Visiting Austin, Texas? Be sure to take the scenic drive about 40 minutes North to Lake Travis to visit "The Sunset Capital of Texas." Perched high on 450 feet of the lake's cliff sits The Oasis Restaurant. What a perfect name! The views from the 4 story restaurant complex are truly breathtaking. It is a massive building of 30,000 square feet with the capacity for 2,500 guests. There is no wonder that is known as the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas.
With more than thirty years of business under its belt, it is rich in history. Back in 1979, Beau Theriot had a vision of owning a restaurant on the bluffs of Austin's Travis Lake, so he bought 500 acres of lakefront property. The restaurant started in a ranch house that was part of the property and business took off. Then in 2005, a devastating fire almost completely destroyed it. Despite the major set back, the doors remained open to the outdoor area. The four story restaurant existing today is the product of his new, improved vision. It has grown into a very successful little community which includes: the restaurant, an award winning brewery, retail stores and art and bronze sculpture collections throughout the property. I love Beau's motto, "create without reservation." He did just that
To get the best seats in the house for enjoying the amazing sunset, I would suggest that you call ahead for a reservation. With a large menu of a variety of Tex-Mex inspired dishes, cocktails aplenty and live music, you'll be all set for the main event!
For the beer enthusiasts, you can skip the restaurant all together and head up to the 3rd floor of the complex. Belly up to the bar or take in the scenery outdoors at the Oasis Texas Brewing Company, Thursday through Sunday evenings. This award winning brewing company is known for craft artisan light lagers and pale ales that are flavor packed. It is also home to London Homesick Ale, a winner at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
My afternoon came and went much too quickly here, as I could have very well spent the night on the balcony. This is on my list of places for a definite second visit when I'm in the Austin area again.
6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, Texas 78732
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
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