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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#34 of 3,047 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Gluten Free
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401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802 (Guadalupe St)
(512) 494-1500
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So at first pass you will see the menu and think this bbq is too fancy for Texas BBQ. It is fancy, but taste great. I had the best fried green tomatoes, definitely a must try. I do not like wild boars and don't like ribs but the boar ribs were so tasty. The white queso is yummy!! I had... More 

Thank AdgieLB
Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lambert’s BBQ is perfectly adequate BBQ. I can’t really complain about the food. It was good, but not great. Didn’t hate it but would never go back. I see Lambert’s as the kind of place that the convention goers and business people go when they really can’t get to a better BBQ joint or are not willing to stand in... More 

Thank pkdesign
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Spectacular bar b que- great sides, fun hip atmosphere. Short ribs were spectacular, as was pulled pork. Great sauces which complemented the meals nicely without overwhelming. Highly recommended.

Thank Pmitc
Austin, Texas
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104 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good, tasty Texas BBQ, although served in rather small portions (e.g., a ribs/sausage combo means ONE rib and ONE sausage). The server was more than friendly and quick. Nice, "old time" atmosphere. A hefty $70+ lunch tab for four. Recommended, nevertheless, in the context of our lunch with some out-of-town friends.

Thank Wyomite
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good experience as it's been recommended by local. The food was delicious. It was difficult to compare as it was my first time but it was very tasty. The service could have been better as the waitress looked annoyed and bored. But overall good experience

Thank Matt75013
Waltham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Lambert's with two other couples and we had a great experience. We made a reservation and our table was ready right away. We shared appetizers and my husband said the ribs were some of the best he has ever had. I had steak and it was really good, and we shared several sides for the table (waffle... More 

Thank Alexis B
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fancy place to go for BBQ. I wanted a platter of BBQ but they don't offer anything like that here. Thankfully I was with 2 other people so we each ordered different meats (brisket, house made hot links and pulled pork) and had it served family style with a bunch of sides (fried okra, collards, and slaw). Everything we ordered... More 

Thank Barbara C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you feel like dropping $42 a plate for a big piece of a steak filet then this is the place. Not going to lie, it was a damn good piece of meat. This is a one time every two years place for me. The atmosphere was good. I did not stay for the live band. But this was really... More 

Thank DamanIVU
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Lambert's several times on my trips to Austin. Its a bit pricey for BBQ but its really really good. The Wild boars ribs were amazing. I've never had that any where else before so hard to compare but I'm definitely a fan. There brisket is really incredible the pulled pork is good and the sides I tried... More 

Thank Adam W
Nutley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Just got back from a work meeting and accidentally ate here two nights in a row. The BBQ was GOOD. Everything was awesome. Hot fried oysters, Wild boar ribs, Steak, Pulled pork, brisket, and the best, the giant "short" rib. Also the sides were great as well especially the mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts. I highly recommend this place.

Thank gd1147

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, 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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