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August 14, 2007
From journal Travels Around Texas
July 1, 2005
From journal Austin Trip
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 6, 2004
I don't think there is a much better view in all of Austin. You can see the Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis, and an amazing sunset. There are close to 40 outdoor decks, so you have plenty of good seats to enjoy hanging out.
You have typical bar food or some nicer options inside the restaurant. We sat out on the deck and had guacamole, and some nice Tex-Mex food. It was nothing special, but I thought it was pretty good. I would certainly go back and enjoy the food again.
The Oasis is one of my all-time favorite places to chill out and grab a few drinks. The margaritas are very good, and the beer selection is pretty extensive. Plus, I like the fact that there are so many decks where you can create your own vibe. If you go with friends, you can carve out a space while the waitstaff keeps the drinks flowing.
The Oasis is a 30-minute ride outside of Austin. But on a positive note, the views are nice, and I liked driving on the winding road. Of course, you really need to plan for some type of designated driver, given the distance and the steep ledges beside the road.
From journal A UT Alum Returns
San Diego, California
July 10, 2003
I like "different" places and after reading about Oasis here at RCI Community, it became a must place to go. Also, you must stay to see the sunset over the lake. After having dinner, move down a few decks to the bar/appetizers area to view the sunset, which was a good one and worth going for.
From journal Off to Austin/San Antonio
April 23, 2003
If you don't come well before sunset on the weekends, it might be hard to get a deck table without a long wait. They don't take reservations for the deck seating, so people arrive, give their names to the hostess, and then browse the pretty grounds, shop in the souvenir/antique store while waiting, or hang out at the bar.
There is frequently live music.
Sometimes, especially near sunset, it can get very windy, so bring scarf or something if you don't like to hold your hair with one hand and your fajita with the other. It's been windy about one in four times that I've gone. I've been going here since the early 80s and the view continues to take my breath away.
The food continues to be mediocre -- but if you stick with the Mexican food, you won't be disappointed. They make okay to good drinks. They charge for the basket of chips and salsa, which is a freebie at every other Mexican restaurant in Texas.
If it's windy or cold, get reservations for a good indoor table. You'll still have a great view -- but remember you're here for the view, so if the weather is bad (rare), you'd best go to a place with stellar food. I consider this a budget place because of the view -- it's a small price to pay for the dining experience, even with the so-so food.
From journal Austin--Let's Keep It Weird
New York , New York
March 22, 2001
From journal south by southwest!
October 20, 2000
From journal Lake Travis
October 18, 2000
From journal Eating in Austin, TX