pricey, even for one of those experiences.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Food was not good. Trying to be too different.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    We were celebrating bachelorette party. Drinks were good. The oysters were not cold. We had to send them back. Ughhhhhh. The steaks good. The pasta good.
  5. HF

    HilaryF

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique presentation of food in shareable dishes. You really have to try to get all the ingredients in each bite because it's the combination of it that makes the dish. A really great fun delicious experience. Could have more options for wine by the glass but the bottle options were very good. We took our kids and it was a great experience for them and they tried things they never would have in a different environment.
  6. M

    Mark

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emmer & Rye does not disappoint -- the quality of the local ingredients, the service, the cocktail program, the pleasant aesthetic -- make an evening of it with them.
  7. JS

    JanaS

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    just such CREATIVE good. we literally ordered almost everything on the menu, and only ONE dish was a miss (the spaghetti was over-peppered), but everyone at the table agreed that all the other dishes were amazing, and had really creative sauces/tastes. Loved it. But SUPER expensive. we didn't drink and spend $360 for two people (again NO drinks, just food and dessert).
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Start to finish everything was amazing. Service excellent and food was amazing. The 13 course dinner incredible with each course getting better and better
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Food and waiter were good, no issues there. However, getting booted from our table, after less than an hour and a half meal, and $300 tab, and with no initial warning or ask was incredibly rude. I then simply asked if we could have 5 more mins, as we were finishing our drinks, and was told flat out no bc other patrons were waiting. Not our fault that a table needed to be turned, and left a very sour taste in all our mouths. Totally inhospitable.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience! Truly some of the best food and wine we have ever had! Service was excellent and our “som” really knew his stuff! Highly recommend!
  11. DK

    DavidK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the Chef's Tasting menu and I can not stress enough on how good it was. Eight courses and I had to close my eyes everytime and concentrate on all the flavors. All the stars!
  12. t

    tjs6677

    Central Texas

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal all around.
  13. TN

    TNJ8there

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was creative and delicious. The service was excellent. It is expensive but worth the experience. I would recommend to friends and would definitely come back. The cacio e pepe was one of the best I’ve ever had.
  14. M

    Masa

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was exceptional at Emmer & Rye. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. We ordered 5 savory courses and one sweet. Two of the savory courses weren’t really edible for us. Everything sounded great (and was described wonderfully) however, there were overpowering ingredients that didn’t work at all in the composition of flavors.
  15. BT

    BenjaminT

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great ambiance. Small place and small plates though. Every table has about 5 servers assigned to it, or just multiple food runners. There is no shortage of service, but don't come hungry unless you want to spend $120 for a dozen small plates for the dinner special. Nice to have local farm fresh ingredients too. Would go back again, but not often.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The food quality and presentation were excellent. Thank you again for complimentary cheers. Nice touch!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO GOOD. Do the chef’s tasting menu! Worth it. They accommodated my GF needs in a way that in no way detracted from the meal, and at one point enhanced it. Looking at you, tempura beets. Delicious all around.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wine bottles we were sold were great. Solid guidance from the som. The tasting menu on this occasion was a bit random. Some of the flavors didn’t match the other flavor pairings at all. The highlights were the small bites as they were constructed well. The earthy pairing with the steak didn’t land the way I expected. Probably would go a la carte next time. The tasting menu value wasn’t apparent for this season. That’s the risk with a local sourced menu.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food. Highly recommend the chef tasting and wine pairing
  20. e

    edoxtator

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely food & service. Can’t recommend specific dishes as they are farm-to-table. Noise level is high.
  21. AJ

    AngJW

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We visited Emmer and Rye to celebrate mine and my friend's 50th birthdays. I mentioned that when I made the reservation, but the staff never acknowledged it. Not a huge deal, but slightly disappointing they didn't do anything to make it a little special. The food was good, but there weren't any dishes that I loved or want to come back and have again. It's been a while since I've been there and I was disappointed they didn't still do the "dim sum" cart with the extra offerings. The service was friendly and attentive.
  22. M

    Michael

    Portland

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Food was creative and delicious, and service was outstanding (friendly, informative, and constant) . Had the privilege of sitting at the kitchen and watching and interacting with a large well-orchestrated team. Prices are high, but a magical experience that I look forward to experiencing again.
  23. MR

    MariaR

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It had good reviews and nice pictures but it was overpriced for the quality of the food. The Caccio e Pepe was great and the beet was interesting but apart from that, the shrimp was pretty average, the wagyu was super chewy and the mushrooms were hard. The service and ambience in general felt pretentious and like they were trying too hard, wouldn’t go back.
  24. i

    irenei

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience was very good we sat at the counter overlooking the kitchen which was very entertaining. Most impressive was the attention to detail of the service team. They were frequently at our table clearing plates and bringing new dishes. We did the sampler menu which was an eight course meal with dessert along with little surprises here and there along the way. The food is unexpected at every turn which is evidence of a creative chef and his team. As a word of caution, if you are not one for enjoying creative unusual foods, then maybe this place is not for you. Especially at the price. Very expensive, but a unique experience and very different, gourmet foods.
  25. SR

    ShellsReviews

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Guests were extremely excited about dining here and Emmer & Rye surpassed their expectations! Will definitely return. :)
  26. s

    stefshock

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since moving to Austin from Denver, I've had the BEST dining experiences ever but Emmer and Rye trumped them all last night. The food was amazing and the service was incredible. The whole staff puts their heart and soul into the menu and you can feel it. I tend to get acid reflux or digestive issues when I dine out even if the restaurant is top notch but not the case here. Their locally sourced ingredients is high quality. We will absolutely go back, sit at the chef counter and watch these amazing chefs work their magic!
  27. TW

    TomWS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always with Chef/Owner Kevin Fink and his amazing TEAM!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Went to celebrate my birthday. The food was really mediocre and every dish had way too much dill. Was really hoping to love this spot based on reviews but the flavors just didn’t work. Tahini below ravioli was a total bust as was the tartare. The service was fine but felt prescribed. We had a memorable experience but won’t go back. Way too much hype for the quality and way overpriced based on what we experienced.
  29. j

    jonm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blown away by the friendly staff! felt like we had 5 new friends when we left! We did the tasting menu with wine paring and it was delicious and the staff was very informative and you could tell they were really into the food and wine! Highly recommend. Didn’t leave feeling stuffed, but for the price it was pretty adequate. Delicious food!!
  30. MB

    MrBrickell

    Austin

    111 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service wise was very good, nice ambiance, food was a hit or miss, it’s def on the expensive side for what the portions are.
  31. PS

    PatriciaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am always amazed by the delicious and creative ingredients that they put together in each dish. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and attentive. The food at Emmer & Rye is truly inspired.
  32. MP

    MarkP

    Austin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    We made the mistake of eating outside. Reservation was at 6:15 and other than 3 fans mounted on columns in the outdoor area - it was too hot. If a patio is going to be open with our current heat wave intact then special provisions need to be made to keep it cool. Misters, outdoor A/C blowers of some kind, more fans. The food was good to very good but we were miserable sitting outside and ruined the experience for us.
  33. AC

    AriC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I took my wife here for her birthday last night. She had been wanting to go for years. The staff are very friendly, very energetic about their food, and their farm-to-table mission. The food was good, but definitely did not blow me away. Portions are very small for the price, albeit the quality of food is obviously what drives the prices. The only thing I was really disappointed in was they gave us 5 oz wine pours for $20 per glass. A standard pour is 6 oz and frankly that is stingy. I merely asked about this to the server and he apologized and gave us a little more. Between the two of us (who are not gluttons by any stretch), 2 drinks each and one desert, it was $240 plus tip so about $280, which is a very pricey meal for me.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Some of the food was amazing and some was meh. The cacio e Pepe is made with Swiss cheese and tastes more like an adult Mac n cheese. Chicken was over cooked. Bread was incredible and so was the crudo. Cucumber side dish was okay.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as usual. I highly recommend the tasting menu — you’ll always try something new! Our waiter Alex is great! He’s my server every time I go to Emmer and Rye. He has a great understanding of the ingredients and work that go into each dish. I’d recommend sitting at the chef’s counter to see all of the cooking and preparation.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and I enjoyed the app
  37. M

    Marc

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Very Popular, very busy, high price point. The service was disturbingly subpar. After waiting 10 minutes to be greeted at the table (just the two of us), a service person (not a waiter) asked if we had our drink order taken. When we said no, and we wanted to decide our food first, he left. Others who were seated after us had been served food and drinks. When our waiter appeared, they gave no introduction to their menu options; mystery tasting menu ($120 off-menu/$80 wine parings per person) or a la carte. They wanted our order. When we asked questions, they were unable to describe their menu or items on the a la carte menu and left the table to "give us more time to look at the menu." So we were on our own. At this point, we were about to leave. We did flag down the sommelier from another table, and he became our waiter. Totally explained their approach and ingredients and how their menu was organized. He helped us choose menu items and pair glasses of wine. The food and wine were good and well-curated. Courses arrived before we were half finished with the previous course. For the price point of this restaurant, the experience was very subpar. I hesitate returning if this is the normal expectation for their dining experience.
  38. VD

    VictorD

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Service and very close attention to detail. Great Place!
  39. T

    Twaites

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For our first date, they made the night so special. I asked for the best seat in the house and they put us at the chef’s table. The hospitality was unmatched and the food was amazing! Would definitely suggest this to everyone as a must visit while in Austin.
  40. BW

    BenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen and did the 12 course tasting menu. It was an awesome experience. Several chefs presented their creations and talked about the ingredients. Everything was so fresh and full of flavor. The service was outstanding as well. Nick and Mike and the rest of the team took great care of us. We definitely recommend going!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Emmer & Rye using the Order Online button. Emmer & Rye also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 366-5530.

Emmer & Rye is rated 4.6 stars by 2602 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 88 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey St., #110, Austin, TX 78701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    River St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking is available on Rainey Street and East Avenue, which runs parallel behind Rainey, and at the Mexican American Cultural Center which is caddy corner to us, at the traffic circle.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Fink

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 366-5530

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private dining space perfect for special occasions and business dinners, which seats up to 14 guests. We can also offer partial and full buyouts for larger groups - please contact us at events@emmerandrye.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (512) 366-5530

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