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“Beautiful nature area around Lake Travis” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake Travis
Lago Vista, TX
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Owner description: Popular recreational lake near Austin.
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“Beautiful nature area around Lake Travis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Lakes and rivers entail usually beautiful nature areas.
Also here around Lake Travis. That is precisely, what you se here.
Lake Travis is a reservoir, formed i 1942, when Mansfield Dam was build over Colorado River west of Austin.
There are so many beautiful places on both sides of the lake.

Visited April 2015
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“Fun in the sun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It's a beautiful body of water to sail on. Lot of friendly people on neighboring boats and on the shore. Great when the weather's not too hot!

Visited March 2015
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“Go for the view, but the rest not so great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My wife and I had dinner with friends at The Oasis, self-proclaimed "sunset capital of Texas." I used to live in Austin and had visited the former version, a comparatively quaint set-up compared with the food factory complex the owners are running today. Our friends said the old premises were lost in a fire some years ago and the owner rebuilt on a grand scale. That would be putting it mildly. Of course 'everything is bigger in Texas', so perhaps it is a redeeming quality. Depends on one's perspective.

The food is so-so. The quality was all right, but the portions were skimpy. That was okay for us because we think portions in the USA tend to be over the top much of the time. I had the burger and fries, and my wife had the tuna burger with sweet potato fries. The bun is brioche and was excellent -- the best part, overall. The fries weren't cold, but coolish. The margaritas were fair -- not much tequila to taste, but refreshing. Our friends had beef fajitas and said they were good. So it's all right. Nothing to write home about, but okay.

The service was poor, however. There are a lot of customers in the sunset period and the wait staff has to really scramble. By observation, some did better than ours. Our waitress was very slow and not dependable. Some of what we ordered didn't make it to the table. Some made it but late. And overall we were constantly having to ask for everything. When I asked for ketchup that never came, so we scavenged a bottle from a near table of nice folks who were pleased to pass it on.

So what you go for and pay for is the view. That happens on three levels of deck seating. There is also a large indoor space and on the third floor they had a samba band. The band was excellent, but very load. Conversation was impossible. If you want to chat, get a table on the first level, second at most. The view was fine, thanks to Mother Nature. But it was a bit disappointing too. Drought conditions in recent years have caused the water level to drop dramatically. In the past the sun set across unbroken waters; now there is a peninsula jutting into the lake and dividing it nearly into two parts.

Overall, it was fine to visit but we won't go back. It was better in the old days, although the food was not as good back then. But the whole affair has an aesthetic that is some odd mixture of industrial production, food factory, spring break deck party. When the sun has set the place clears out like water rushing away for low tide.

Visited March 2015
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“It was dry. ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Drove from the shops on the hill down to the small winding road to lake Travis. With my family and kids in the car, stopped at the first lake entrance we found. Long story short, we left when the guy told us it is for "nude's only". Off we go to another entrance. Lol. This time we were glad we could keep our clothes on. However, we were disappointed to see a vast area of a dry lake bed. We had to walk a bit more to get to the water. We lingered a bit. All in all, it's still a pretty place.

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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Lake Travis is way cool and super fun place to go to on a hot summer day to cool off and relax and enjoy the day.and that is why my family likes to go there.

Visited August 2014
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