The Oasis: Sunset Capital of Texas

By Annika Erdman

Located right on Lake Travis, The Oasis restaurant is a must-do when entertaining visitors in Austin. It’s open year-round, but I suggest going when the weather is warm

enough to eat out on one of the many, many decks. The gorgeous views of Lake Travis at sunset are breathtaking so don’t forget your camera!

The menu features Tex-Mex and American cuisine in a moderate price range, plus an array of alcoholic beverages. Some nights there is live music, and a dance floor for patrons to enjoy. There is also a brunch menu for the weekends. I recommend the fajitas and the fish tacos, and portions are large, so bring your appetite.

Opening in spring 2011, “Oasis, Texas” will feature 30 retail spaces, and a five-story office building adjacent to The Oasis.  Two new restaurants – Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que and Soleil – opened in November 2010. A new three-story parking garage is already complete as well.

View of Lake Travis from The Oasis decks

The Oasis already has a huge parking lot, with golf cart drive-up service from your car to the front of the restaurant. The restaurant fills up fast in the spring and summer months, so I’d call ahead for reservations if you’re planning on dining with a large group.

If you do get stuck waiting for a table, there are beautiful flower gardens, statues and the gift shop to peruse.

The Oasis is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas, and a dining experience you should definitely treat guests to when they visit Austin.


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2 Responses to The Oasis: Sunset Capital of Texas

  1. Having lived in Austin for the last 15 years, I can easily say that the Oasis is one of my favorite places to go, and one of the places my parents made sure to take friends visiting from out of town, or even out of the country. Without fail, everyone we’ve taken there has loved the views, and I can’t wait to go back there again!

  2. Lara Berendt says:

    I go to Oasis for the view, though I always find the food a little lacking. More importantly though, I can’t believe the amount of expansion that’s going on at this location! Makes me sad. Why take an already huge venue and turn it into Disneyland on the lake? That said, though, Oasis won’t be losing their scenic view anytime soon, so for that reason, I’m sure we’ll keep bringing out-of-towners there for a margarita at sunset. Nice post Annika, and very purdy pictures!

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