Emmer & Rye

4.7
942 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tue, Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 366-5530
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Fink
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Private party facilities
We are proud to offer our guests a private dining room perfect for special occasions, business dinners, and brunch groups. Secluded from the main dining room and overlooking our garden & patio, we can accommodate guests at a single long table.
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Private party contact
Chris Dufau: (512) 366-5530
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
River St.
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Parking details
We offer valet parking Thursday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:30pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
What 942 People Are Saying
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FD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & fun experience. Dishes are local, interesting, and perfectly balanced. Highly recommend!

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MR
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out of town trip celebrating a friend’s retirement.

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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be the best restaurant in Austin, which is not an exaggeration.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was outstanding but the service was average, I did expect better when you’re paying those kind of prices for food. Our waiter gave us a small spiel about the place when we walked in but we didn’t see her at all after that basically until we went to pay. The food is very different and was all quite delicious but it is very pricey for the serving size. I really liked the black garlic ice cream and the cacio de Pepe spaghetti.

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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, creative, surprises with every cart!

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ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service Great a la cart options. Local ingredients that were well prepared.

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Y
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and amazing all in one evening. Matching dim sum choices to each course is a most clever , unique, fun dining experience!

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l
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my birthday and all the staff were welcoming and helpful. I let the waiter plan my menu and the food was terrific. A very special treat.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pasta dish!
Bread, fish dish, crab dish...
All yummy!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome date night spot, Great for foodies and people who like to try something new and different. All locally sourced

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F
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We found the food inconsistent and the service pretty pushy.

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F
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food to start. The crudo was amazing...
the wine service (didn’t get her name) was great .... then everything came out all at once. Dim sum broccoli was just OK, the Cacio e Pepe was cold, but the pork loin and mole was really nice, but not all at once. Our server (Ian) wasn’t to be seen since taking the order. But the expediters were running over time pushing out the food way too fast.
Next we sit there for 25 minutes before someone shows up again. Desert time.
We tried the apple tart which was just OK.

Sorry to say the food could be amazing but the experience just doesn’t match what the chef could offer.

I’ll be back at Justine’s, Odd Duck and Barley & Swine many times before I’ll maybe try this again.

Disappointed

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wonderful wonderful!

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KS
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. Our waitress was great and very helpful. I love the farm to table food. The problem was that it's just not enough for a big hungry dude. It's perfect for women who don't eat a lot and like to try different items, or for a girls night. But for our husbands who were ready for a real meal, it just didn't cut it. That said, we still had a great time. My husband enjoyed his birthday. The ambiance was good and the cocktails were delicious as well.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Dishes were hit or miss. Overpriced as well.

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A
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dining experience. Deserves every bit of its #1 ranking in Austin, TX. If you like unique food, great pairings, and sharing, you are in the right spot.

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NV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The food could have been good, but I didn't get a chance to taste much of it as when we got our second course there was a huge piece of hair inside our meal. Please note, no one in the kitchen was wearing any sort of head gear. If you go to other restaurants, the cooks are wearing at least baseball hats. Especially if they have long hair. This was very unfortunate.

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RK
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Excellent food. Great hip vibe. Little bit skimpy on portion size, even for small plate

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n
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have 4 words for you - Black Garlic Ice Cream. The service was great. The food was delicious. My only complaint is that what they call "dim sum" is really just dishes served from a cart. There's nothing Chinese about it.

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a
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice variety well executed
Great service

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RV
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my mom in for dinner this past week and our entire experience was exceptional. The food was super creative, delicious, and just filling enough. Hillary took care of us, and she was very friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back soon!

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NY
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Every server in employ serves you. Unique experience. Food is good. A lot of people in a small space a bit noisy.

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M
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal from start to finish

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m
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Only complaint was the music was too loud initially. But after requesting the volume be turned down, and it seemed to be less afterward, everything was fine.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emmer and Rye is the definition of a 5 star restaurant. The food was outstanding and the service was the best I have ever had at a restaurant. Would recommend to anyone and will absolutely be back next time I am in Austin.

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p
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for my wife's 40th birthday, and Emmer & Rye lived up to the hype.

From an experience perspective they paid attention. They had a birthday card on the table when we arrived, and that little detail set a warm and caring tone for the evening.

My wife ranked as an 8 overall, and I ranked it as an 8.5.

Why not higher?
I was a bit confused on what to do with the food on the carts (regarding quantity on different dishes, pricing, etc), so it wasn't flawless. It was a great experience overall. It also would have been great to have espresso vs. coffee at the end of the dinner. :)

We will be going back.

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QK
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An early Saturday night dinner with a friend was the best setting at Emmet & Rye. It was her second meal while it was my first. We both loved the place and had an amazing meal.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Josh, gave us what was easily the most extensive menu consult I’ve ever experienced. The food was inventive, interesting, local, and delicious. And the bill at the end was far less that what we would pay for this experience on the East Coast. Highly recommended.

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AL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the chefs table and it was great!

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CC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've ever been to. A must-visit in Austin.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was pretty great, Hillary is a wonderful person and server. She did a great job guiding us through the experience. Drinks were great, some food was really phenomenal and some food missed the mark (we had 3 plates from the menu and almost all from the dim sum cart.) It got kinda awkward and uncomfortable nearing the end of the meal. A couple employees from the waitstaff and a manager(not Hillary) were clearly rushing us out of the door. This was pretty uncomfortable. Yes, we were 10 minutes late for our reservation due to multiple accidents on I-35, but I made it very clear to the hostess about our latency with a preemptive phone call (not all customers offer that courtesy.) Further going down hill, the manager, I believe her name was Ali, ran my card on the wrong table, for the wrong amount because she was in such a hurry to turn the table. Uncomfortable for me and definitely an uncomfortable experience for her to come with her tail between her legs to apologize. Furthermore, it was also displeasing that after spending $200+ as a two top, there was no complimentary birthday dessert offered, maybe it’s just not that type of place (I haven’t came across many, especially at that price point.)—They did offer a birthday card, signed by the staff, at the start of the meal, which was sweet. This is a very busy restaurant so I’m sure that they don’t mind that it’s unlikely to see myself returning to their establishment, but I do want to remind them that customer appreciation doesn’t start and stop at the table’s server it should encapsulate all forms of service throughout the evening.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was interesting and different based on more regional grains or the incorporation of grains into the various dishes. We enjoyed all the dishes and especially liked the surprise of the "dim sum" options. All the dishes were prepared with care, well seasoned and beautifully presented. I especially appreciated that the cuisine was unique and creative. Would most definitely recommend .

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m
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Would not recommend. It tries to act like a Michelin star restaurant, and misses the mark on a lot of levels. Food was tasty but atmosphere and execution doesn't match such high pricing for the Austin area.

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TC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and helped guide through the menu. Our meals were just absolutely delicious. This will definitely be a place to return to on our next visit to Austin.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for date night. We thought the dim sum in addition to the main dishes was very unique and different. Would recommend for anyone looking for upscale dining in Austin

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t miss the crudos!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got lucky enough to sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen. The service was knowledgeable and if they didn't know the answer to my complicated question they found out right away. Suggestions and pairings were pretty spot-on. it might have a limited menu but it's because everything is perfect. I wouldn't want anything else it was amazing thank you.

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GM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal with really inventive flavors. Have them pick out the dishes for you.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the concept of this restaurant — choosing a few courses and supplementing with Dim Sum that comes around on a cart, but I was disappointed with the tiny plates with the big prices and the good, not great food.
This is a decent restaurant, just no where near deserving of a top restaurant designation. The dim sum on the cart was very unappealing (cottage cheese on a postage size piece of toast with fish roe for $3) and 5 dishes for 3 people was not enough. For $150, you can do much better in Austin.

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L
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We communicated our allergens, one was shrimp. The 3rd dish out was shrimp. Was not good for the value. Almost all vegetarian plates came out. Nice idea, just didn’t work.

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