Lamberts Downtown Barbecue Restaurant, Austin: Really not good

If Texas is the Barbecue state in the United States, Austin, because of its trendy side, doesn’t really have a lot of restaurants dedicated to this southern American cuisine.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryWeek-end in Austin, Texas
2LoungeDelta SkyClub, Boston Logan
3FlightDelta Economy Comfort, Boston Logan – Austin Bergstrom, Airbus A220-100
4HotelThe Otis Hotel Austin, Autograph Collection
5RestaurantLamberts Downtown Barbecue
6LoungeUnited Club, Austin
7FlightUnited Domestic First, Austin Bergstrom – Chicago O’Hare, Boeing 737-900
8LoungeUnited Club, Chicago O’Hare
9FlightUnited Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Boston Logan, Boeing 737-900
Today’s itinerary

The concept

The concept is quite simple: smoked and barbecued meats, often large pieces, and served with generosity.

The setting

The setting is very nice, with brick walls in a historic district of Austin. The room is quite large, with a first floor and an upper floor, as well as a patio for the beautiful spring and summer evenings.


The menu

Be warned, the menu is different for lunch and for dinner and I was fooled. For dinner, the mains are 30$++ minimum.


The meal and the dishes

For this dinner, we will skip the appetizers and order our dishes directly.

My wife will order the assortment of meats, which will be very average.

The baby back ribs that I ordered were excellent, as well as the mashed potatoes that we shared.


For dessert, the vanilla ice cream was good but the banana pudding was disgusting.

The service

The service was really not good, and my tipping etiquette was affected.

The atmosphere

The atmosphere is really nice, with country music and a nice decoration.

Bottom line

A disappointing experience. If I understand the fact that efforts are made on the side dishes, the plate content and the service are sub-par.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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