Lambert's Downtown BBQ
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.
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LOUD with all caps. Why is the music so loud? No one plays music that loud at home during dinner. So why here? Volume aside, the brisket is to die for, order the flat iron steak cooked med rare to med well. Trust me on this one. The service is top notch and you can't go wrong with the house drinks. Neighborhood is vibrant, great for walking off dinner and tucking in for a night cap.
Everything is cooked very well and the service and ambience is impeccable, but the food is oddly flavored and wasn’t what we were expecting. Not true barbecue. The mac & cheese was literally just like a mouthful of Velveeta. Although the meat itself was cooked to near perfection, the flavor left something to be desired
Food was a little disappointing for the price, especially the rib-eye steak, which was probably overcooked (hard to actually see cook on it in dim lighting) and it was quite tough. Our waiter was awesome, though, and we had a very nice bottle of wine. Best part of the night, however, was in the bar enjoying the music of Memphis Strange after our dinner. Would recommend the bar and live music, but probably wouldn't recommend dinner there.
Ribeye and Redfish are incredible!! Best in town!
Food was good, but it was so loud we left without finishing our meal
Great brunch buffet with yummy bbq
Waitstaff was very knowledgeable and attentive. Food was good and large portions. Banana pudding was delicious!!
Fantastic Place: My work colleagues and I had a layover in Austin. Knowing very little about Austin, we used OpenTable to find Lancaster’s. It was fantastic! The food was the most notable. I did the deviled eggs with a top of caviar and beef brisket salad. Service was prompt, professional and polite. We had arrived early, but the manager shuffled a few things to get us to a table anyway. My only reason for not 5-stars all around is that noise level is moderately difficult to have conversation except for person next to you. The restaurant is in an old historic building with brick walls - not to be helped, but FYI if trying to conduct business. I’ll definitely be back!
The food was terrific. The staff was friendly, attentive and efficient. Overall, my wife and I had a fantastic time together, with a great meal! We will certainly be returning from San Diego!
Great vibe. And great food. Loved the oysters
Definitely an amazing bbq joint that’s a must try during your spin through Austin!
“Fancy BBQ” was how it was described and agree. Smoked chicken salad was delish.
Very good (not great) BBQ at a premium price due to location. Tries very hard to be upscale BBQ. Great staff and good cocktails. It's a nice night if you go in with the mindset of being ok paying double the amount for BBQ for a more "date night/cocktails" type vibe than your standard BBQ joint.
Asked of me: “Of the three, brisket, ribs, chicken, which did you like best?”
The chicken was really really good. But the brisket and ribs tie for first place. Yes, the brisket is that good!
Oh, and the mac n’ cheese? OMG!
Amazing brisket! Good variety of foods, not just bbq.
Best brisket I have ever eaten. Wild boar ribs also a must. Enjoy
We are from chicago and always come to Lambert’s when in town
Best brisket ever and love the deviled eggs!
As always the Lambert take on a Texas BBQ joint was fantastic.
This is likely a fun spot for work dinners or locals who want a new spin on bbq.
For the price, the food failed to meet expectations. The steak cooked perfectly; but almost cold when it arrived.
For how cool of a city Austin is, there were many better meals than the one we had at Lambert’s.
Unfortunately just middle of the road.
We ate here once before and most food ordered was okay-good with a thing or two being disappointing. This time almost all the food was poor, meaning on the cold side, not as flavorful, tough and not tender, etc. Definitely not worth the high price, or even a low price for that matter. Service was good though. This place is definitely going off the list. Very disappointed.
I had heard the Lambert's was very good. I thought the Brisket was good but overpriced and over-spiced. Austin has some great BBQ places, so you might like it.
A $20 brunch with a $40 price tag. Drinks are not included- for $40, I'd expect at least coffee to be.
All and all good- bbq short rib was amazing
Thank you for the birthday dessert, very much enjoyed the brisket and ambiance!
My clothes smelled of smoke after dining.
The happy hour is only offered at the bar with only few seats available.
Server did not tell us the sides were large so we ended up ordering more than a couple and ended up with a lot of food.
Expected at least happy hour drinks to be offered at tables.
Brisket was cold.
Even though the food was tasty the price was too high.
Out of town visitor
The service was incredible. I felt we though the food/portions were not worth the hype.
Absolutely wonderful and a revelation of smoked steak! Love Austin and love Lambert's!
A must when you visit Austin! The atmosphere was energetic but relaxed and the food was amazing (some of the best brisket in the city).
Quite tasty in most forms (too full to try dessert). The wild boar ribs were unique and spicy; quite flavorful. Iceberg salad was fresh. The queso was a disappointment arriving at luke-warm temperatures. The beef brisket was naturally flavored although over the top with some homemade BBQ sauce. Pork ribs were also up there however less spicy. The mac and cheese was super dense (just the way I like it). Sweet/street corn was not your usual take however I really liked the unique favor. Another disappointment was the hot link which had little flavor; as much as I hate to say it, I'd almost have taken a breakfast sausage over that. Drinks were also numerous and well-made with all you'd expect readily available.
Note that there is an upstairs with live music which makes conversation impossible. Reservations are practically required if you don't want to wait 2 hours.
BBQ was delicious. Sides were a little disappointing.
Waited over 20 minutes for our drink order to arrive, well after receiving our appetizer. BBQ ribs were dry and brisket was so so. Mac n cheese was good. Not the experience we expected and way over priced
Very good BBQ, friendly service, and very accommodating.. we had a great time!
Great "fancy'" BBQ - real plates, real napkins, & great service (along with really good food)!
Food and service were both superb and the BBQ aroma when you walk in is to die for. There was a little draft where we were seated in the back, as the staff was coming and going through the back door a lot.
All in all a very memorable and wonderful evening.
We reserved for 1:15 pm. The place was quiet! Friendly, helpful waitress delivered our ordered food promptly (between visits to the buffer). She made a bday cake with candle out of a piece of delicious French toast. It was an occasion birthday and we were very pleased.
Waiter hard selling expensive menu items was really annoying. Drink service slow. Questioned us when we wanted to send back an under cooked dish.
Everything is delicious! One of the best meals I've ever eaten. Had a 5pm reservation, so I sat at the bar for happy hour pricing. It was a steal for the quality of food and service. Highlights include the wild boar ribs, he brisket, and the decadent mac & cheese. I liked the smaller portions because it meant I could try more things! Excellent cocktails too. Highly highly recommend for quality BBQ in a more upscale setting.
A more upscale barbecue experience than many others in Austin, and at a more upscale price. Brisket was great. So were the pork ribs. The house oak aged Old Fashioned was outstanding and is worth a visit alone. Service was outstanding. It's nice having great barbecue in a table service setting for a change.
I wouldn’t consider it tasty BBQ, especially for TX.
I had it better in MD and FL
But the service is very friendly.