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Emmer & Rye, Austin, TX

Emmer & Rye

4.7
4.7
3225 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.

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2 people

19:30


Booked 49 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 17:30–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–23:00
  • 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 see the “Events” tab on our website www.emmerhospitality.com for more information.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (512) 366-5530
  • Area
    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, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Austin

    American

  • Austin

    American

3,225 Reviews
  1. NicoM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, fresh food and amazing service. You can tell they have a really tight team here, the service was authentic and the energy was genuinely good. Enjoyed speaking with the chefs at chefs counter: if you're a food nerd, highly recommend. Many restaurants overly salt / butter their dishes and this is not the case here. Everything is fresh and even the "heavier" dishes feel light and are focused on flavor. It was great to see the chefs and staff taking pride in their work. We don't usually splurge on wine but the sommelier was extremely friendly and knowledgable and we got the best bottle of wine we've ever had. We also got to speak with the pastry chef and the chef directly in front of the bar, who was masterful at timing while informing us about the ingredients and techniques. A really fun experience and I couldn't recommend it more! We will remember this one for a long time.

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  2. HailyT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for our anniversary and they gave us some Prosecco for a toast, had a card at the table signed by all the staff for us and even gave us a free little dessert at the end. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The service was above and beyond and everyone was super nice. Thank you!

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  3. JustinI

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience and wonderful food. Highly recommend and I'll definitely be returning.

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  4. LouiseN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superlative evening with innovative, delicious dishes and caring, attentive service.

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  5. Dreamgirl44

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious array of food, bit of tight spacing and some wait staff was friendlier than others. If you’re celebrating a birthday don’t expect anything special here.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat at the bar. Great food and good drinks. Leon was super friendly.

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  7. Luv2eat

    Orange County

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were lucky enough to hit the last night of the Texas Wagu tasing menu..It was incredible plus we were able to add our favorite dish as well. Our waiter Isaac as well as the rest of the Emmer & Rye staff and chefs were amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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  8. RebeccaO

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I was so excited about this place but was so frustrated with the initial experience that it tainted the rest of the meal. We arrived with reservations having planned an entire get away weekend for just me and my husband. We were seated and waited A LITERAL FULL 30 MINUTES to be greeted for a drink order until my husband finally decided to leave the table to go to the bar to order drinks! When our server finally arrived he was very sweet and apologized and tried to make it right but you just can’t erase a first impression. The food was probably better than what it seemed since the frustration was just hard to overcome. Not a good way to kick off what later turned into a great weekend, thankfully!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Leon at bar where we had dinner was exceptional! Truly exceptional. E&R are fortunate to have him there.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Emmer & Rye for their Valentine’s Day set menu experience. The food was all very well put together and we only had one dish that we thought could’ve used a modification. The service was good albeit a touch slow at times, first course made it to our table before our drinks did. Overall this is on the upper echelons of restaurants in Austin but I feel the set dinner was a little overpriced for what we received. I’d imagine coming here for regular service will be a better value.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience and perfect service by Leon. Thank so much and will return.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A little too dark at the bar. Had to use my phone to read the menu. Otherwise place was spot on.

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  13. Michelle

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and amazing service. All food is sustainably sourced and carefully curated. Each plate is accompanied by a thoughtful description as it is being served, which makes you appreciate the experience even more.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I heard good things, but ended up quite surprised by the experience. Service was solid, but they didn’t pace dishes so things came out as the same time or mid finishing dishes. Food was generally oversalted and the tight menu didn’t end up leaving a lasting impression. Uchi, Kamuri Tatsuya, and Odd Duck all blew this out of the water in terms of flavour profiles and creativity. I would go elsewhere since Austin has such great food options available.

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  15. KCAV

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great experience. Go!! Food was great, service was great

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  16. MichelleC

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it… the service, food and wine was outstanding and prepared with such are. Will be back.

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  17. Amber

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emmer & Rye continues to be my favorite spot in Austin. The food is thoughtful, creative, and I can confidently say I’ve never had better dishes consistently anywhere else. The service is also unparalleled! Everyone is so knowledgeable and kind. They really make an effort to leave a positive and lasting impression. If you have trouble deciding what to order, just get the chef’s tasting! You really can’t go wrong.
    Emmer & RyeResponded on 11 February 2024
    Hi Amber, this is Alex the Service Manager! Thank you so much for leaving this awesome review, it is tremendously appreciated. I especially love when guests take the time to mention and recognize our front-of-house service team; I'm glad they made you feel welcome and taken care of, and that you had such a great time with us. Cheers!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely great service and food! Would definitely return!!

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  19. BowieFunk

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A small and energetic space with modern vibe, cozy ambient lighting and several choices of seating : bar, table or chef's counter. Cocktail menu is seasonal and bright - with classics thrown in for those of us who like a dirty martini or a good old fashioned. We sat at the Chef's counter - the only downside being that there only few seats and our 7:15 reservation was bumped almost 40 minutes late due to prior reservation sticking around for dessert and more drinks. We started with the sourdough bread, charred broccoli and cacio de pepe - all served in small and sharable portions with lots of flavor. Entrees were less notable - I didn't like the chicken, which seemed pale in color and matched in flavor/texture. The highlight is the busy, friendly and extremely efficient staff - both in the kitchen and on the floor - never a dull moment. Very knowledgable - accommodated our rushed schedule due to the late seating, and overall made the the dinner fun and light. If you have a chance to sit counter-side, do it: you appreciate all of the intricacies and effort put into what ultimately is a well-spent dining experience.

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  20. KimC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal & service we had in Austin! Bit windy on the patio but that was the only downside. Highly recommend!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming to Emmer & Rye ever since it opened. Last night was one of the best experiences yet. We brought our out of town guests to a very late dinner. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible food. The staff was extremely helpful, caring and provided lots of information about the menu and other dining options in ATX. The menu is not very approachable as it has many ingredients I’ve never heard of but don’t let that deter you.

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  23. AlfredoL

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve always loved coming here. I hadn’t been in a while, and y’all did not disappoint. I can’t wait to return again

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  24. BrendanL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unbelievable. That was an experience. Granted, we had the seasonal experience… not dishes at a time. But my God. Fantastic. Sarah (with an H) sent us on a great journey. Very informative. Very engaged. Wife and I had a great time. Want to go back asap.

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  25. BobS

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for helping us celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything, hospitality, atmosphere, food and, especially, the service was outstanding!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I found this place while looking for dining options offering bar seating. I was pleasantly surprised I still had a server along with the bartender. After discussing the menu the server made recommendations and he was spot on. I started with Oysters followed by the corn Johnny cakes and spaghetti. It was all delicious, the Johnny cakes have the best flavor. I will definitely visit this place again soon.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Thailand

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, great service. GET THE CABBAGE! trust me.

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  28. Samazing

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun tasting menu! Cant wait to return. Thanks much

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  29. Steve

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Very creative menu. Good wine list.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and highly suggest sitting at the chef’s counter.

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  31. Christal

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a group of 5 visiting Austin and booked our table at Emmer & Rye based on a recommendation. We were seated next to the door during a cold front and asked if there was any way we could move to a table further from the door. Unfortunately there were no other tables open, but we were provided with blankets, which was fantastic. We decided to order the Wagu Showcase. Our first few courses were fantastic, but the timing was so rushed. At one point we had three courses on the table at the same time and I had to ask the server if she could ask the kitchen to slow down the service so we could enjoy our meal. The courses were unique and flavorful and we were really enjoying the meal until the main course. Based on pictures that we saw from other reviews, we were expecting a Wagu steak served sliced. What we received was pot roast. A giant chunk of dry, salty, stew meat from the back of the freezer. What a disappointment. When our server saw our untouched plates she asked how we were enjoying this course. After teller her we didn’t like the meat and that is was dry and salty she simply said “ok” then cleared away full plates to move on to the next course. Then came the dessert which I can only describe as shaved beef ice with powdered sugar. It was terrible and actually made someone’s stomach upset. We quickly paid our bill and left immediately, without so much of an acknowledgement of our disappointment. I will certainly recommend that despite this being a James Beard nominated restaurant, no one comes here for dinner on their next trip to Austin.

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  32. LaurenR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! The staff were so friendly.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Amazing service! We can’t wait to go back!

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  34. wjsutton

    Austin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Austin, go with the server’s recommendations. Never disappoints.

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  35. CarlosM

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Food. We gad a great time. The Host was exceptional.

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  36. Kristy

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don't know why it took us so long to get to Emmer & Rye. I think I could eat the cabbage and broccolini every day. And the bread. The smoked honey is such a nice touch. There was a pasta special the night we went, which we had instead of the cacio e pepe, so we'll have to go back for that another time. We also had the tartare, amberjack, and pork tenderloin. The balance of richness + something pickled or tangy on the plates was perfect. And I'm still not over the koji ice cream and cacao chips. Service was excellent, too.

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  37. RyanK

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Fantastic food—like especially that dishes are meant to be shared. Good collaborative service between FOH and runners.

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  38. Explorer125

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for an amazing diner experience. The quality of the food is exceptional. The lighting could be improved since I saw several people use their phones to look at the menu. Aside from that, the service was great and the energy of the place great.

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  39. BenB

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I love Emmer & Rye, it's one of our favorite restaurants in Austin, and a great place to celebrate a birthday dinner! It's clear that they only use high quality, whole food ingredients that are both diverse and delicious. If you're looking for a farm to table restaurant that will be provide unique flavor experiences, this is a great place to go. The pasta dishes are my favorite, and their grass-fed meat is incredible. Can't wait to go back!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emmer and Rye never disappoints! The food was phenomenal, the service was impeccable, the ambiance is unmatched.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised 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 4.7 stars by 3225 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:30


Booked 49 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey St., #110, Austin, TX 78701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    River St.
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 17:30–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–23:00
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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, Takeaway, 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 see the “Events” tab on our website www.emmerhospitality.com for more information.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (512) 366-5530
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