Emmer & Rye

4.8
1013 reviews
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American
Emmer & Rye offers rustic and seasonally inspired cuisine to Rainey Street in Austin, Texas. Emmer & Rye is the first contemporary American restaurant in Austin to offer dim sum service as part of their meal, where guests will be able to order directly off of circulating carts, along with a weekly rotating menu using local farm-to-table ingredients. Utilizing a grain mill, Emmer & Rye will mill heritage grains fresh daily for bread, pasta, and dessert. In addition to dinner service, the restaurant will offer brunch on weekends and late night specials Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Emmer & Rye's seasonal small plates and beautiful space make it one of the better places for a special occasion dinner.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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KG
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest restaurants in Austin right now. Immensely creative. Everything is good. Attentive staff.

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L
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to celebrate after the Austin half marathon. I wish I lived close as I would eat the Cacio e Pepe every week. The food is always so delicious and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best dining experience! loved our waiter

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j
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting f out of town

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RD
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Emmer & Rye has good food. However, the value is lacking when you compare other similar options around Austin.

I really like that they use locally sourced ingredients, and that they present that to you in such a way that tells a story. It adds a special touch to the experience.

The biggest drawbacks for me were price for what you get, and the quality of some of the dishes we had. We paid $12 for house made bread that came with some cheese and a vinaigrette dipping sauce. Almost all other restaurants include bread, and they strategically offer it during the meal so as to not throw off your appetite.

I've been here 3 times, and it seems like each time, I'm a little more disappointed. It's not that I wouldn't recommend it to a friend, I just think the value for what you get (portion size and taste) is not there. Cocktail prices are steep as well.

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a
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always my favorite restaurant to go to/recommend in Austin. The service is INCREDIBLE and knowledgeable always, and the food is always changing and ALWAYS delicious. (Do not leave without trying one of the pastas, the johnny cakes and the roti if they have them!) I always leave stuffed in the best way. Also, they use healthy oils and foods (like grapeseed oil as opposed to canola oil) which is surprisingly hard to find these days. You guys are the best!!!

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DC
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've had in Austin in a long time. The ingredients, food, service and vibe were great. Chef Kevin made the night particularly memorable - we felt very welcome.

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Baltimore
83 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful small plate restaurant. Be prepared to bring your appetite.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food, service, and ambiance were exactly what we were looking for for a birthday brunch. We will definitely go back!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing vegan meal in Austin

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T
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic experience! Everything was different from anything else we had ever triedI The food was quite interesting, resulting in savory, delicious combinations! The staff was excellent, starting with the beautiful and attentive hostess, Taylor Ribar, and her knowledgeable and informative general manager, Ali Schmidt!

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love taking family and friends here for special occasions or just for a great meal!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, served by a waiter who knew everything about the food and made great recommendations, as well as suggesting good wines (that weren't just expensive). Thankful for his expertise, and enjoyed everything we were served!

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BR
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There seem to be a lot of farm-to-table and small-plate places these days. But everything at Emmer & Rye seemed so unique and every dish was absolutely delicious.

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SH
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most unique, balanced, and thought out meal I have had in a long time. I love the local ingredients, and can taste the thought and care that went into each dish. I already made my third reservation!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food!

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience here! Great food and wine. Lovely service, particularly the dim sum carts. Cacio de pepe was amazing, along with the cabbage, wagyu shoulder and some amazing butter/cheese that I will surely dream about. The larb was so good, but also so strong in its flavors, I would have loved a side of plain rice (took that meal home to finish with jasmine rice!)
Will definitely be back to try more dishes!!

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T
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alex, was a great story teller and server. Everyone working was professional and attentive.

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DE
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great! Very creative dishes!

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KH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully decorated, awesome service, delicious food!

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DR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not the type of guy who gets particularly excited about bread. Don't get me wrong; I'm not a monster. I love bread. But I'm not going to rave about it in a review.
Well, I never thought that I would. The folks at Emmer & Rye mill heritage grains for pastas, breads, and desserts right there on the premises. I never would have expected this but the fresh-milled grains make a world of difference.
We went for brunch; I had the Soft Scrambled Eggs with Crème Fraîche, Avocado, and Tomato Relish. It was served with the most magical bread that I've ever experienced. The flavor and texture and the way that it was toasted to absolute perfection is something that I'll be talking about for a while.
Our server was extremely accommodating to the dietary preferences of each of us and he even took the time to give us a tour of the Fermentation Closet. (Yes, like to maximize local ingredients they even have an in-house fermentation program!) We were told that brunch at Emmer & Rye is a nice experience but that dinner is where they truly shine.
I will definitely be returning for dinner.

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AG
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Austin right now. They put a spin on food I'm not sure I'd like, making me love it! I will be back again soon!

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CB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Great chefs who really know how to blend ingredients to get spectacular flavors in each dish.

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CL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience and food. Probably the best dinner we’ve had in town since our first time at Kemuri. The dim sum cart is an interesting touch. We cleaned every plate.

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MK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food + fabulous service! One of my favorite restaurants in Dallas!

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MM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olivia ensured a great experience, prompt with helpful suggestions. Delicious & healthy.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our time celebrating a birthday at Emmer and Rye. The service was great, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was modern-chic. We are both pescatarians and we did not feel constrained by the menu and dim sum options and left feeling full. The waitress was also gracious about accommodating our pescatarian diet. The glass of sauvigon blanc that I ordered paired well with the food. Overall it was a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

You had to pay for the bread which we thought was a little much. It was good bread, don’t get me wrong. Various toppings (all with an additional charge) that were delicious. The chicken liver tart was amazing. Loved the oyster as well. The only thing we didn’t like was the pork loin. It was way too fatty. The ravioli was phenomenal as well. Awesome ambiance and the cocktail menu was interesting too. One of those places where you’re never quite sure what you’re ordering but you know it’ll be great and you just go for it.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emmer & Rye was our favorite restaurant in Austin. We were in town from Denver and made reservations at a few spots. Emmer & Rye was by far the best. Great food, good service and delicious cocktails. Plus the location made for a fun night out, being so close to Rainey Street. Definitely recommend this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, Hip and Tasty. Will go back soon!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Great service and food, would highly recommend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. One of my all time favorites. Small note - kinda strange though that y’all don’t have almond milk or milk alt for coffee.

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've ever had! I will go back every time I'm in Austin.

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SO
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emmer and Rye was innovative and delicious. I loved the ‘Dim Sum’ aspect of them coming with carts to your table. Will defiantly be returning next time I’m in Austin.

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t
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I honestly just don't think this place was my cup of tea. The space was cool and the service was great. That said I found the food to be pretentious and expensive for the amount of food you got. It "family" style but the dishes are tiny and the menu is very limited. When I looked online and noticed how limited the menu was I assumed there would be a lot of specials. There were none. The way they offset the limited menu is to come around and sell you dim sum. I was just not really into this place.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing from the minute you walk in to the minute you walk out! Only downside is the dining room is very loud. But awesome food, and great service!

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite when in Austin superb

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Pilar ate my share of food and still complains

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A
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised at how meticulous, creative and unique the food was at Emmer and Rye. The staff was incredibly thorough and genuine in sharing their favorites and why we should choose a certain cocktail or menu item. It was the perfect blend of local foods inspired with worldly flavors. I would absolutely come back. The Negroni was refreshing and had a unique twist with the Pork rinsed gin. Thank I will be back.

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SP
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great presentations. Tasty and flavorful foods. Very good server. We liked it. My only regret was that I could not drink red wine (January is no alcohol month) to compliment the flavors of the food.

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