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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Austin, TX

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.6
4.6
2175 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
BBQ ALWAYS, LIVE MUSIC OFTEN

Located on the corner of 2nd and Guadalupe Streets in downtown Austin (a block away from Town Lake & Moody Theater), in a historic 1873 Victorian building once home to J.P. Schneider general store, Lamberts features modern Texas classics including expertly smoked barbecue, grilled prime steaks, simple yet elegant apps and mains, and homestyle sides. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.

The two-story dining room features an open kitchen, two bars (with one of the best whiskey selections in town) as well as an outdoor patio surrounding our Mill Scale smoker. The design includes black leather banquettes and repurposed sinker pine table tops. The vibe is laid-back Austin and not afraid to get a little rowdy at times—especially when there's live music Upstairs at Lamberts.

*If booking an outdoor table, please note that patio seating is weather contingent. During those times, we will do our best to accommodate indoor seating depending on availability.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (512) 494-1500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Kyle Renfro
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lambert's Downtown BBQ can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Lamberts Events & Catering: (512) 494-1500
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Guadalupe St
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.lambertsaustin.com for this weeks shows.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,175 Reviews
  1. NicoleH

    Seattle

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food, drinks and service was great. Our server did a great job of helping us order for the table. Noise level upstairs is somewhat high making it a little difficult to talk with a table of 6.

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  2. JohnD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great BBQ, great vibe, great service! However, it was a tad loud.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A cute date night for a couple from out of town that includes great BBQ and cocktails. A short walk from the bar bridge too.

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  4. KyleR

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brisket is the best I’ve ever had. The avocado burnt ends queso is tremendous. The Mac n cheese is a great side. A really special place

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  5. Alex

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Accommodating staff, amazing food. Highly recommend.

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  6. TIMM

    Austin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the food was very good. Some unique and tasty appetizers. However a ribeye ordered medium well was served medium rare and had to be sent back. Service was a bit slow on a busy Mother's Day. I was disappointed that we had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated.

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  7. CarrieT

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Where to begin on this Mother’s Day outing? I made a reservation well in advance and the table intended for us was occupied by guests that had overstayed their allotted time. As a longtime Austin diner, it is customary to set the expectation that you can only have the table for X amount of minutes. Why this wasn’t enforced, who knows? The Hostess was super sweet and I didn’t want to take any of this out on her. We waited a bit, then settled for a four top in front of the kitchen line. Fine . Just limited on the surface area. The bartenders were fabulous before we were seated, as they always are and got us drinks. We waited about 10 minutes for the waitress to come by and greet and take our order. She was nice enough, but at 1:20 (with the delay of arranging where to sit) the kids were kind of hangry. Placed the order, and explained as politely as possible with the a no water request due to the size of our table and my desire for it to not end up knocked over on the floor. My children are well behaved and accustomed to dining out, it just seemed like an eventuality bc that is the day we were having. The lovely gal (not our waitress) came by with water and I think I caught her off guard with saying “oh, no thank you”. She froze and left the water , and I think I scared her. Not my intention , just trying to keep the kids entertained while we waited for the food. Food was good, but no one really came by to see how it was. If they had asked I would have politely shared my feedback Sunday. Additionally, I called and left a message with the restaurant expressing that I had feedback , because the experience was overall not acceptable for a variety of reasons on Monday. No call back and today is Wednesday. Trying to give leeway if they were closed or swampedA single one off , fine. I’m not expecting perfection. But it felt like three strikes and when you pay that much & make a reservation with it planned ahead. Just not acceptable.

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  8. Goodeats

    London

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat outside on the patio and had a quick lunch. It was the best steak I’ve had in Texas despite only being a hanger steak! The steak came with tomato, avocado and bbq onion slices and a chilli sauce butter that was fabulous! My partner had the burger that came with the best waffle fries ever. We shared the lime and cashew coleslaw which was fresh and crispy without being drowned in dressing. Best bbq experience in Texas

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  9. MichaelR

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow. The server was not attentive and forgetful. The food was overpriced and the queso dip with burnt ends had very little brisket in it.

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  10. palmermom

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brisket too dry. Was recommended by several so disappointing. Mac & cheese good. Extremely loud during lunch.

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FAQs

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 494-1500.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is rated 4.6 stars by 2175 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Guadalupe St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kyle Renfro
  • Entertainment
    Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.lambertsaustin.com for this weeks shows.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (512) 494-1500
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lambert's Downtown BBQ can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Lamberts Events & Catering: (512) 494-1500
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