Lambert's Downtown BBQ

401 West 2nd St. (at Guadalupe St), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:30 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.3/10

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  • 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
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  • David B.

    The wild boar ribs are like the ultimate expression of a buffalo wing. They are transcendant.

    David Blackman · March 20, 2011
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  • 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
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  • AustinPixels

    Don't waste your time and come here without a reservation...

    AustinPixels · September 30, 2011
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  • Brian G.

    Besides the AWESOME bbq. Try the mac&cheese. Best EVER

    Brian Gannon · June 30, 2010
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Aaron S.

    Upscale BBQ. Fun but not for the meat and potatoes kind of BBQ fan.

    Aaron Strout · August 15, 2011
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  • Jenny S.

    Great BBQ spot with awesome local live music. I found these guys on my new Supper app: http://supper.mx/places/lamberts-austin/

    Jenny Sorensen · 1 week ago
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  • The Wall Street Journal

    Reader tip: Lambert's Country Style Pork Ribs are delicious. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · March 1, 2013
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  • Do512

    This venue has an intimate upstairs stage and really cool bartenders. Check out their SXSW shows at do512.com!

    Do512 · January 20, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Jason

    Best briscuit in town. Live music upstairs.

    Jason · February 25, 2010
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Chefs.com

    They offer oak grilled Colorado Lamb Chops with Rosemary Rubbed Housemade Habenero Mint Jelly

    Chefs.com · February 4, 2011
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  • Big Red

    Live music + BBQ = bliss. Park at City Hall!

    Big Red · October 8, 2010
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  • Paul Terry W.

    say hi to Lou

    Paul Terry Walhus · July 25, 2009
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  • Adam D.

    Crispy Wild Boar Ribs. Plenty to share, or just eat them all yourself.

    Adam D · March 7, 2013
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  • AbusedGrayMatter

    The Frito Pie @ Lambert's (it may not be on the menu - ask the waiter) is to die for! It's made with goat cheese and BBQ. Read more

    AbusedGrayMatter · March 5, 2010
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • ECava

    Get fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits & spicy deviled eggs! Fried oysters = ridiculous, too. Great cocktails.

    ECava · March 9, 2012
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  • David R.

    Order the frito pie then tweet me @iRollo to thank me ;)

    David Rollo · March 15, 2011
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  • Candace D.

    Good grits! Their green chili cheese grits are heavenly!

    Candace Davis · July 18, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Justin C.

    frito at lamberts

    Justin Cox · March 13, 2009
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  • CC Crawley ♔.

    Hands down, one of the best BBQ of my life. Amazing  spicy deviled eggs. The ribs were amazing, they fell right off the bones as we picked it up.

    CC Crawley ♔ · February 9
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  • Zach B.

    Wild boar ribs are out of this world!

    Zach Barkus · March 9, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Garann M.

    If you go for brunch, watch out for the French toast. It's sweeter than the desserts.

    Garann Means · December 12, 2010
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  • Lane B.

    Fried pie!!

    Lane Becker · October 29, 2010
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  • Shayla H.

    The Mac and Cheese was awesome!!

    Shayla Hargrove · February 27, 2014
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  • ajay r.

    Oysters are amazing...truly. Ribs are pretty solid too :)

    ajay rajani · May 13, 2013
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  • Kyle B.

    Hard to go wrong here, good for lunch or dinner...but the underrated secret is the Saturday brunch menu.

    Kyle Bunch · February 24, 2013
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  • Serious Eats

    This is one of the best burgers in Austin and easily the best eaten at a barbecue joint.

    Serious Eats · February 23, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Deborah A.

    Pulled pork sweetness!

    Deborah Au-Yeung · December 28, 2012
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  • @rynomite

    Must try: Beef Brisket, Baked Mac and 3 Cheeses, and the Fried Okra. Thank me for the tip later @rynomite

    @rynomite · March 15, 2012
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  • ChiefHava

    Best Frito Pie in the World

    ChiefHava · July 17, 2011
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  • Sydney Owen W.

    Fried green tomato with jumbo lump crab salad. Incredible.

    Sydney Owen Williams · February 17, 2011
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  • Peter P.

    Forget about waiting for a table. Eat downstairs at the bar. By far the best Lambert's experience.

    Peter Perakos · August 16, 2010
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  • Kelly S.

    Lambert's is some great BBQ. One of my favorite SXSW dinner spots. You'll need reservations!

    Kelly Sutton · March 15, 2010
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  • Allison K.

    Amazing cocktails, pulled pork, and mac and cheese.

    Allison Kasic · October 7, 2014
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  • Dan P.

    A great place to go for brunch. Three words: Breakfast Frito Pie.

    Dan Provost · August 17, 2014
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  • Todd W.

    Good mac and cheese and ribs

    Todd White · August 14, 2014
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  • Jessica S.

    The BBQ is delish! Love the atmosphere upstairs with live music, also a great patio.

    Jessica Sheard · August 7, 2014
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  • Carla Roseane

    Churrascaria da melhor qualidade, igual aonde almoço na Simpatia Gaúcha em São Paulo rsrsrs

    Carla Roseane · March 8, 2013
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  • Stacie B.

    Micheladas!!!!!!

    Stacie Brunner · November 2, 2010
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