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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#33 of 3,054 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802 (Guadalupe St)
+1 512-494-1500
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
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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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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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431 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lunchtime reservation, but it was not crowded at all. Since it was bbq, I went all the way with brisket and pulled pork, sides of mac and cheese and yucca cole slaw. The mac and cheese LOOKED awesome, it was only good though, and I was able to use the cheese sauce to dip my hot jalapeño... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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120 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 8 of us who ate here for lunch. Our waitress, Shay, was really a lot of fun & very knowledgable about the menu. She explained everything on the menu in detail including portion size and choices.We started with the deviled egg appetizer & bore ribs. They were outstanding. You have choices of 1, 2 or 3 meats with... More 

Thank Hidrfoot01
Olney, Maryland
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lamberts was a hit with our crowd. The fried green tomatoes appetizer and brisket entry were fantastic. What really surprised us was how good the coconut cream pie desert was. Great service and atmosphere. I loved the Sangria as well.

Thank Drew D
Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I and another couple dined outside and couldn't have been more pleased with the service and quality of the food. The bison ribs were unbelievable, and the brisket was out of this world! And they use real cherries in their manhattans, which is always a plus!

Thank alexsagemo1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came in for a solo dinner after a long day of meetings. Without a reservation, I was lucky to snag a seat at the bar, where the full menu is offered. The bartender was very quick and friendly, making me feel right at home. Not wanting too much food, I ordered a single entree of brisket. Unfortunately, the brisket... More 

Thank DeVere K
Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best BBQ meal I've ever had! Great atmosphere, great food! You have to go to this place if you're in Austin. I went for the $42 short rib and it was well worth it. Every plate that came out looked great though.

Thank Scott S
Visalia, California, United States
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104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and even better food. Family style BBQ. Everything was fantastic. I couldn't ask for better food. Left absolutely stuffed. Big portions for sure. $3 mimosas too!!!

Thank Angie G
Evansville, Indiana
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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a pretty good meal here in this crowded Austin institution. The BBQ our group picked ranged from chicken (not huge but okay) to ribs (pretty tasty) to pulled pork (very good. ) Side orders for the table were mashed potatoes and mac and cheese which were excellent. The place is crowded and the servers are frankly all over... More 

Thank JSD47630
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140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here tonight. Started with deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes which were both good. Shared ribs, brisket, mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts. Mac and cheese was good. Brisket was a little dry. The ribs were okay. I think I would have loved the Brussels sprouts were they not so spicy. Everything had quite a kick. Not sure... More 

Thank coughy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Got this recommendation from some delightful workers at the UT Co-op bookstore. Nice outside area to eat. We had barbecue and fried green tomatoes with crab meat was excellent. Try the queso and the yummy cornbread muffins.

Thank Phillytraveler215_12

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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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802
    (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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