Retail Roundup: River Place on Lake Austin Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

There are plenty of mainstream and upscale shops, restaurants, and merchants serving the River Place neighborhood. In fact, there are five major shopping centers just 15 minutes or less from River Place. Together, these five shopping centers represent about 300 excellent department stores, local and national merchants, restaurants, movie theaters, and more.

One-Stop Fun, Food and Shopping at Lakeline Mall

The sprawling Lakeline Mall is one of Austin’s biggest retail hopping destinations. With over 150 stores, shoppers enjoy a 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, and New York and Company. And the whole family enjoys catching a movie at the center’s Regal 9-screen multiplex.

Teens especially are attracted to the mall’s extensive food court and retail shops like Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. 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, Gymboree, Gap For Kids, and Inflatable Wonderland, a bounce house park.

Popular restaurants at the mall include a variety of different cuisines, including Applebee’s, Chili’s, Frullati Café, Little Tokyo, Los Canarios Fine Mexican Cuisine, Phil’s Philly Grill and Simon’s Sushi, among others.

Everything is Upscale at The Domain

Just a little farther, about 20 minutes away,The Domain is Austin’s most posh, exclusive, and upscale venue for shopping, dining and entertainment. A few of the most popular stores include Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Barney’s, Macy’s, Coach, and Sephora, among many other fashionable boutiques and shops. The Domain is also home to noteworthy restaurants such as NoRTH, The Daily Grill, McCormick & Schmick’s, and many others.

Even watching a movie at the Domain is a luxury experience. The 9-screen iPic theater is decked with posh leather seats, some of which recline and are accompanied by side tables. The “concession stand” is actually a small restaurant that sells freshly prepared food such as wings and Angus beef sliders — and cocktails.

Freshly Prepared Wild Game, Tasty Margaritas and Breathtaking Views

The Oasis is a fun, family restaurant that offers Tex-Mex classics, tasty margaritas and more — but whose biggest draw is its one-of-a-kind, breathtaking views from high on a bluff 450 feet above Lake Travis. The bright, spacious restaurant’s most popular feature is its many terraced balconies with lake vistas and startlingly beautiful sunset views. In the evening, as the sun sets opposite the lake, the experience is unforgettable. The restaurant bills itself as the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas — and there’s not a seat in the house without a view.

On special occasions, locals dine at Hudson’s on the Bend, a critically acclaimed steakhouse famous for serving the finest locally sourced ingredients and adventuresome, inventive dishes featuring wild game. Freshly caught game and the best produce and dairy from local farms and ranches are expertly prepared for a truly distinctive and unforgettable Texas flavor. Their signature dish is espresso chili: tender elk backstrap smoked and rubbed with chocolate, then topped with generous chunks of fresh blue crab. More adventurous souls can also try the mixed grill that offers exotic game such as bison, elk, and even rattlesnake.