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Ember Kitchen, Austin, TX

Ember Kitchen

4.8
4.8
96 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary Latin
Ember is proud to introduce Austin's premier Josper oven experience. Our menu showcases bold, Latin flavors, with impactful dishes cooked over live embers.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Latin, Steakhouse, Latin American
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 200-2250
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 96 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

96 Reviews
  1. GigiM

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff is SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about their menu!

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  2. CaraK

    Austin

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service by Megan, drinks were awesome, tomahawk was divine. We had an incredible dining experience!

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  3. Gary

    Austin

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here, and I must say that everything was amazing! The food was cooked to perfection and had wonderful flavors. And the service, to include the reception, and at our table was second to none. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience and we will be back many times!

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  4. Daniel

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Latin fusion with steaks cooked in a very original style that separate it from steakhouses around town.

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  5. Dogmom

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and service last night at Ember Kitchen. We were seated in the downstairs bar area. It was quaint and cozy but not at all tight among the tables. We felt we could easily talk (just 2pp) and couldn't hear orher table conversations. The meal was one of the best I've had in all of Austin for the last 5+ years. We started with the octopus - exciting flavors in every morsel. We shared the filet mignon (special) prepared in the Josper oven. It was heavenly and melted in your mouth prepared med-rare as the chef recommended. We also had the side of greens and potatoes. Both also excellent. We shared a dessert. Plenty enough food for two. We enjoyed the spicy welcome tasting cocktail plus 2 more cocktails prepared by the talented mixologist behind the bar. We had 2 beautiful glasses of wine with dinner. Also an excellent espresso martini and the Julian non-alcohol cocktail which was beyond my expectations. Highly recommend and we will return. The prices are high end.

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  6. TravisD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ember Kitchen gives you an experience like none other! The ambiance is amazing- it’s totally chill, atmosphere has the best vibe and energy. Our server Christina made our evening so special! She was fun, professional, friendly and started our night with the most delicious shot! Christina was extremely knowledgeable about the restaurant and everything about the Josper Oven experience. What an absolutely incredible evening at Ember Kitchen!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, 10/10 experience! Loved the food & especially the dessert.

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  8. REAS

    Dallas

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ember Kitchen in Austin has garnered a reputation for its exceptional live-fire cooking and Latin flair, and my recent visit there only solidified its standing. The restaurant's location within the historic Seaholm Power Plant adds a unique industrial charm to the dining experience, which is complemented by the warmth and attentiveness of the staff. The star of the show is undoubtedly "the Josper," a coal-fired grill and oven that is central to the preparation of Ember Kitchen's dishes. The grilled chicken was a testament to the Josper's capabilities, arriving with a perfect char that enhanced its flavor and made it a memorable dish. The shrimp scampi was another highlight, with the orange-hued shrimp in a buttery sauce with morita chiles offering a delightful kick that paired beautifully with the crispy flatbread. The steak, too, was a standout, tender, and amped up by a birria sauce that added depth to the dish. The service at Ember Kitchen was impeccable, with staff who were eager to share their knowledge and provide recommendations. The complimentary welcome drink and fresh tortillas set a hospitable tone for the evening, making the dining experience feel both indulgent and personal. Well done Ember.

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  9. DeeZ

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! Special shout out to Kinsey who made our kids feel extra special on their birthdays.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Ember Kitchen offers phenomenal food and drinks, but my reservation experience fell short. Despite booking for 7 o'clock, we weren't seated until 7:30, with the host showing little concern. Considering the steep prices, I expected better service and a more accommodating attitude. While promised a complimentary shot, it turned out to be standard for all diners. The waitress was excellent, but the delay dampened our experience. Overall the food and drinks made up for it but they do need to fix their reservation situation.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the server knowledgeable and engaging. They started us off with a complimentary drink and small bite. We went there for my birthday and the staff had a signed card with notes. It was very sweet.

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  12. Issy

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time in this restaurant and I really enjoyed. Service and food was really amazing. I really recommend it. Chef Julio is really nice and talent.

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  13. DavidS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent. Very disappointing service.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My gf and I enjoyed a lovely date night at ember! Our first time at this restaurant so we relied on our server (Deja, I believe) and went with her recommendations. So glad we did! The restaurant itself is very beautiful and moody.

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  15. SpencerW

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food so much. A perfect place to celebrate a birthday. Excellent atmosphere and service.

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  16. RMC35

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff was incredible, and the team was kind enough to comp dessert for my guest and I since they got wind that we were there to celebrate. Chicken entree was unique and very flavorful - a must try. I’d say after Canje, at ATX Cocina, it may be the best I’ve had in Austin. Thank you for a wonderful experience, we’ll be back again!

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  17. Nickname

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cocktails were great… maybe the best margarita in Austin. Food was really good… very solid. Service was great.

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  18. TsedeyB

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great concept and great food. There was a loud party when we were there but it was still a very nice experience.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Alec is unbelievably talented. We ordered the prawn special. It was delicious and gorgeous! We almost licked the plate clean. Servers were also amazing! We will return.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is always delicious. They combine unique flavors to come up with an insane menu!!! They do run out of some menu items quicker than most spots. Both times we’ve been one of the dishes we wanted were sold out. I think they source fresh quality food though so I don’t mind as much. They have great drinks as well!! Don’t forget to use the app that they’re associated with to pay, there are always great deals.

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  21. JACOBOE

    Monterrey

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Llegué puntual a mi reserva, me sentaron 30 minutos después, pasaron 45 minutos y sólo llegó un plato no estaban preparados para recibir gente. El manager ofreció pagar la cuenta, lo cual no permití. Sólo pagamos las bebidas y un solo plato. Muy mala experiencia para la noche. De fin de año.

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  22. BernhardP

    Cancun

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit pricey but really really good food! The aged ribeye was incredible

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the opportunity of dining at Ember for the first time on NYE and an early celebration of my boyfriend and I’s 3 year anniversary. We had the most delicious meal consisting of caviar bites, market fish crudo, shrimp scampi, a delicious salad, halibut and salmon. All of the seafood tasted so fresh and the flavors were well balanced. All of the sauces were rich and full of flavor! We started our meal with these mixed mango tequila shots and got the clean slate cocktail after, which I would recommend if you like mezcal. Our server Maddie provided the best service, she was so knowledgeable on the menu and provided the best recommendations. We had a couple table touches from the managers and even the GM, which made us feel so special! I would recommend requesting a table upstairs if you are able to - views, ambiance and all the decor were spectacular. 10/10 would recommend especially if you are celebrating a special occasion.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It took quite a while for our food and cocktails to be served. Specifically I waited 35 min for just my cocktail to arrive, and our dinner took almost an hour to be served. Thankfully, despite the long wait, the food turned out to be delicious. The flavors and quality of the dishes made up for the delay and left us satisfied with our dining experience.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Could barely hear the waitress, so difficult to order. Food came out quickly and hot, but for the price there are so many other places that I would rather eat. $32 for 2 tiny scallops! Food was good but incredibly expensive.

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  26. Winner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect! Staff were friendly, professional and attentive. We started with an indulging welcome drink. We had an array of delicious starters which led into beautifully presented and prepared entrees. Our table shared the chicken, king salmon and steak, along with broccolini and plantains. Everything was amazing, start to finish, can’t wait to return!

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  27. QuincyC

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So. Frickin. Good. I could war three of everything on the menu. Already ready to go back!

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  28. MattK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, got scallop, steak and chicken. Best chicken in Austin

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic new spot. Wait staff was over the top friendly and helpful. All of the food was beautiful, delicious, and creative. Can't wait to return!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing foodie experience! Layers of flavor and perfect selections for sharing family style.

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  31. Vicki

    Austin

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were fantastic. Host was not friendly and table selection was not great.

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  32. VelvetH

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really tasty meal! Portions are on the smaller, and prices on the higher side.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    After a questionable start, this was an amazing experience. Despite an early reservation and an empty restaurant, we were initially seated at a table directly in front of a drafty closed-off patio door that was clearly the worst seat in the house. But they quickly accommodated our request to move to more comfortable seating upstairs. From that point on, our server and the food were both superb. The caviar bites, shrimp dish, Ember greens and scallops entree were all divine. My husband liked the filet skewer, but it was a tad spicy for me. This is a place we would return to with a request to be seated upstairs.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the decor and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back!

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  35. sxswHATER

    Austin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate setting. Excellent service. Craft cocktails. Amazing food!

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  36. Ryanzz1

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurant in Austin. Highly recommend.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great spot for a date night! The service was fantastic. The food and cocktails were top notch. Ember is a gem and we’ll definitely be back.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desde el detalle de la tarjeta de cumpleaños para mi esposo firmado por todo el equipo Ember, la música que nos tuvo alegres toda la noche, la mesera súper atenta y profesional ( bilingüe además ) y una comida deliciosa .. hizo de la cena una bonita memoria .. gracias!

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  39. MACK

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I live downtown and dine out five nights a week, and this has become my favorite spot since Red Ash temporarily closed. The chicken, marinated for 24 hours, possesses an incredible flavor that leaves me craving more by my next meal. The caviar bites, shrimp, and halibut are all exceptional. Even those who aren’t usually fans of scallops will find the scallops here fantastic. The broccolini and carrots are delightful additions as well. Although their desserts don’t particularly stand out, I can honestly say I’ve loved everything else on their menu! Bon Appétit!

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  40. LyndiH

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cool vibe. We loved our server, Kenzie! Food was amazing, service 10/10

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FAQs

Ember Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Ember Kitchen

800 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701-4008

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Located inside the Seaholm plaza. Validated parking @ Walter Seaholm lot.
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Latin, Steakhouse, Latin American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Cocktails
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