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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
(512) 494-1500
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Ranked #119 of 3,177 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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

What a lovely building in the historic Second Street District of downtown Austin. Ambience is friendly, family orientated, but late at night the band starts up, and the young set comes in! Food is Texas BBQ, with thoughtful sauces, sides and a fine selection of wines. Good value, and a must for visitors! Try the Brussels Sprouts, old vegetable made... More 

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Firenze, Italia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

If you like Texan BBQ meat but you are seaching for different type of dishes this is the right place for you. You can choose between smoked and grilled meat but anyway the dishes are always particular and not as the usual BBQ. Maybe the quantity is low with respect to the high price.

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Yes it's a bit pricey, but it's some of the best BBQ I've ever had. Boar ribs for an app. Split the rib-eye and beef ribs for dinner. CAn't imagine anyone doing it better. Our waitress was excellent. The 512 IPA is very well done.

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Hong Kong, China
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Can't fault the meat and the cocktails - melting from the bone and amazing flavours. The okra was the highlight of the sides, whereas the mash is more cheese soup, the corn is sauce heavy and the mac and cheese was cheese sauce rather than the real deal. Overall all great taste, but the prices mean it's somewhere you'd save... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
61 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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