Definitely come here for the view, but not for the food. This restaurant is huge, 3+ levels on a mountain side overlooking Lake Travis. Because this place is so big, there's hardly ever a wait for a table. It's great to sit outside with a margarita and enjoy the view.
Favorite Dish: My fish tacos weren't bad and the guacamole was pretty good. Steak and Chicken fajitas were very bland.
I am very convinced that people are here mainly for the view. It over looks Lake Travis. I managed to catch the sunset and couldn't pay much attention to the menu at first. I had a Margarita and my husband ordered Enchiladas. It started to drizzle after the sun has set (just in time) and we moved from the deck to the indoors. We didn't get any chips till much later and the waitress looked frazzled but she was apologetic and sweet about it so that is cool. Enchiladas and Margarita came about 25 minutes later and I was immediately turned off by how it was served - on a styrofoam plate and I tought it could use a little art direction. I had my second visit not because I dig the food. Had a gathering with some friends and had chicken & beef fajitas. Shared it with my husband. Nope, didn't do it for me either. It was dry and bland. The margarita tasted like it was pre-made. Sigh.
A few of my friends who've been here agreed that the food at The Oasis is quite awful.
The pricing is above average. Pricey, more so because the food isn't tasty. But it's like paying the extra for the view.
I love love the view, but I won't go there for the food.
Chicken & Beef Combo (Double) Fajita: $29.95
Ummmm, don't come here for the food. The view is unbeatable and it is always nice to sit outside on a Mountain top and dine overlooking a lake. But at least the food could be enjoyable. The chips where out of a bag, a cheap one at that. The dips were like what I buy at walmart. Everything was bland, and just cheap supermarket fare. I didn't try a margarita but I hear they are good, so go for a drink on the deck and that's it. I think the prices are expensive for food you can't even eat.
Favorite Dish: Nothing.
The Oasis is really a getaway from Austin. While located in the city limits it is about a 20 minute drive from the downtown area. It is worth the drive though as it does have beautiful panoramic views of Lake Travis and really cool sunsets. It bills itself as "Sunset Capitol of Texas" and it really is. There are no better sunsets in Texas as views to the west are usually dreary affairs here. I have been coming here since the 80s and I have had a few drunken sunsets. Lightning struck the place in 2005 and it burned down. They have re-built and it is better than ever.
Favorite Dish: The shrimp tacos are Baja-licious!
Most restaurants with a great view means you have to sacrifice in the food department. Not so at the Oasis. They have tons of outdoor (covered, or not) deck seating overlooking scenic Lake Travis. The last time out (May, 2007), I enjoyed an awesome burger and margarita. They do have a very extensive menu, so bring an appetite.
Favorite Dish: Top-shelf Margarita
This restaurant is located on Lake Austin, high up on a hill and has a huge patio area in the back with a great view of the lake. There is a nice garden area in the front and a gift shop as well, that sells Austin tshirts, Texas mugs, etc.
Favorite Dish: The Salmon with artichokes and mushrooms- also came with steamed vegetables. Very good!
As well, the seafood martini is good- shrimp and avocado in vermouth and tomato juice, kinda like a bloody mary/ceviche.
This restaurant is a bit overpriced but it has an amazing lakeside view so is worth a trip just to take in the sunset and to listen to music. Call to get the music schedule and if you are low on cash, just get a drink and an appetizer. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Austin. Go about sunset for an outstanding view of Lake Travis. There are several large patios overlooking the lake.
Note: the picture I have included is not actually taken at The Oasis, but hey it's a sunset in Austin at least!
Overlooking Lake Travis this outdoor restaurant and bar complex has the most amazing views over the lake. For a change smokers have the seats with the better views. Come before dusk in order not to miss a real amazing sunset. Don’t forget their Margaritas: They’re some of the best in town. This place is highly recommended and not to be missed.
Oasis, Lake Travis - it's a bit out of town but it's worth the trip. Address: 6550 Commanche Trail. Ph: 512-266-2441. Please book ahead: it's very popular wwith locals. The food is yummy tex-mex and the sunsets from the balcony are incredible.
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