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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#27 of 3,120 Restaurants in Austin
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401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Guadalupe St)
(512) 494-1500
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Description: Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, located in the 2nd Street District of downtown...
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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  • 74
    Average
  • 26
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent BBQ choice with nice local touches

Really good food with some nicely done local touches like the tasty sides and homemade table sauces. Nice authentic smokey smell to the room too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good food with some nicely done local touches like the tasty sides and homemade table sauces. Nice authentic smokey smell to the room too.

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Durango, Colorado, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was good. Portions somewhat small. Atmosphere is exciting. May go again but not sure. For the money, seems that there should be a little more food.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were visiting downtown Austin and the tourism office suggested Lamberts given what our other destinations were. They said that it was a little pricey, and they were right. Clearly there isn't much else going on for lunch downtown. (Yelp is full of complaints from residents about this.) Waitress was pleasant and attentive, if a bit overstretched. Not her fault... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really cool place, good service, good food, nice atmosphere with the bands on. Would recommend highly for a night out with friends but not for a quiet date as it's quite loud with the live music - unless you don't want to talk to your significant other that is.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, after months of talking up Lambert's amazing barbecue and sides to my partner, what a disappointment. I appreciate that we had a late reservation, but that was the only time available, and the place was still mostly full, so we weren't holding up our server. Took more than 10 minutes to even get waters and a drink order in,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a place to try some Texas barbecue during our visit to Austin, and it seemed like we were going to have to wait in line somewhere for two hours to get it. Thankfully, when we did an onlinr search for nearby barbecue restaurants, Lambert's appeared. We weren't able to get a reservation at the last minute... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make a reservation! This place is busy! The bar is a bit small with all the people waiting for a table, but the food is worth the wait! Delicious!

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Minnetonka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ended up eating dinner at Lamberts two nights In a row. First night I had brisket which was fabulous. It was perfect and the spicy barbecue sauce had just the right amount of heat. The hanger steak boar ribs were also great on the second night.

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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty tasty spot with some mild heat on a few dishes (jalepeno kick). Really good menu, wish I could have tried several dishes. Thin sauce, edge of tart vinegar.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is famous for its BBQ (the concierge at a nearby hotel said it's the best in Austin), and justly so, but I was really impressed at the other foods on the menu. I had a rainbow trout on a bed of grains, and that was exquisite: flavorful, fresh, hot, skillfully presented. We also had some of their mashed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701
    (Guadalupe St)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (512) 494-1500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 150
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

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.
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

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