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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#35 of 2,995 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802 (Guadalupe St)
(512) 494-1500
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came for a conference in dec 15 and made sure to go back this time .drinks were great. I'm not a huge Texas bar b que Fan. I've lived in the Carolinas and Tennessee And like my bar b que as a sandwich and w sauce. I don't just like a hunk of meat on paper. Thus far this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Lambert without a reservation during ACL. They seated us (a party of 6) without delay. The service was excellent and the food even better. A definite stop next time for higher end BBQ.

Thank Can_Fam_Adv
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had Sunday brunch there discount on Bloody Mary's and other drinks for $25.00 at brunch all the BBQ you can eat. The smoked brisket and ribs were very good and the baked beans were also very tasty. Nice atmosphere had a very nice brunch

Thank Brian C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$25 family style BBQ. Brisket was great. Good BBQ in an upscale setting. $25 per person for Sunday brunch . Building was very nice looking, food was served quickly. A little pricey but food was tasty.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriends and I came here for dinner on a Friday night. We had no reservations and the place was really booming. We were seated on the outdoor patio, which we didn’t know existed, however it turned out to be lovely on a warm evening. We all ordered barbecue. I would definitely recommend the brisket over the ribs. Brisket was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I were in town for ACL fest and had dinner here the first night. Beautiful decor, excellent service from Coleman. Brisket was just as we remembered TX BBQ to be - awesome! Mac n' cheese also rocked! Could have used a few more choices of sauces. Definitely make a reservation or you'll never get seated. Highly recommend!

Thank Shawney B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is in an old historic building downtown and is not that big of a space. Wood floors and exposed brick place. It has a good vibe going. Second floor has some music on some nights so check the schedule before you go. We found the music to be way too much. We were downstairs and we struggled to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hey, this place is all around great! Food, ambience, excellent bartenders, and the best short rib I've ever had. Rich savoriness that is memorable! Great selection of draft beers and Bourbons too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here on a recent visit. It's nice that it is a BBQ place that you don't have to wait in line for hours or eat off of paper plates (like some of the other places reviewed here). A reservation isn't easy to come by on opentable, but our concierge was able to get one for us. Although the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Recommended to come back for the evening happy hour (5-7pm) by friendly bar tender at lunchtime. If you eat at the bar, food is half price. Good drink selection. Portions quite small for the USA but at hslf price you can order more. A bit disappointed in my wild boar ribs where I seemed to receive a portion half as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $150
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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