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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#82 of 2,960 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Above average upscale BBQ

Calling it "upscale" is a bit of misnomer; there are no tablecloths and the dress is casual. We generally liked Lamberts, but in a town -- and state -- loaded with fabulous BBQ, this one was just pretty good. We did love the fried green tomato app that came with crabmeat... Yum! The BBQ ribs were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
theschmerl
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Bedminster, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
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Bedminster, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Calling it "upscale" is a bit of misnomer; there are no tablecloths and the dress is casual. We generally liked Lamberts, but in a town -- and state -- loaded with fabulous BBQ, this one was just pretty good. We did love the fried green tomato app that came with crabmeat... Yum! The BBQ ribs were fine, the blackened shrimp... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Dining in a large group of 16. Service was super efficient but not that friendly / engaging. The food was of a high quality and well cooked. Tender and tasty. The only reason I scored it an average was because we had platters of ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken with everything a mass of barbeque flavour. I admit being... More 

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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We visited this place last night after a recommendation from a friend in Fort Worth! We are SO glad we visited this place! He told us to have the Short Rib, and I would give this advice to all of you reading this! HAVE THE SHORT RIB!!!!! my husband and I shared it with a small portion of pulled pork... More 

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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I'm from the Midwest so we eat a great deal of BBQ. Most places are mom and pop or are the popular restaurants featured on television shows that are always wonderful and consistent. It was so nice to go to a BBQ restaurant that was a bit more refined. I loved the care still taken with the BBQ but also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our meal. They have a surprisingly large number of options that are not traditionally found on barbecue menus. The items were pricey also. Of the four of us dining, only one ordered a bbq dinner. The side dishes were wonderful. Cocktails on the menu were limited, but we were later told it was a full bar. Seating was... More 

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tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

My husband I tried this place on a last minute whim. It was delicious! Great food, great ambiance and of course live music. Friendly wait staff. Desserts were off the hook too!

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a great spot downtown for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. High-quality food, great options (a lot of local options), and very good wine. Live music some nights. Can get really crowded, so I would recommend booking ahead. Excellent happy hour specials as well. Really recommend it.

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Rio Grande, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Took my group there for lunch and they loved it. Hope to be able to go back again next time I am in Austin.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

As a lover of quality BBQ I enjoyed my 12 years of living in Texas (10 in Austin) and always enjoy when I come back to Austin to get recharged. Because all my meetings this trip were downtown I didn't have a car and was somewhat restricted to dining at places within walking distance. So I walked down to Lamberts... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We had a graduation dinner and it was perfect - top of the line. Started with great assistance from Blaine (event planner), helping us with the dinner, the food selections, and a personalized menu. The food was top of the line!!! Delicious queso, fresh salad, moist brisket and fall-off-the-bone ribs - BBQ was fantastic! The sides were great - especially... More 

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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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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: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Entertaining clients

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?