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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Austin, TX

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.6
4.6
1887 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 34 times today
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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

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. PL

    PastaLover

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun and delicious little spot! I loved that there was a few Austin-native items on the menu, everything was great and holy smoke…every single team member there was pleasant and made the experience better. Will visit again.
  2. s

    seth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going back here for years. Get the wild boar ribs.
  3. M

    Mark

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Service was quite good and fun energy level. Highly recommend.
  4. SS

    SarahS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Atmosphere, Food, Drinks & Service is Par Excellence!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the brisket was incredible!
  6. e

    excuernyguy

    Austin

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lamberts has great food and atmosphere. The main courses and sides are varied and really good. My bill was $230 for two people which puts this restaurant out of reach for regular dining. It’s a shame as I really like the place but the value just isn’t there for me.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and dinner. My more than ample hanger steak was even more delicious the next day. Great service, fun ambiance and varied menu. My entire party was very happy.
  8. W

    Wakey

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Worth every penny. I’ll certainly return.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing bbq and apps! Definitely would dine here again.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best gourmet bbq - super high quality meat! The burnt ends queso was outstanding❤️
  11. MD

    MargoD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to dinner and a show. The music was great, the venue was perfect, the food was fabulous, and the service was extraordinary. Will absolutely return!
  12. a

    amandalien2008

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun place with upbeat music. Great portions. Our fave was the lamb ribs.
  13. D

    Diner

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had the three meat sampling and blackened shrimps. Both were tasty. The service was very good and efficient. The only problem is that we were sitting next to a window at the end of the restaurant and it was freezing. They moved us outside but event with a heater, it was still freezing. That took away a lot of enjoyment for the food.
  14. JV

    JimV

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great spot, great food, great service, but very expensive like most really nice places.
  15. NK

    NancyK

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Brisket was incredible. Broccoli, pickles and onion accompaniment to brisket was too hot. Sausage debatable as to whether it was cooked. They substituted more brisket for the sausage
  16. LR

    LeoR

    Corpus Christi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    for a 1st timer it was a very welcoming place and nice staff would recommend and go again
  17. DM

    DdMg

    Austin

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for a late lunch pre game. The told us NO BRISKET left! So actually we had to go off our usual choices and had the BEST MEATY ribs and the Hanger steak was FANTASTIC!! So glad they were out of brisket!!
  18. H

    Hungry

    Houston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love Lamberts!!
  19. RT

    ReginaT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I enjoyed the food, the wait staff, and the restaurant setting. I like the ambience altogether which offered a very nice yet quaint atmosphere which was enjoyable soothing.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phoebe was kind, funny and prompt. The food was extremely delicious and a good value. The chicken sandwich with jalapeños yum! Take the elevator to restroom if you don’t want to climb a lot of stairs!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, food and drinks perfect plus parking easy to the place
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was on our wishlist, but it far exceeded our expectations! We absolutely loved everything we ate and the service and ambiance were perfect as well! Best steak and queso I’ve ever had!
  23. JC

    JeffC

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent everything!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Absolutely terrible. The worst BBQ I've ever had. Plus, I waited 15 minutes at the bar to try and get a drink before giving up and waiting for my table. It then took another 10-15 minutes at my table. All the food I was served was awful. Horrible restaurant.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun vibey place with delicious cocktails and terrific service. Don’t miss the oysters and the baby back ribs now rank as our top rated ribs anywhere.
  26. CC

    CarCoverLady

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food pretty noisy but enjoyable
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner had the brisket and said it was melt in your mouth fantastic! I had the burger with fries (not a huge bbq fan) The burger was delicious and the fries were the best I’ve ever had!
  28. LC

    LyndaC

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service at the bar and our table was fabulous along with delicious food!
  29. T

    Tmurph

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Casual lunch with friends. Very loud headbanger music. Fortunately after a couple requests they turned it down. Brisket was pretty good, nice rib, waffle fries were good. Overall, nice enough place but nothing special.
  30. MB

    MichaelB

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Great service. Our server was very attentive, prompt and helpful. The food was nothing special, very salty. The AC was cranked on a mild evening and very cold. If you sit upstairs near the stairs you'll feel the, shaking your table every time someone goes up or down (which is constantly)
  31. H

    Heather

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great meal! My only issue was that they were out of the usual kraut and veggies from the sides of the BBQ plate. Their brisket remains divine. We brought a friend from England with us and she was so impressed.
  32. T

    Texsun

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Visiting Austin. Accidentally saw lunch menu online which is totally different and much better than dinner menu. Pricey. Good not great food. We were running late and though we tried calling as requested message was someone would call us Monday morning. This was Sunday. Sat outside which was great. Outstanding server. But food quality and price do not align. Not the place for great Texas BBQ.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Ribs were dryyyyyy af
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience, as always.
  35. EG

    EddieG

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Birthday. Was recognized at check in. Waiter did not recognize.
  36. B

    Bigdog

    Salt Lake City

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal. Our server Catherine was first rate. She prepared a family style sampling of best of Lamberts meat plates and sides for our party of seven. She has a great personality and flair for treating guests well.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boar ribs - A-maxing but
  38. F

    Fski

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was recommended to us and it didn’t disappoint. We had the Nashville fried oyster and a carrot salad for apps. Country ribs and half chicken all were very good. We are upstairs so noise wasn’t bad but downstairs was bit noisy.
  39. M

    Mecruz216

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The brisket is amazing!!!
  40. SD

    SamratD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food (the baby back ribs were especially good), the table was a little drafty because of the overhead vents (I sat downstairs), but the service was very good and accommodative.

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 1887 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 34 times today
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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