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The County Line on the Lake

#89 of 3,000 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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5204 Ranch Road 2222, Austin, TX 78731-6516
(512) 346-3664
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting friends in the Austin, Tx area they took us to eat at The County Line on the Lake. Our meals included the brisket sandwich and brisket tacos. The brisket was very moist and tender and the tacos were tasty. For an appetizer we shared a half loaf of bread. It was very sweet and served with honey butter.... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

expected better but it was just okay. pork ribs were the best brisket could have been better. not bad but not great

Thank Rbluvs2travel
Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This iconic favorite, with it's strong drinks, great views, and true Austintatious atmosphere, is where longtime residents and people who know good barbecue like to go. Perfect for family and guests; and very child and grandchild friendly with it's house turtles, carp, and swans on the creek outside. The beef ribs are "Flintstonian". The combo platters of whatever you like... More 

Thank osohub
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After researching the best BBQ in Austin for our short visit, this fit the bill with location and reviews. We were immediately let down. The ambiance is quirky, at best. Mostly just old and dated. The location was fantastic with the water views but that was the highlight. The homemade bread was just okay. The brisket sandwich was below average... More 

Thank Nikki L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was taken here by some colleagues during a work visit from the UK. The location is fantastic and I didn't expect such a superb view whilst dining. I wanted a taste of Texas but despite good food I felt a little disappointed by it. Maybe 3 stars is harsh and you would love it but personally I wanted meat... More 

Thank Steve D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very good BBQ in a pleasant lake setting in NW Austin. Service was prompt and helpful. The location is large with a nice deck on the water. Good selection of expected meats with decent sides including homemade bread. Large craft beer selection.

Thank FrequentTripster
Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

It was a while since my last time in County Line but this time it was better than ever. The 3 meat combo was excellent. The briskets were delicious and the sausage perfect. The waiter was a little confuse and slow because we were 6 families with kids moving around but everything went fine. I do recommend!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Honestly the food did not completely disappoint, the sides were good, however it is no wonder I have not been here in 14 years. Simply not worth the wait the drive or the time. The wait staff is snarky and appear to be "put off" by having to wait tables. We were seated be an emergency exit where everyone and... More 

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Kenmore, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

As visitors from the Northwest, we were looking for some great BBQ, and we found it here! The brisket was delicious, and the smoked prime rib was to die for. The service was excellent! County Line will definitely be on our to-do list on our next visit.

Thank ShelA56
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Tastes just as I remembered. Enjoyed the 2 meat combo. Tasty potato salad, very good slaw, Pintos are excellent. Meats were very good. I think the meal was a good value. Nice view and atmosphere. Great turtle hunting area.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Television
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5204 Ranch Road 2222, Austin, TX 78731-6516
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: (512) 346-3664

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?