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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
(512) 494-1500
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Ranked #113 of 3,119 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $150
Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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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
Neighborhood: Downtown
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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El Dorado Hills, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Myself and four others chose Lamberts Downtown BBQ based on online reviews. We wanted authentic BBQ without plastic forks and paper plates. We left very impressed and very full. The food was amazing, staff was friendly and inviting, and the beer selection was deep. They even take reservations! I look forward to eating at Lamberts every time I return to... More

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Katy, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I had brunch here with my family on a recent trip to Austin. We sat outside in an open-air patio. It was a really nice spot in Austin. I had the Eggs Benedict-- some of the best poached eggs I've ever eaten. The appetizers were super tasty as well. Try the broiled gulf oysters.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The ambiance is great and the food is even better. It was a little dark in the restaurant so we had trouble reading the menus, otherwise, everything was excellent.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Food was excellent, definite kick to marinated vegetables served with BBQ brisket. Loved food and staff.

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Florence
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378 reviews 378 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Located in Austin downtown right on 2nd st., this is a very fashion bbq. Your server will be happy to explain you the dishes and the sauces so that you can decide what to choose and how to dress. A lot of meats smoked or grilled. Food is good and portions abundant. You can seat outside on the patio. We... More

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We took a group from work here during a convention on a Tuesday night and we definitely needed a reservation. The building is a historic site and is quite interesting, the music playing in the upper level was pretty loud even on the lower level where we were sitting and made it a bit difficult to converse when there were... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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124 reviews 124 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My husband and I had dinner reservations for a Friday night. It was packed so reservations are probably necessary. My husband had the brisket which he says was excellent. As a vegetarian (who sometimes eats seafood), options are limited but I did enjoy the fried green tomato salad and side of Mac and cheese that we split. The broiler oyster... More

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Austin, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nestled in the delightful 2nd Street district downtown Austin, Lamberts has excellent food and drinks. Happy hour offers many food options on the bar menu at half price, which makes for a great deal. You get a one meat plate with 2 sides or even a chopped beef sandwich for $6-$7 during happy hour. I highly recommend the collard greens... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We tried Lamberts after it was recommended to us by a barman at the hotel. We did have to wait a while as we hadn't booked but the bar upstairs was a nice place to site and wait. Service was good and the range of food was impressive. All good points really, nothing to report from a negative point of... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My wife joined me in Austin for the Fourth of July weekend while I was on a long term assignment there. She wanted to go to Lamberts since I am not that big of a barbecue fan but loved the restaurant. Neither of us were disappointed. Great draft beer, excellent apps (wild boar riblets and devilled eggs), and great brisket... More

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