Lambert's Downtown BBQ

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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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

G
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious BBQ. Service was quick and attentive to all our needs. Outstanding Sides. Will return soon!

SJ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome for a romantic night out or a business dinner. Highly recommend.

MP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went here for a quick lunch before bar hopping in downtown Austin. We were visiting from Los Angeles and everything was perfect - from the portions of meat and delectable side dishes to the appetizer of a full bowl of queso before we dug into our ribs & beef brisket. Highly recommend!!!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jacob was phenomenal and very attentive. We had the lamb ribs as an app, and my girlfriend and I both opted for the brisket with macaroni and cheese and brussel sprouts. The food was truly phenomenal. Next time we’re in Austin, we’ll be stopping back!

JG
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Slightly above average bbq. A bit over priced.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vibe
Excellent service
Excellent food
EXCELLENT Ribs!!

MD
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

flavor of meat was good, sauce was very tangy. Would prefer leaner brisket (asked for extra lean, but there was fat on it).

RR
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It might have just been one of those days but while the pork rib was very good, the brisket was a little tough and did not have much taste.

TQ
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

We were excited to visit for our second time, after having a great experience a year and a half ago. The fried oysters were delicious and the sides we ordered, waffle fries and brussel sprouts, were also very good. Our server was attentive and quick. However, we will not be returning because it seems they changed their BBQ recipe from when we were last there. The brisket was SO dry and the pork ribs were dry and not moist at all. We were so disappointed.

M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location- close to Austin City limits! Bbq pork was good but homemade bread and butter pickles to to spicy!

MM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was very good, but in the dining room there was an overwhelming smell of smoke....I smelled like a brisket the whole afternoon.

j
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GET. THE. BRISKET! Interesting modern spin on BBQ classics. The Bourbon menu could be better, but food was great. I would like to see them have a multiple-meat combo plate, but just my preference.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday, was fun surprise to see there was a live band upstairs. Food was absolutely outstanding per usual.

LN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was packed that night. Very lively ambiance especially with a band playing that night. We started our dinner with wild boar ribs and it was fantastic! Everything was good but I am convinced to go back just for the ribs.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lunch. Fantastic service. Took my open table request and we had a booth where we could sit next to each other. Amazing. 5 stars all around.

JK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was my first time at Lambert. I was watching TV show and they mentioned the restaurant's name. We were 4 of us. As soon as we arrived the waiter brought us mini biscuits with jam and butter. We ordered food breakfast platter and sandwich breakfast. He got mixed up. Came back and got the order fixed. Our friend asked for another set of biscuits.
The food arrived. It looked nice and tasted good. We asked for the check. The waiter got confused again. He had to redo the checks. We were surprised when he said the biscuits were not courtesy of the house. He should have mentioned that . That's why they 4 stars and not 5

SM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love that the bartenders always remember how to make a south side!

AJ
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I would go back! Outstanding bbq is a thing of mythology; it sets a high bar. Get the deviled eggs - delicious!

CW
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have loved some live music. But it was perfect for Sunday brunch.

e
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best BBQ places in town. We went to the place with high expectations and Lambert's lived up to our expectations. No waiting inline with OpenTable. We were seated right away and the server explained the simple menu. Since there was no live music on Saturday afternoon, the restaurant was relatively quiet. Will definitely return in the future.

KJ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was overpriced and pretentious. The Mac and cheese was horrible. There was a disgusting cheese within the Mac and cheese; very off putting. The chicken was okay. The portions were very small. Probably the best thing on the menu are the waffle fries. Overrated at best!

PS
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very Disappointed.
Booked in advance so we could get a table to see the band, however on arriving found restaurant is split over 2 floors with the band playing on the top floor. the lower floor where we were seated could not see or barely hear the band. This needs to be made clear when booking as we would not have booked had we known that we could not see the band.

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really great place. Good food, fun for parties. The live music is a tad too loud but that is also the nature of Austin :)

s
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great, but it’s always too noisey

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I’ve been coming here since 2011 throughout the years. While the food is always great with unique twists on BBQ cuisine, the service has declined in recent years.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Sub-par service, mediocre food, over-priced, over-hyped and a complete waste of time.

MB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, phenomenal food! I highly suggest the coconut custard pie! Better than my grandmother’s! That’s a bold statement!

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The brisket plate is $22 and only comes with 3 thin slices of brisket. The broccoli jalapeño side had pieces of raw broccoli. I was expecting much more from such a well known restaurant.

GL
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always creative and top quality. Service is excellent. Top choice for dinner downtown.

GR
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had the beef brisket and pulled pork, which were both delicious. Shishito peppers were outstanding. We’ll definitely stop by again next time we’re in Austin!

A
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I've eaten there before and really enjoyed it. The service was outstanding as always and the smoked chicken was great. The short rib wasn't very good this time.

JK
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service great. Food quite good, but I feel it’s overpriced for what you receive. Location great for downtown hotels. Overall an enjoyable dining experience, but I do think there are comparable good BBQ at better pricing in the area.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the boar ribs, but the mac and cheese was awful.

OB
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a fantastic table of house specialties, including barbecue chicken, brisket and - our favorite - the black angus short rib. Every bite was delicious, the service was spot-on and, without a doubt, Lambert’s bar serves up the best Old Fashioned’s in town.

L
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The staff is very accomodating. Many fine wines and spirits!

KL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I would recommend for the ambiance and for a few choice dishes. But overall it’s over-rated. Have been here three times now so I’m confident in this assessment. It’s simply not all it’s cracked up to be. The service, however, is outstanding.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around wonderful experience, will definitely be back for more!

KF
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing, though salty. Our server seemed to want to rush us out. Extremely noisy, “energetic “ (as one of your ratings) was not quite accurate.

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