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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802
+1 512-494-1500
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (28 reviews)
“ribs” (101 reviews)
“pulled pork” (65 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Located in the downtown area, this was a convenient place for us. They take reservations and we were seated at our reservation time. We tried all of the BBQ meats. The brisket was delicious! The pulled pork and ribs were also quite good. The chicken...More

Thank nurabbit
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice place for meat lovers. Vegetarians should avoid it. There is little they can eat, almost no selection. It is a place for ribs and steaks, but not sophisticated as Plachutta, in Vienna, where one gets to know each different cut of meat with their...More

Thank silvia_frisia
Reviewed 6 days ago

They have a fun happy hour. Food is very good and you will be served huge portions. Some plates and side dishes are easily shared. I was not inspired by their ribs because there is too much vinegar in the sauce. But I'm told that's...More

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first night in Austin, and our friend from Georgetown suggested Lamberts, as a restaurant she likes when attending a downtown event. So we made reservations, and settled in on the outside patio -- which was nice and not as crowded or loud as inside....More

Thank astrojane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went twice during a week in town for work. Very popular place, definitely make a reservation regardless of the day of the week. I started with the mezcal cocktail which was really good, a different spin on a margarita. We shared some starts including the...More

Thank gondekp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No interest in waiting for hours to eat at Franklin? Us either. Lamberts is the high end alternative. The meat is perfect, the sides are delicious and the service was very good. We dined in the outdoor patio and it was lovely. The short rib...More

Thank Wormtravels2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a reason the restaurant was empty at 1pm in brunch Sunday All you can eat BBQ $25 5/10 Ribs fatty and room temp 6/10 Brisket thin pieces dry , thick decent 6/10 chicken nothing special 4/10 links cold and full of grease 8/10...More

Thank Ask2416
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Food, Great Service, and Worth Every Penny. Had the beef short rib, which was excellent chewy bark with a savory and moist interior. Great with and without saunce. Great BBQ sauces. My friends pull pork was also excellent. Like this place because the range...More

Thank gordonlbsmithjr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried to have dinner here on Sunday but they were closed for a private event. I am so glad we came back the next day before leaving town. We sat in their outdoor patio area and had great food and service.

Thank jillsC2584XE
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

Thank Moosenearchicago0
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Bill C
Do you have gluten free options
24 December 2016|
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Response from Can_Fam_Adv | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did! One person in our party is celiac and he had lots of options.
Do you have anything/event for NYE?
16 December 2016|
Response from Ray5000 | Reviewed this property |
I do not understand your question. Maybe you can just call the restaurant.
Do you have TV's either in the restaurant and/or bar area?
30 September 2016|
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Response from Wyomite | Reviewed this property |
Like Ray5000, I didn't see any, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. I don't go to restaurants to watch TV. Call Lambert's and ask them.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 150
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701-3802
    (Guadalupe St)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-494-1500
  • E-mail
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.