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Lambert's Downtown BBQ

4.6
1104 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Barbecue
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 494-1500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Larry Mcguire, Tommy Moorman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Guadalupe St
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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.
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Entertainment
Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.fancybarbecue.com for this weeks shows.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

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

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1104 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food here is amazing. We had the fried green tomoatoes and the brisket. They were both outstanding.
The only reason that I am giving it 4/5 stars is the service was not so outstanding. The server would disappear for long periods of time. At one point we actually went into the restaurant to find him and he was chatting with another coworker, which was not a favorable experience. All in all we would definitely come back again, if just for the brisket alone.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Tourist trap. Brisket was dry, salad and sides were ok. The service made you feel like you were at TGIF or a low end chain restaurant.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food is amazing and we could’ve eaten the whole menu.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This is another of Larry Mcguire's Very Great restaurants. Tricia is a really Great Server.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Comfortable, fun environment. Crowded around 5-6pm on a Saturday, but not crazy. Service was good, food was delicious

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, sporadic (though polite and friendly) service, cool vibe.

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Disappointing. Some of the pork ribs were inedible. Pulled pork had hunks of slimy fat! Service was bad. Were we interrupting their day?

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Terrific charcuterie appetizer!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Brisket was very good. Short rib and pulled pork was not as good as I expect, but not bad.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Loved it! Outstanding

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Tourist trap.

Waited 20 minutes for our table that we had reservation for (with young kids). If restaurants who take reservations are not comfortable telling patrons that they need a table by x time for a reservation then they shouldn't accept reservations in first place. Very very frustrating experience to stand with two young kids while previous table stood chatting around a table and hostess watched without asking for table back.

Food average, expensive for what it was.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing place to eat

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was so yummy-ordered beef rib, sausage, brisket, brussel sprouts, potatoes, boar ribs. All were spectacular! Beef rib was like butter! Even potato dish was fantastically tasty! Server was outstanding! The noise level was so loud I found myself shouting across table-lol! I will definitely go back next time I’m in town! Thank you Lambert’s!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I loved taking my husband for his birthday to Lamberts. It was such a great experience we will be coming back more often for sure. Everyone was great and accommodating!!! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had a wonderful time. The food was great as was the service. Really appreciated the restaurant’s atmosphere.
Following dinner, we went upstairs to listen to the live music.
We had a lot of fun. Great place to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Outstanding experience, great servers and excellent BBQ! The brisket is amazing, both kinds. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything was delicious. My favorite musts we're Mac & Cheese and queso. Live music makes visit very special

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Not worth it at all.
Brisket was very dry. Pulled pork was no big deal. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was our last day of a long weekend visit to Austin. We were seated at the bar as we waited for a table on the patio. The bartender was very helpful and made a great Bloody Mary. Nice and spicy like she likes it. The lunch of pulled pork was the best I ever had and I am a pulled pork snob. Absolutely would go back when we are back in town.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I had the cold smoked qual. It was a unique dish and did not disappoint. I would recommend it to someone looking for something besides the typical BBQ fare found in so many Austin restaurants.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The place looks nice. I was able to get a 5pm reservation on a Saturday 3 hours before during SXSW weekend. Staff was attentive and pleasant. The food was not great. I ordered baby back ribs special and they tasted like Chili's. Also portions were small. Only got 6 small ribs. My fried pickle side was more than the ribs. Also ordered the creamed corn. Very disappointing since all I could taste was onion. However very impressive that Lamberts made corn taste exactly like onion. I'm hoping other things would taste fine here. If you want bbq, go elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We went to Lambert’s for my dad’s 60th birthday. We had a wonderful time. We ordered the ribeye and it was worth every penny. Was so tender and melted in your mouth. We also loved the crispy boar ribs.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Very nice experience!! We loved the food!! Graet service!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great food and the perfect ending to our week in Austin.
Take a friend and split an entree as the portions are generous. My husband and I split the crab & fried green tomoato salad, the short rib, Brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese. We couldn’t finish what we ordered but I’m happy we chose the selection we did because it was SO SO good.
Thanks Brie for your friendly service. You made our evening all the more special!
Lambert’s will be our first stop the next time we’re back in Austin!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The Boar's ribs are absolutely delicious. Definitely worth the trip and we will be going back again! We also got the Cuban sandwich with Mac n cheese which were really good.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome food!!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Overrated. Make the drive out to Driftwood for Salt Lick for some awesome BBQ! Man and cheese has goose cheese in it. Not good.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great food and music

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The food didn't wow us like we thought it would. Servings are small and pricey. Table service was extremely slow. Our food arrived before bar drinks.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Someone in the kitchen is over salting all the dishes. From the sides to the meat to the deviled eggs. All over salted by a heavy hand in the back of house.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Brisket was dry. Food took 35 minutes at lunch time. Definitely are better alternatives in the area.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Absolutely terrible/horrible service for Saturday brunch. Took 2 hours to get our food after ordering. Waitress was also very inattentive throughout the ENTIRE experience. Coffee was cold... took 20 minutes to get a hot refill. Future refills of coffee took 30 minutes in between each refill. Lambert’s might have the worst service in Austin. We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent gourmet BBQ - Yum! Texas BBQ taken to a fancier level!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great waitress and food is out of this world

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Loved it-exactly what we were looking for in Texas BBQ.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

One of the best meals ever!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing food consistently!!! Must go for visitors or locals!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Had a reservation on Sunday. I am from out of town and found this place from reading reviews online. Came for the barbecue which was ok. It's like upscale if you call it. Regular barbecue on a square plate which is overpriced. I recommend the brisket. My mix sour drink was blah. If you don't like spicy food don't get the devil eggs or the mac n' cheese. They seated us upstairs in a little two seat table by the stage. Another two seat table was right next to us which made it uncomfortable like no privacy. Another couple got seated there after we got seated and ended up leaving not ordering anything. I didn't think they were comfortable also. I really wanted to love it but I don't think I will be returning next time I am in town.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Tasty bbq place. Boar’s Ribs appetizer was great! Good cocktail menu, too.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Hubby’s Birthday

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