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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
(512) 494-1500
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Ranked #129 of 3,154 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $150
Sun - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Guadalupe St
Description: 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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Atlanta, GA
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128 reviews 128 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We heard great things but couldn't get a reservation. We decided to chance it and we're glad we did. We had brisket and pulled pork and a very good light slaw on the side. Service was good, food was very good and prices did not seem high to me. This is an Austin favorite and we can see why.

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We wanted to eat some good Texas bbq while we were in Austin. We were able to get a reservation at Lamberts and were seated quickly. Lively place and our waiter was really nice and helpful. My husband ordered ribs which only has 3-4 ribs in an order was tasty but a little pricey. My dinner was a smoked fish... More 

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Ridge, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Our day spent in Austin could not be complete without trying some BBQ and Lambert's was recommended. Our waitress was very friendly and really took the time to make recommendations and suggestions. I am not a BBQ expert but the food was delicious! Each of us ordered something different so we could all sample a bit of everything and no... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I was looking for place to eat around Austin downtown. I asked a cashier and she recommend Lambert. I was greeted by a hostess. She quickly got a table set up for me. My waiter, Wes, was very helpful with wine pairing and food suggestion. I decided to order Ribeye steak and broccoli side. The steak was very tasty and... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Interesting appetizers, meats and barbecue. Highly recommend the wild boar ribs. Nice drink menu and very personable bar tender. Warm ambiance.

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Miami, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I spend a couple of days in Austin for work and when i ask to my relatives or friends living in Austin, everybody pointing me to this Restaurant... The Lunch is very simple: Choose 1, 2 or 3 Meats (Pork Ribs, Chicken or Brisket) Choose 2 Sides, and good to GO!!! The Flavor of the Smoked Beef it is really... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Visited Lamberts with colleagues on a recent business trip. The food was excellent. I had the Cold Smoked Rainbow Trout, which was top notch! Enjoyed the family style sides. Lots of choices to satisfy the varied tastes of our large party.

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Vienna, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Looking for a place to be seen with overpriced food and lack of attention - try Lamberts. We were warned that it was pricey and popular but were not quite prepared for the experience. Lacking reservations we were ushered into a large supplemental seating area in the rear of the restaurant in a plastic greenhouse type addition. Temperature control was... More 

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new york
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I tend to go to a BBQ restaurant each week since moving here from nyc and I have to say they have the most succulent and tasty ribs I have ever had. You do not even need to touch there BBQ sauce. For $18 you get a steal. I would highly suggest stopping here on your Austin trip if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Food was very good, one of the better places I visted in Austin. Noticeably more upmarket than the "better" BBQ alterantives. Note: make a reservation as this is a busy restaurant. However they do have a bar where you can walk-in and order off the menu.

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Additional Information about Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Address: 401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: (512) 494-1500
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 150
Cuisine: Barbecue

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