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Lambert's Downtown BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Attune Foods
    "Try the Wild Boar ribs, bluebonnet salad and Pulled Pork ribs."(25 Tips)
    Grace S.
    "Brisket, short rib, wild boar ribs, pulled pork and frito pie."(13 Tips)
    demond k.
    "The ribs, mac and cheese, and the brisket burger...Great food!!!"(32 Tips)
    Shantelle G.
    "Excellent sides; mac and cheese and collard greens- mmmm!!)"(9 Tips)
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 23, 2013
    Frito Pie: Only on the bar menu. A layer of Lamberts mustard bbq sauce, topped with Fritos, chopped beef brisket, queso, pico de gallo, goat cheese, and cilantro, with a pickled jalapeno on the side.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleMarch 4, 2013
    Fragrant barbecue smoke and soulful blues waft over the roof of this 19th-century brick edifice. It's noisy. It's fun. And that's just the way the crowd likes it. The fried pies are not to be missed. Read more
  • Mallory V.
    Mallory VachonJanuary 17
    We had the boar ribs, pork chop, and rib eye. All were great. Brussels sprouts were a phenomenal side. One caution: the mac and cheese has goat cheese. Avoid it if you're not a fan.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Liana C.
    Liana CascianiJuly 17, 2015
    The mac & cheese was definitely worth ordering. It was good BBQ but the speciality rib dish that was recommended was burnt as you can see. The food wasn't worth the price, great, great service though.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 23, 2013
    The most decadent brunch buffet with their "upscale" barbecue options, made-to-order steak benedicts and enough pastries and sides to fill in any empty spots on your plate.
  • Dianne H.
    Dianne HillhouseApril 17, 2016
    My go to recommendation for visitors to Austin. Upscale bbq, everything on Boar ribs, ribeye, lamb chops, trout, Fritos pie, grilled oysters. The most incredible brunch spread -$40, but so worth it.
  • meniscuszine.com
    meniscuszine.comAugust 7, 2012
    The most surprising dish is the Mexican rice-stuffed quail. Topped with a quail egg, the diminutive bird is packed with flavor. Crack it open and the rice stuffing spills out. —WC http://bit.ly/NlI3mX
  • Carolyn
    Carolyn3 weeks ago
    Be prepared to pay extra for this upscale BBQ place . Everything was delicious, even the sides . Try the potato salad ,collard greens , & the mac & cheese.
  • Kelly F.
    Kelly FreebergJune 7, 2015
    On Sunday's they run the brunch menu only, but that's ok because it's delish. At a $40 price point per person it's a little pricey, but well worth it for the offering. I'd do it again.
  • Enid I.
    Enid In the CityFebruary 7, 2015
    Excellent barbq!! We sat at the bar and the service was great. There was a concert upstairs and the place was hoping. Great crowd!!
  • IFC
    IFCMarch 7, 2013
    We couldn’t pick just one BBQ favorite, so this place shares the title with Stubs. Head here if you have a little more change in your pocket.
  • Jasmine R.
    Jasmine RaShaeJanuary 10, 2015
    The brisket was phenomenal! Love the flavor of the chicken. Get the Mac & cheese! The collard greens taste like someone's grandma made it. Everything is made in house. Nothing frozen.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HanMarch 14, 2016
    Pork ribs are awesome with homemade bbq sauce. Brussel sprouts and mac & cheese are the must side dishes. Good vibe is a def plus.
  • Silene L.
    Silene LimMay 8, 2016
    The brisket melts in your mouth. Comes with three sauces which is NOT available for purchase as they make it fresh. Mac and cheese is good.
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    Offers a classier bistro-style take on the ubiquitous barbecued meats, and boy does it do a good job, with wonderfully complex flavours and live music upstairs most nights Read more
  • Do512
    Do512March 27, 2012
    Want to grab a bite and watch live music at the same time? The upstairs is not only a bar, they also serve food! Chow down on some bbq and sip on delicious cocktails while listening to live acts.
  • Shantelle G.
    Shantelle GrayApril 27, 2014
    The hubs loved the brisket. I had the delicious shrimp and grits (which my 5 year old also loved.) Excellent sides; mac and cheese and collard greens- mmmm!!)
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CoxNovember 2, 2014
    The meat portions on the combos, in my opinion, are a little small. Might want to order two or three. Also the Mac and cheese is freshly made and is amazing.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveMarch 17, 2011
    “If you want some incredible oak-smoked pulled pork, then this is your place,” says Regan Parks of the Formation of Me blog. “With a signature cocktail and a dessert and you’ll be in BBQ heaven.”
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 29, 2012
    Best dining at Lambert's is during the week nights. Not only is it far less crowded, but it is the only time you can get their famous mac n' cheese!
  • Virginia .
    Virginia 🎸January 20, 2013
    If u sit down for dinner during Happy Hour, THEY CHARGE YOU FULL PRICE FOR YOUR DRINKS. You can only get drink specials for HH AT THE BAR. They should tell u that before you order drinks @ dinner.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    While it's agreed that the Frito Pie and mac and cheese are both hunks of heaven on earth (the goat cheese is an excellent touch), don't leave without trying one of their famous fried pies. Read more
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoganMarch 2, 2015
    Wow. That was barbecue worth coming to Texas. The 3 bbq lunch tasting was incredible, and the mac cheese was the creamiest
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LeiteSeptember 2, 2011
    Best cocktail in a long time, best hamburger in a long time. And, we didn't even have a table at the restaurant. All eaten in the bar with immense pleasure. Hands down.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BMarch 15, 2012
    more refined Cue, but an excellent place if you want a more upscale option on your Austin bbq tour. Thought all the sides were fantastic and the pulled pork was a highlight.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Happy Hour treats (from 5-7): Spicy Deviled Eggs, Roasted Green Chili Queso, Crispy Wild Boar Ribs, Fried Jumbo Shrimp, Achiote Seared Chickpeas, Charcuteries and Cheeses, Broiled Oysters. Read more
  • Scott W.
    Scott WissonAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    May have already left this tip....but, hh between 5-7 every day and the 1/2 price appetizer menu, hanger steak and the fritz pie. Legit.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 5, 2012
    At Lambert’s they break from Texas tradition, serving up Texas barbeque that’s a combination of beef and pork and they use a both wood and gas to smoke it.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonMarch 20, 2015
    Split the boar ribs to start. Brisket, pork ribs, and collards were insanely delicious, mac and cheese was some of the best I've had.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMay 13, 2015
    Try the 2 Meat Plate - Couldn't leave Austin without barbecue. Brisket and pork rib with collards and waffle fries. #pbsam (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jenny B.
    Jenny B.April 25, 2014
    Best BBQ ever! Faves - brisket, boar ribs, brussel sprouts, Mac & Cheese, smoked trout. Can't go wrong with any of the choices. Delish!
  • Ben
    BenJanuary 10, 2013
    Hipster BBQ, but it works. The food backs up the atmosphere. Among the best smoked brisket I've ever had. Definitely make a reservation.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HurleyAugust 28, 2014
    Not your typical barbecue joint. A bit too fancy and expensive to call yourself a barbecue joint. The food was good and the atmosphere is great live music upstairs.
  • Henry C.
    Henry CadenaApril 25, 2014
    Loved this spot. Classy BBQ, without the sacrifice of good Texas BBQ. Awesome unique menu items. Definitely a must if in ATX
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SorensenMarch 16, 2015
    Great BBQ spot with awesome local live music. I found these guys on my new Supper app: http://supper.mx/places/lamberts-austin/
  • Corey T.
    Corey ThrashMarch 1, 2014
    Really great service! Short rib was spectacular, collard greens amazing, Mac and cheese as you please!! Great experience!
  • Colin
    ColinJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy Hour from 5-7pm at the bar is one of the best in Austin. Half off all bar food and $2 off all drinks.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 23, 2013
    This is one of the best burgers in Austin and easily the best eaten at a barbecue joint.
  • Doris H.
    Doris HuSeptember 7, 2015
    Came here for the brunch buffet which was $40 pp. Amazing service and selection. Save your stomach for the brisket and the hanger steak eggs Benedict.
  • Abbey K.
    Abbey KeckMarch 30, 2016
    Get the Frito Pie and the asparagus side. Both are great. Follow up with the s'more bread pudding for dessert!
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Try the brisket. It's rubbed with coffee and brown sugar and the pork ribs are dusted with coriander and glazed with maple. Read more
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CohenMarch 12, 2013
    I started swearing loudly and uncontrollably the minute I tried the Brisket. It's the best I've had and if there's better I need to know. Shames Ironworks, Stubs and Salt Lick. Eat it.
  • Liz B.
    Liz BrunnerJune 6, 2014
    I had the ribs and they were so tender and mouth watering! I had never tried foie gras but it was indeed tasty.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LapidakisOctober 10, 2016
    The family BBQ brunch, with all you can eat brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage, was incredible. I'll be back.
  • Sissy D.
    Sissy DJanuary 5, 2014
    Delicious food and lots of comfort food. A little pricey though. Great bar. Usually crowded, but it has delicious food!
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithNovember 18, 2016
    The 2 meat lunch special comes with two sides. Nowhere in the fine print does it say they both can't be mac'n'cheese.
  • Theo H.
    Theo HollerbachAugust 29, 2016
    Frito pie excellent. My ribs were a tad tough eat upstairs Great drinks
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 23, 2011
    Don't fill up on BBQ and save some room for their excellent desserts, like a housemade chocolate peanut butter cup.
  • STA Travel U.S.
    STA Travel U.S.March 1, 2012
    If you try any BBQ on the menu, you won’t be disappointed. Make sure you pair it with mac n cheese and a biscuit on the side!
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't want to wait 5 hours for Franklins, this is your best bet for bbq in Austin.
  • Will
    WillMay 6, 2013
    Here's a tip: MAKE A RESERVATION! Even on Mondays! The hostess has attitude but the place is nice. Great brussels sprouts!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KimAugust 7, 2012
    maple crusted ribeye was amazing. fantastic sides (mac & cheese, collard greens, buttery mashed potatoes). friendly, knowledgable staff.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hard to go wrong here, good for lunch or dinner...but the underrated secret is the Saturday brunch menu.
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 24, 2012
    "Upscale BBQ" if you will. This place is great, but don't come here with out a reservation and make sure to try the mac & cheese.
  • GeekyExplorers
    GeekyExplorersFebruary 6, 2014
    Pricey but top notch BBQ & service. Love the outdoor seating area!
  • @rynamite
    @rynamiteMarch 15, 2012
    Must try: Beef Brisket, Baked Mac and 3 Cheeses, and the Fried Okra. Thank me for the tip later @rynomite
  • ECava
    ECavaMarch 9, 2012
    Get fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits & spicy deviled eggs! Fried oysters = ridiculous, too. Great cocktails.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KJanuary 13, 2016
    Amazing bbq food. Pro tip: don't eat for 24h before coming here
  • demond k.
    demond kelleyJune 1, 2015
    The ribs, mac and cheese, and the brisket burger...Great food!!!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BenettiMay 9, 2016
    Bbq was fantastic but the sides really stole the show: coleslaw, baked beans, waffle fries, potato salad.
  • Dan P.
    Dan ProvostOctober 4, 2014
    The Frito Pie for brunch is ridiculously good. One of my favorite brunch dishes in Austin.
  • Ian S.
    Ian StreverJuly 10, 2016
    Crispy wild boar ribs, 6 local brews. Good happy hour deals on all kinds of Texas fare.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownMarch 13, 2012
    Everyone will tell you to get the Brisket but get the rib eye. Brussel sprouts are bathed in butter YUM.
  • David A.
    David AllMarch 11, 2012
    Best brunch in Austin - only served on Sundays. Beautiful, old and rustic restaurant with great ambiance.
  • Deeana I.
    Deeana IaconoJune 6, 2013
    The vodka south side cocktail is to die for! Super refreshing on a hot summer night. :)
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SheardAugust 7, 2014
    The BBQ is delish! Love the atmosphere upstairs with live music, also a great patio.
  • Jay D.
    Jay De LeoFebruary 17, 2015
    The brisket is spot on. Great cocktails. Great for dinner before any event downtown.
  • Attune Foods
    Attune FoodsJune 11, 2010
    For BBQ in the Lone Star state, Lambert's can't be beat. Try the Wild Boar ribs, bluebonnet salad and Pulled Pork ribs. Then go find an Attune probiotic bar. :)
  • Do512
    Do512January 20, 2012
    This venue has an intimate upstairs stage and really cool bartenders. Check out their SXSW shows at do512.com!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MMay 9, 2013
    Been here twice to see Jay Brannan.. This time was much more "magical" than the last. Thanks Lambert's!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HarringtonNovember 19, 2014
    Recommended by a friend as the best BBQ in Austin. Good music in the evenings as well.
  • Tariq A.
    Tariq AhmadApril 1, 2015
    Outstanding food all around. Everything here is good. Definitely try the mac and cheese.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GallagherMay 6, 2016
    Refined BBQ menu. Very good food. Wild boar ribs and mac & cheese must orders
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserJuly 12, 2013
    Perfect place for dinner if you don't mind it a little loud. Excellent Texas BBQ.
  • Truly S.
    Truly SpracklinJuly 19, 2013
    If you are getting a sandwich share, share, share it is big enough for two! Mac and cheese is sinful!
  • Philipp S.
    Philipp SchumeMay 12, 2013
    The wild boar ribs are amazing!!! Close the meal with a fried apple pie!!!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BoscariolMarch 17, 2010
    Great BBQ joint, Upscale but not too upscale. Had the smoked quail and our table shared the charcuterie plate, grits and mac 'n cheese. Everything we tried was great
  • Paul C.
    Paul CanterburyMarch 22, 2016
    The food here is fantastic. Be hungry and don't be a vegan!
  • Jana
    JanaApril 8, 2016
    The Wild Boar Ribs were fantastic and definitely more main course than starter size
  • Ari P.
    Ari PaparoMay 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Sanchez is an amazing drink. Dirty martini on the rocks with jalapeño garnish.
  • Graciela E.
    Graciela EscareñoJune 16, 2012
    Happy Hour menu is only valid at the bar & tables, not any of the dinner tables. It ends at 7p
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.July 11, 2014
    Brisket, short rib, wild boar ribs, pulled pork and frito pie.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SDecember 26, 2016
    I was underwhelmed by entree. Chicken and brisket were both dry. Mac and cheese was divine. Sopapilla cheesecake was heaven.
  • Adam D.
    Adam DMarch 7, 2013
    Crispy Wild Boar Ribs. Plenty to share, or just eat them all yourself.
  • Chad A.
    Chad AmburnJuly 5, 2010
    Mac and 3 cheese=AMAZING!!! Molasses ribeye is super great!! Great food, awesome wait staff. Dimitrius is an amazing server!! Great recommendations.
  • Zach B.
    Zach BarkusMarch 9, 2013
    Wild boar ribs are out of this world!
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoodmanMay 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their brunch is fantastic. One of my favorite burgers in the city.
  • George T.
    George TrantasApril 27, 2013
    Half price apps and $2 off drinks 5-7 every night with this all day Monday do not miss out
  • Aida S.
    Aida ShamsOctober 14, 2016
    AWESOME food,AWESOME service. Loved it here.
  • Dane B.
    Dane BOctober 24, 2013
    Cool spot, but I've honestly had much much better BBQ in NYC. Don't rest on your laurels, Texas.
  • YP
    YPAugust 19, 2014
    Whole beef rib comes with onions and jalapeño which is so good!!!!!!
  • minnie
    minnieNovember 13, 2012
    Best mac and cheese I've ever had in life. period. forever bai. it's all about the ~goat cheese~
  • Song L.
    Song LiMarch 16, 2015
    Best BBQ I had ever. The first choice of Oak Smoked is amazing!
  • miles l.
    miles lennonMarch 11, 2013
    Rib eye steak (must) and the pulled pork are good and good value
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WMay 4, 2012
    Chopped beef brisket, coleslaw to put on the sandwich plus a side of mac and cheese for good measure.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakMarch 13, 2016
    i'm obsessed with their queso. the cocktails and ribs are good here too.
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GordonApril 18, 2013
    You must eat the broiled oysters. And the ribs. They'll make your dick hard.
  • Roger W.
    Roger WillisSeptember 3, 2015
    I'd about the food. Looks expensive? I went for a concert. Very good bar and venue upstairs.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SporerMay 9, 2015
    Succulent BBQ Pork Ribs. Boar ribs appetizer. All other apps and mains.
  • ajay r.
    ajay rajaniMay 13, 2013
    Oysters are amazing...truly. Ribs are pretty solid too :)
  • Mario M.
    Mario MoyaFebruary 6, 2016
    Buen lugar en el downtown de Austin, para comer carne ahumada y al grill. Buena atención.
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