Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.7
1624 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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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 1624 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The wild boar ribs are still amazing years later. The fried green tomato and crab salad, so good. Collard greens melt in your mouth. The sausage was a bit dry but still good. The ceviche was not up to par. Cocktails were solid. Waiter was ok. Felt like maybe he was newish. Took about 20 minutes for our cocktails and first food to arrive. People seated after us received food and cocktails before us. Not sure what happened there but everyone has good days and bad. Was hoping for a little more recognition in that error but none was made.

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Leaannjtoes
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband loved the brisket!!! I thought atmosphere amazing! Wish they still had fried okra!

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HemingC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This place is too noisy. Food is okay but not worth the price

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vipNeffie
Atlanta
124 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bbq brisket and sausage and sauces.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food absolutely delicious!

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sarahb
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was SO Good!!!! Server and atmosphere were awesome too. It is located in a historic building with a really neat upstairs and patio area. Our entire group could not stop expressing how much we enjoyed it there.

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JustinP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!!!! Surpassed everyone's expectations!

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vipbiznfun
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great extensive BBQ experience: food, service, ambience (including de live music). Largely suggested you go there hungry. Portions are Texas size. Would definitely come again next time we visit the lovely Austin.

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lfod1776
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A little concerning to have the big homeless encampment across the street at City Hall, but hopefully the pice will start enforcing the camping ban soon and that will be over with.

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Suavice
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is top tier with plenty of clean up support. The complimentary corn bread muffins are worth the trip with a cocktail.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and wonderful food. A bit too loud for finer dining, but overall a wonderful celebration for our recent graduate

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vipcroxfordk
London
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came twice - once for dinner without a reservation and were sat at bar and then two days later with reservation for a late lunch.

Over the two days we sampled the “Pineapple Sour” cocktails and had the “Queso & Burnt ends” starter, Buffalo ribs, Steak Benedict and a Brisket sandwich

All in all a great place for more up market BBQ

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DesertDiver
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and steered us to a much better wine than we planned

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good overall setting and experience

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Ferrinl
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We loved to ribs! Everything else we had, Mac and Cheese, Cornmeal Shrimp and fried green tomatoes were just ok.

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vipChrisL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been out too much over the last year, but I'm glad I saved this one for one of the first big dinner outings this year. It was almost as the service was pent up over the last year and they extended every bit of joy over the 90 min dinner. The food was amazing and fast. The service was really what made the night. They provided great recommendations and service. I just found my new favorite go to in Austin!

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Wolf
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First thing to mention is the lovely building. It speaks to old southwester / Austin heritage quite well.

Second is the service, which was just the right amount of attentive, helpful, etc. with good recommendations for what to order. He was also extremely good looking, like all the rest of the staff here seemed to be.

Our booth was pretty quiet, even though there was a band upstairs playing an event.

I tried the all-beef sausage, brisket, and pork rib which came as a single entree for about $32, along with some pickles. I also had the coleslaw for $9. All were delicious. My guest and I split the Queso for $14 which was also delicious and came with chips and tortillas.

The meal came with a mustard sauce, a habanero sauce, and a sweet bbq sauce. All were good and the habanero packed a definite punch.

For drinks I had a cucumber fizz and a cucumber gimlet, both gin drinks, about $13 apiece. Tasty, though not strong pours.

Overall, I highly recommend and I will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall very good. Great fo

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MighTay
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef rib was Oh. My. Gawd. I literally dreamt about it afterward!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always

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Willly
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very surprised at the pricing, the food was good, not great. The pricing was ok, not good. I will go back to try again but next time just a plate. Service was ok, server forgot iced tea, drinks took awhile to come out and the place wasn’t packed.
Overall though I’d give it a 3.5/4 out of a 5

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vipCherylF
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for an authentic BBQ experience. Food was not up to my expectation. Price was high for quality offered.

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ShelbyD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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StacyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were perfect!

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TriT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice server that was attentive. Food was solid. Good sized portions. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

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vipSheilainBelltown
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked reservations here to accommodate two appetites: one who wanted some good Southern cooking and one who wanted a plain burger. Lambert’s did not disappoint! His burger was “one of the best he’d had”. My shrimp and grits dish had my mouth watering after the first bite- plump grilled shrimp was, onions, jalapeño peppers and greens topped the grits. I would visit Austin again just to have this meal again, it was that good.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails - upscale bbq for a special date

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tool462
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Thought the food would be better for brunch, little disappointed overall. Very little meat in the Frito Pie and same with the Chiliquiles.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clay is the best server ever!!!

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AJsi
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was fantastic, as per usual! Delicious food, great service, fun night.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lambert’s was great. The live music was amazing and the food matched it! Highly recommend the wild boar rib appetizer and the whole beef shortrib, but everything was amazing. The service was very accommodating and attentive. Will definitely visit again next time I’m in Austin. Great experience!

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Minzapiny
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Very disappointing the food was brought out cold and for somewhere specializing in barbecue I can and do cook better. Will avoid the next time I'm in Austin.

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vipGDives
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

outstanding service and the best baby back ribs I've ever eaten!

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JeanS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bbq ribs, brisket and short rib are so outstanding. We have good bbq in NC, but this is beyond anything we have tasted. We had broccoli and collard sides that were deliciously prepared.
The service was informative and efficient.
The beer, whiskey sour served shaken, and oxacao cocktail were very flavorful.

Don’t waste your money on dessert. This outstanding restaurant obviously outsources their desserts.

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Andi
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my father to this place to experience some Texas barbecue. It has a very nice, classy vibe. My father is used to nicer restaurants and he thoroughly enjoyed this place. Great for dates or family outings and special occasions. Food was TO DIE FOR and our waiter was so incredibly friendly and went out of his way to talk to us about the whiskey we were enjoying. Highly recommend making a reservation here!

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vipJannaV
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great!! Some dishes like the Short-rib was awesome but some of the other dishes fell flat. However, overall it was a was a good experience.

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HarrisonH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best high end BBQ in Austin!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience all the way around!

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Dukestrato
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and drink. A great option for fine dining of a BBQ/smokehouse variety.

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 1624 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.