Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.7
1684 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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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 1684 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Good food but the entrees and drink prices were overpriced.

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BerwynCamper
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fresh

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vipNicholeW
East Texas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Chilipepper
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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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.

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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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LiliM
New York Area
1 review
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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vipGayleN
Raleigh
2 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.

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SamB
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! What a pleasure! Best place to go for dinner in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Will definitely be back. I do wish they had a changing table for people with babies (me) otherwise no complaints. Get the brisket & fried pickles!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place crushes it every time. The food is creative and absolutely phenomenal, the atmosphere is a beautiful combination of gritty warehouse and amazing art (do not miss the enormous Texas landscape piece that hangs over the kitchen pass-through) and the staff is some of the best in the city. This is a great place to hit before a show at Moody, for a family get together or for a date. These guys “slay all day.” You won’t be sorry you are here.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisito! BBQ, brísquet y salchicha buenísimos, probe un vino texano por primera vez, un Chenin Blanc, me gusto mucho

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vipBarryF
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Lamberts! The decor is outstanding, as is the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was decent. I had higher hopes for the brisket, but the flavor just wasn’t there. Super moist but lacked proper seasoning. The barbecued clams were everything! That bread at the bottom that soaked up all of that delicious sauce was amazing. Dessert was good. I would have preferred key lime. Crust was a bit thick for me. Overall a great dining experience.

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vipbird123
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We haven’t been to Lamberts in several years, I honestly forgot all about it. However, I saw an ad for it on some social media spot and decided to go back. It was delicious!!! Somehow we just stumbled into all-night happy hour (Mondays). Cocktails they come out hot!!!!) and the queso was pretty good; lots of flavor. My husband and I shared the cheeseburger (cooked perfectly) and the Cobb salad with chicken for dinner. The burger was great but had a lot going on. Very messy!! The salad was good; chicken is a must-add as it adds a lot of flavor. We ended with the peach upside down cake. It was good but I was so full at that point that I couldn’t eat much.
Additionally, I had the Bees Knees drink; very good but very strong. My husband had some cab and he liked it good enough to order 2 glasses.
Our server, Joseph, was attentive without being overly so. We will def go back next time we are downtown…especially if it’s a Monday!!!

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AngelaM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This place had a really cool ambiance indoors and outdoors. We sat outside where there was a nice breeze, though it was a bit warm and dark. We could hear the live music playing from upstairs which was really nice. Service was a little slow but the server was kind and the food was excellent. We reserved a few days in advance because the prime times did book up indoors (we changed from an indoor 7pm to an outdoor 8pm because we weren’t going to make it anymore). Only waited about 3 mins to be seated.

This is definitely a higher price tag than you’ll pay for BBQ around town but we treated this as our “nice dinner” on our trip to ATX and felt that the roast chicken, burnt end queso, and brisket was worth it.

The jalapeno roasted broccoli was also a really tasty and unique side. We put some of the queso on top. The chicken was juicy inside and had crispy pieces outside. The brisket pulled right apart. This is a solid dinner option in Austin. I’d recommend it.

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MichalM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You really need to try Angus Short Rib and Brisket.

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Bella
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On Mondays hit is ½ price appetizers and some 1/2 price entrees all night. It made it easier to sample several and they were delicious! Clams were great…and the ceviche…and the ribs!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
68 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our 37th anniversary lunch. Delish. Especially the mezcal Fresca! Jonathan our waiter was the best. Totally recommend!

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KariClarke
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, Lambert’s delivered on all check points. Gorgeous hostesses who were sweet and welcoming. Friendly bartender serving up well proportioned, delicious cocktails. And then there was our amazing server Matthew!!!! Oh wait, food. . . well, take a second tummy because you’ll leave full and satisfied. We had the Wild Boar ribs app - a must have!!!! The tender, well spiced meat literally fell off the bones. Wedge was slightly over dressed, but still delicious and the tomatoes were bursting with flavor - did I mention the bacon was warm? We both got the brisket, suggested by Matthew, after some debate on which dinner to choose and we were VERY happy we listened to him. So tender, not too much fat, and seasoned & burnt on the edges perfectly.We added the mac’n cheese and were again, not disappointed. Highly highly recommend!!!!!!!

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DouglasB
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a very hot walk outside from our hotel to get there. I was hoping it would be nice and cool inside but the room temp was uncomfortably warm. Food was great but I was disappointed that the fried green tomato salad was not available. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the space was really neat

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LoeG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience at Lambert's. First time in Austin so I was really looking for authentic bbq. This was the spot! Favorite order: wild boar ribs - AMAZING

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vipTylerL
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Three of us visited and the brisket,l and pork ribs were fantastic. The steak was good but a little disappointing for a place known for their meat. The experience and service was great though and would definitely recommend Lambert's.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food!

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JO123
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time! The food was delicious and the interior was really beautiful. Our only issue was the noise level, it was really loud inside.

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 1684 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.