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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
(512) 494-1500
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Ranked #128 of 3,173 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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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Food is a bit expensive but the decor is awesome and the fact that you get great pork and beef BBQ it is worth it. I also enjoyed the sides. My work associates loved the Mac and cheese.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I’m no connoisseur of BBQ, or much of a carnivore, but I know what I like. I’d been to Lambert’s for a work event and had the chance to sample the full menu. It was so good I had to come back with my husband to have the brisket before we left town. The atmosphere isn’t down home, it’s downtown... More 

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Kingston, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went to Lambert's with friends. It is crowded and noisy, but the food makes up for that. I had the hanger steak, it is awesome. A must have. The flavor is mouth watering. Great seasonings and flavored butters. Friends had the brisket and pork chop, all were excellent. A place I definitely would go back to.

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Laguna Beach, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Had dinner at the bar, Happy hour is 4-7 and drinks are $2 off with half off the bar menu, can't be beat! I highly recommend the spicy deviled eggs and green chile queso - some of the best I've ever had! The brisket is pretty good, but not melt in your mouth fantastic. I'm from TX, so have pretty... More 

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Austin, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The atmosphere, location, and food are good. But, I've had better in the CenTex area. If you're looking for bbq in the downtown area try La Barbeque orJohn Mueller - within walking distance of Lamberts. I was really disappointed in the prices at Lamberts. Way, way overpriced for bbq. If you want a comprehensive guide to Austin bbq, try this... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Order the brisket and brussel sprouts! Great service - our server spent a great deal of time describing the items on the menu. We enjoyed the live music coming from upstairs. I tried making a reservation online but nothing was available - when I called, I was able to get a reservation.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Went for Sunday Brunch, a bit late, but still plenty of options. Free parking on a street nearby (Sunday). We couldn't be seated inside, so sat outside, but under cover of a plastic dome and space heaters. There was some flying bug problem. Several buffet items - enjoyed the salmon, ribs and brisket, and also other selected dishes. And several... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very good, we took my parents her when they visited and it was great. The portions are relatively small compare to other restaurants surround them. The parking is really hard to find and even when validated the parking attendant still charged us because it was "after hours." The place is dimly light and loud if you sit by the kitchen.... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

great location downtown. Parking an issue, but available for a price. Restaurant is small and really nice inside. Everyone had something different so we could taste it all. Brisket was outstanding, as were the other lunch menu meats. Mac and cheese was creamy in the middle and crispy on top,,,,,,delicious. Overall experience Was great ...go if you are in Austin!

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Great food, atmosphere, and drinks! All you can eat buffet, but you may also order specialty items off the menu - unlimited, all included. Pricey, but worth the money.

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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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