Lambert's Downtown BBQ

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$31 to $50
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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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RC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ribeye and Redfish are incredible!! Best in town!

j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was good, but it was so loud we left without finishing our meal

EA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great brunch buffet with yummy bbq

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waitstaff was very knowledgeable and attentive. Food was good and large portions. Banana pudding was delicious!!

PS
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Mike

TA
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great vibe. And great food. Loved the oysters

GM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely an amazing bbq joint that’s a must try during your spin through Austin!

BN
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

“Fancy BBQ” was how it was described and agree. Smoked chicken salad was delish.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

DM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

BW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brisket! Good variety of foods, not just bbq.

TK
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from chicago and always come to Lambert’s when in town
Best brisket ever and love the deviled eggs!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the Lambert take on a Texas BBQ joint was fantastic.

PC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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.

SD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

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.

MH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

A $20 brunch with a $40 price tag. Drinks are not included- for $40, I'd expect at least coffee to be.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All and all good- bbq short rib was amazing

AS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Thank you for the birthday dessert, very much enjoyed the brisket and ambiance!

RS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town visitor

RA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was incredible. I felt we though the food/portions were not worth the hype.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful and a revelation of smoked steak! Love Austin and love Lambert's!

AW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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).

H
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

MR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

BBQ was delicious. Sides were a little disappointing.

BF
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

M
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good BBQ, friendly service, and very accommodating.. we had a great time!

P
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great "fancy'" BBQ - real plates, real napkins, & great service (along with really good food)!

BN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

GA
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waiter hard selling expensive menu items was really annoying. Drink service slow. Questioned us when we wanted to send back an under cooked dish.

d
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I wouldn’t consider it tasty BBQ, especially for TX.
I had it better in MD and FL
But the service is very friendly.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Lamberts! First time for lunch. The Chicken Fried Oysters rocked and the Beef Brisket was brilliant as usual!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointed this trip to Lambert’s. Their wild boar short ribs were fantastic but everything thing else was sub-par. The brisket was flavorful but served Luke warm to cold, the ribeye was okay but not worth $47, it was too fatty and chewy, not melt in your mouth tender like the waiter described and the brussel sprouts were not cooked nearly enough.

KR
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great service. We had twelve people and never had wait for a drink. Food was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the brunch buffet on a Sunday. The spread was diverse and everything tasted great. It was also cool that they had a long list of small plates also included as part of the brunch. Highly recommend.