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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
(512) 494-1500
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Ranked #131 of 3,133 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $150
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 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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new york
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

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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New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I was in Austin for a business retreat, and the upstairs section was reserved for our group. Needless to say the service was excellent. We were served a buffet-style dinner, which included beef brisket, pork ribs, asparagus, Mac n' cheese and fried green tomatoes with a crab salad. I'm not a huge brisket fan, but it was tasty. The pork... More

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Williamsburg, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It was a private party and we had the upstairs to our group. Friendly staff. Great sugar coated peanuts at the bar. A buffet with Texas style - of course! Cole slaw, terrific mini-corn muffins, and the spicy hot mac and cheese were my favorites. Brisket was okay. If the buffet was good on a most crowded Monday evening so... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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166 reviews 166 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Arrived around 7, in the rain, no parking available near by, no valet service. There was a 30 minute wait for the garden seating (plastic walls and heaters) the bar was 3 deep so we chose to go elsewhere to have a drink and wait, walked 2 blocks in the rain to sit with a glass of wine - I'm... More

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Surprise, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Recommendation if you go at night- take a small flashlight to view the menu because there is not a lot of light. Also, be prepared to talk over the noise. If you can get past that, then enjoy your food experience. Our server, Hugh, was informative and friendly but not pushy. I had the pulled pork dinner. The pork was... More

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Austin, Texas
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163 reviews 163 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Nice environment and great food. Since it is downtown, sometimes parking can be an issue. But once you get inside, the experience is well worth it.

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Homer Glen, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

There a reason this place is #2 as the Best BBQ in Austin.Because it is!!!!! Great food, a little pricey, but no one was complaining because the food was that good. I'll be back...

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Walnut Creek, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Tried a lot of BBQ while we were in Austin. This had the worst food of the bunch for the highest price. The portion size was subpar, especially for the price, and the brisket was dry/overcooked. That said, I may have just gotten unlucky. The atmosphere is really cool and I think if I went back to Austin, I would... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Excellent food and drinks. Every dish on the menu is worth a try. Barman was very talented and they served a decent selection of local microbrewer beers. Great atmosphere with a cool vibe.

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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 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 150
Cuisine: Barbecue

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