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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#36 of 3,008 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Guadalupe St)
+1 512-494-1500
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 14:00
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Belmar, New Jersey
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138 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food at Lamberts was just outstanding. We went for brunch and they had a sampler of sorts: Pork ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage and 4 sides, beans, coleslaw, grits and potato salad. Everything was prepared and cooked perfectly. Josh our server explained it all and did an outstanding job.

Thank Billy R
Espoo, Finland
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came to Lamberts to try some local bbq brisket, and wasn't disappointed. Tasty and tender. Good service too and price is quite ok. Recommended!

Thank Luar_LM
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The service was great and the place was nice. But the food was really deceiving ... we had brisket and the meat was really dry ... I would not recommend this place!

Thank Marianne000001
Southern california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lamberts is part of Austin's most successful restaurant chain, that includes places like Clark's, Perla's, etc. It was with high expectations that my group came through the door this week to enjoy a dinner. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Lot's of brick and wood ambiance, live music upstairs, an open kitchen firing up the food, and a quaint bar... More 

Thank Socalicouple
San Antonio
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

More of a culinary bbq place, good appetizers, damn good sandwiches, we all had bloody marys that were perfect, it was Saturday at 11 when they opened and wasn't very busy so service was great! Great location if ur staying downtown like we were...bonapetit!

Thank Paul C
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All I did for five days was eat barbecue at the original Salt Lick and several other locations, LAMBERTS however had the BEST BRISKET I ever tasted. We had a meeting with about twenty people and the food kept coming, ribs, chicken, sausage, Brisket, stuffed Green Tomato', Garlic Mashed Potato' in the outside courtyard. What a great evening and venue... More 

Thank HarryTease
Nelson, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for dinner. Light speed service to try and move patrons out asap Waiter guessed no big tip when we did not order the Expensive signature steak The Brisket was dry like cooked several days back Brussels with bacon very nice. Mash nice.

Thank TeKinga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Post business dinner with four colleagues on a Sunday night. Lamberts was not too crowded, though we had a reservation. As you walked in you could smell the barbecue, and it smelled good! Nice selection of craft beers and nice selection of food. Most of us had the brisket, which was tender and moist. We also had fried okra (deep... More 

Thank FlyBoyBoston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place. Food was ok. I ordered brisket and ribs. I got one small rib and 2 tiny pieces of very dry brisket. The rib meat was chewy and did not fall off the bone. My girlfriend's pulled pork was extremely fatty. Excellent service.

Thank Preston B
Worcester, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We entered, were seated and there we sat and sat and sat some more. Looked at the menu. I would definitely not call it Barbecue or inexpensive. We sat some more, looked at the menu some more, sat a bit longer and then left! The place was not busy at all.

Thank kellygirl63

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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
US$15 - US$150
American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701
    (Guadalupe St)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-494-1500
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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