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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

#35 of 3,043 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Blueshadow31
Jupiter, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Dratti
Livingston, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well seasoned BarBQ with high prices. Popular with young professionals who crowd the place after work, so make a reservation. The cold smoked quail topped with two tiny fried qual eggs is a real winner. The deviled egg app with various pickles is an excellent starter. Musicians preform upstairs on some evenings.

Thank YpsilantiFoodie
Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dining here was a thrill to the senses: deliciously prepared barbecue with lots of choices, and many options for sides and accompaniments, in a beautiful old building, and great energy from the waitstaff and customers. I particularly liked the beef ribs; I found the brisket a bit dry. They bring 3 different sauces to try, and all were excellent. We... More 

Thank rgs2000
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in for lunch on a January afternoon. It was late in the lunch time so we got right in. We are told that there can be a long wait so we were very fortunate and it was January. My husband had the three way barbecue and I had the briquet barbecue. All the meats were excellent quality and... 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
US$15 - US$150
American, Southwestern, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
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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