Emmer & Rye

4.8
1709 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We are excited to welcome you to Emmer & Rye. We are currently offering both patio and dining room seating.

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.
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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Tasting Menu

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Celebrate Valentine's Day with us! We are offering a Chef's Tasting Menu at $125 per person. Optional wine pairings available for $60 per person. Call us at 512-366-5530 with any questions.
  • TLV/Henbit Take Over @ Emmer & Rye

    Feb 1 - Mar 22, 2021

    Beginning Monday, February 1 - Monday, March 22nd our sister restaurants TLV and Henbit will be taking over the Emmer & Rye dining room for dinner service every Monday from 5:30-9PM! Led by Executive Chef Berty Richter and Daniel Gaspar, the featured a la carte menus will be inspired by the streets of Israel and mixed with the farms of Texas. Dishes will include traditional cold mezze plates, grilled meats like Chicken Halloumi Kebabs, Lamb Souvlaki and Sausage with Chickpea Roti. A special wine menu focusing on Israeli, Greek and Lebanese wines as well as a unique cocktail menu will also be highlighted. Our normal Emmer & Rye menu will NOT be available. We hope to see you there!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1709 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every menu is perfectly crafted for the season.

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KaylahT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing time everything was perfect, from the drinks to the desserts!!

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vipFoodie
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Had high expectations for the food. We did the tasting and felt like from dish to dish it felt inconsistent - we collectively agreed on most dishes (3 of us) and most we weren't wowed and mainly just like it was good but not amazing. The desserts were the most disappointing of the foods. We felt like overall Emmer & Rye tried too hard to be so different and unique it missed the mark for us. The wine pairing was a let down as well. It was too out there for the wine choices and was hoping for more symbiotic pairings with the food. My husband only received one red through the whole meal. The service started off great and then half way through the meal we didn't see much of our server. Also, had to wait on wine for our tasting. Based on our experience at another restaurant with a tasting menu/wine pairing, the service and wine was prompt. Had high expectations because this place is listed in multiple lists of best places to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall pretty good but not quite up to expectations. The food was hit / miss on the tasting menu and the price didn’t match the experience. We paid $300 for 2 w tip.

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mirandag
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible, everything tasty, well presented and satisfying. The wine menu is excellent. The restaurant is very nice. Best experience in Austin ♥️

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JoshuaA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and had a wonderful time. The bar staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and the cocktails.

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BillyC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible.

This is hands down the best restaurant in Austin. Well done on every level.

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Battle
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is always so thoughtful and the food delicious. Service was also wonderful. The staff here never disappoint!

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alejandroj
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No joke this was one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had. Highly recommend and go with the tasting w/ wine pairing

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Libs
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our first time visiting Emmer & Rye and wow it did not disappoint. Their commitment to zero kitchen waste and innovative methods were inspiring. They are also seemingly dedicated to the health and safety of their workers and patrons- very important right now. The meal was amazing with each and every dish being better than the last though a shout out to the guanciale and this deconstructed flan/miso/chocolate dessert that blew my mind. Honestly though, the service was some of the best we've experienced. Alex, our server was genuinely excited to work there and was passionate about what the kitchen put out. His excitement and service made the dinner even more enjoyable. The tasting menu is priced so reasonably and you definitely come away pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a memorable birthday celebration for my son with the chef’s tasting menu. It was delicious and with 2 teenage boys at the table they paced the meal perfectly (fast) and fed them both into submission. The courses ranged from very light and interesting to rich and deeply satisfying. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in austin... complex flavors, abundance of unique veggies and a delightful informed staff. My go to for special occasions or to impress :)

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BradleyS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We did the Chef's tasting. While the food was okay, the value for money wasn't there at all. We had a better meal the next morning for less than the tip of our meal Friday night.

Emmer and Rye tries real hard...at a lot of things but lacks focus. Focus in the main component of each course and flavor profiles.

We asked the server what type of cuisine were they going for because it seemed like each course was a tour of the world.

Too many flavors, too much sauce, not enough sauce, too much salt, and then one course was just down right terrible. The Thai meatballs which was one of the courses of our $300 meal tasted like straight up frozen meatballs slathered in shopping mall thai sauce. That bad.

The best course was dessert and it was excellent. The bread which they offered us for free after the initial $300 was terrible was really good as well.

Emmer and Rye needs to read the book "The One Thing" and then decide what their One thing is rather than trying to do 100 things and being less than mediocre at all of them (except for bread and dessert).

I wouldn't go back and I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

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vipDotM
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cold night, but the heaters helped. Service was great. Food such a treat. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic, the food is both creative and delicious!

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FrancescaB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining and party and ordered about 10 dishes to share. Every dish was thoughtfully curated to create the most wonderful tastes. The quality and creativity of the food was superb. The bill was definitely on the pricier side but it was entirely worth it. I will be dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The food was phenomenal, the menu was creative, the presentation was exceptional. Would come here again in a heartbeat.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant we’ve been to in Austin! We were in shock the entire meal...everything was exceptional. A big bonus for us was that everything is farm to table and from Texas! And the fermented stuff...oh my! So yummy we made another reservation in the middle of dinner :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Such an interesting experience. We left hungry and not sure what in the world just happened for the past two hours.
Thankful the Cocktails are strong, it was needed to Help pay that tab at the end.

Would not recommend

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rolliky
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very innovative food, well prepared and delicious. Prices are high.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal all around. Great service and the food was off the charts great. Definitely recommend the snack bites. Entirely enjoyed the little surprises that graced us from the kitchen.

Also, smoking music selection.

Will be back!

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Bobbyw
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! We could not have asked for a better anniversary dinner.

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vipDaveS
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food wine excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prefixe meal was amazing! Kinda pricey but tons of food and amazing wine pairings. Service was perfect and the staff was personable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu- we loved it! So glad that our server suggested an orange wine to pair with it. Delicious!

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AmyM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The food is fantastic. Steak tartar was out of this world - wish I could eat it every day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Austin for a few days. This was our first time to Emmer and Rye. We were blown away with the whole experience It is now our number one favorite meal we have had.

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Ranthngs
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. They are culinary artists.. bringing the best creations out in mundane food. Even drinks are super, Loved it !

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SharadhaK
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time , I visit Austin, I make sure I go to emer and rye. FOOD is so good here that you don’t want to miss it. Their menu keeps changing every season so you are always in for a surprise. They have good vegetarian options as well so fear not if you are looking for vegetarian friendly restaurant. Their plates were so beautiful and their service is fantastic. They constantly come by your table to check if everything is good with your food. If you don’t like something, they even give you another plate to substitute and don’t charge you for the food.
This place is hands down one of the best restaurants in Austin. Don’t miss out on the good food here.

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mariam
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great suggestions by our server! 😋

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ab717
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish on the tasting menu was amazing. Can't wait to go back!

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SteveP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food served with a unique style from folks that care about service. We enjoy coming.

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vipAudraC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chefs tasting menu which I highly recommend! Delicious, fresh and so creative. A wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always extraordinary. The menu is well thought out and executed with perfection. The Peche Mel on draft is heavenly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing!

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SteveH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional meal. Extremely creative and well executed. Best meal I have had in Austin.

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RLM1216
Central Texas
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alex was amazing! We decided to try the Chef’s tasting menu and it was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend has a few allergies including gluten, so we hesitated to go somewhere named for two types of wheat. We needn’t have worried. The hospitality surpassed my expectations by a mile. Every bite and sip was exceptional.

We sat at the bar, where Logan guided our selections throughout the evening. From marking up a menu to navigate my friend’s restrictions, to smart cocktail pairings for each course, to indulging my nerdy questions with enthusiasm, his service was focused and welcoming.

Standouts: wagyu tartare, broccoli, blue crab (small plates), black pearl mushrooms (main), “snacks”, all cocktails, bread amino dessert (I got two of these... I could’ve had ten). Truly a memorable meal. We reordered plates after one bite several times.

If you haven’t been to Emmer and Rye, drop what you’re doing and go. Tonight. Maybe tomorrow too.

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MarkE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Innovative offerings that were good to very good. Portions could have been a little bigger.

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vipRebeccaB
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emmer and Rye is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. They've done a great job pivoting during covid and the food always blows me away. So unique, delish, and creative!

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 4.8 stars by 1709 OpenTable diners.

Emmer & Rye does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/emmer-rye/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.