Retail Roundup: River Place Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

People who live in River Place enjoy the best of both worlds — a relaxed, luxurious lifestyle in a beautiful location and easy access to the best of everything Austin has to offer.

Many of Austin’s most beloved restaurants are within close driving distance. Just a few minutes west, situated along Lake Travis, is the famous multi-level-deck indoor/outdoor restaurant, The Oasis. Popular for wedding parties, The Oasis boasts Austin’s best sunset views and an extensive menu of Baja-style Mexican food, including delectable shrimp tacos and surf-and-turf fajitas. The restaurant also hosts live music performances every week, and is a great place to enjoy drinks and a show with friends.

When the occasion calls for arguably the finest dining Austin has to offer, there’s Siena Ristorante Toscana, a 15-minute drive east of River Place on North Capital Texas Highway. This Tuscan-style restaurant does food the old-fashioned way, offering seasonal menus prepared from the best fresh, local ingredients. Celebrated Chef Harvey Harris, who spent years cooking in Tuscany’s top dining establishments, pairs each of his distinctively authentic meals with wine from Napa and Sonoma-based Amici Cellars, bringing the taste of Italy to Austin.

The Best Shopping in Austin

For groceries and other daily needs, a Wal-Mart SuperStore is located less than 10 minutes from River Place. For more extensive shopping, Lakeline Mall is just 15 minutes away. One of Austin’s biggest shopping destinations with over 150 stores, shoppers enjoy the spacious mall, including anchor stores Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears, as well as American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Express, Foot Locker, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Gap, Image, Lakeline Day Spa, Lane Bryant, The Limited, Office Max, Old Navy, PetSmart, Ross, JCPenney, Brookstone, New York and Company, Yankee Candle and many, many more.

Restaurants at Lakeline include Applebee’s, Chili’s, Frullati Café, Little Tokyo, Los Canarios Fine Mexican Cuisine, Phil’s Philly Grill an Simon’s Sushi, among others. Teens are attracted to the mall’s extensive food court, movie theater and other retail shops like Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. And families appreciate the wide range of stores catering to children and children’s needs such as the Disney Store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Rooms To Go Kids, and Inflatable Wonderland, a bounce house park.

Premier Upscale Shopping

River Place residents adore their close proximity to The Domain, Austin’s premier upscale shopping destination, home to more than 100 high-end retail establishments. Locals drive a quick 20 minutes to The Domain for shopping at Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton and Barney’s.

To make a day of it, residents stop in for lunch or dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmicks or NoRTH, a farm-to-fork Italian restaurant that offers some of the best fried calamari this side of the East Coast. The Daily Grill is another popular choice for their seared rare Ahi tuna and happy hour drinks.