Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean-Italian fare at Soleil, located beside The Oasis and overlooking Lake Travis. This elegant eatery pairs stunning glimpses of the lake with a vast and flavorful menu created in collaboration with Robert Del Grande, one of the state's most celebrated chefs. A plenteous plate of fettuccine with fresh shrimp, lobster, lobster cream, and ricotta salata ($22) has proved to be a local favorite, as has stone-oven pizza topped with sausage, coppa, artichokes, sweet peppers, and provolone ($13). Towering windows give patrons a kingly view of Lake Travis and the lavish snake parties held on it. This Groupon can also be used toward the restaurant's catering and event packages.
- …my favorite dish was the New York steak, a good piece of meat elevated by spot-on accompaniments. The usual Roquefort shtick got updated with a creamy mound of Gorgonzola dolce, and bottled steak sauce was replaced by a brilliant homemade Mission fig sauce, dark, dusky and savory-sweet. – Patricia Sharpe, New York Times
- A standout on chef Robert del Grande's menu is the antipasti of smoked mussels. Each shell is filled with one smoky mussel, a topping of flavorful breadcrumbs and a drizzle of a creamy, floral saffron sauce. – Terry Martinez, Austinist
Under the direction of Chef Morris Buck, diners are treated to culinary delights every night such as crispy Statler chicken, served with green chili mashed potatoes, or pan roasted duck with a blueberry demi-glaze. Servers then transport this hearty, seasonal cuisine across hardwood floors, stepping to the swinging notes of live jazz bands.
Though sunset is the perfect time to drink in the patio’s glorious views with a glass of wine in hand, the staff doesn’t neglect its earlier visitors. Brunch serves up both sweets such as maple-drizzled, toasted challah and savories such as Texas skillets with potatoes o'brien, sausages, biscuits, gravy and eggs.