Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.8
1532 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
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.

Learn more about McGuire Moorman Hospitality and their family of restaurants at www.mcguiremoorman.com.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1532 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great and food and drinks were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

They were out of brisket, the ribs had to much pepper, and the macaroni and cheese had a kick to it. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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CarolS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!! This is a must place to visit while visiting Austin!

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StephanieS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful and super tasty 19th anniversary dinner. The fried green tomato and lump crab salad is a MUST.

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vipDenverdining12
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent and the staff was professional and knowledgeable. They had a very expansive whiskey list and the ambiance was warm, almost romantic. I was only visiting Austin but would love to come back next time I'm in town.

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Bluedream10
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for New Year’s Eve. They accommodated us even after we were a bit late. The staff was extremely friendly and professional.
The food however was the winner of the night, most specifically the brisket. I will go there again. In fact anybody that comes to visit me in Austin and wants to try BBQ, I’m bringing them to Lamberts!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lambert’s was fantastic. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful dinner!

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dannym
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Live music can be a bit too loud for downstairs dining. But the most disappointing aspect of the evening was the discontinuation of the banana pudding dessert. When I learned it was gone, I asked for check and went to get dessert somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong, your plates BBQ is probably the best downtown, but dumping the banana pudding was a let down. I bring family and many business there for that banana pudding. Outside of that there are other places I can go to show them Austin. Coconut cream pie and chocolate ganache in a BBQ place is not a substitute for banana pudding. Of note your staff even says that everyone complains or is shocked by its discontinuation.

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BenjimanG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dinner and atmosphere! Will come back every time we visit Austin.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lambert's is always a great experience and meal. It's definitely a go-to for me and anytime I have out of town guests and want to give them a great Austin experience. The Beef Short Rib is always a must, along with the Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer. The Ribeye is absolutely delicious and cocktails are always spot on. Definitely an Austin landmark and one to enjoy whenever possible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always!

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ArloB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Absolutely loved the ceviche

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HeatherA
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a few nights, perfect choice!

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JeremyM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great little place downtown.
I had:
ANGUS BEEF HANGER STEAK* 34
CHOLULA BUTTER, AVOCADO SALSA VERDE
BROILED JALAPEÑO & CHEDDAR RELLENO
And it was awesome!

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Diana
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and atmosphere! Food was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday Dinner with Friends and Family. Food has incredible tastes and flavors and staff was friendly moment we walked in through the door.

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TomP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as always. Indoor seating was well arranged.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the diverse menu. Lovely ambiance. We enjoyed it.

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vipOutstanding
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Boar ribs are the best!! Also, the smoked clams were unbelievable.

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AlexG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ribeye we’ve ever had and such a fun waiter!

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OLIVIA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lambert’s is hands down best restaurant downtown. Food is amazing, drinks are delicious and service is excellent. Live music upstairs is always great too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reduced menu. My old favorites missing. Food was just OK

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey as all oddowntownAustin is, but delicious. Cool historic building & great patio. Queso with brisket as an app is a must!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wagging brisket was incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We were able to sit outside in the shade with good social distancing. Their brisket frito pie is amazing and we get it every time we come to Austin. Cocktails were tasty as well. We will be back.

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LarrisonB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Spicy. Everything was spicy, I guess that’s Texas BBQ, but not #MyBBQ. Service was great and food was overall great and I love all the whiskey cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lambert’s had a cool vibe but the food was a bit too spicy for me. The broccoli came with jalapeños on top and the ribs were yummy but too peppery/spicy and even my friend who enjoys that kind of food said it was too much for her.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. Our server Bryan was the super friendly and recommended great food and drink options.

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vipElizabethL
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food was just average and expensive for what we got. Also, the music was so loud we couldn't hear the waiter nor could we have a conversation at our table. We asked twice that they turn down the volume and the manager told us it was (in a very irritated voice) but it never seemed softer to us. Certainly not so we could easily speak to each other. Overall not a very satisfying experience.

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vipTiimS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Since Covid there menu and food quality have been reduced. The waiter seemed really unfamiliar with the menu offering or how to describe them.

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Estef
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent place for BBQ in downtown, totally recommend the wild boar ribs!

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smartbomb
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid, solid barbeque.
Sunday Frito-pie will cure what ails you! Superbe service.

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dannym
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

music a bit too loud for dinner. speakers blaring over top of table

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very sweet vibes. The lightening set the mood.

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vipTiffanyG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place, and will come every chance we get. Every item on the menu was sublime. We can for brunch but will be back for MLB night on Thursdays.
The hanger steak eggs Benedict was excellent with a delicious sauce and the steak cooked perfectly and seasoned perfectly.
There are some really innovative drinks and even excellent desserts, I recommended a banana cream pudding and the strawberry fried pie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was just ok, nothing special

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Donny
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to eat. With fantastic service. Please give it a try!

P.S. It will be on the expensive side.

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KimS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place to both have a business meeting and the catch up with old friends. The food was great, but the service was amazing. Thank you for making the evening special.

FAQs

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

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is rated 4.8 stars by 1532 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.