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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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was very bland and lacked flavor. Get rid of that potato salad. It was awful. Dessert was the best part of the meal. Service was good but for what we paid, we could have gone to a number of other places and had as good, if not a better barbecue experience.

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AmissaM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Our server was Very knowledgeable & attentive The food was wonderful. Definitely try the WildBoar Ribs, the Fried Green Tomatoes and a Boss cocktail. You won’t regret it!

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vipMinnieS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at Lambert's. Highly recommend.

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MC1994
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try and sit outside if you can, it's so nice out there.

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vipDonS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the more underrated spots for good food and atmosphere.

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vipwesternmass
London
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding BBQ in downtown Austin. Great service and atmosphere. Thank you for being open.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I had the rainbow trout and it was cooked perfectly and very delicious.

Everything else was just “good”. Glad I went once, but it wasn’t memorable enough for me to good back.

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Debra
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great. We enjoyed the appetizers (queso & ribs). I ordered the 2 meat plate & the brisket had very little meat, almost all fat. The chicken was flavorful. The potato salad was not good, just boiled potatoes with something white on them, not mayo & had no seasoning or taste. My son really enjoyed the mac & cheese. My husband also enjoyed the pork & sausage, very flavorful. I would try it again, ordering different sides.

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GretchenC
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a fantastic dining experience. Superb food, exceptional service, and lovely atmosphere.

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vipPhoebeM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Safe, clean and hospitable. Tasty food and casual atmosphere. Kind and attentive service.

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FelixV
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I had the brisket because I wanted to try southern brisket since I’m from Chicago and it’s wasn’t that bad. I feel like it could’ve been a little better but it was still good. The appetizer I had were the ribs: spicy but tasty!

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BLLG
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed Lambert’s and will go again. The outside is a little sparse so looking forward to eating inside and enjoying the restaurant. The wait staff was very efficient and friendly. The food was very good too.

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vipwesternmass
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bbq in the heart of downtown Austin.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and had a great experience. The food was amazing along with the service. I recommend trying the ribeye, Fried okra and the mac & cheese.

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Charlesm
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb ribs are fantastic, hanger steak with avocado was huge. We got a couple sides and it was all great

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SamL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal. Still one of the classics. We felt safe and cared for at all times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The brunch food offerings include their version of Frito pie that has a unique flavor blend that results in one craving it later. Love the unique cocktail options as well . Service was fast and just attentive enough.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was punch you in the face delicious! So glad my wife and I ate there for my bday celebration. It was a memorable experience amidst the strangeness of what’s going on with the pandemic in the world. I’d recommend them to others looking for a great meal and good service!

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vipdowntownd
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, from the artichoke dip and crispy pork ribs, to the hangar steak and the brisket! We will be back and SOON!! Also great safety protocol in place!

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EnjoytheView
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience - stellar service! Every member of the Lambert’s team was friendly, attentive and respectful of the new health and safety guidelines. We felt very comfortable and welcome.

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JillS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, quality ingredients. Employees adhered, wore masks and gloves

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VeronicaC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were nervous about going out to dinner during the re-opening days of the pandemic. We were very happy to see everyone in the restaurant following strict guidelines to keep everyone safe in a way that was very comfortable and joyful. The food was delicious and everyone was truly kind to us. We can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Overpriced and not really a BBQ place. It’s a fancy restaurant. That’s it.

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Zach
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with knowledgeable waitstaff, amazing food, and a lengthy drink list. A bit pricy - with drinks and an appetizer, our dinner for two was just shy of $200 - but worth every penny.

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SuzanneFB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding waitstaff with great recommendations. Wonderful atmosphere. Incredible food. Every single item we ordered was amazing. Will absolutely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazingly accommodating and the food was excellent!

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ramblngal
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was vacationing in Austin as things with the pandemic were getting worse. The wait staff at the restaurant couldn't have been more lovely. They seemed genuinely happy to be there and waiting on customers. I get that that's their job but still, nice to see. As for the food....delicious! My friend and I both had the bbq pork ribs. The meat was tender and delicious. It came with several sauces and we chose the house sauce. Tangy without being too spicy. We also had a side order of broccoli, which we asked to have without jalapeños. Really good. Will happily return if ever in Austin again.

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JoshB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Brisket and ribeye were perfectly prepared. The potato salad was one of the best I have had and the crab cake salad was fantastic. The environment is really cool with the exposed brick and the upstairs bar. We will be back

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vipEllen
Orange County
65 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great relaxed restaurant. Nice selection of BBQ and fabulous service.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Brisket was delicious!

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kbecktexas
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pulled pork with BBQ sauce was very good. The size of a beef "short rib" was humongous. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Meat was okay, but $40 for a brunch buffet with such a variety of food was a great deal!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and beer!

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MichaelC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very visiting Austin on business and this will go down as one of our most memorable dinners ever. The ambience of this old general store was quite nice, though a bit loud for our tastes. Wait staff was incredibly attentive to our needs and knowledgeable about how the food was prepared. The food came out quickly and boy, was it incredible! The deviled eggs were exquisite, the fried green tomatoes tasty (especially when topped with the lump crab), but the highlight of the night was the Wild Boar Ribs—crunchy and delectable with just the right amount of heat!!! Coconut cream pie for desert was light and creamy; the perfect topper to our evening. If we return to Austin, you can be sure we’ll eat at Lambert’s again!

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LynneN
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lambert's was recommended as a great place to experience barbeque, Texas style. We were not disappointed! Service, food and prices were all good. My husband had brisket for dinner, and I had an appetizer of wild boar ribs plus a salad that for me was enough for my full meal. The flavors were wonderful.

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Tash
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great bbq experience

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DavidJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the short rib for melt off the bone deliciousness. Love Lambert's and will return every time I come back to Austin.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bbq was upscale but great tasting. The drinks were also fantastic!

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JennyR
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lamert's never disappoints and a great option to show out-of-townwers that Austin also does 'fancy BBQ' expertly.

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Lambert's Downtown BBQ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 494-1500.

Lambert's Downtown BBQ is rated 4.7 stars by 1486 OpenTable diners.

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