Austin >Food & Dining > Lambert's Downtown Barbeque
401 W Second St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.265296 -97.747719
Monday - Friday, 11am-2pm, : Nightly, 5:30pm-11pm, Bar: Nightly, 5pm-Late, : Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm, : Monday-Friday, 5-7pm Upstairs
Hoity Toity BBQ Translates Well – The menu was full of slabs of red meat with words like "oak smoked" and "grilled". Not once did the word "chipotle" show up so I was open minded. We started with the Fried Green Tomatoes served with snazzy leaf they called Mizuna with lump crab meat and Green Goddess dressing?not your maw maw's fried green tomatoes, but damn the were good! We proceeded to the Wild Boar Ribs, a pile of short ribs arranged in the shape of the pyramid at Teotihuacan in a pool of bleu cheese with celery sticks lolling about. Again, awesome! We both decided on the Pesto Rubbed San Angelo Lamb Chops with the habenero mint jelly and steak tomato accompanied by a huge sharing size pile of three cheese macaroni. Again, I have had lamb chops all over town from $25-$50; these at $30 were the best, EVER! Convinced desert was not possible I then proceeded to the Blackberry Cobbler a la mode. Maw maw would have been jealous.
You want to show your Yankee out of town guests that Texans can have class? Run them over to Lambert's. Kick a** BBQ. Pricey, we had four courses a couple of drinks at $130, but well worth it. Call for reservations.
Lou Lambert's continual gifts to the Austin food scene includes homegrown fancy barbecue in the bustling Second Street District. Live music on the weekends. – In Short
House-made is de rigeur for the down-home delicacies with an upscale twist that come out of the open air kitchen at this creative eatery in the historic Schneider building. A business crowd lunches on natural smoked meats and free-range chicken plates or sandwiches with comfy, yet creative sides like jicama and carrot slaw and classic potato salad. Dinner offerings are as swanky as their audience: pesto-rubbed San Angelo lamb chops and wild king salmon.
Dissapointing – The first people you meet in a restaurant can often make or break your experience there. I was underwhelmed and frankly annoyed by the prissy, rude pair of hostesses that were more concerned with flipping their hair around than making me feel welcome. Luckily, our waitress and several of the other waitstaff were consciencious and fun. But this should be about the food, and overall, I found that sorely lacking as well. The charcutierie plate had some interesting elements (i.e. the potted foie gras was delicious and the head cheese had good texture) but it lacked cohesiveness. For the main course, I had the special game hen with pea risotto. The dark meat was under cooked, but the white meat delicious. The risotto had the flavor and texture of pablum with a crunchy undercooked pea surprise in every bite. Everything was underseasoned to an unforgivable degree for a retaurant allegedly of high caliber. My husband had the beeef rib - yes, I mean rib. There was one chewy, underseasoned rib on the plate. The green beans looked and tasted like they had had an unfortunate encounter with a blowtorch and were dripping with oil (not in a good way). We decided to cut our losses at this point and skip the additional dissapointment of a potentially disastrous desert.
This may be the hip new late night place to go if you are fairly drunk and cannot taste your food, but even then, it might be questionable.
Upscale BBQ and good music – It's nice to see people dressed up when eating BBQ. The parking may be a bit of a pain, but it's worth it for the urban atmosphere and good food. It smells like slow-cooked BBQ from the moment you open the door. There's a room upstairs with a corner stage and a bar, so it's a fun place to go even if you're not eating.
HORRIBLE Customer Service, Jimmy must GO! – Jimmy the manager gave insanely horrible service! I will never, ever, ever eat a morsel of bbq from Lamberts. I can not stand when a place thinks they are too big and bad for Austin! Try to love Austin and embrace us Austinites! All I ask is for good food, good service and please do not price bbq through the roof. I tried to book a for 25 people and he attempted to charge $5000.00 for BBQ!!!!! Are you kidding me! Good luck ripping people off and enjoy the BAD KARMA! Joel get rid of Jimmy he tremendously lacks good ole' fashioned customer service!
Yummy food, great music! – My boyfriend and I decided to try this place and really feel like we've found a new Austin favorite. We loved the brisket and the mac and cheese. The venue us sooo cool, in this old historic building. while we were eating (on a Friday night), the band started playing upstairs and it was wonderful. Kat Edmonson was playing, but we didn't know who she was, we just marveled at her voice. The waiter informed us of her name and we've since become fans. Thanks for a great evening-we found a great new place to eat downtown AND we were introduced to a great new musician! We were surprised to find out they have outdoor seating as well...something to check out when the weather good.
Great barbeque and atmosphere – The staff is great, the brisket was a surprise treat, the queso is perfect, the seafood can be overcooked sometimes (but who really cares when the meat is this good), the sauce is good though not remarkable, and the desserts are to die for.
THE BOMB – I have visited Lamberts now twice, the first time I went with a large enough group so that we tried just about everything on the menu. There was not a single thing that I didn't like, I don't believe you can even order wrong. The menu is creative and interesting, and turns eating into an experience. Where else can you go to get Devilled Eggs unless you're inviting your grandmother over or want to stink up your own house? I loved the beat salad, the ribs were so delicious people were hesitant to share them... and I usually don't order chicken because it tends to be boring but it was exceptionally tasty, not even the slightest bit dry, and I love sauces and didn't feel like I needed any, of course the BBQ sauce is so good I would take just about any excuse to use it on something, and if people wouldn't judge would probably take a sip out of those cute little jars they come in. My favorite drinks from the bar were the wines the waiters suggested, the Brady Creek lemonade, and most of all the Sanchez- a martini with jalapeno infused vodka making it a little spicy and completely eliminates that vodka bite. I crave those things, and Im not a big drinker, it's just the taste. Then the desserts... oh the desserts! Ice box pie, the bread pudding and a rootbeer float with a little vanilla vodka in it. Aside from the food, I had excellent service and loved the ambience. It's an old historic building but there's a hand painted/drawn menu on the wall above where the chefs cook that gives it a little kitschy feel which I love and which went along nicely with the waiters pearl-snap shirt uniforms. Every detail seemed so thought out and I can only imagine it will get better with time. And for whoever would even compare Lamberts to a place like Rudys or County Line is just silly. I mean really. Silly. The only problem I have with Lamberts is that I can't eat there every week because I live in Dallas.
Bad BBQ – The charcuterrie app was nice although the cheese portions were small. The drinks were good and the space is nice. The food, however, wasn't that good. I enjoyed the beet salad but did not care for the warm spinach salad with waffle fries on the bottom. The ribs ($14.00 for 3, yes 3 ribs) metallic and the quail was lacking. The six dollar mac n cheese just plain sucked.
very disapointing – this was all around bad. to start our waiter was clueless, took 15 minutes to describe the specials using the word like about 30 times. hey forgot to refill drinks and had to ask 3 times for bread. he also dropped a plate right next to our table. when my friend asked for more wine (there was about an ounce in the glass) he took her glass away and brought refilled one that still had her lipstick on it. as for the food i was disapointed, i am a sous chef in new york city so i feel comfortable that i know my stuff. the charcuterie plate was very poor, tiny pieces of cheese, and artisian meats with no flavor. as for the entrees the briskit was dry and very lazily plated. the chicken lacked any seasoning but was moist. the sides were$6each and at the advice of our waiter we ordered three for 6 people. the three sides would have only fed 2 people. they were tiny and the flavor profiles were very bad. this may be kinks because they are new, but it is small easy things they can;t get right.
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