Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.7
1696 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
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.

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. 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.

If booking an outdoor table, please note that they are weather contingent and we cannot guarantee that we will have an indoor table available but we will try our best to accommodate.



Learn more about McGuire Moorman Hospitality and their family of restaurants at www.mcguiremoorman.com.
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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent Barbecue with great service! You guys rock!

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viprubfells
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Good wine too!

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vipAliceM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good meal ……………………………………………….
Enjoyable
Pleasant

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Barbecue!

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vipgigi
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We went for brunch and were not impressed with the brunch menu. My chiliquilles came with one egg, and about 50 chips. More substance to the dish would have been appropriate- just one more egg, or an add on of chopped brisket, something! The salads that our daughters ordered were relatively small, more like a side salad or appetizer course. The burger my husband ordered was delicious though! The bloody Mary’s were appropriately spicy. I wish there was some live music to add to the atmosphere. I used to love the brunch buffet, but without that option we won’t go back for brunch again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a reservation for a birthday. We were seated promptly, but the table was kind of a active spot by the bar & entrance. It’s not a quite eating spot. Food was delicious & served quickly. Staff did their best, it’s definitely crazy times.

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vipDilly
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Super disappointed in our selection of restaurants after a college football game. How is a bbq place in Texas not ready to serve brisket at 5:30 and the excuse is it's not ready to turn over - what does that even mean? I ordered a half rack of baby back ribs and the amount of pepper was overwhelming.

Just not a good experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and absolutely worth the price. This is definitely a place I’d make sure to visit on my next trip to Austin.

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IngridS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upscale barbecue! Loved the pork rib appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Matt and Stephanie were wonderful. Hearing the live music from upstairs on the outdoor patio was an amazing plus! We love Lamberts!!

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vipDunwoodydiners
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our waitress completely ignored us. It was unusual.

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vipAMG2
Minneapolis
67 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Place was packed and the nice servers were a little overwhelmed but managed as well as possible! Food was very good, brisket was a little bit fatty, however that’s what makes it tasty…

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is pricey but worth it. Great location, Texan-approved brisket, trio of homemade sauces and excellent bar + service. My wife and I visit here every time we are in Downtown Austin.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

great food & the service was good. the music was so loud we couldn’t hear each other talk. we asked them to turn it down 3 times before they finally did. that was a little frustrating. then people filled the room and it got loud again because of that. there’s nothing in there to absorb sounds. it’s gonna be loud when it’s crowded. i get that. but the music was ridiculous. i’ll go back but not for lunch with family.

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vipRoland
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The brisket was dried out and the sauce not flavorful. Strongly recommend Stubbs or Franklin’s. I’ll never go back. When I told the waiter the brisket was bad he laughed and did nothing. Neither me or my customer could eat it.

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vipKarenB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bbq! Great service

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vipMelissaS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Dined on outside patio. Cornbread muffins were delectable free starter. I order the chopped salad with smoked chicken. The lemon vinaigrette was very sour and overpowering which is the reason I did not give the food rating 5*. Everything was was delicious with special touches. All in all, wonderful ambience and good service.

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vipAngieN
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I am normally really impressed with the food at Lambert’s and take out of towners here often. However, I was underwhelmed with the food this time … queso got hard quickly, the sausage was not as tasty, and only three desserts to choose from (where is the banana pudding or chocolate cream pie). The service was outstanding and I will come back … just thinking it was an off day.

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pablom
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm still full. As always, a classic and delicious dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Good food but the entrees and drink prices were overpriced.

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BerwynCamper
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a nice dinner, both the appetizer and entrees were very good! Had to wait for a table despite reservation because we decided a table outside was preferred. The bartender was helpful and served me an excellent drink. Only problem was that a “leisurely” dinner look less than an hour. As we are from out of town we expected to relax over dinner far longer. The entrees arrived very shortly after the appetizer. Because we ate in a rushed manner there was no room for dessert/coffee. We didn’t understand the rush because there wasn’t a crowd waiting. However I would probably eat here again beyond the quality of the food!

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DanielA
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The noise level in the lower floor makes it impossible to interact with anyone. From the other reviews I understand it is worse upstairs. I guess The reason is too many people in there. I can imagine that they might have been hurt during the pandemic. But packing people like cattle is not the way to recover from it. A real disappointed for a place this good (and for such very high price).

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vipGulfside
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fresh

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vipNicholeW
East Texas
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous spot with an endlessly delicious menu. Will be back!

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Chilipepper
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Pour service. Long time to take our order of meal after sitting. Again server didn’t come to take our desert order and we gave up. I regret I picked this restaurant for our wedding anniversary dinner. Out Server had a beautiful long hair but she should tie her hair. Food was salty.

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nightstar618
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is incredible, it’s warm and inviting. The cocktails are delicious, but the food is outstanding! I recommend the quest with burnt ends appetizer. The Bar upstairs is something out of a movie.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mac and cheese and short ribs. WOW!!

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vipMatthewH
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Order was messed up multiple times.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

To be honest. The food was decent but plain. The boar ribs and broccoli stood out. The clams barbecued were absolute rubber if not for the VERY delicious broth and two thick pieces of the finest Texas toast ever that really was the only thing that blew me away. My fiancée left for ten minutes to use the bathroom, and suddenly the server became so attentive it was beyond belief. We wanted to order more drinks and food, he was nowhere to be found in a very slow restaurant. She left and he was on me every two minutes about checks and boxes and plates and etc. this place has great bbq sauce and some fabulous cornbread. But alienating and inattentive service

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, band playing, drinks were delicious! We had boar ribs, 3 meat plate with extra brisket (so we can share) that came with sausage, brisket, and ribs. All of the meat selections were so good, moist, full of flavor! For side we had greens and mac, the greens were delicious and tasted very fresh not at all soggy and full of flavor, the Mac was perfection. We have raspberry vodka drink and an old fashion... Both made perfectly and yummy! Several seating options, indoor, outdoor, upstairs... Overall we enjoyed the space, the food and drinks, and great attentive service!

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vipCourtEAustin
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lambert's is in a well restored historical building, food is solid/consistent and ambiance traditional. Celebrated son's 18th birthday seated in the upstairs area of restaurant (for quieter space; noise level is on the moderate to high end given the concrete brick, wood interior). Good restaurant to take a colleague from out of town.

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vipElizabethS
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and live music. Everyone was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sasha was the best server ever! So sweet and kind!

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ManhattanFoodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with my family! Would definitely return… food was yummy, patio was spacious & comfortable and staff was very helpful & friendly.

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best brisket and mac n cheese We ever had. Server was super nice.

MB
MatthewB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, great ambiance highly recommend.

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DrJeffrey
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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vipJonL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service (as usual), this is always a staple as it is walking distance to everything downtown.

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vipLiliM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible. Ambiance superb. Such a great vibe. Amazing and authentic TX BBQ in an elevated and classy setting. Perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests.

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GayleN
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, but if you want to talk during the meal, it is a bit loud. And tables are close together.

FAQs

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

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is rated 4.7 stars by 1696 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.