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Lambert's Downtown BBQ

BBQ Joint · Downtown Austin
401 W 2nd St (at Guadalupe St), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:30 PM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Grace S.
    "Brisket, short rib, wild boar ribs, pulled pork and frito pie."(12 Tips)
    Attune Foods
    "Try the Wild Boar ribs, bluebonnet salad and Pulled Pork ribs."(20 Tips)
    demond k.
    "The ribs, mac and cheese, and the brisket burger...Great food!!!"(24 Tips)
    Shantelle G.
    "Excellent sides; mac and cheese and collard greens- mmmm!!)"(7 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • brisket
  • wild boar
  • mac & cheese
  • frito pie
  • happy hour
  • lively
  • live music
  • pulled pork
  • cocktails
  • collard greens
  • grits
  • meats
  • spicy food
  • good for groups
  • authentic
  • oysters
  • fancy
  • brunch food
  • Liana C.

    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.

    Liana Casciani · July 17, 2015
  • Frank F.

    Best brisket in the world (yes). Excellent wild boar ribs too. Jeff was awesome behind the bar. The two girls at the host stand are def no where near hot enough to be that snobby, but warm up quickly;

    Frank Fayer · October 7, 2015
  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · February 23, 2013
  • Dianne H.

    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.

    Dianne Hillhouse · 1 week ago

    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 · August 7, 2012
  • Virginia

    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.

    Virginia · January 20, 2013
  • GourmetLive

    “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.”

    GourmetLive · March 17, 2011
  • Kelly F.

    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.

    Kelly Freeberg · June 7, 2015
  • Austin Chronicle

    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

    Austin Chronicle · March 4, 2013
  • The Daily Meal

    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

    The Daily Meal · February 22, 2011
  • 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

    Austin American-Statesman · April 8, 2011
  • Jasmine R.

    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.

    Jasmine RaShae · January 10, 2015
  • 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

  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · February 23, 2013
  • Enid I.

    Excellent barbq!! We sat at the bar and the service was great. There was a concert upstairs and the place was hoping. Great crowd!!

    Enid In the City · February 7, 2015
  • Lisa H.

    Pork ribs are awesome with homemade bbq sauce. Brussel sprouts and mac & cheese are the must side dishes. Good vibe is a def plus.

    Lisa Han · March 14
  • Charles B.

    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.

    Charles B · March 15, 2012
  • Alexandra L.

    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.

    Alexandra Leite · September 2, 2011
  • Do512

    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.

    Do512 · March 27, 2012
  • Matthew C.

    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.

    Matthew Cox · November 2, 2014
  • Mark H.

    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.

    Mark Hurley · August 28, 2014
  • Shantelle G.

    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!!)

    Shantelle Gray · April 27, 2014
  • Mark B.

    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

    Mark Boscariol · March 17, 2010
  • Michael H.

    Wow. That was barbecue worth coming to Texas. The 3 bbq lunch tasting was incredible, and the mac cheese was the creamiest

    Michael Hogan · March 2, 2015
  • Attune Foods

    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. :)

    Attune Foods · June 11, 2010
  • Social N.

    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!

    Social News Network · November 29, 2012
  • Travel Channel

    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.

    Travel Channel · March 5, 2012
  • Alice F.

    Try the 2 Meat Plate - Couldn't leave Austin without barbecue. Brisket and pork rib with collards and waffle fries. #pbsam (via @Foodspotting)

    Alice Ferris · May 13, 2015
  • Scott W.

    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.

    Scott Wisson · August 4, 2013
  • Jacob C.

    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.

    Jacob Cohen · March 12, 2013
  • Southern Living

    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

    Southern Living · February 10, 2012
  • Jenny B.

    Best BBQ ever! Faves - brisket, boar ribs, brussel sprouts, Mac & Cheese, smoked trout. Can't go wrong with any of the choices. Delish!

    Jenny B. · April 25, 2014
  • Erin G.

    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.

    Erin Gleason · March 20, 2015
  • IFC

    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.

    IFC · March 7, 2013
  • Chad A.

    Mac and 3 cheese=AMAZING!!! Molasses ribeye is super great!! Great food, awesome wait staff. Dimitrius is an amazing server!! Great recommendations.

    Chad Amburn · July 5, 2010
  • Ben

    Hipster BBQ, but it works. The food backs up the atmosphere. Among the best smoked brisket I've ever had. Definitely make a reservation.

    Ben · January 10, 2013
  • Mark D.

    Nothing here is Bad.....Hands Down Best Happy Hour in Austin! Get The Spicy Deviled Eggs w/ smoked Paprika & topped American Caviar!

    Mark Demerl · June 8, 2010
  • STA Travel U.S.

    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!

    STA Travel U.S. · March 1, 2012
  • Doris H.

    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.

    Doris Hu · September 7, 2015
  • Corey T.

    Really great service! Short rib was spectacular, collard greens amazing, Mac and cheese as you please!! Great experience!

    Corey Thrash · March 1, 2014
  • Lisa K.

    maple crusted ribeye was amazing. fantastic sides (mac & cheese, collard greens, buttery mashed potatoes). friendly, knowledgable staff.

    Lisa Kim · August 7, 2012
  • Henry C.

    Loved this spot. Classy BBQ, without the sacrifice of good Texas BBQ. Awesome unique menu items. Definitely a must if in ATX

    Henry Cadena · April 25, 2014
  • exfm

    "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.

    exfm · February 24, 2012
  • Colin

    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.

    Colin · January 20, 2013
  • Will

    Here's a tip: MAKE A RESERVATION! Even on Mondays! The hostess has attitude but the place is nice. Great brussels sprouts!

    Will · May 6, 2013
  • Sissy D.

    Delicious food and lots of comfort food. A little pricey though. Great bar. Usually crowded, but it has delicious food!

    Sissy D · January 5, 2014
  • Nick H.

    If you don't want to wait 5 hours for Franklins, this is your best bet for bbq in Austin.

    Nick Holroyd · September 12, 2014
  • Abbey K.

    Get the Frito Pie and the asparagus side. Both are great. Follow up with the s'more bread pudding for dessert!

    Abbey Keck · March 30
  • Liz B.

    I had the ribs and they were so tender and mouth watering! I had never tried foie gras but it was indeed tasty.

    Liz Brunner · June 6, 2014
  • David J.

    If the rude high school hostesses give you their you don't have a reservation and we're sooo upscale attitude go somewhere else worth skipping

    David J · April 5, 2014

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