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Fancy barbecue is a polarizing concept, but Lamberts pulls it off very well.

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About Lambert's Downtown BBQ

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.

401 West 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon – Sat, 11am to 2:30pm

Dinner
Sun – Wed, 5:30 to 10pm
Thurs – Sat, 5:30 to 10:30pm

Brunch
Sun 11am to 2pm

Bar
7 days, 11am to Late

Happy Hour
7 days, 5pm to 7pm

Cross Street:
Guadalupe St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 494-1500

Website:
http://www.fancybarbecue.com/

Entertainment:
Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.fancybarbecue.com for this weeks shows.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage directly east of Lamberts (entrance on lavaca) and in the Amli on 2nd parking garage (entrance on San Antonio). Valet is also available on 2nd Street.

Executive Chef:
Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lambert's Downtown BBQ can accommodate all your special event needs.

Lambert's Downtown BBQ Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (14)
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Good for Groups (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Comfort Food (12)
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Good for a Date (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Live Music (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Been to Lambert's several times. Gourmet bbq, craft cocktails and service. Very popular.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Very good quality food but definitely a bit upscale compared to many other of Austin's BBQ restaurants. Might return if an occasion warrants the atmosphere, but would probably choose more casual places for equally good BBQ, and save some $$ in the process. The room I ate in was fairly quiet at 6pm on a Wednesday night, but by 7pm my dinner partner and I were shouting to be heard across the small table for two. This is probably unavoidable in any venue that mixes a bar and a restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

My Aunt is visiting from Connecticut and she wanted a good Texas steak and some ribs so I️ immediately thought of Lambert’s. Lambert’s did not disappoint. Great food and great service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. The music is wayyyyy too loud. Would go back though, definitely for the lamb ribs!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Absolutely enjoyed the evening at Lambert’s! Cozy booth provided our group of four fun conversation & ability to share many of the delicious appetizers. We had a wonderful, fun and attentive waitress. Great ambience!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

A party of four went to Lambert's for a late lunch on Saturday afternoon. We made our reservations on OpenTable and were seated immediately. The ambiance is nice and the upstairs bar/entertainment area looked like it would be great fun.

We ordered the boar ribs appetizers and various meat platters consisting of: chicken, hot link, brisket, pulled pork and chopped beef with sides of mac & cheese, collard greens, beans, slaw and waffle fries. While the two platters cost $2 dollars more, the brisket/pulled pork combo had far less meat on it than the brisket platter or the chicken/hot link combo. The wild bore ribs were excellent. The other meat was tasty, but not the best Austin has to offer. As for the side, the mac & cheese was excellent and the collard greens were under cooked and tasted down right awful. The beans, slaw and waffle fries were good. The 4 small cornbread muffins that were served at the beginning of the meal were stale and lackluster in taste.

I also ordered a Naked and Famous cocktail. Which I questioned the waitress if the correct cocktail was delivered because there was not a hint of smoke that Mezcal should offer. She said they make it subtle. I said it was over acidic and not balanced. She shrugged and walked away.

From the time we were seated to the time we left was close to 90 minutes. I am hard pressed to understand why our order would have taken so long. To add salt to the wound, there was a table for two that was seated after us that came and went in half the time.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Table for two- we shared the following: Pulled pork, mac and cheese (funky!) broccoli and wild boar ribs. More than enough food for the two of us. We enjoyed going family style as we stopped for dinner after a long day of walking with a long night of walking and exploring Austin ahead of us.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was hands down the best barbecue meal I have ever had! I would recommend to anyone looking for a good restaurant in Austin!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was fantastic but the service was a little lacking. The waitress was very nice but rarely checked up on us. The noise was very bad where my girlfriend and I were seated. We could barely hear each other but that's not necessarily the restaurant's fault.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best brisket we ever tasted! Great apps! Very vibrant and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed or dinner and left with a very satisfied experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We have always wanted to try Lambert’s and we’re excited to celebrate our 15th anniversary there. While the staff was very friendly and wished us a happy anniversary, we were annoyed at the table we were given. We were seated right next to a large, loud table of 10 and our seats were perpendicular to a few of theirs so often someone would back their chair right into our seats!
The wait for this place is often months. I think this will be our first and last time there. The server was fine but nothing exceptional. There is a lot of bbq in austin, and this wasn’t one of the best.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great live music. Loved the smoked trout.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was Excellent!!!! But the service was extremely slow even though they weren't crowded. We waited close to 5 mins at the hostess stand to be seated for our reservation. They forgot about the deviled eggs we ordered. Then our waiter disappeared after dropping off the check so we ended up taking it up to the bar and asked the bartender to run it. He couldn't do it and had to wait to find a waiter to hand it off to. Hoping it was just an off day due to the UT game and ACL Fest going on.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Best Brisket ever. We each had a three meat plate, giving us one of each selection - pulled pork, pork ribs, hot link, chicken, and a double dose of beef Brisket. Outstanding BBQ, excellent sides, upscale atmosphere. Server seemed to be spread a little thin and could have taken our order a bit more punctually but one he got thing going all was good. The restaurant was packed for lunch at 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Outstanding food and outstanding service. What more could you want?

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

lOVE lOVE lOVE the Ribeye steak at Lamberts. You can't find another in the city with this kind of flavor. Staff is nice, prompt and courteous. Super delicious food.
Not handicapped accessible. Bathrooms are UPSTAIRS!!!!! Too tight for wheelchairs to maneuver easily.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Lovely Texas barbecue at a fantastic deal with the fixed menu

Only slight moot point was not been able to take home leftovers-greedy customers have abused this in the past but a judgement call could be made when it's obvious you're not abusing the system

Staff very friendly and helpful

Regards

Brian

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Very tasty! Service good, with good suggestions. Recommended.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very disappointing. The food was overpriced and brisket was skimpy and a bit dry, chicken breast dry. Brussel sprouts and Mac n cheese were excellent and plentiful. The ambiance was pleasant but noisy, tables took close together. If we ever went back it would only be to enjoy the sides.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food and service but I am concerned with the hand hygiene or lack thereof.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

My ice cream arrived with wax paper, likely to wrap it for freezing. When pointing this out to our server, she whisked away our bill and returned with having comped the ice cream as well as my two drinks. This was very generous and appreciated. // I was concerned about the noise for my mom and they were very ameniable to seating us outdoors or inside, depending on our needs. They asked us to call to update if we wanted to do so prior to our arrival.

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We sat on the outdoor patio and ate some amazing food. Highly recommend the green chile queso drip, droolworthy. The pulled pork and brisket were also very delicious. The service was a little slow but might have been because we were outside and slightly forgotten about, but overall a great high-end BBQ experience

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This was a great meal overall. The wild boar ribs were fantastic as an appetizer, and the brisket and brussels sprout were excellent. The pork ribs weren't the best we've had, but were still above average. House old fashioned and the mojito we had prior to dinner were also very good - $2 less at the bar during happy hour.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Live Music, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Very good and great service, food was good and overall nice place.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Phenomenal in every way. Try the short ribs.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 22, 2017

If I could bathe in the queso and be spoon fed their mashed potatoes, my life would be complete.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was good. I would have given the overall experience a higher rating, but the service was very poor. The waitress was slow, inattentive, and unfriendly. I read other reviews where people shared similar feedback. Good food can only take you so far.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

A really great spot! Nice open kitchen design with amazing service and wonderful food

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great place to have high quality barbecue in a normal restaurant setting

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Terrible beyond words. This was the worst restaurant we've ever been to. The app ribs were dry and the brisket meal was even dryer. The worst is everything came out cold. We asked if it was supposed to be cold and the server laughed. They brought us a new plate which they must of zapped in the microwave for 30 seconds aka it was maybe semi-warm. I would never go back or recommend this restaurant to my worst enemy.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 7, 2017

My second visit to Lambert's and just as great as the first time. I received a confirmation call the day of my reservation, and explained the reason for the reservation was to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Lambert's surprised my boyfriend (and me too) with an amazing dessert after dinner, which was so thoughtful of them. It was a wonderful evening with great service and dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Good food but very inflexible menu for brunch. No option but BBQ.

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Regular customer, but this time they missed the mark. Initially, they brought us 2 lunch plates that we didn't order. Then they returned with only 1 plate, while the other one took an additional 5 minutes to come - and it was again wrong. The guy bringing the lunch apologized and returned a few minutes later with the correct meal. Our waitress initially stopped by to apologize that she messed up the order, but then didn't see her much until she brought the check. I thought she might have adjusted the bill due to all the confusion, but no such luck. I was entertaining a work associate and was somewhat embarrassed I took her here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great place, busy so reserve in advance.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very good food and service was undercut by their aggressive policy on the "brunch buffet" - they would only seat you in the non-bar area if you agreed to order the full barbecue all you can eat buffet, even though there was more listed on the menu. Then, when we couldn't finish the initial "all you can eat" platter, they refused to let us take any of the food home with us. I get it that they don't want people abusing the "all you can eat" policy, but we were just talking about taking home the original amount they brought out. We probably won't eat there again since it was like interacting with lawyers and that isn't why we go out for barbecue on a Sunday afternoon.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

New to Texas, looked forward to trying texas barbecue in a restaurant with a good reputation, the brisket was dry and ordinary, I'm sure barbecue is not supposed to be like that. Wine by the glass (not inexpensive) was served in tumblers, not wine glasses. Odd idea, perhaps they ran out of glassware? We didn't see any benefit from booking the table, we were only offered 6pm, this was too early but the reputation of the restaurant led us to accept it. We won't do that again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We appreciated that several menu items were cold-smoked, not just the BBQ for which this restaurant is known. The green chile con queso had lots of fresh mix-ins and was very tasty. The craft cocktail list had something for everyone and the menu had lots of variety. Particularly good were the bibb lettuce salad, the stuffed quail and the cold-smoked rainbow trout. The basil ice cream served with pineapple upside down cake for dessert was a nice touch.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had excellent service and Tver portions were very large. I

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Disappointed. Read good reviews, but our server ruined the experience for us. Ate out in Austin every night on our.visit and had great service at every restaurant except this one.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Located in downtown Austin, Lambert’s offers good BBQ in a nice dining location. For appetizers, we got the Deviled Eggs and Wild Boar Ribs. For entrees, we got the Black Angus Brisket, the Pork Ribs, the Quail, and the Jalapeno Hot Links. For dessert, we got the Sopapilla Cheesecake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake, which were alright. All the dishes came out great, even the Grilled dishes that are probably not as widely looked at the smoked dishes. Service was prompt. We sat near the stage though there was no music at the time we dined. The ambience was good as we sat upstairs near the bar. All in all, we got very tasty dishes and a fine experience.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date
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