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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Austin, TX

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.6
4.6
1839 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
BBQ ALWAYS, LIVE MUSIC OFTEN

Located on the corner of 2nd and Guadalupe Streets in downtown Austin (a block away from Town Lake & Moody Theater), in a historic 1873 Victorian building once home to J.P. Schneider general store, Lamberts features modern Texas classics including expertly smoked barbecue, grilled prime steaks, simple yet elegant apps and mains, and homestyle sides. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.

The two-story dining room features an open kitchen, two bars (with one of the best whiskey selections in town) as well as an outdoor patio surrounding our Mill Scale smoker. The design includes black leather banquettes and repurposed sinker pine table tops. The vibe is laid-back Austin and not afraid to get a little rowdy at times—especially when there's live music Upstairs at Lamberts.

*If booking an outdoor table, please note that patio seating is weather contingent. During those times, we will do our best to accommodate indoor seating depending on availability.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 60 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Mon 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 494-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Grant Harbert

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Fallon Gaskamp: (512) 494-1500

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Guadalupe St

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lamberts' Dinner and a Show: Willy McGee

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 1, 2022 only
    On Saturday, October 1st, we welcome the rollicking Texas rock of Willy McGee to the stage for our Dinner & Show series Upstairs at Lamberts. Guests may reserve tables for groups of 2, 4 or 6 and enjoy full dinner service in an intimate performance setting. Doors open at 8pm, get here early and get supper started! Note: Dinner & drinks are sold separately. Due to the intimacy of the show, we ask that you arrive on time as table reservations will be relinquished at 8:45pm. Tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final.

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What 1,839 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MC

    MereCar

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went for an early lunch and it wasn't crowded at all, which may account for it being more on the quiet side than normal. However, the food and service was great and I'd definitely go back. Great location and a funky, old building with fun art.
  2. KC

    KevinC

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brisket was beyond tender. Cool place with good food. Chose it because they take reservations.
  3. TX

    zsummersTX

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lamberts is an Austin classic. The food is always great and the atmosphere is cool. It is one of the few places in Austin that remains unchanged from the days of old.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and loved sitting outside although the smoker smell is a bit strong. Enjoyed the live music upstairs! The shrimp and grits and the jalapeño cheddar sausage are must try’s
  5. ET

    EmilyT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food was okay. The service was excellent, but I feel as if the food was subpar for what you are paying. I have had much better BBQ.
  6. DA

    DAVEK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Meal portions are very small. Flavor of food was good.
  7. CT

    ChrisT

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My $16 brisket sandwich had perhaps one slice of brisket on it. Piddly effort.
  8. KM

    KittyM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced for what you get. 3 meat plate consisted of a few ribs (which were NOT good) 1 piece of brisket and 1 sausage..for over $35. Other meals were just ok. So many other places to get BBQ in Austin and while the ambiance is nice, I won't return.
  9. LM

    LadsonM

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service awesome and cool building
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the dinner and music experience on a Saturday night. Ordered cheese/brisket app, boar ribs, wedge, sampler and had cocktails. All were delicious. Very chill Austin vibe. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Only issue is Blanton’s was $60 a pour. Probably a tad rich but happy to have it. Music was fun and interactive. Would def recommend.
  11. P

    Panko

    Baltimore

    259 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    259 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Lamberts and it was great! The bar service was perfect. The food was delicious. This is very good Texas BBQ. We enjoyed brisket, jalapeño/cheddar sausage, waffle fries, baked beans, slaw, mac & cheese, roasted jalapeños, and probably some other things I've forgotten. Service was fast and attentive. My only caveat emptor: this food was mighty good going down but we suffered all afternoon with the aftermath. Very salty (apparently), so trying to rehydrate was a challenge. Eventually, we survived, but just be warned. Come "overhydrated" beforehand and maybe you'll be safe. Lamberts is a winner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find - excellent service , amazing food … really enjoyed lamberts , highly recommend !!
  13. AB

    ABauer

    San Joaquin

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch at Lambert’s on a late Friday afternoon. Great service and excellent preparation. Nice to enjoy a delicious meal without a wait and in a very comfortable dining room.
  14. j

    jophil1

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    For a texas bbq place this is very average. Sausage ws very dry, ribs and brisket fatty
  15. R

    Rylee

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very very loud, couldn’t have a conversation with my companion.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Concert at ACL Moody theatre
  17. DO

    DanO

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, extremely friendly waitstaff, and great ambiance as always.
  18. 6

    62texan

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and Sophie our waiter was fabulous. Restaurant is loud-difficult to have a conversation.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Staff was rude and the espresso martini was terrible. Oh and happy hour is only at the bar
  20. JL

    JoachimL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service. It can get quite loud in there though. If you are planning to have a conversation in there, you might want to go somewhere else.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for elevated bbq. The brisket quite literally melts in your mouth. The mash potatoes are a dream.
  22. A

    Aggie

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a late lunch before a concert across the street. After a delicious gin cocktail and queso with burnt ends (delish) I had the Lambert salad with chicken and it was very good. Hubs had the old fashioned then ribs with potato salad and said both were very good. The coleslaw was unusual as it was a vinegar base with a touch of heat. Service was outstanding and loved the historic venue.
  23. AJ

    AmaJ

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the queso, brisket, mashed potatoes, waffle fries, coleslaw and banana pudding. Coleslaw was on the sweet side which is typical for bbq food but I prefer coleslaw unsweetened. Other than that food was perfect. Service was great too!
  24. D

    Dawn

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and even with the temperatures being high, we stayed cool under the misters and enjoyed the smoker smell! Our food was amazing! We started with the queso dip and had the Rib-eye with beans on the side for dinner. Perfect amount of food for the 2 of us. Our waitress was so nice and the upstairs looked super cool.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    Loud horrible music - sticky hot and humid as we got study outside tables
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Server was nice. The food was ok. I excepted better bbq from Austin.
  27. WI

    WILLIAMP

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Was unaware that happy hour was only offered at the bar. We still managed to have a nice dinner, that was unplanned, but it would have been nice to offer some specials for those who reserve a table for 4 at 5pm. I'm not a senior citizen, so eating dinner that early for that price, is kind of ridiculous, so would have been nice to have even a few options as we pay $20 for drinks.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Off the charts good food
  29. l

    leslie

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and it didn’t disappoint! Delicious from apps to dessert!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service and food!
  31. CG

    CarlG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tatum was awesome
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience4
    Cooks ignored modifications instruction and when they had to remake my food which was order to temp and done way under it took over 30 minutes to get it back. Lamberts burger used to be my favorite in austin but I would not purchase it again based on what I had during this experience. It’s $23 so it should be knocked out of the park every time someone orders it. Manager did comp, but getting free food unfortunately is not a factor when I choose to go out to eat and the meal turned out to be way longer than it should have been and was annoying when my gf was done with her food 1/2 an hour before mine came out. Server was ok but I did have to grab other servers to get her attention in order to tell her our issues with the food.
  33. M

    Martyb

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Staff is super friendly and food is always good. It’s an Austin standard.
  34. LC

    LesaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Brisket melts in your mouth!! Outstanding food. Noisy so conversation was difficult. Not ADA compliant to enter.
  35. KK

    KateK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD. Their cocktails and desserts never disappoint- the steak is the best thing on the menu, but everything is good here. Boar rib appetizer is a must-have.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an awesome lunch. A whisky I ordered was out, I was a little upset but management made it right by providing excellent customer service! Thank you and I will definitely be back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! The staff is so attentive and works together so well. Impressive!
  38. TD

    TatumD

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!! Outstanding bbq, and the service was amazing as well. It was the best meal we had during our trip to Austin.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the sampler platter you won’t be disappointed!
  40. EP

    EvaP

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music was too loud. Ribs were too salty. Steak was great! Waiter forgot to bring my beer.

FAQs

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 494-1500.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is rated 4.6 stars by 1839 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 60 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Guadalupe St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Mon 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Grant Harbert

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 494-1500

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Fallon Gaskamp: (512) 494-1500

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