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Lambert's Downtown BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Serious Eats
  • Attune Foods
    "Try the Wild Boar ribs, bluebonnet salad and Pulled Pork ribs."(26 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!!!"(42 Tips)
    Shantelle G.
    "Excellent sides; mac and cheese and collard greens- mmmm!!)"(9 Tips)
288 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • brisket
  • mac & cheese
  • wild boar
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nelson L.
    Nelson LozaOctober 17, 2017
    the happy hour on mondays when all bar food is half off can’t be beat...and the crispy wild boar ribs really are that good!
  • Mallory V.
    Mallory VachonJanuary 17, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 9, 2017
    Excellent brisket. A little fancier than I typically like a BBQ joint to be. But they know what they are doing. Full bar and great local beer selection.
  • 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.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
  • 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.
  • Carolyn
    CarolynMay 2, 2017
    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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!)
  • 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.
  • Bianca G.
    Bianca GiorgettiDecember 30, 2017
    Great place! The sides were fantastic, particularly the potato salad. The flavor of the brisket was perfect, just a little dry. Overall a great dining experience.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Erin L.
    Erin LaneMarch 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Corey T.
    Corey ThrashMarch 1, 2014
    Really great service! Short rib was spectacular, collard greens amazing, Mac and cheese as you please!! Great experience!
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SorensenMarch 16, 2015
    Great BBQ spot with awesome local live music. I found these guys on my new Supper app:
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 23, 2013
    This is one of the best burgers in Austin and easily the best eaten at a barbecue joint.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Theo H.
    Theo HollerbachAugust 29, 2016
    Frito pie excellent. My ribs were a tad tough eat upstairs Great drinks
  • 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.
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