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Emmer & Rye, Austin, TX

Emmer & Rye

4.6
4.6
2784 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

10:00 PM


Booked 51 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

  • Chefs Counter Tasting Menu

    $120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A curated tasting menu offered at the Chefs Counter, overlooking the open kitchen.
  • New Year's Eve @ Emmer & Rye

    $150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for a NYE extravaganza by escaping the hustle and bustle of Rainey Street and entering the sanctum that is Emmer & Rye. Our chefs have meticulously prepared a 5 course tasting menu with a main focus on grandeur, so make sure you're dressed to match. Once you've been whisked away to your table, feel free to let our sommeliers take the reigns with a curated wine pairing, or peruse our a la carte martini offerings via roaming cart. After your meal to remember, you'll end with a nightcap and dessert on our heated patio. We look forward to hosting you as you prepare to ring in the New Year! Tickets include your 5 Course Menu + dessert and nightcap on the patio.

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What 2,784 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience, can’t wait to visit again!
  2. s

    stevend

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was really outstanding Great vaiety So fresh Not inexpensive
  3. s

    sunriser

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ordered the dinner menu. Pricely but well worth it. Preparation and presentation were outstanding. Wagyu beef was superb. Neat to get surprised with each course -- all were delicious. We were seated opposite the door to the outdoor dining, which made for some annoying breezes through the dinner, the only reason for four stars on ambiance.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and food.
  5. NS

    NataschaS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a perfect evening - we made a last minute reservation for dinner and had one of the best experiences ever! From start to finish this was an amazing evening. We were greeted and seated immediately upon arrival. Our server warmly welcomed us and introduced us to the dishes on the menu. I love when the server is as excited about the dishes as I’m - great recommendations and assuring we will be pleased with the results. The food is more than 5 Stars - each dish is presented beautifully and proudly described by the server or Chef. You cannot go wrong with any dish - they are all tasty and seasonal with local ingredients. Of course, cocktails and wine selection go well with the menu and thoughtfully selected. We cannot wait for another chance to visit Emmer & Rye and recommend it to all that want to enjoy great food & wine served from the heart!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience! The service was exceptional and the food was so tasty!
  7. CL

    ChristianL

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s probably the best restaurant in Texas.
  8. R

    Ronp

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall good. Definitely pricy (“bread service” $16). Short pour wines by glass. Interesting small plates - really good. Fish was slightly overcooked. Duck/pasta tasty!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Some good, some not so much, can be better. Can tell there's a lot of thought and desire to raise the bar, still finding its way. Bread was exceptional!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Prior to visiting Austin, we reserved a table for our group of friends to enjoy the $120 prix fixe menu that many reviews online mentioned. We heard that we would experience a local favorite while enjoying a nice culinary farm-to-table experience. Once we all arrived, the service was excellent with our waiter explaining their neat process of getting locally sourced ingredients from farms and local foragers. I would rate the service a 5/5. Food however was very underwhelming. The presentation on each dish was expertly plated, but the flavors were all over the place. There were many pronounced flavors, like basil oil, that was overpowering. We had a couple wagyu beef dishes that didn’t have a “melt-in-your-mouth” experience and was under seasoned. There was a unique dish that had dragon tongue beans that none of us have ever heard of, but ended up being unpalatable that not all of us could finish. Fortunately, with service being excellent, they were able to substitute that dish with another vegetable dish. Food was 1/5, presentation 5/5. Overall, service, presentation and ambiance was excellent. For the amount that we paid, I would say the food was not worth the trip. This restaurant is well suited for those who want to experience unique, locally sourced foods and to expect out of the ordinary flavors.
  11. G

    Gary

    Austin

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice experience. It's easy to understand why it's hard to book a table at this place. They are very busy. Nonetheless, all of the food is presented very well and had great flavors. And the service was impeccable. Thank you so much!

    Emmer & RyeResponded on November 28, 2022We appreciate the kind words, thanks a ton for spending some time with us and sharing your feedback! -Alex

  12. S

    Sadie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just outstanding. I live in New York, and this restaurant was a treat. Open another restaurant in New York!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great meal. I would recommend picking items off the a-la-carte menu over the set dinner.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we were greeted by the valet and the host, we knew were going to be well taken care and spoiled! The atmosphere has an industrial, hip, cool vibe adding to the overall culinary mood. Our waitress Cynthia was kind, patient, knowledgeable and extremely helpful making the overall experience fantastic! Cynthia inquired about our food preferences and tailored a spectacular culinary adventure! Each dish presented a beautifully complex bite of flavor and texture was delightfully unexpected. We also throughly enjoyed their hand crafted cocktails! I highly recommend Emmer & Rye without any hesitation!

    Emmer & RyeResponded on November 28, 2022Wow, thanks for this glowing review! We love to hear it and are so glad you had such an awesome time! -Alex

  15. JK

    JenniferK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food, service, and atmosphere! I will definitely be coming back!
  16. H

    Holly

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and they accommodated completely for dietary restrictions. Well done!
  17. SL

    SaraL

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Terrible service. Mediocre food.
  18. HT

    HannahT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    havent been to emmer & rye in years, and WOW, forgot how fabulous it is. Food and service are still incredible even as the team continues to open new spots. I truly think Emmer&Rye is one of the very best restaurants in Austin!

    Emmer & RyeResponded on November 28, 2022I'm so happy that you were able to make it back to us and that it lived up to memory! Thank you for the awesome review...see you again soon! -Alex

  19. S

    Scott

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience. We did the chef's recommended dinner, and it was fantastic. The service was impeccable.
  20. AG

    AnthonyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I did the chefs special tasting and it was totally worth it.
  21. HD

    HeatherD

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Good food and great service but way overpriced. I think it was an off night based on recommendations. Servers were all so nice and honest about portion sizes. All the food was way too salty and we sat by the door which kept opening to the 39 degree weather so I was freezing throughout dinner. I wouldn’t make a special trip here unless a friend picked it again.
  22. JL

    JimL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and the service was outstanding. Everyone was nice and well informed on the menu. Food came out quickly. Excellent wine list as well and Zach was very knowledgeable.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    It’s my fifth time here. Something has changed and the food is not nearly as good as before. Will not come back. What a shame. Used to be my No.1 place in Austin
  24. TM

    TomM

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and fantastic service Extremely busy since a Friday but everything was perfect.
  25. AM

    AnneMarie

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, incredible food, and our waitress was extremely accommodating and thoughtful toward my friend who had been slightly over-served at Tipsy Alchemist :-) highly recommend!
  26. b

    bunky

    Nashville

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Traveling by myself on business and I was so happy to be able to get a reservation for "1" at the bar. I was seated immediately at the last bar stool near the bathroom. It was fine. They were quick to review the menu and suggested 3 small plates. I was sitting next to some nice people and they helped me choose. Pears, pasta and the mushrooms. I also ordered a nice glass of wine. Pears were great. Pasta was tasty. The nice people left and two guys sat down and started to discuss wine. Asked for the sommelier. At that point, I was forgotten. My mushrooms came and it was too much food. I should have only ordered two plates. My wine glass remained empty. I would have certainly ordered another if anyone has noticed. I paid my bill and left disappointed. I would not go back unless someone else was paying or needed to talk to the sommelier.....
  27. LH

    LarzHoneytoast

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service
  28. AJ

    AJMmm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    I'll start by saying that the food, drink, and service were excellent! They don't waste any space here, and the place was packed wall to wall. We were stuck at a tiny table by the glass door leading outside for service. It was so loud between people talking, the music, and the open air kitchen that my partner and I had to raise our voices to hear each other making conversation difficult. On top of that, the music was not at all what I would expect for a fine dining experience, and was frankly annoying. For dinner with friends, I could see this place being fun. I don't recommend it for a nice romantic dinner though. If you are planning a date here, you might want to plan around the weather and request seating outside.
  29. TF

    TonyFlaFoodie

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An Outstanding experience of food, drinks, and service. Emmer & Rye is a must when in Austin, but make reservations. The #Dinner120 was a culinary adventure of tastes and presentation.
  30. i

    ilisai

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly and helpful staff. Delicious food.
  31. SS

    SueS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious but the portions were quite small & pricey. I loved the enthusiasm of the servers & explanations of the meals.
  32. C

    Christa

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was absolutely incredible and the food was a close second.
  33. RG

    ReneeG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a foodie adventure - one that our family will be talking about for years. Highly recommended. Just go!
  34. RS

    RyanS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose to out ourselves in the hands of the chef and we couldn’t have made a better choice. But even if you order off of the menu, just go. You won’t be disappointed.
  35. TP

    TriciaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chef’s menu was outstanding. They were able to substitute gluten free options and the meal was well crafted and delicious.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversaries
  37. NL

    NLDY

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My company and I unfortunately left quite disappointed. We all got the 10 course dinner and were not super impressed with the food choices that were brought to the table. For spending $120 per person I would hope every dish would be spectacular, however they all fell short. The timings of the meals, the service and ambiance were however on point.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff was absolutely lovely and we really enjoyed our dinner here. The snapper crudo was phenomenal and our server was really knowledgeable about wine pairings. We tried some really fun things. The portions were a bit small for the price but overall loved the concept and ambiance. Would definitely go back!

    Emmer & RyeResponded on November 28, 2022Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I'm so glad you had a good time! Looking forward to seeing you again! -Alex

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience5
    We got the dinner for $120/each. As we looked around the restaurant, it seemed like we got tipped
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emmer & Rye made our anniversary so special. Nick took great care of us and went out of his way to make sure our chef experience was a delight. The food was incredible! We look forward to visiting again.

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 2784 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 51 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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