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Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Austin, TX

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4.6
4.6
1815 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
BBQ ALWAYS, LIVE MUSIC OFTEN

Located on the corner of 2nd and Guadalupe Streets in downtown Austin (a block away from Town Lake & Moody Theater), in a historic 1873 Victorian building once home to J.P. Schneider general store, Lamberts features modern Texas classics including expertly smoked barbecue, grilled prime steaks, simple yet elegant apps and mains, and homestyle sides. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.

The two-story dining room features an open kitchen, two bars (with one of the best whiskey selections in town) as well as an outdoor patio surrounding our Mill Scale smoker. The design includes black leather banquettes and repurposed sinker pine table tops. The vibe is laid-back Austin and not afraid to get a little rowdy at times—especially when there's live music Upstairs at Lamberts.

*If booking an outdoor table, please note that patio seating is weather contingent. During those times, we will do our best to accommodate indoor seating depending on availability.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Mon 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 494-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Grant Harbert

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lambert's Downtown BBQ can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Fallon Gaskamp: (512) 494-1500

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Guadalupe St

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage directly east of Lamberts (entrance on lavaca) and in the Amli on 2nd parking garage (entrance on San Antonio). Valet is also available on 2nd Street.

  • Entertainment

    Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.lambertsaustin.com for this weeks shows.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Dinner and a Show - Naala

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 20, 2022 only
    Every Saturday night in August, come discover local Austin musicians playing live Upstairs at Lamberts. On August 20th, we welcome the folk-pop of Naala. Guests may reserve tables for groups of 2, 4 or 6 and enjoy full dinner service in an intimate performance setting. Doors open at 8pm, get here early and get supper started! Note: Dinner & drinks are sold separately. Due to the intimacy of the show, we ask that you arrive on time as table reservations will be relinquished at 8:45pm. Tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final.
  • Dinner and A Show: The Last Jimenez

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 27, 2022 only
    Every Saturday night in August, come discover local Austin musicians playing live Upstairs at Lamberts. On August 27th, we welcome The Last Jimenez South Texas soul to the stage.. Guests may reserve tables for groups of 2, 4 or 6 and enjoy full dinner service in an intimate performance setting. Doors open at 8pm, get here early and get supper started! Note: Dinner & drinks are sold separately. Due to the intimacy of the show, we ask that you arrive on time as table reservations will be relinquished at 8:45pm. Tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final.
  • Dinner and A Show: Juliet McConkey

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 13, 2022 only
    Every Saturday night in August, come discover local Austin musicians playing live Upstairs at Lamberts. On August 13th, we welcome singer-songwriter Juliet McConkey. Guests may reserve tables for groups of 2, 4 or 6 and enjoy full dinner service in an intimate performance setting. Doors open at 8pm, get here early and get supper started! Note: Dinner & drinks are sold separately. Due to the intimacy of the show, we ask that you arrive on time as table reservations will be relinquished at 8:45pm. Tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final.

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Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service4ambience4
    Cooks ignored modifications instruction and when they had to remake my food which was order to temp and done way under it took over 30 minutes to get it back. Lamberts burger used to be my favorite in austin but I would not purchase it again based on what I had during this experience. It’s $23 so it should be knocked out of the park every time someone orders it. Manager did comp, but getting free food unfortunately is not a factor when I choose to go out to eat and the meal turned out to be way longer than it should have been and was annoying when my gf was done with her food 1/2 an hour before mine came out. Server was ok but I did have to grab other servers to get her attention in order to tell her our issues with the food.
  2. M

    Martyb

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Staff is super friendly and food is always good. It’s an Austin standard.
  3. LC

    LesaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Brisket melts in your mouth!! Outstanding food. Noisy so conversation was difficult. Not ADA compliant to enter.
  4. KK

    KateK

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD. Their cocktails and desserts never disappoint- the steak is the best thing on the menu, but everything is good here. Boar rib appetizer is a must-have.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an awesome lunch. A whisky I ordered was out, I was a little upset but management made it right by providing excellent customer service! Thank you and I will definitely be back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! The staff is so attentive and works together so well. Impressive!
  7. TD

    TatumD

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!! Outstanding bbq, and the service was amazing as well. It was the best meal we had during our trip to Austin.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the sampler platter you won’t be disappointed!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music was too loud. Ribs were too salty. Steak was great! Waiter forgot to bring my beer.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Always an elevated BBQ experience.
  11. CD

    CarpeDiFemme

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was as incredibly friendly and helpful. She made lots of suggestions and answered our questions. The food came out quickly and was delicious!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The beef short rib was out of this world!!
  13. HS

    HeadSouth

    Austin

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere but was very disappointed by the portion sizes for the cost. Much better value out there for barbecue options. Great space but apparently extremely high rent.
  14. J

    Jimmy

    Detroit

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A bit overrated restaurant. My main concern was the amount of food and specifically the meat. I ordered the combination bbq the most expensive item and what I got was practically one bone piece of ribs, one sausage and three thin slices brisket strips. They only had one bbq sauce where most places give you a choice.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great bbq and apps. Drinks and bourbon are top notch. Expensive though for the portions of bbq.
  16. FP

    FrauleinP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eagle Eye Williamson’s show was outstanding! Dinner, drinks, and service were superb! Highly recommend! Would love to see Eagle Eye perform a standing room only show!
  17. CH

    CatherineH

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The music was so incredibly loud that the server even asked management to turn it down. It was denied. Our table of five had to yell at each other across the table. I won’t go back because of this. Too many other good BBQ places to check out in Austin.
  18. n

    ncfoodie

    Richmond

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food. The brisket was like butter!
  19. MC

    MaryC

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good, service, and ambiance were excellent. Everyone is always friendly and the food never disappoints.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great music was ridiculous loud and bizarre
  21. JR

    JonathanR

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food! Great Service! I would definitely recommend!
  22. JH

    JaneeseH

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Celebrating an anniversary with my husband turned into some disappointment. Not being a big meat eater, I chose the Shrimp and Grits for my entree having never gone wrong here before with a seafood choice. It basically tasted like jalapeño and cilantro soup. It was too spicy to enjoy with no other flavors. (and I am a fan of spicy usually) Plus, being one of the most expensive items on the menu, I left feeling confused and unable to finish my food. This is usually a place we love to celebrate special occasions but we may have to find a new spot for that. What a bummer.
  23. AB

    AntonioB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place. I will recommend Lamberts Downtown Barbecue to a friend
  24. CV

    CentralValleyEducator

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Cat was awesome as well as the rest of the restaurant staff!
  25. H

    Hutch

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Great building, but not so great service. They were not that busy but waited over 10 minutes before a server brought water. Then, the server took our silverware after our started but never brought a new set. Because it was so loud, we could not flag someone down to bring us a clean set for several minutes. The food was very good, but overpriced.
  26. F

    ashleyF

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food and service was great as usual. But the music was SO unbearably loud both inside and outside. It’s a Monday night. No one could hear anything the other was saying.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my moms birthday! She loved it! Thank you so much!!
  28. K

    Kate

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a team lunch at Lamberts today and it was great! The service was phenomenal - super friendly and they gave lots of recommendations. My favorite appetizer was the queso. I think I'll dream about that queso tonight! For my main course, I chose a meat plate with brisket and ribs. Both meats were incredible. Definitely a great choice for upscale barbecue!
  29. SB

    StuartB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way. Great innovative cocktails, interesting menu and attentive service. Pricey I suppose but I was well satisfied.
  30. s

    stefshock

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I love the ambiance of this place and the service was super friendly and quick. I found the shrimp and grits to be on the oily side with a couple more jalapeños than needed but over all, it was a great experience.
  31. AT

    ATXE

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Not sure what happened tonight. Usually eat here every other week, always 5 stars. Tonight, I felt like I was eating at a concert. Music was super loud and had to get in conversation between songs. Mgr needs to put a little red line on the volume knob. Music selection was great but volume level was a fail. Im sure we will be back to 5 stars next week. Just keep the music to a nice chill vibe. Save the loud music for your live bands.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end our experience was amazing! We were greeted right away, sat right away, served right away, the chef even came out to check on us! We will be back!
  33. SF

    StevenF

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice location on a festive second street Inside is a handsomely interior restaurant BBQ was delicious We ordered the Boar rib appetizer and the bbq sampler Everything was yummy
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go anytime of the day!
  35. D

    Dana

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! The outdoor atmosphere was so chill. The food was fantastic. The 3 meat bbq platter was so delicious!
  36. R

    Reyesparty

    Orlando

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, great service and food.
  37. SC

    SamCA

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Thanks very much. We loved the meal and the service was excellent.
  38. JN

    JosephN

    Austin

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabbi was an awesome server - she provided great input on how a family style serving. The Brisket was perhaps best I have had in the Austin area in years!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambience was 5 stars. To loud to have a conversation and was very warm downstairs. I would definitely go back they served the dinner family style so everyone got a chance to try the food.
  40. MS

    MSSD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    No AC in June=uncomfortable. Sat downstairs, service was good. pickle spear appetizer was great, the ranch was tasty, but everything otherwise was so spicy… All seasoning on brisket & spare ribs was too spicy to enjoy although the meat was good. Jalapeños on burger I took off, chili pepper flakes added on the ranch made it spicy, moved those out of the way..peppers on the carrot “salad” burned my mouth. Everything was spicy!!

FAQs

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 494-1500.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is rated 4.6 stars by 1815 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Guadalupe St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Mon 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage directly east of Lamberts (entrance on lavaca) and in the Amli on 2nd parking garage (entrance on San Antonio). Valet is also available on 2nd Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Grant Harbert

  • Entertainment

    Lamberts features the best local artists in our intimate upstairs bar and lounge. Please check www.lambertsaustin.com for this weeks shows.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 494-1500

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lambert's Downtown BBQ can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Fallon Gaskamp: (512) 494-1500

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