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Lambert's Downtown BBQ
Lambert's Downtown BBQ

Lambert's Downtown BBQ Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fancybarbecue.com
  • Phone: (512) 494-1500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Mon – Fri, 11am to 2:30pm

    Sun – Wed, 5:30 to 10pm
    Thurs – Sat, 5:30 to 10:30pm

    Sat & Sun 11am to 2pm

    7 days, 11am to Late

    Happy Hour
    7 days, 5pm to 7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our upstairs bar and lounge is available for a wide range of parties, lunches, and dinners. Please contact us for private party information.
  • Private Party Contact: Fallon Gaskamp (512) 494-1500
  • Entertainment: Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.fancybarbecue.com for this weeks shows.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Guadalupe St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage directly east of Lamberts (entrance on lavaca) and in the Amli on 2nd parking garage (entrance on San Antonio). Valet is also available on 2nd Street.
A word from Lambert's Downtown BBQ
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, located in the 2nd Street District of downtown Austin, features modern Texas classics in a hiply restored historic building. With an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and all natural meats, produce, and seafood, Lamberts has invented "Fancy Barbecue." The beautifully restored Schneider Store, located on the corner of Guadalupe and 2nd streets, features an open kitchen and dining room on the first floor, with outdoor patio seating available. The upstairs bar and lounge features premium live music most nights and can accommodate large parties for private events.
Since opening in 2006, Lamberts has been featured in Food & Wine, The New York Times, Conde Naste Traveler, and voted the 4th best new restaurant in Texas by Texas Monthly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Boar ribs were definitely a high point... A must try! Cocktails are creative and tasty!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I would not recommend Lamberts because there are other BBQ places which are much better than Lamberts. I had the 2 meats plate (chicken and ribs) and I did not find either to be exceptional."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I think hype sustains Lambert's popularity. The food is good but not extraordinary. I took an out-of-town friend there for a weekday lunch and enjoyed ourselves, but it certainly wasn't memorable."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Delightful dinner here on 6/24 with a 6pm dinner reservation. We sat outside in the shaded patio area which also had water misters. The bib salad and mac and cheese was my dinner. My husband went for the baby back ribs and fried okra. The service was great the food fantastic. I like the little corn bread muffins to start with. This place was highly recommended by several people and it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We arrived 39 minutes before our reservation but were immediately seated. We asked to sit upstairs so we could enjoy the live music. Our waitress was fast and attentive, checking on us often. A great experience overall, no negatives to report. A standout was the "local rabbit" soup - really tasty with lots of herbs."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Very impressed with the menu, food, and service! If I had to classify Lambert's I'd call it "upscale BBQ". Terrific food, highly recommend the oyster appetizer, brisket, and jalapeño sausage, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a business lunch with our bank and title company and overseas investors and it was a perfect spot to entertain. Great round corner table, excellent menu and lovely hostess. Food was quick and tasty and was the perfect business lunch venue."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The service was excellant the food was really good but it isn't just a BBQ restaurant as we were led to believe by our hotel. It was a bit loud so not for those who are into a quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had the two steaks on the menu and they were both cooked differently but delicious."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "First time visit to Lamberts. Our daughter who lives in Austin gave us a gift card. We really enjoyed the food, service was very good, our waiter attentive. Enjoyed the visit and would go back again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to dining at Lambert's for some time now. Everytime I was in town they were booked. Finally got a reservation and took my 79 year old mother out for a treat. Food was good - but not as good as I remembered from my previous visit. We were told that our only choice for a table (at 6:00 pm) was up front near the stairs. The noise level from the second floor made it impossible to have a conversation. Probably won't return."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We've eaten at Lamberts on several occasions and each time found the noise level to be so loud we could not hear each other or the server. They do not need to play music in a building that already has poor acoustics. It's unfortunate as we most likely will stay away. The noise level really distracted from our experience."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We love Lambert's and always stop in whenever we are in Austin. With its great food, vibrant atmosphere and engaging service, nothing says welcome to Austin like Lambert's. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We are from out of town and attempted to eat here around 8:45 on Saturday night. Upon walking in and seeing 5 open tables (including a booth) we tried to put our name on the list and were told it would be an hour to 1.5 hour wait for 3 people. We asked why since the list only had a couple of names on it already and we were told "you should've made a reservation, I mean, this IS Lambert's." She may not realize she is the first impression people get and should be less snobby. We left and made a reservation for the next day as instructed. Our waiter was great and polite. The brisket was fatty but the macaroni was pretty good. Overall, we paid $94 for 3 plates, 3 tea's and 3 ice cream desserts. Overall, we weren't impressed :("
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent! It was a special request destination for my Husband's birthday! We really enjoyed our night of celebration."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My husband makes a MEAN brisket but the one at Lambert's surpasses it! This is a GREAT place to eat and I'm a native Texan. Great service and DELICIOUS food - many different EXCELLENT options. HIGHLY recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Overpriced with way too much noise. They seem to try to rush you along so they can get more people in to make more money. The food was generally good but not worth the cost. They miss served caffeine and non caffeine coffees. They messed up flavors in ice cream dessert. You can go to Rudy 4 times for same cost and get good bisket."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Loved the bbq, but was amazed by the smoked trout! "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food was good. We were at a table for 2 and the table was extremely small, but overall experience was good."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Lambert's brisket was very good with a nice flavorful crust. I didn't care for the jalapeno hot link. It was too mushy and the flavor combination of the spices didn't fit very well. Sausages in bbq restaraunts should be more firm with a bit of crunch on outside and tender juicy inside. As you can tell I like sausage. I had the mac and cheese and collard greens on the side. The mac and cheese was like liquid gold heaven. Absolutely delicious! The collard greens were good too. I would go back to Lamberts not for their meats but definitely for their side dishes."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Special occasion brunch matched by such great good. We had the Breakfast Frito Pie, Wagyu Cheeseburger, and some Macaroni and Cheese and Waffle Fries to share. Everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I really liked the atmosphere - nice location, patio outside and brick building and was excited to try BBQ in Texas. From the menu we ordered Country style pork ribs (which were undercooked), pulled pork, short ribs (which were almost burnt in a very hot sauce), fish and ribeye (we were told this was the best item on the menu, but the steak was too fatty and covered with too strong of a sauce). Overall, nothing was good enough that we would come back and order it again. I think our server didn't like that we asked questions about the menu (like what items on the menu is your restaurant know for). Overall our server was impatient and rude. I really wanted to like it here."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "great service and great for brunch. Breakfast frito pie was very good"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I had been hearing great things about Lambert's and while visiting Austin we really wanted to try it. The Brooklyn Cocktail was fantastic but that was as good as it got. The soup, although tasty was not hot when it arrived and neither were the brisket and ranch beans. The brisket was dry and not tender. I have had so much better brisket in this town for significantly less money. The ranch beans, along with being cold were underdone and lacking flavor. I would not recommend this place unless you just want cocktails then I say go for it. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Best ribs and pulled pork! Everything was delicious. This is why we came to Texas. For the BBQ."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Be glad you ate at Lamberts! I consider it is a must-stop when we are in Austin. Excellent food and service always.with a very lively vibe. It's a special place you shouldn't miss eating at."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I entertain inter company guests on frequent occasions. Being in Texas, many of my guests are looking for and expecting some type of barbeque restaurant, drinks, and good atmosphere. Since many of my guests are from the northern states, they typically like to sit outside since we generally have great weather. Lambert's hits on all these marks. Great food, drinks, outdoor patio area right off the street, and close by after dinner locations in downtown make this a favorite "Go-To-Spot" for me."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "food is fantastic. banana pudding one of the best desserts i have ever had. staff is very friendly and attentive. Lamberts is a true gem."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I came for lunch with a group from work. The food was just OK. I had the chicken with mac and cheese and coleslaw. It was nothing to get excited about, but not bad. The boudin fritters were really, good, though. This was my second visit here and it I wasn't impressed either time."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We had brisket and it was tender and tasty. My guest from Ohio was extremely pleased with the whole experience. That was what I shooting for. We had never been here before. Our son in law recommended it. Shucks, he was right for once. I WAS surprised they did not carry a Merlot."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time I've been to Lambert's and based on my experience I'm not coming back. I had lunch with an out of town friend & from the get-go this place was a like a very loud party. The table next to ours had toddlers and they were wailing the entire time & manager and waitstaff did nothing to control them. Bcuz the kids were so loud everyone else was speaking loudly to compensate & I could barely hear my friends conversation. Lambert's isn't supposed to be a McDonalds. I would have forgiven the noise if the brisket wasn't so mediocre; it was overcooked and flavorless and added nothing to my sandwich or my friends 3 meat plate. Frankly, I was embarrassed I brought my friend here to have some good Texas BBQ. I won't be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "of finding a parking space (one member took over 30 minutes to find a space), and dealing with the noise level. I rated the noise level as energetic; in fact it was loud! Great BBQ and service!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Delicious crispy wild boar ribs! Could have had two orders and been happy. Three meat platter was great, clean flavored that allowed you to really taste the meats. The jalapeño hot link was very good as were all the sides. Mac and cheese steaming hot and crusty cheese topping, jicama and carrot slaw and potato salad all yummy. Was very excited to have a Stolpman Syrah! Made it delicious!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "great music, great food. We made a reservation and did not like our seat by the kitchen. They were very accommodating."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I'm a former Austinite, and love getting back to see friends and explore the restaurants. Austin is full of wonderful options for casual dining, but I must say that the Saturday brunch we had at Lambert's was the best meal of the week. I had the Brisket Hash and my wife had the Lambert's Eggs Benedict, and both were so good we didn't want the meal to end. I almost ordered another round of the brisket hash."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "First time in Austin. Amazed on the quality of the food. Really good presentation of the plates. It could stay open more late"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I was treated really well even though I was dining alone. Enjoyed the food; I would eat here again."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I felt that this experience fell short of the high expectations I had. I mean I've had better BBQ at many other places and paid half as much. Ok I get it, there's ambiance, there's music... Doesn't add up for me. Give me a food trailer, or an old BBQ joint over this any day. Quick overview of the food: Beef short rib, decent flavor, tender meat. Grilled ribeye, brown sugar topping was overwhelming. Brussels sprouts, tasty but a little undercooked. Mac and cheese had a great consistency, but the flavor didn't do it for me."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food here is awesome! When I come to Austin for SXSW I always have a dinner or two at Lambert's! Go earlier in the evening if you don't want the upstairs bar band to drown out your conversation."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We were lucky enough to sit at one of the main booths on the first floor. We came for brunch to celebrate a birthday party. The only downside was that the place is very lively and was a bit loud. I ordered the green chili cheese grits and they were the best grits I've ever had. The cinnamon roll is fantastic as well - can be shared! Our lattes were cold and the service was okay, but overall the experience would great and I would return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014