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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#34 of 3,050 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701 (Guadalupe St)
+1 512-494-1500
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
Closed now
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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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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 932 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lamberts is a popular spot as was evidenced by the fact we couldn't get a reservation for dinner and earlier than 9:00pm on the Tuesday evening we dined there. On a positive note, the food was excellent. On our waiter's suggestion I ordered the ribeye steak which was done with a mustard and brown sugar glaze. This was one of... More 

Thank John B
Ft. Lauderdale
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was on a frito pie mission and Lambert's was listed as having it and it was close by. Walking up to the brick building I could smell the smokey BBQ in the air. We set at the bar which is often our preference and decided to at least have a drink. My husband had a local beer and I... More 

Thank amylynn_j
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lamberts is directly across the street from ACL. Husband had the chicken / brisket with two sides and I had the chopped brisket sandwich. Both meals were good on flavor. Was fun watching the expeditor and kitchen staff work so smoothly- like a well oiled machine. As to Rating our waitress I would give her a C, very minimal talk,... More 

Thank Sue D
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best meals I've ever had in my life. The smoked angus short rib is a must have -- orgasm in your mouth. And the Brussels sprouts were on fleek.

Thank teddyfbaby
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch, it was quite good. Appetizers to recommend are the Wild Boar ribs, chicken fried oysters, and shrimp and crab cocktail. The brisket was amazing and the hot link was great. Have to try the fried cherry pie too! Nice beer selection. Highly recommend

Thank Gary N
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is really superb barbecue. Everything we tried was great, especially their full short rib. We would love to be regulars.

Thank Joyfullylady
Austin, Texas
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87 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went for an early Valentine's Day celebration lunch. We split all the dishes and the kitchen sent the appetizers already separated. A nice touch. We started with the Wedge Salad which was very good. A good amount of tangy blue cheese dressing and lots of bacon. Next we ordered the Boar Ribs. These come well cooked... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bustling place in a cool old building in a great location. Seems like a well-oiled machine. Service is good and atmosphere was also. Wasn't able to enjoy the music since there was a private event upstairs. Food: honestly, it was OK. Ribs, brisket and short ribs were decent. Was expecting melt off the bone perfection but it wasn't. Brussels... More 

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Livingston, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its good BBQ. Is it the best, not even close. Is it the worst, not even close. I have eaten brisket, ribs, chicken, too many sides to remember. Price point is acceptable, since they are trying to be a little more upscale. The service is always excellent. If in the area, and in the mood for BBQ, then this is... More 

Thank Robert S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Local fare made with fresh ingredients produce a taste outcome. Gluten free and dairy free friendly.

Thank Cristina L

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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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