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Emmer & Rye, Austin, TX

Emmer & Rye

4.6
4.6
2546 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 94 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

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

  • 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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  • Austin

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary here! We were greeted with some celebratory bubbles and thoroughly enjoyed the chefs tasting menu for the night. Each course was absolutely delicious! Our server, Nick, was wonderful as well! This was definitely a fun little food adventure for us and will definitely be back again!
  2. JW

    JanelleW

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  3. DS

    DonS

    Austin

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I should say the food was the best but... It was the staff. Everyone was food savvy, helpful, just the right amount attentive and friendly as can be. Okay, the food was super too. The four of us are old Austin and first came here in the 1960's. Don't fight change. Embrace it. And we're giving you hugs E&R!
  4. TF

    TexanFoodLover

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up at the best seat in the house, the Chef's table. My wife and I enjoyed a few cocktails and the Chef's tasting menu that really gave us the opportunity to experience and enjoy the incredible variety that this restaurant has to offer. We strongly recommend going this path. Outstanding meal!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Solid experience
  6. P

    Patrick

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a stellar experience. Consistently great! Food was amazing. Grouper was perfect. Pasta had such depth. Staff was friendly.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the Dinner option with chef selected items and every bite was a little bit of magic!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and time. Service was excellent. Servers very knowledgeable about the food and choices.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Very unique and accommodating to my celiac disease. Fun atmosphere and fantastic craft cocktails!
  10. JE

    JeannieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone at our table agreed that this was the best meal we’ve probably ever had—and two of the group are foodies! We wanted to order more of particular dishes early on (because we love Ed them so much!) but were advised to wait—so glad we did. Very full at the end despite the shared, smaller plates. The service was impeccable. I can’t wait to go back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our group had an amazing meal with superb service thanks to Alex and crew. We went with the tasting meal and were not disappointed. The courses varied between really good and excellent and the cocktails were great. Our sommelier suggested an excellent wine to go great with the later courses. Our server (Alex) was awesome… personable, fun and very informative about every course. He was great!! Not cheap but so much food and one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time.
  12. GH

    GaryH

    Austin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant anniversary dinner
  13. KL

    KatherineL

    Austin

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We've been many times before, but this is the first time since Covid. The food is still outstanding - very creative and pushes some boundaries, and it works. The wine list has improved dramatically and it's really exciting to get to pair some interesting global wines with the food. The somm and our bartender took great care of us. Fun evening, all around success.
  14. S

    Siesie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for common foods used in exceptional way with flavors and textures I highly recommend. For the level of service and quality of food and creativity you get a great value. I also had an extremely pleasant and educational experience with the staff.
  15. JC

    JamieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience. So many unique dishes, but they tasted amazing. Would highly recommend. Our server, Alex, was awesome too. A total food enthusiast.
  16. D

    Denise

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We splurged for the 13-course dinner and it was absolutely worth it. Absolutely outstanding meal, with incredibly knowledgeable staff, fully versed in the E&R farm-to-table ethos, and ingredients. Had no idea we could have such a uniquely creative, and delicious meal totally sourced from central texas. It was simply amazing.
  17. AS

    AlexS

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun location by Rainey St. Ambiance and interior is great, although they are renovating. Creative cooking. Delicious. The lion mane mushroom with bok choy is amazing!!
  18. 2

    2lipps

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was our first visit to Emmer & Rye. We started with cocktails. We thought they were very original and delicious. Then we chose the tasting menu. We loved every course. Each dish was explained to us, although I have had more detailed explanations at other restaurants. We did ask the servers to slow down just a bit between courses and they were happy to accommodate. All in all, it was a very satisfying dining experience. The regular menu items looked delicious also, so we will be back to try more. Valet parking made the experience even better.
  19. NJ

    NJdine

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food for foodies
  20. AR

    ARPS

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Emmer a handful of times and this one of my best visits yet! The menu right now is bussin’. Seriously so delicious. Micheal was so sweet and fun and gave us just the right amount of attention. Kat, thanks for the excellent wine choice. Can’t wait to be back soon. Kisses and love to all of you.
  21. AG

    AmberG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The pasta was so salty it was un-eatable. The waitress was nice.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    An excellent spot. Gorgeous atmosphere. Delectable cuisine. Can’t wait to go again very soon!
  23. RD

    RanDC

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were so excited to eat and Emmer & Rye and we left very disappointed. The food was very good! We chose some very tasty dishes and the amount of food and the variety of flavors were great. The problem was the service and the attitude we received from the minute we walked in. I guess we didn't fit the vibe or weren't trendy enough, so even though the restaurant was largely empty, our party of 2 was placed along the back wall right between the group with 2 little kids and the service station where we got great views of employee elbows during dinner as they leaned against the half wall next to us. Our waiter, was chilly from the beginning and did not offer any of the orientation to the restaurant or the food options that tables around us got - I learned more about the food from eavesdropping. Then there were large lapses in delivery. We'd get two or three dishes in short order and then we waited 25 minutes for the next dishes. When we looked at the dessert menu but decided against dessert, our waiter grabbed the menus and huffed away without a comment. We weren't just being sensitive - we actually looked at each other, laughed, and asked 'did that really just happen?' His reaction was truly over the top. The most welcoming person by far was the sommelier who had a smile on his face, listened to our preferences, and guided us to a great bottle of wine. Overall, this was not the experience I expected when spent $400 for dinner for two people. On the flip side, Emmer & Rye's sister restaurant, Hestia, supplied the best meal of the trip - they nailed everything, especially the service!
  24. V

    Victoria

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the dinner (tasting menu) service and it was absolutely worth it! We had 1 vegetarian and 1 gluten-free person among the 4 of us and they accommodated us no problem. The explained each of the items and I felt really taken care of. People were constantly refilling water and replacing dirty silverware and plates throughout the dinner, and were so attentive to our drinks. The food was fantastic and creative.
  25. v

    vandylion

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great, inventive plates. Phenomenal service. Great ambiance.
  26. SE

    SEL13

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always- impeccable service, the most amazing food and delicious beverages!! By far our favorite Austin area restaurant!
  27. CM

    CamieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Emmer and Rye. Everything we ate was delicious and we loved the small plates so we were able to try multiple items. Get the Cacio de Pepe - you won't be sorry. The service was great, we were seated in the bar area at a hightop and the noise level was higher, but was still a great experience.
  28. NY

    NYCdiner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We did the tasting menu, and was not informed about the amount of food that came. There was no guidance of how many additional courses we’d be having and by the end, we were not able to enjoy the final and best courses. A little more information about the tasting menu would have been appreciated. Food was incredible however!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! We tried the chef’s tasting and it was exquisite. The service was incredible, very attentive and took extra special care to ensure we enjoyed each dish.
  30. P

    Parke

    Austin

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The tasting menu is where it’s at, ala carte is not really enough food for the price. Nonetheless everything was really delicious and service was great and informative.
  31. r

    rachel1567

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really cool spot, enjoyed our food - especially the pasta. The service and coursing ended up being pretty slow for 2 people…over 2 hours. We ended up canceling our last course; it had been a long day otherwise. Everyone was very nice, but at the end of the day, the vibe was a bit more pretentious and we couldn’t help but feel a little judged by the waitstaff for our food selections and dietary preferences.
  32. RS

    RobSteven

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want exciting food.... Make a reservation now
  33. F

    Fiver0013

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We had really high expectations but they weren't met. We had at best an OK experience, and it was only so because of the kitchen (3/4 items strong) not the front of house Our service was challenged all night. There were long gaps where there was no contact and no one available for something we really needed. Lots of time - for every table - was burned at the outside on explaining the intricate details of each piece of the restaurant's farm to table philosophy. So much explanation that you couldn't find your server available at any time you needed them: because they were having to explain this to another table *again* in a way that compromised service for all. Great to inform, but not acceptable to let it get so deeply in the way of everyone's dining experience. My knife and spoon were thoughtfully cleared after an early course. But never thoughtfully replaced with new after. A subsequent course came, required these utensils to eat, and no staff were available to flag to even ask. My course got cold and wasn't enjoyable. We drained a whole jug of water as 2 people. No one available to notice or even ask for a long time again. Deep into our meal our server came and asked if we'd received our entree. It had already arrived, been consumed, and even cleared without them even noticing. This was really representative of our experience. 3/4 courses were very good to great tasting. One was meh (tartare). But the customer experience sufficiently flawed that we won't return often or recommend to others. At top dollar I'd hope for much more. Our nice date was a letdown.
  34. GK

    GabrielK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When my server informed me Emmer And Rye no longer had a dim sum cart, I was a little disappointed. But, all the disappointment went away when the food came. Outstanding. This was my fourth or fifth time going to Emmer and Rye, and they continually impress me with their outstanding service and delicious food.
  35. C

    Cycleronnie

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Pricey, but quite an experience for the palate. Wife has a gluten allergy, so we weren’t sure what to make of it initially, based on the online menu, but they accommodated her very well. Super professional and knowledgeable staff. Worth the $$.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    We ordered the dinner and we’re so excited to see what they’d bring us. The appetizers were so terribly unappetizing that we canceled the whole thing and ordered ala carte. The food was so salty I woke up with swollen ankles. My least favorite restaurant in ATX. Sorry! I wanted to love it.
  37. c

    corneroffice

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    We waited 20 minutes upon sitting down to put in a drink order and then even longer to put in a meal order. Although the food was quite good, we had no idea who our server was and often wait for long stretches until we got one of our many dishes. We wanted to order dessert but waited so long (another 15 minutes) for someone to check in with us after we finished the meal that we decided it wasn't worth it. Twice my husband had to flag down a random food runner to inquire after our server. We recognized that it was a busy night, but we were extremely frustrated that no one even apologized for the erratic service or noticed that this was in no way typical way to experience a night out.
  38. EC

    EmilyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience here was amazing! Alex, our waiter, was knowledgable, helpful and pleasant to talk to. The food was incredible. While the high price point makes this (for us) a special occassion kind of place, we got what you paid for. Excellent food, excellent service. An actual dining experience versus just eating out.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Not worth the hype
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner here - everything was a delight, especially the service and the wine!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • 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 2546 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 94 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey St. #110 Austin, TX 78701

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

  • 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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