Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.7
1708 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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HaileyU
Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing service! So attentive that it really stood out to us! The food was great but we only ate off the happy hour menu so we would love to go back for an entree.

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jlee
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boar Ribs and Shrimp with Grits were outstanding

Brisket was smoked well. Moist and juicy

No complaints

Wait staff was friendly and helpful

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JuliaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ribeye in town! One of my favorite spots for date night or catch up with an old friend.

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PattiW
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, our server upstairs was really amazing and helped us decide our order. Brisket, will boar wings, Mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were superb.

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AngelaD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meats were perfect and barbecue sauces amazing! Portions were also very generous and side dishes accompanied the meats very well complimenting the flavors. The restaurant also offers a good selection of cocktails and drinks and the service was outstanding!

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vipDaveL
Fort Lauderdale
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A++. But be warned, it is expensive. Order the mac and cheese side, plus the peanut butter brownie for dessert and you'll be happy. Very good brisket too, (of course)

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vipJack
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere & great BBQ!

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elizabethanne53
Austin
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quintessential contemporary Austin cuisine with traditional barbecue at its most excellent combined with a modern twist of Cashew Cole Slaw and such, very fine care from the chic, loving staff, a most lovely evening~ the spot I picked above all others to take our beloved friend for his brief Austin journey. One of my favorites. A treasure deep in the heart.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bbq! The ambiance was perfect for a date night with my husband.

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RobS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and atmosphere were great but service was just ok. It took a while to be greeted and get drinks. Also, our waitress seemed to be rushing us. She awkwardly dropped the dessert menu while we were still eating our entrees and tried clearing our plates before we were finished.

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MaxJ24
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at the business dinner said it was the best brisket/meat they have ever had ! The sides were delish also ! Thank you for the Texas hospitality also ! Very impressive how this restaurant is ran ! They know how to make the dinning experience perfect !

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vipFoodaholic
Austin
78 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Everything started out great for our first time to Lambert's. The server was cheery, attentive, and helpful in orienting us to the menu and the place itself. But then the food started coming. Quickly. Appetizers were barely touched and salad arrived. We got thru half of the salad and then the entrees arrived. Disconcerting, for a restaurant that boasts about its service. But the clincher for us was when we had finished our meals and slid the plates aside for room, despite our server working five other tables around us and passing us often, noone bothered to clear our dishes or even come to the table to see if we wanted dessert, coffee, etc! We timed it at 21 minutes from the time we finished our meal to when our server actually stopped to check on us! We know she was busy, and spent a lot of time "schmoozing" her customers as she did us in the beginning, but to ignore us dramatically affected our impression from the evening. We will probably not suggest the place to others looking for a downtown dining hotspot, and probably will not be returning ourselves which is too bad, 'cuz the food was delicious and the ambience is great. There are too many other places to dine where we are not ignored.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Incredible ambiance, delicious drinks, brisket came out luke warm twice but was still tasty.

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Edge
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great BBQ brunch! Had to go with the sampler to get a feel for all their offerings. Excellent. Loved the Texas bbq sauce with the brisket.

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Willie
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a very cool setting. We all shared our entrees and it was hard to pick a favorite. Looking forward to an encore visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We arrived early, and the waitress was trying to get us out of there as fast as possible. Apps arrived before cocktails, terrible table Managment (food dropping before clearing old dishes) were 2 things that are personal pet peeves and really took down the experience to less than hoped.

Additionally there was a Rehearsal dinner happening on the second floor, so they turned up the music loud so you wouldn’t hear them, but then you could hear anyone at the table.

We had hoped this would be an elevated bbq and we wished we had just gone to the down & dirty version instead

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vipMimine
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BBQ meets fancy steakhouse feel with small booths inside and smokey ambiance. Outside patio near the big smoker is casual during the day and feels like a friendly area at night. The Q is tasty and worth it. Try to go for Happy Hour on Sunday and Monday 5-7 for a better deal. Service is va on point. Cocktails were well made. Very nice first experience

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HollyP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining was perfect with little heaters above to keep you warm. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The chicken was delicious as well as the 3 meat BBQ sampler. The pork ribs were especially tasty. Our sides were the greens which were flavored with bacon and the beans which were excellent as well. Loved the building the place is located in - don't forget to check out the historical marker at the front!

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NickA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Expensive, and not worth it. The best Texas BBQ is not to be found here. The appetizers are better than the entrees. Probably best for just drinks and appetizers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Music was wayyyyyyyy too loud! Couldn’t even have a conversation with people at your table. It was lunch time. You are in the n business district downtown. More than likely a majority of your customers will be on a “business” lunch, and we need to be able to have a conversation.

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BethanyA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This bbq was life changing. Melt in your mouth. Can’t recommend this enough.

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent Barbecue with great service! You guys rock!

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vipMonica
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We fell in love with the brisket. Tender, juicy and flavorful. Fun atmosphere but it was a little too dark downstairs. You could barely see the food on the table.

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viprubfells
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Good wine too!

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vipAliceM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
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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vipFrank
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food is amazing like everyone these days a little short staffer brisket amazing

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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
21 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
69 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.

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 1708 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.