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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#33 of 3,039 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802 (Guadalupe St)
(512) 494-1500
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
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Brownsville, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The charming brick building houses both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu has a selection of beers both local and others. The appetizers are good. The signature brisket melts in your mouth. The beef short rib has to be eating to be believed. The redfish is also good. Service is good but can be spotty when busy.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well, not really fancy - but certainly not a bbq dive! Nice selection of bbq meats and sides. The pork and brisket were big hits (pork is dipped in an over the top sauce). The cornbread was very tasty! Lunch plates are plentiful. The service was good and our server was friendly and helpful.

Thank Trixter2013
San Francisco, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Came here for the BBQ, but was pleasantly surprised by the steak (the new york strip was sooo tender and juicy!!). The short rib was tasty too and serving was fairly big. Price wise, definitely on a pricier side, but it was worth it! Restaurant was fairly packed on a weekday night. There was a nice patio dining area outside... More 

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We enjoyed Lamberts so very much! When in Rome as they say, so when in Texas one should eat BBQ and or Mexican food. We were a party of eight people and our server was excellent. He made suggestions and was very attentive yet not intrusive. I had the BBQ Cuban Sandwich with a side of Mac & Cheese (scrumptious).... More 

Thank Catherine B
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Couldn't recommend highly enough, fantastic food, service and music. A visit to Austin isn't complete with a meal at Lamberts.

Thank Stuart M
Rockwall, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Live music and a beautiful building. Excellent craft cocktails and great deals at the bar. Bar menu is much cheaper and whole bar menu is half price at happy hour.

Thank kprisock
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While in Austin last week we saved Lamberts for our last dinner just before heading to the airport. We hung out at the bar with Chris the friendly bartender before we sat down for dinner. The old building (the historic Schneider Bros building) is beautiful with old wood floors, brick walls and old painted signs on the walls. The smoky... More 

Thank KenL60089
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here while on a bisiness trip and was thoroughly pleased! Three of us ordered a bunch to share and it was great. Service was spot on and they were super knowledgeable about the menue which was much appreciated! I will come back next time I am in Austin.

Thank Andy H
Park City, Utah
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I happened upon Lambert's after the BBQ spot we tried to go to closed early. We didn't get the greatest seat with no reservation (kind of a weird side bar by the entrance), but nonetheless service was great, food and drinks were awesome, and you get more of a 'nice restaurant' feel. I totally recommend ordering from... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time eating here. The first time was many years ago and I remember having the smoked beef ribs, which were to die for and this recent visit was identical to the first. Simply excellent. I had smoked wild boar ribs(very small wild hog ribs to be exact) for an appetizer and my wife had crispy fried... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $150
American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802
    (Guadalupe St)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (512) 494-1500
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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