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Emmer & Rye, Austin, TX

Emmer & Rye

4.6
4.6
2861 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • 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

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day @ Emmer & Rye

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us to celebrate Valentine's Day and escape the hustle and bustle of Rainey Street by cozying up at Emmer & Rye! For this special evening, our chefs have prepared a 6 course Valentine's Day menu for you to indulge in. Once you've been whisked away to your table, let our sommeliers take the reins with a curated wine pairing, or peruse our specialty a la carte cocktail offerings. After a meal to remember, continue your experience at home with a takeaway gift from our talented pastry team. Tickets are priced at $150 per person for food & our optional wine pairings are priced at $95 per person (both not including tax, gratuity or CC processing fees)

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What 2,861 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Austin

    Innovative

  • Austin

    Innovative

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  1. LS

    LoneStar

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We just love this place. Not cheap, but excellent quality. We had crudo, tartarre, broccoli, cacio e pepe, and bread - skipped entrees - totally enough for 3 people. Had the chocolate (potato) chip desert and a citrus sorbet. All of it was divine. We don’t go often because of the $ but it has been a favor it since they opened and continues to be.
  2. CS

    CarolineS

    Austin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Staycation night with dinner & hotel.
  3. JL

    JustinL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved every bite we ate here! Delicious and lots of unique items!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Food was great, however we had a reservation at 9:15pm and didn’t get seated until 9:50pm
  5. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious local flavors, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful- extremely professional. If we lived locally we’d surely be regulars.
  6. e

    emiliam

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was absolutely fabulous. Simple, small menu but everything was just brilliant.
  7. J

    Joseph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Emmer & Rye. They treated us to some celebratory champagne, which was really thoughtful. The wait staff was on top of their game, respectful, and really helpful all around. Don’t even get me started on the food! We got five courses (4 mains + dessert + wine), and it was under $170 (this is after tax and tip). The quality and presentation was fabulous. They also take a great deal of consideration for dietary restrictions, which is a definite plus. If you are celebrating a special occasion and you want to have a nice dining experience that doesn’t seem over the top, then Emmer & Rye is the place for you.

    Emmer & RyeResponded 7 days agoHey guys, this is Alex the Maitre d' at Emmer...thank you SO much for sharing this awesome feedback! I'm so glad you had such a great time. Looking forward to celebrating with y'all again!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food was overpriced and full of noncomplex flavors, which is a bummer because the place and service were good. Will not return. Skip it if you can.
  9. BE

    BasakE

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always
  10. BG

    BobG

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great quality and preparation- love the focus on sustainable farming. The only issue is the portions are far too small especially since the theme is sharing dishes. Take the vegetable dishes. The carrot dish should be more than 4 carrots and why such a skimpy portion of cabbage? And the bread- which is delicious. But four slices for $17? What this spare serving does is make everyone feel guilty for fear of taking too much and leaving last person(s) with nothing to eat. Creates awkward situation.
  11. d

    dvp7299

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    It was freezing and they put us on the patio. We had to share one grand heater with another table. I asked to be moved to a table with more cover but they said all where booked however at two remained open during our stay. The food was great
  13. J

    Jewels

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the dining “experience “ a well curated multi course dinner of food from the sea. Amazing, delicious and creative…highly recommended
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible in every way!!!!
  15. GG

    GradG

    Austin

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and service.
  16. ES

    EleanorS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, service, and experience were phenomenal. I loved the patio option - however the chairs were incredibly uncomfortable.

    Emmer & RyeResponded on January 16, 2023Hey there, this is Alex, Maitre d' at Emmer & Rye. Thanks so much for the kind words! I felt compelled to comment letting you know we have new patio furniture in the works, so hopefully the current chairs will be a thing of the past very soon! Thanks again for sharing your feedback!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. Inventive and creative dishes. Super knowledgeable and passionate staff dedicated to making the dinner a memorable experience.

    Emmer & RyeResponded on January 16, 2023Hi, Alex the Maitre d' here! Thanks for this review, its super awesome to hear that you had such a great time. We really appreciate it!

  18. K

    Kuba

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The staff was very professional yet friendly and welcoming. I felt like the service was at a Michelin starred restaurant level (and I’ve been to few). Food was amazing. Went with the Gulf of Mexico set menu and I was definitely happy with my choice! I’m not a food critic so this opinion is solely based on my taste… There were probably two out of 12-15 dishes that I felt was not caching up to the same standard as the rest, but at the same time I was amazed by probably about 9-11 other parts of the set menu. It was something new, unexpected and just pure delicious. Overall - I’ll be back again for sure for another monthly set menu. Cannot wait to discover what they come up with next! I shouldn’t say that, because they probably read all those comments… But did I mention the price for such an amazing experience?! It’s a bargain! Come here quickly, before they realize that they should charge more 😉
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This used to be our absolute favorite restaurant with odd, yet amazing combinations of flavors. Our last experience was average. The food was just ok, nothing great like I’ve had in the past. Our waiter was great, but the rest of the staff was incredibly uppity and not very friendly. This might be the last time we visit for a while
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was very good, but super tiny portions. Not the best place for more than two people, as sharing these dishes doesn’t really work (everyone gets barely a bite) Our waiter was nice but at the beginning of the meal I made it super clear to him that I hate cilantro so please make sure no dishes have it, he said no problem and then proceeded to bring every dish with a hefty amount of cilantro on it. We had desserts on recommendation of the waiter - the cheesecake was good, but again, TINY, and we had some sort of ice cream with chocolate potato chips - the dish was so salty it was inedible. A very expensive dinner and we left hungry.
  21. c

    carlys

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall1food3service4ambience2
    I had been here many times in the past and the resturant seems to be declining, and I don’t see myself coming back again honestly after this visit. Not only have the prices skyrocketed, but the dishes no longer have as much uniqueness as they once did. Austin now just has so many other restaurants trying new things and Emmer and Rye seems to have lost its touch.
  22. LA

    LeAnnJ

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, gracious staff. One on my favs in Austin.
  23. i

    insain

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Slow to get out food. Presentation was nice but food was mediocre compared to competition. Wouldn’t go back.
  24. M

    Marc

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great restaurant! The food is delicious and creative. The folks are welcoming, educated, and out to please!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. They had a special reservation card signed from the staff on our table. It was so sweet! The food was absolutely delicious every dish was next level. I highly recommend going! We will be back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there and we just loved it. The food and service was great.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    New 2023 tasting menu was very disappointing compared to the previous tasting menus. I know the old tasting menu got expensive, but the new one just isn’t up to the standard I had become accustomed to.
  28. HC

    HowardC

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Gulf of Mexico prix fixe sourced from local ingredients and the Texas coast. It was amazing, creative, flavorful, and well presented. So good I am bringing business associates back in 3 days.
  29. BR

    BrandonR

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zack the wine director “somm?” Was amazing. He helped us pair our tasting menu with some great wines. Will definitely let everyone know how great everything was. Thank you for a great meal. Everyone on the team was top notch
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a nice experience. Service was fantastic. The people that work there are fantastic. Drinks were great. I liked several dishes I had, but some I felt were just ok. Overall though, it was a great experience!
  31. TB

    TravisB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such INCREDIBLE FOOD. Cant wait to go back. Everything was delicious
  32. J

    Jgiles9

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reggie was great, food was amazing! Next time we visit austin we are going to come eat!
  33. DZ

    DebZ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    The NYE dinner experience was disappointing. Despite the outstanding food amazingly sourced locally, I cannot rate it higher than a two because of all the other factors of the experience. Considering the cost, and having a party of six along with the wine pairing, the service was beyond terrible. Sure they made every attempt to be engaging and friendly, however the unacceptable rate of speed at which they described each dish and moved onto the next course was just plain rude. Near the completion of the experience (a little over an hour—entirely too fast), several servers and floor staff abruptly tried to move us out to the patio before the entire party completed their meal and drinks— one with an unbelievable insolent tone.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Food for NYE menu was very disappointing
  35. E

    Esteban

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service great food!
  36. CM

    ClaireM

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had such a great meal and experience! The bok choy was surprising and delicious, the lion's mane mushroom were umami and satisfying. The cocktails were excellent. The service was lovely and friendly. We loved it.
  37. JS

    JaclynS

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting Austin and a friend recommended Emmer and Rye to us, and it was EXCELLENT! Top notch food, service, and ambiance. We had the tasting menu which was delicious and inventive, absolutely worth a visit.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Urged to order all at once which delayed process instead of smaller plates we decided on. Not most attentive waitress. Good quality food.
  39. AH

    AdrianH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best meal we’ve ever eaten! We got the tasting menu and everything from start to finish was full of complex and deftly combined flavors. Beautiful presentation as well. Highly recommend!
  40. AM

    AletaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have never had such an amazing and emotional experience at a restaurant. I cried multiple times during the meal (happy tears!) because I was finally experiencing flavors I feel like I had been chasing my whole life. The staff was incredible. I got to talk about food and ingredients that I had never gotten to geek out about before. I felt seen? In my love for food. I felt like I found people who genuinely care about food and creativity in food the way I do. Full disclaimer I don't get to go to such fancy, nice, and artistic restaurants very often. It was an incredible birthday experience! Shout out to Rajiv, Amber, and Cynthia for taking such incredible care of us!

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 2861 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 70 times today
Experiences are available.

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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